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24.09.2018 09:47 More Than 12,000 Offtake Points in Central Slovakia Without Electricity
Zilina, September 24 (TASR) - Strong winds have caused more extensive electricity outages in central Slovakia on Monday morning and there are currently over 12,000 offtake points without electricity, TASR was told by spokesman for the regional power distributor Stredoslovenska Distribucna (SSD) Zilina Miroslav Gejdos. The most affected localities include the surroundings of Banska Bystrica, ... more >
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24.09.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for M O N D A Y, September 24
BRATISLAVA 09.00 tripartite session Government Office, Namestie slobody NEW YORK **** Slovak President Andrej Kiska to visit the USA and deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly ATHENS **** Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko visits Greece BERLIN **** Slovak Interior Minister Denisa Sakova to meet her German counterpart Horst Seehofer to discuss the alleged abduction of a Vietnamese ... more >
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23.09.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Sunday-September 23, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The departure of MP Lucia Zitnanska, who until the spring served as justice minister, from Most-Hid isn't a pleasing fact, but it could have been expected, said Most-Hid chairman Bela Bugar, a parliamentary vice-chairman, on Markiza's politics programme 'Na telo' on Sunday. BRATISLAVA - The Constitution can't be changed with ideas invented when some people go for a beer, said ... more >
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23.09.2018 21:30 Scheduled Events for M O N D A Y, September 24
BRATISLAVA 09.00 tripartite session Government Office, Namestie slobody NEW YORK **** Slovak President Andrej Kiska to visit the USA and deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly ATHENS **** Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko visits Greece BERLIN **** Slovak Interior Minister Denisa Sakova to meet her German counterpart Horst Seehofer to discuss the alleged abduction of a Vietnamese ... more >
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23.09.2018 20:33 'For a Decent Slovakia' to Resume Protests on Friday
Bratislava, September 23 (TASR) - The 'For a Decent Slovakia' initiative, which was the driving force behind mass protests following the murder or journalist Jan Kuciak, eventually leading to the resignation of prime minister Robert Fico in March, announced on Sunday that it will organise further demos next Friday in Bratislava, Kosice and Banska Bystrica. The organisers stated that the public... more >
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23.09.2018 19:05 Czech Police: Slovak Islamist Was Planning Lone Wolf Attack
Prague, September 23 (TASR) - The first Slovak Islamist radical identified for legal purposes only as Dominik K., arrested last year in the Czech Republic, was actually planning a terror attack, Czech police chief Tomas Tuhy told Czech Television on Sunday. The radicalised Slovak, who frequented mosques in Prague and appeared under the adopted name of Abdul Rahman, wasn't a member of an ... more >
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23.09.2018 18:08 Sulik Criticises Free Lunches for School Pupils, Fico Calls Him Begrudger
(TA3, 'V politike', September 23) Free rail travel for students and the elderly, introduced a few years ago, and the planned free lunches for pupils at schools have their justification, said former prime minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) on TA3's programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday. Fico was countered by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chief Richard Sulik, who believes that school ... more >
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23.09.2018 17:26 Klus and Paska: Sefcovic Able to Speak to EPP and Reformists
(TA3, 'V politike', September 23) The candidacy of Slovak Vice-president of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic for election leader of the Party of European Socialists' (PES) next year, and thereby possibly also for EU executive branch head, is a piece of good news for Slovakia, coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Jaroslav Paska (a former MEP) and Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (MP) ... more >
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23.09.2018 16:56 All Options Open, Says Remisova on OLaNO's Presidential Candidate
(Markiza, 'Na telo', September 23) The Opposition OLaNO party will say by the end of the year whether it will put forward its own candidate for the presidential elections due in the spring or will endorse a different candidate, said OLaNO MP Veronika Remisova on Markiza's politics show 'Na telo' on Sunday. Remisova stated that much will depend on who's nominated by governing coalition parties ... more >
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23.09.2018 16:03 Remisova: Constitution Can't Be Changed with Ideas Invented over Beer
(Markiza, 'Na telo', September 23) The Constitution can't be changed with ideas invented when some people go for a beer, said Opposition OLaNO MP Veronika Remisova on Markiza's politics discussion programme 'Na telo' on Sunday when asked about her opinion of the governing Smer-SD's proposal to elect some Constitutional Court judges directly in Parliament with at least 90 votes. "The state can'... more >
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23.09.2018 15:29 Bugar: Zitnanska's Departure Not Pleasing, But Not Unlikely
(Markiza, 'Na telo', September 23) The departure of MP Lucia Zitnanska, who until the spring served as justice minister, from Most-Hid isn't a pleasing fact, but it could have been expected, said Most-Hid chairman Bela Bugar, a parliamentary vice-chairman, on Markiza's politics programme 'Na telo' on Sunday. "She was present at all the talks regarding the setting up of this Government and its ... more >
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23.09.2018 14:30 Euro Exchange Rates, September 21
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on September 24, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1759 JPY Japan 132. 44 CZK Czech Republic 25.585 GBP United Kingdom 0.89400 HUF Hungary 324. more >
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23.09.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for S U N D A Y, September 23
