Slovakia had the right to refuse the entry of then-Hungarian president of the republic László Sólyom in 2009 because the trip was a diplomatic visit, the Luxembourg-based court of the European Union decided on Tuesday. In 2010 the European Commission had already turned down a petition from Hungary to have its northern neighbour penalised for refusing admission to Sólyom. He was turned back at the border while trying to attend the unveiling of a statue in Komarom, a Slovak town with a majority ethnic Hungarian population. The Commission at the time basically argued the same point as the court has done now: the principal of freedom of movement for EU citizens applies to “private persons” but not necessarily to visits by heads of state. While Slovakia and its Prime Minister Robert Fico welcomed the latest ruling, the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration said the “Hungarian government trusts that neither in the relations of Slovakia and Hungary, nor with any other member country will anything similar happen in the future”.