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16.11.2018 15:44 AKO Poll: Smer-SD Would Have Won mid-November Election on 24%
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - Had a general election taken place in mid-November, it would have been won by the governing Smer-SD party on 23.9 percent of the votes, TASR learnt from AKO agency, which carried out the poll on a sample of 1,000 respondents between November 13-15. Next came Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on 16.1 percent and We Are Family on 10.4 percent. A total of nine parties ... more >
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16.11.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Friday-November 16, 2018 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Rallies organised by the 'For a Decent Slovakia' initiative will take place in eight Slovak towns, as well as London and Dublin on Friday, Juraj Seliga and Karolina Farska of the initiative told TASR on the same day. BRATISLAVA - Parliament should elect candidates for Constitutional Court judge posts at its session starting on January 29, 2019, TASR learnt from Parliament's ... more >
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16.11.2018 14:48 NKU: State Investment Aid Hasn't Helped Least-developed Regions
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - State aid doesn't reduce regional disparities or support the least-developed regions; moreover, the investment aid scheme doesn't have concept management and no measurable indicators of aid benefits have been set, TASR learnt from an analysis conducted by the Supreme Audit Office (NKU), which inspected how investment aid is used in Slovakia. The analysis noted ... more >
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16.11.2018 14:30 Tomas: Smer-SD Mulling Option of Donating 2% of Taxes to Parents
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - Smer-SD is mulling the introduction of the option for taxpayers to allocate 2 percent of their income tax to their parents, Smer-SD MP Erik Tomas has posted on his profile on a social network, adding that the senior governing party would like to strengthen intergenerational solidarity in this way. "I can confirm that there's been a discussion within the party ... more >
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16.11.2018 13:50 Focus: Smer Would Have Won November Election, ahead of SaS & LSNS
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - Had a general election taken place in early November, it would have been won by the governing Smer-SD party on 20.9 percent of the votes, ahead of the Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on 12 percent and far-right People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) on 9.8 percent, TASR learnt from Focus agency, which conducted the poll on a sample of 1,012 respondents ... more >
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16.11.2018 13:03 Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to Be Vital EU Partner vis-a-vis Gas Imports
Astana, November 16 (TASR correspondent) - Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are likely to become a significant partner of the European Union (EU) in terms of gas imports in several years from now, with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD), who will end his working trip to Central Asia on Friday, also thinking that both states should be an important part of additional gas transit routes. "... more >
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16.11.2018 12:12 Safarik: SIS Not Monitoring 'For Decent Slovakia' Protest Organisers
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - The Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) hasn't been monitoring the organisers of the 'For a Decent Slovakia' protests in any way, SIS boss Anton Safarik told MPs at a session of the special parliamentary committee for Supervising SIS, TASR learnt from committee head Gabor Grendel (OLaNO) on Friday. The committee held an extraordinary session that didn't meet the ... more >
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16.11.2018 11:23 House to Elect Constitutional Judges at Session Starting on January 29
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - Parliament should elect candidates for Constitutional Court judge posts at its session starting on January 29, 2019, TASR learnt from Parliament's communications department on Friday. The deadline to submit proposals for candidates has been set by Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) at January 7, 2019. Nine of the 13 constitutional ... more >
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16.11.2018 10:16 Rallies For Decent Slovakia to Be Held in Eight Slovak Towns on Friday
Bratislava, November 16 (TASR) - Rallies organised by the 'For a Decent Slovakia' initiative will take place in eight Slovak towns, as well as London and Dublin on Friday, Juraj Seliga and Karolina Farska of the initiative told TASR on the same day. In Slovakia the rallies will be held in Bratislava, Banska Bystrica, Kosice, Prievidza (Trencin region), Ziar nad Hronom (Banska Bystrica region),... more >
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16.11.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, November 16
AZERBAIJAN AND KAZAKHSTAN **** Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini on a foreign visit to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, covered by a TASR correspondent (until November 16) mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Friday-November 16-2018 more >
