- December 2006 : Petition for the prompt adoption of the Treaty on the Right to Objection of Conscience
On December 14, 2006, the organizers handed the petition for the prompt adoption of the Treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See on the Right to Objection of Conscience over to the Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
The Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia dissociated itself from this activity. The declaration issued by the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia states that the submission of the petition for the adoption of Treaty on the Right to Objection of Conscience has been a private initiative of both its submitters. "The Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia joined this petition at the time of gathering signatures, however, at present it is not joining the act of submission to the National Council of SR", explained the spokesman of the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia.
"Citizens have the right to sign petitions. We are, however, in the parliamentary opposition, and for that it is difficult for us to uphold such topics", said the Christian-Democrat deputy Vladimir Palko to the media. "It was due to this Treaty that I had resigned as a minister, hence this petition has my support", Palko added.
With regard to the fact that this petition contains over 100,000 signatures of Slovak citizens, it must be, according to the effective law, discussed by the plenary session of the National Council of SR.
For further information, see the Legal Status of Religions heading.
- October 2006 : 17th Church registered in Slovakia
On October 18, 2006, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, according to §10 sect 1 of the Law 308/1991 Zb. on the freedom of belief and the status of churches and religious communities as amended by later regulations, and to §1 of the Slovak National Council Law 192/1992 Zb. on church and religious community registration, in conformity with the administration proceedings law, registered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after having examined the registration proposal submitted by its Preparatory Committee.
The application for registration of the Church contained over 33 000 signatures of citizens of the Slovak Republic, thus having supported its registration. After the registration has been completed, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to become one of the 17 churches and religious communities officially registered in Slovakia (see Legal status - General presentation). The Church has already been registered almost in all the countries of the EU, the neighboring Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine included.
CJCLDS had been active in the former Czechoslovakia since 1929 and by 1990 it was the first Church to be officially recognized by the Czechoslovak authorities after the political changes of 1989. Following the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic in 1993, the Law on church and religious community registration obliged the Church by the duty of registration in Slovakia, though the 1990 registration of the Church has remained valid for the Czech Republic.