Basic Provisions

Basic Provisions

Basic Provisions

Basic Provisions

- Constitution of Slovakia

Part One - Basic Provisions

Article 1
The Slovak Republic is a sovereign, democratic, and law-governed state. It is not linked to any ideology or religious belief.
Article 2
(1) State power is derived from citizens, who execute it through their elected representatives or directly.
(2) State bodies can act only on the basis of the Constitution, within its limits, and to the extent and in a manner defined by law.
(3) Everyone can do what is not forbidden by law and no one must be forced to do anything that is not laid down by law.
Article 3
(1) The territory of the Slovak Republic is united and indivisible.
(2) The borders of the Slovak Republic can be changed only by a constitutional law.
Article 4
Natural wealth, underground water, natural medicinal springs, and waterways are in the ownership of the Slovak Republic.
Article 5
(1) Conditions for the acquisition and loss of the citizenship of the Slovak Republic are determined by law.
(2) No one must be deprived of the citizenship of the Slovak Republic against his will.
Article 6
(1) Slovak is the state language on the territory of the Slovak Republic.
(2) The use of other languages in dealings with the authorities will be regulated by law.
Article 7
On the basis of its free decision, the Slovak Republic can enter into a state alliance [zvazok] with other states. The right to secession from this alliance must not be restricted. The decision on entering into a state alliance with other states or on secession from this alliance will be made by a constitutional law and a subsequent referendum.
Article 8
The state symbols of the Slovak Republic are the state emblem, the national flag, the state seal, and the national anthem.
Article 9
(1) The state emblem of the Slovak Republic is represented by a red early Gothic shield featuring a silver double cross on the middle of three blue symbolic mountain peaks.
(2) The national flag of the Slovak Republic consists of three long bands -- white, blue, and red. The front side of the national flag of the Slovak Republic features the state emblem of the Slovak Republic.
(3) The state seal of the Slovak Republic is represented by the state emblem of the Slovak Republic, with the inscription "Slovak Republic" positioned in a circle around it.
(4) The national anthem of the Slovak Republic is the first two stanzas of the song "Nad Tatrou sa blyska" [Lightning Flashes Over the Tatra Mountains].
(5) Details concerning the state emblem, the national flag, the state seal, and the national anthem and their use will be set out in a law.
Article 10
(1) Bratislava is the capital of the Slovak Republic.
(2) The status of Bratislava as the capital of the Slovak Republic will be set out in a law.

Constitution of Slovakia

Preamble
Basic Provisions
Basic Rights and Freedoms
General Provisions
Basic Human Rights and Liberties
Political Rights
Rights of National Minorities and Ethnic Groups
Economic Social and Cultural Rights
Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage
Protection by the Court
Common Provisions for Chapters One and Two
Economy of the Slovak Republic
Supreme Control Office
Territorial Self Administration
Legislative Power
National Council of the Slovak Republic
Referendum
Executive Power
President of the Slovak Republic
Government of the Slovak Republic
Judicial Power
Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic
Courts of the Slovak Republic
Prosecutor Office of the Slovak Republic
Transitional and Final Provisions
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