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15.11.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-November 15, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Ministers of labour and social affairs from the Visegrad Four countries (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) rejected Austrian legislation concerning family allowances in a resolution jointly signed at their meeting in Bratislava on Thursday, TASR learnt on the same day. BRATISLAVA - Civic association (OZ) Triblavina filed a criminal complaint over the extraction of ... more >
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15.11.2018 20:26 V4 Labour Ministers Reject Austrian Legislation Concerning Family Allowances
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Ministers of labour and social affairs from the Visegrad Four countries (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) rejected Austrian legislation concerning family allowances in a resolution jointly signed at their meeting in Bratislava on Thursday, TASR learnt on the same day. The V4 ministers will also forward the case to Euro-commissioner for Employment,... more >
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15.11.2018 20:22 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, November 16
AZERBAIJAN AND KAZAKHSTAN **** Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini on a foreign visit to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, covered by a TASR correspondent (until November 16) mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Friday-November 16-2018 more >
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15.11.2018 20:15 Activists File Criminal Complaint Over Taking of Gravel Sand for D4 and R7 Roads
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Civic association (OZ) Triblavina filed a criminal complaint over the extraction of gravel sand from five pits in the villages of Tomasov (Bratislava region) and Most pri Bratislave, as it believes that the extraction related to the construction of the D4 highway and R7 expressway is taking place without legal permission from state bodies, TASR learnt on ... more >
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15.11.2018 20:13 Euro Exchange Rates, November 15
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on November 16, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1305 JPY Japan 128. 16 CZK Czech Republic 25.985 GBP United Kingdom 0.88370 HUF Hungary 321. more >
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15.11.2018 19:33 Danko Wants House to Hold No-confidence Motion in Him
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - The Slovak National Party (SNS) will lend support to the plan to convene an extraordinary session of the Parliament with the aim of holding a no-confidence motion in Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (SNS), TASR learnt on Thursday. Speaking at a press briefing on the same day, Danko claimed that he wants lawmakers to let him know whether or not they trust him. more >
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15.11.2018 18:58 V4 Defence Ministers Discuss Formation of Second V4 Military Group
Tatranska Lomnica, November 15 (TASR) - On Wednesday (November 14) and Thursday Defence ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) discussed a number of issues in Tatranska Lomnica (Presov region), particularly the actual state of readiness of a joint V4 military group, set to be on standby for the needs of the EU in the second half of 2019, TASR ... more >
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15.11.2018 18:21 Parliamentary Speakers: EU Is Not Problem, but Solution, We Need to Cooperate
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - The European Union isn't a problem, but a solution, however, the Union needs reform and cooperation among its member states, parliamentary chairmen of V4 (Visegrad Group - Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) countries, Germany and France concurred at their meeting in Bratislava on Thursday. The parliamentary chairmen talked about the future of the... more >
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15.11.2018 17:54 Ex-ministers Janusek and Stefanov Sentenced to 9 and 11 Years For Corruption
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - The Supreme Court senate sentenced former ministers of construction and regional development Marian Janusek and Igor Stefanov, who represented Slovak National Party (SNS) in Robert Fico's first government (2006-10), to 11 and 9 years in jail, respectively, over corruption, TASR learnt on Thursday. The court found both men guilty of machinations in public ... more >
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15.11.2018 16:49 Smer-SD: Danko is Legitimate Parliamentary Chairman for Us
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Senior governing Smer-SD party views its coalition partner Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) as a legitimate chairman of the Parliament which derives its composition from free democratic elections, TASR learnt from its representatives on Thursday. Meanwhile, Most-Hid as a coalition partner of Smer-SD and SNS stated that Danko should take a personal ... more >
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15.11.2018 16:09 Opposition Calls on Danko to Resign from His Post Due to Rigorous Thesis
