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Electronic Parliament in Slovakia

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Slovakian Parliament takes the electronic route through Electronic Parliament to massively reduce the amount of paper that is used. The brainchild of Pavol Paska, Chairaman of the Slovak National Council, these electronic procedures will be in place by the September 2008 session of the National Council.

An electronic system will be used to submit legislative Bills, and the amounts of printed materials distributed will be massively reduced with the introduction of the 'Electronic Parliament'. At present, all government Bills must be delivered to the parliament in 250 printouts. Joint reports and amendments to Bills are also printed in large numbers. This uses large amounts of paper, particularly for lengthy documents, such as the national budget. After the implementation of the new system, the National Council will be provided with materials in electronic form, with only 10 to 15 paper printouts produced. The new initiative is expected to result in 90% of savings. The government further informed that the agenda for sittings of the Council will also be sent out electronically.

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