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Slovakia

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Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
A summary of the main elements
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
1) Limited by the number of seats reserved for visitors that are available. 2) Debates involving state, official or commercial secrets or when it is specifically so provided by law. 3) Other reasons when three fifths of all Members so resolve.
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
Limitation due to the capacity of seats; limitation due to debate on classified information or at request of at least three fifths of the members of the committee.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Yes
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
Exempt from disclosure are classified information, information subject to bank secret or tax secret, information classified as a trade secret, information relating to personality and privacy of a natural person (unless it is stipulated to be disclosed by the law or upon the prior written consent of the person concerned), information on personal data of a person (unless it is stipulated to be disclosed by the law or upon the prior written consent of the person concerned), information violating intellectual property rights (except for the situation when the person authorized under the special regulations gives consent to the disclosure of such information) and when disclosure of the information is at variance with EU legal acts. See Section 11 of Act No. 211/2000 Coll. on free access to information, as amended.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists