(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 24, 2008, Ivan Gasparovic, the President of the Slovak Republic, signed a new Law on Organizing Public Sports and Tourism Events. The Law is aimed at improving safety at sports arenas and making sports fans' behavior at stadiums more civilized by prescribing stricter rules for spectators, increasing the responsibility of organizers, defining new tasks for local authorities, and making receipt of tax subsidies dependent on public order during sporting events.
According to the Law, an event's organizers are obliged to ensure the smooth running of the event. Under the threat of losing their license, they must guarantee that the attendees do not carry guns, fireworks, alcohol, or drugs and are not involved in activities that could end up as public disturbances. All safety precautions for the public's protection must be at the organizer's expense, and each event must be announced at least seven days before taking place. If an event could pose a risk, the organizers must inform local authorities and call local police for assistance. (President Signs Law with Stricter Rules for Sports and Other Events, TASR, Nov. 25, 2008, Emerging Markets subscription database, available at http://site.securities.com/doc.html?pc=SK&doc_id=199339397&auto=1&db=all_7d_d.)