Bratislava, November 15, (TASR) - Opposition parties call on Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) to resign from his post in connection with the information reported by the media that he compiled his rigorous thesis from several texts written by other people, TASR learnt from MP Lucia Duris Nicholsonova (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS) on Thursday. SaS calls on Danko to ... more >
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15.11.2018 15:31 Kia Motors Slovakia Launches Production of ProCeed Model
Teplicka nad Vahom, November 15 (TASR) - Kia Motors Slovakia launched production of the Kia ProCeed in Teplicka nad Vahom (Zilina region) on Thursday, TASR learnt on the same day. The ProCeed's third generation, which premiered at the Paris Motor Show, will go on sale exclusively in Europe in the first quarter of 2019 and will be available in GT Line and GT versions. "The production launch of... more >
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15.11.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-November 15, 2018 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - During his visit to Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banska Bystrica, President Andrej Kiska welcomed the creation of a commission to deal with all rigorous theses at the faculty, but he didn't mention the paper of Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS), Kiska's spokesman Roman Krpelan said in response to a TASR story on Tuesday, November 13. WASHINGTON/... more >
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15.11.2018 14:23 NGOs Back Discussion on Allocation, But Reject Questioning Current Form
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - NGOs belonging to the Government Council's Chamber for NGOs are ready to discuss the financing and transparency of the third sector in Slovakia, but they reject questioning the existing model of allocation, said the Chamber's chairman Marcel Zajac on Thursday. The NGOs were reacting to information that leader of the senior governing Smer-SD party Robert Fico ... more >
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15.11.2018 13:58 Kazakhstan Wants to Cooperate with Slovakia in Automotive Industry
Astana, November 15 (TASR correspondent) - Kazakhstan wants to cooperate with Slovakia in the areas of energy, renewable resources, infrastructure building as well as the automotive industry, said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) after meeting Kazakh Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev and President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday. The Slovak premier is ending his working ... more >
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15.11.2018 13:27 Police Charge 76 People Who Allegedly Cost State at Least €1.5 mn
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - An investigator has charged 76 people following Wednesday's (November 14) raid by the National Crime Agency's (NAKA) financial crime unit in Bratislava region, the police have written on a social network. The accused are reportedly part of a group that was unlawfully drawing VAT-related benefits and has caused damage to the state amounting to at least €1.5 ... more >
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15.11.2018 12:49 Danko Won't Comment on Thesis Until Commission Takes Up Stance
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) won't comment on the issue of his rigorous thesis until the respective commission takes up a stance on it, TASR learnt from his spokesman Tomas Kostelnik on Thursday. "If Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko were to react to every accusation by Dennik N daily, he'd be doing nothing else all day long... more >
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15.11.2018 12:21 Kiska: Police Examining Same Case for Third Time, It Raises Questions
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Even though the police are only doing their job, their procedure raises several questions, said President Andrej Kiska on Thursday in response to the raid carried out by the National Crime Agency (NAKA) at a company called KTAG owned by Kiska and his brother Jaroslav. KTAG's accounts records have already been examined by regional criminal investigation police ... more >
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15.11.2018 11:50 Expert Opinion: TV Markiza-related Promissory Notes Not Authentic
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - The promissory notes concerning TV Markiza aren't authentic, as, based on a request from the National Crime Agency (NAKA), a renowned graphologist has concluded that the signatures of former TV Markiza boss for legal reasons identified only as Pavol R. on the promissory notes are not from the year 2000, meaning that the promissory notes weren't created as Pavol ... more >
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15.11.2018 11:01 Gajdos: It's Important to Face Security Challenges United
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - It's important to face security challenges united and to proceed collectively when reacting, said head of the Slovak Defence Ministry Peter Gajdos (Slovak National Party/SNS) in Tatranska Lomnica in the High Tatra mountains on Wednesday at a two-day meeting of the Visegrad Four (V4) group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) defence ministers, TASR... more >
