State symbols are an organic part of formal symbols of statehood. They are an external manifestation of the State, an expression of its sovereignty, independency and integrity. From the view of the science of constitutional law different approaches to the definition of the term of state symbols are applied. The State symbols are subject of the regulation of supreme power, i.e. of the constitutional law. The Constitution of the Slovak Republic in Article 8 provides that State symbols of the Slovak Republic are national emblem, national flag, national seal and national anthem. The legislation stipulating the details on State symbols of the Slovak Republic and their use is the Act No 63/1993 Coll. on State symbols of the Slovak Republic and their use, as amended. The use of State symbols is also regulated by other legislation. The violation of the legislation regulating the State symbols is sanctioned in several ways. The State symbols are closely related to the symbols of other subjects of public power. The recent trends in the creation of national States, the ambivalent approach to the efforts at 'federalization' of the European Union and the intuitive understanding of State symbols as an expression of the idea of the State prove the irreplaceable function of State symbols in the existence of the State and society. State symbols, particularly at the time of creation of new States and at the beginning of their existence, contributed - together with renewed or new-created symbols of other public authorities - to the renaissance of civil society.
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