The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia.
Some opposition lawmakers joined the ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy in a 102-5 vote on Tuesday to approve the move that bans exports of drinking and mineral water from Slovakia by means including pipelines and water tanks.
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The ban does not cover water for personal use or water in bottles.
Slovakia has enough water resources but Prime Minister Rober Fico has called the ban a "sensible" step. Fico says it was necessary to impose it after attempts to build pipelines to transport water from Slovakia to neighboring Poland and Hungary.
Fico says the ban has been given a green light from the European Union