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15.11.2018 10:36 NAKA Raided KTAG Owned by President Kiska and His Brother
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - National Crime Agency (NAKA) officers carried out a raid on Wednesday, November 7 at a company called KTAG, whose partners are President Andrej Kiska and his brother Jaroslav Kiska, Plus 7 dni weekly has reported. The police are investigating alleged excessive VAT deductions in the case of this company. According to information available to the weekly, police ... more >
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15.11.2018 09:56 Lajcak Meets US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in USA
Washington/Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) met US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington DC on Wednesday (November 14), TASR has been told by the ministry's press department. The two discussed a wide range of foreign-policy and security themes that resonate today not only in Europe but also in the ... more >
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15.11.2018 09:17 Krpelan: Kiska Didn't Mention Danko's Name in Connection with Theses
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) - During his visit to Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banska Bystrica, President Andrej Kiska welcomed the creation of a commission to deal with all rigorous theses at the faculty, but he didn't mention the paper of Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS), Kiska's spokesman Roman Krpelan said in response to a TASR story on Tuesday, November 13. ... more >
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15.11.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for T H U R S D A Y, November 14
BRATISLAVA 12.25 press conference after the meeting of parliamentary chairs of V4 countries, Germany and France Bratislava Castle 15.30 press conference after the meeting of V4 labour and social affairs ministers at which they will take a joint negative stance towards the indexation of child benefits in Austria Devin Hotel, Riecna 4 HIGH TATRAS (PRESOV REGION) 12.15 press conference after the ... more >
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14.11.2018 23:00 SUMMARY-Wednesday-November 14, 2018 - 11 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The 2019-20 budgetary goals carry the risk of deficit equalling 0.6 percent of GDP, particularly in non-tax income, public governance and health chapters, members of the Council for Budgetary Responsibility (RRZ) Ivan Sramko, Juraj Kotian and Anetta Caplanova announced on Wednesday at a press briefing convened to evaluate the Government-approved 2019-21 public administration budget... more >
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14.11.2018 22:32 RRZ: 2019-20 Budgetary Goals Run Risk of Deficit at 0.6% of GDP
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - The 2019-20 budgetary goals carry the risk of deficit equalling 0.6 percent of GDP, particularly in non-tax income, public governance and health chapters, members of the Council for Budgetary Responsibility (RRZ) Ivan Sramko, Juraj Kotian and Anetta Caplanova announced on Wednesday at a press briefing convened to evaluate the Government-approved 2019-21 public ... more >
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14.11.2018 22:00 Danko and Vondracek Stress Role of V4 Before Meeting in Bratislava
Prague/Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party) and Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondracek highlighted the power of the Visegrad Four (V4/Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) as well as the importance of the upcoming meeting of parliamentary chairs of the V4, Germany and France that will be held in Bratislava ... more >
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14.11.2018 21:39 Eset Takes Objection to Having its Name Dragged into Politics
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Eset IT security company is emphatically taking objection to having its name dragged into political competition and tarnished via "disinformation and conspiracy theories in Slovak politics", TASR learnt on Wednesday. Eset responded this way to the statement by Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS), according to whom it's dangerous to ... more >
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14.11.2018 20:45 Lajcak Signed in USA Memorandum on Co-operation in Development Aid
Washington/Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - The head of Slovak diplomacy Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) signed on Wednesday in Washington DC a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding between the US Government, acting through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, TASR learnt from the ministry's press department. Slovakia is ... more >
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14.11.2018 20:33 SaS and OLaNO Take Potshots at Extension of Contract on Russian MiG-29s
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Opposition parties Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Ordinary People (OLaNO) criticise the plan of the Defence Ministry to continue the operation of Russian MiG-29 aircraft until the purchase of US F-16 jet fighters, with SaS maintaining that the only reason behind the ministry's decision to procure F-16s in lieu of Swedish Gripen, the deal on which was rescinded... more >
