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“Emergency unemployment payments will have to be earned,” announces Pravda. On November 26, the parliament circumvented President Ivan Gašparovič’s veto on legislation that will oblige claimants of emergency benefits, which are reserved for the destitute, to work for their payments.

Starting in January 2014, claimants will have to commit to 32 hours of “public work” for a monthly payment of €61.60. The president had refused to approve the measure voted at the end of October citing concerns over its constitutional validity. The law was largely inspired by Czech legislation, which had been invalidated by the constitutional court, which ruled that it amounted to “forced labour” in 2012.

The daily notes, however, that the law on emergency benefit, which has the support of several members of the right-wing opposition, has been welcomed by a plenipotentiary of the Roma community.