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14.11.2018 20:13 Scheduled Events for T H U R S D A Y, November 14
BRATISLAVA 12.25 press conference after the meeting of parliamentary chairs of V4 countries, Germany and France Bratislava Castle 15.30 press conference after the meeting of V4 labour and social affairs ministers at which they will take a joint negative stance towards the indexation of child benefits in Austria Devin Hotel, Riecna 4 HIGH TATRAS (PRESOV REGION) 12.15 press conference after the ... more >
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14.11.2018 20:03 International Press Organisations Demand an End to Questioning of Activists
Bratislava/Leipzig, November 14 (TASR) - Two international press organisations - the European Centre for Freedom of the Press and Media (ECPMF) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) - on Wednesday called on the Slovak Interior Ministry, the National Crime Agency (NAKA) and Police Corps to stop questioning the organisers and participants in the For a Decent Slovakia protests, TASR learnt on the ... more >
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14.11.2018 19:23 SaS Calls Upon Lucansky to Make Personnel Changes in Police
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party asks Police Corps President Milan Lucansky to make personnel changes at the helm of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA), as SaS believes that the police approaches individual cases "selectively", TASR learnt on Wednesday. "Under the law, police should investigate every single complaint filed. The problem is, however... more >
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14.11.2018 19:22 Euro Exchange Rates, November 14
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on November 15, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1296 JPY Japan 128. 64 CZK Czech Republic 25.994 GBP United Kingdom 0.87048 HUF Hungary 322. more >
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14.11.2018 18:42 Ersek: If R7 Is Completed Sooner than Part of D4, We'll Open it
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - If the R7 expressway between Bratislava, Prievoz and Holice (Trnava region) is built sooner than the south-eastern bypass of the capital on the D4 motorway in the Bratislava, Jarovce - Ivanka north - Bratislava, Raca stretch, we'll be authorised to press on putting it into operation, said Transport Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) during an inspection day ... more >
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14.11.2018 18:11 Bugar: NGOs Play Indispensable Role in Democratic Society
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - NGOs play an indispensable role in every democratic society; on the other hand, it also holds that investigators summon even presidents to interrogations in democratic countries, while democracy guarantees the freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly, junior coalition Most-Hid party chair Bela Bugar said on Wednesday. With Slovakia a few days ... more >
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14.11.2018 17:43 Danko: Slovaks and Czech Must Show Unity in EU and Open Common Topics
Prague, November 14 (TASR correspondent) - Slovaks and Czechs are reviewing the centenary of their co-existence, and despite the division of the common state, the two nations share a common goal, values, mutual respect and sincere friendship, said Slovak Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) in his address to the Czech Parliament, whose session on Wednesday was devoted to... more >
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14.11.2018 16:42 Former SIS Member Kosik Released from Prison in Mali
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Former member of the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) Lubos Kosik was released on Tuesday (November 13) from a prison in Mali, SME daily reported on Wednesday. Kosik himself confirmed this information to the SME daily. Kosik was in prison for two years after an international arrest warrant was issued against him because of falsifying promissory notes worth €2... more >
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14.11.2018 16:15 V4 Defence Ministers Will Discuss Several Topics in High Tatras
Tatranska Lomnica, November 14 (TASR) - Defence ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) will hold a two-day meeting in the High Tatras within the Slovak V4 presidency, TASR learnt on Wednesday from Defence Ministry spokesperson Danka Capakova, adding that they would discuss several topics on Wednesday and Thursday (November 15). "The partners ... more >
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14.11.2018 15:31 Eximbanka and EIB to Jointly Support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Slovakia's Eximbanka has signed a €50 million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB), TASR learnt on Wednesday. The purpose of this first-ever cooperation between the EIB and Eximbanka is to support the segment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Eximbanka as the state's only direct financial tool for export support thereby contributes... more >
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14.11.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Wednesday-November 14, 2018 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Consumer prices went up by 2.5 percent year-on-year in total in October 2018, the Statistics Office reported on Wednesday. Prices increased by the following amounts y-o-y: in transport - by 6 percent; in restaurants and hotels - 3.9 percent; in various goods and services - 2.8 percent; and in housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels - 2.4 percent. BRATISLAVA - Year-on-year... more >
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14.11.2018 14:46 SAK: Enough Slovak Experts Able to Run for Constitutional Court Judges
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Possible candidates for the post of Constitutional Court judge have reservations regarding the need to hold public speeches in the post, as it's too stressful for them, stated head of the Slovak Bar Association (SAK) Tomas Borec after a meeting between representatives of legal chambers and President Andrej Kiska on Wednesday. Representatives of the chambers (... more >
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14.11.2018 14:31 Spirko's Criminal Complaint Regarding Sabotage Rejected (UPDATE)
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - A criminal complaint lodged by special prosecutor Vasil Spirko concerning the sabotage of his investigation into alleged corruption by ex-ministers and police officials has been rejected, head of the Let's Stop Corruption foundation Zuzana Petkova wrote in a blog on Wednesday, adding that Spirko has immediately filed a complaint concerning this decision. Spirko ... more >
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14.11.2018 14:11 Analysts: GDP Growth in Third Quarter of 2018 Was Pleasant Surprise
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Slovakia's GDP growth in the third quarter of 2018 was a pleasant surprise - contrary to most eurozone countries, its GDP growth pace didn't slow down significantly, with rather the opposite being the case, said UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia analyst Lubomir Korsnak in his commentary on GDP figures for 3Q18 published on Wednesday. Although in a ... more >
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14.11.2018 13:24 Spirko's Criminal Complaint Regarding Sabotage Rejected
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - A criminal complaint lodged by special prosecutor Vasil Spirko concerning the sabotage of his investigation into alleged corruption by ex-ministers and police officials has been rejected, head of the Let's Stop Corruption foundation Zuzana Petkova wrote in a blog on Wednesday, adding that Spirko has immediately filed a complaint concerning this decision. Spirko ... more >
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14.11.2018 12:44 Slovak Journalists Reject Fico's Attacks on Media
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - More than 300 Slovak journalists have signed a statement condemning Smer-SD chairman Robert Fico's recent utterance about the media, TASR learnt on Wednesday. Several Slovak media have published the journalists' statement on their websites. Fico in a vlog criticised the way in which journalists informed the public about the senior coalition Smer-SD party's ... more >
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14.11.2018 11:53 NAKA Carries Out Raids in Bratislava Region over Serious Economic Crime
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - The National Crime Agency's (NAKA) financial crime unit has been carrying out raids in Bratislava region in connection with a serious economic crime since the early morning hours of Wednesday, the police have written on a social network. According to the police, ten suspects have been detained, while their houses and other premises are being searched. "As many ... more >
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14.11.2018 11:17 Stats Office: Slovakia's GDP Up 4.6 percent in 3Q18
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Slovakia's gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 4.6 percent year-on-year in fixed prices in the third quarter of this year, according to a preliminary GDP growth estimate published by the Statistics Office on Wednesday. When seasonal effects were taken into account, GDP was up by 4.5 percent y-o-y and by 1.1 percent quarter-on-quarter. In current prices, GDP ... more >
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14.11.2018 10:29 Stats Office: Inflation in Slovakia at 2.5 percent in October
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Year-on-year inflation in Slovakia amounted to 2.5 percent in October, with both core and net inflation standing at 2.7 percent, the Slovak Statistics Office reported on Wednesday. In October 2018 month-on-month cumulative inflation was influenced by core inflation by 0.08 percentage points (p.p.) and by regulated prices by 0.01 p.p.. Meanwhile, indirect taxes ... more >
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14.11.2018 09:50 Consumer Prices Rose by 2.5 percent Y-o-Y in October 2018
Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) - Consumer prices went up by 2.5 percent year-on-year in total in October 2018, the Statistics Office reported on Wednesday. Prices increased by the following amounts y-o-y: in transport - by 6 percent; in restaurants and hotels - 3.9 percent; in various goods and services - 2.8 percent; in housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels - 2.4 percent; in food ... more >
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14.11.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for W E D N E S D A Y, November 13
BRATISLAVA 10.00 President Andrej Kiska to meet representatives of the Slovak bar associations to discuss the election of the Constitutional Court judges Presidential Palace 10.00 Transport Minister Arpad Ersek to take part in an inspection day concerning the construction of the Bratislava bypass 14.30 press conference held by the Council for Budgetary Responsibility Topic: Evaluation of the ... more >
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13.11.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Tuesday-November 13, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Opposition MP Gabor Grendel (Ordinary People) claimed that no one attempted to orchestrate any state coup in early 2018, whereas President Andrej Kiska perceives the interrogation of the For a Decent Slovakia protest organisers as an intimidation attempt. BRATISLAVA - At its meeting on Tuesday the parliamentary defence and security committee eventually didn't take a position on ... more >
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13.11.2018 21:16 Defence Ministry Wants to Keep MiG-29 until Delivery of US F-16 Fighters
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - The Defence Ministry is to recommend that the Slovak Government should continue to operate MiG-29 aircraft until the delivery of the US F-16 fighter jets, the ministry's spokesperson Danka Capakova said on Tuesday, adding that this conclusion has been made following a detailed analysis of alternatives dealing with the protection of Slovakia's airspace. The ... more >
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13.11.2018 21:04 Scheduled Events for W E D N E S D A Y, November 13
BRATISLAVA 10.00 President Andrej Kiska to meet representatives of the Slovak bar associations to discuss the election of the Constitutional Court judges Presidential Palace 10.00 Transport Minister Arpad Ersek to take part in an inspection day concerning the construction of the Bratislava bypass 14.30 press conference held by the Council for Budgetary Responsibility Topic: Evaluation of the ... more >
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13.11.2018 21:00 Sakova: Police Again Under Huge Media Pressure
Banska Bystrica, November 13 (TASR) - The police are once again under enormous media pressure, Interior Minister Denisa Sakova (Smer-SD) stated at a briefing in Banska Bystrica on Tuesday in response to the news reported by the media that the National Crime Agency (NAKA) is investigating an anonymous criminal complaint concerning potentially corrupt activities lodged against the organisers of ... more >
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13.11.2018 20:18 uro Exchange Rates, November 13
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on November 14, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1261 JPY Japan 128. 32 CZK Czech Republic 25.939 GBP United Kingdom 0.86945 HUF Hungary 322. more >
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13.11.2018 20:15 Slovakia Undergoes Corruption Assessment
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Compliance with anti-corruption standards in Slovakia is being evaluated by members of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) these days, TASR learnt from Justice Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Drobova on Tuesday. The ministry received the evaluators on Tuesday, and they will stay in Slovakia until Friday (November 16). Drobova added that the ministry is ... more >
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13.11.2018 19:42 Slovakia Should Have Agreement with Azerbaijan on Preventing Double Taxation
Baku, November 13 (TASR correspondent) - Slovakia plans to conclude an agreement on preventing double taxation with Azerbaijan as well as an agreement to protect investments, TASR learnt on Tuesday in Baku within Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini's (Smer-SD) official visit to Azerbaijan. Slovakia should also establish diplomatic representation in this country. All this should, according to the ... more >
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13.11.2018 19:01 Kiska Welcomes Formation of UMB Commission to Check Danko's Paper
Banska Bystrica, November 13 (TASR) - President Andrej Kiska has welcomed the creation of a commission to deal with the much-discussed rigorous thesis of Parliamentary Chair and Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko, which was approved by the Academic Senate of Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banska Bystrica on Monday (November 12), TASR learnt on Tuesday. The commission, which is also... more >
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13.11.2018 18:14 'For a Decent Slovakia' Initiative Rejects Attacks from State
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia rallies consider the attacks from the governing coalition to be totally unacceptable, TASR learnt on Tuesday. The For a Decent Slovakia initiative also rejects claims that they have been managed and financed from abroad or that they have orchestrated a state coup. "These are all lies, stupidity and nonsense," said one of... more >
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13.11.2018 17:31 Most-Hid Wants to Add Term Mark-up to Law
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - A new concept of a "mark-up" as well as clear rules for pricing should be introduced into the law when one of the parties is an entity in a more advantageous economic position, TASR learnt from a proposal submitted in an amendment to the Price Law by three MPs for the junior governing Most-Hid party Peter Antal, Iren Sarkozy and Andrej Hrnciar. The draft was ... more >
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13.11.2018 16:50 Premier: I Rely on Police's Professionalism; Have no Information about Misuse
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) has no information that either the Slovak state authorities or secret services have been misused for monitoring the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia rallies, TASR learnt on Tuesday. "I only get this information from the media, I have no more details about it. I personally have no knowledge that the state ... more >
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13.11.2018 16:27 Committee Didn't Take Position on Security Strategies, Danko to Decide
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - At its meeting on Tuesday the parliamentary defence and security committee eventually didn't take a position on the Draft Security and Defence Strategies of the Slovak Republic that were approved by the Government more than a year ago. Committee chief Anton Hrnko (Slovak National Party/SNS) didn't want the MPs to recommend that the documents should be submitted... more >
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13.11.2018 15:33 Grendel: Protest Organisers Monitored, Hrnciar Sees No Reason to Panic
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Opposition MP Gabor Grendel (Ordinary People) claimed that no one attempted to orchestrate any state coup in early 2018, whereas President Andrej Kiska perceives the interrogation of the For a Decent Slovakia protest organisers as an intimidation attempt. Parliamentary vice-chair Andrej Hrnciar sees no reason to panic. Grendel believes that the For a Decent ... more >
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13.11.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Tuesday-November 13, 2018 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - A Code of Ethics originally supposed to guide the behaviour of lawmakers won't see the light of the day any time soon, as consensus on it hasn't been achieved and Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) doesn't wish to promote in the face of resistance from the Opposition, the Parliamentary Chair's Office director Zuzana Skopcova told TASR on Tuesday. BAKU - ... more >
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13.11.2018 14:44 Vallo Seeks Council's Support, Will Offer Cooperation to Councillors
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Seeking support in the municipal council for implementing his plan, newly elected Bratislava mayor Matus Vallo in the next few days aims to address municipal councillors who were elected in Saturday's (November 10) elections to discuss cooperation with them. "I'll be interested in their priorities and offer them participation in the change we're bringing to ... more >
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13.11.2018 14:25 'For a Decent Slovakia' Organisers Questioned over Alleged Coup Attempt
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - The National Crime Agency (NAKA) is investigating an anonymous criminal complaint concerning potential corruption activities lodged against the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia protests, namely allegations that they attempted to orchestrate a state coup in the services of financier George Soros, TASR learnt on Tuesday. The investigator summoned ... more >
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13.11.2018 14:02 Rasi: Commissions to Be Divided Up Whenever Possible
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - The division of commissions hasn't been addressed, and so isn't part of a drafted concept, but there's a need to divide up everything where the situation allows and where it won't put the whole in jeopardy, stated Vice-premier for Investments and Informatisation Richard Rasi at a briefing during the Itapa 2018 international congress on Tuesday. Rasi was ... more >
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13.11.2018 13:10 Danko to Explain to Police His Statement Aimed at LSNS
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Parliamentary Chair and Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko will be interrogated by the Bratislava Police Corps Regional Directorate on Tuesday regarding a criminal complaint filed against him by Marian Kotleba's far-right People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS), TASR learnt on the same day. "I'm going to provide an explanation for my statement that 'the... more >
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13.11.2018 12:34 Rasi: Miroslav Lajcak Still Our Favourite for Presidential Candidate
Bratislava, November 13 (TASR) - Vice-premier and Smer-SD vice-chairman Richard Rasi told journalists on Tuesday that Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) is still his favoured choice to become Smer-SD's presidential candidate, as well as for other senior party officials. Rasi continues to claim that his name hasn't appeared in any Smer-SD debates on... more >
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