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22.09.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Saturday-September 22, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The man portrayed on an indentikit picture released by the authorities earlier this week as possibly "having information" on the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February has possibly been identified, Novy Cas tabloid reported on its website on Saturday. BRATISLAVA - The proposed strengthening of Frontex (European Border and Coast ... more >
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22.09.2018 21:30 Scheduled Events for S U N D A Y, September 23
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22.09.2018 20:37 Central Bank Has Doors Open Day, People Ask for Vault Password
Bratislava, September 22 (TASR) - More than 4,000 people attended a Doors Open Day of the Slovak central bank (NBS) on Saturday, with the most frequent questions concerning the location of the bank's vault, what the password is and how much money is stored inside, NBS spokesperson Martina Vrablik Solcanyova told TASR on the same day. Other issues of interest included the NBS building, which is... more >
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22.09.2018 19:25 KOVO: Salary Convergence with Western Europe Is Slovakia's Priority
Bratislava, September 22 (TASR) - It's unrealistic to expect that salaries in Slovakia will level up with western Europe within a few years, said vice-chair of Slovak metallurgy trade union KOVO Monika Benedekova at a joint conference with Germany's IG Metall in Bratislava on Friday. "Salary convergence, i.e. a gradual levelling up of eastern Europe with western Europe, is Slovakia's priority,... more >
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22.09.2018 18:34 Zvolen Ultras Riot at Ice Hockey Game in Hungary
Miskolc/Zvolen, September 22 (TASR) - An ice hockey game between DVTK Jegesmedvek Miskolc and HKM Zvolen (0-5) in Slovakia's ice-hockey premier league Tipsport Liga, which for the first time ever also features two Hungarian teams, was disrupted in Miskolc, Hungary on Friday by riots involving masked hooligans present in the Zvolen fan zone. Members of the Ultras Zvolen group, who had masked ... more >
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22.09.2018 17:34 Professional Soldiers Celebrate Day of Slovak Armed Forces
Brezova pod Bradlom, September 22 (TASR) - Professional soldiers and Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (Slovak National Party/SNS) in Brezova pod Bradlom (Trencin region) on Saturday celebrated the Day of Slovak Armed Forces and also commemorated the 25th anniversary of an independent Slovakia and its military. "We want to build a young and modern military. Young - based on educated and well-... more >
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22.09.2018 16:59 Witness Recognises Man from Identikit Related to Journalist's Murder
Bratislava, September 22 (TASR) - The man portrayed on an indentikit picture released by the authorities earlier this week as possibly "having information" on the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February has possibly been identified, Novy Cas tabloid reported on its website on Saturday. Novy Cas was allegedly contacted by a 38-year old man ... more >
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22.09.2018 15:56 Paska and Klus Concur on Possible Problems with Frontex Command
(RTVS, 'Sobotne dialogy', September 22) The proposed strengthening of Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard Agency) is the best way how to protect the EU's outer borders, Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Martin Klus said on RTVS's radio discussion programme 'Sobotne dialogy' (Saturday Dialogues). At the same time he agreed with co-governing Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Jaroslav ... more >
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22.09.2018 15:02 Euro Exchange Rates, September 21
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on September 24, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1759 JPY Japan 132. 44 CZK Czech Republic 25.585 GBP United Kingdom 0.89400 HUF Hungary 324. more >
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22.09.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for S A T U R D A Y, September 22
TRENCIN REGION 10.30 Celebration of the Slovak Armed Forces Day and the 25th anniversary of the founding of Slovak Republic, attended by Defence Minister Peter Gajdos Brezová pod Bradlom mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Saturday-September 22-2018 more >
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21.09.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Friday-September 21, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (Slovak National Party/SNS) talked with Slovak troops serving in foreign missions via Skype on the occasion of the Slovak Armed Forces Day, congratulated them on the anniversary of the Slovak Armed Forces' creation and inquired about the health of troopers and their potential requests, TASR learnt on Friday. BRATISLAVA - Slovak labour unions should ... more >
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21.09.2018 20:12 Minister Gajdos Skypes with Troops Serving Abroad
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (Slovak National Party/SNS) talked with Slovak troops serving in foreign missions via Skype on the occasion of the Slovak Armed Forces Day, congratulated them on the anniversary of the Slovak Armed Forces' creation and inquired about the health of troopers and their potential requests, TASR learnt on Friday. Currently, 481 Slovak ... more >
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21.09.2018 19:31 Scheduled Events for S A T U R D A Y, September 22
TRENCIN REGION 10.30 Celebration of the Slovak Armed Forces Day and the 25th anniversary of the founding of Slovak Republic, attended by Defence Minister Peter Gajdos Brezová pod Bradlom mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Saturday-September 22-2018 more >
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21.09.2018 19:27 Euro Exchange Rates, September 21
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on September 24, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1759 JPY Japan 132. 44 CZK Czech Republic 25.585 GBP United Kingdom 0.89400 HUF Hungary 324. more >
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21.09.2018 19:25 OZ KOVO: German Warning Strikes Source of Inspiration for Slovak Unionists
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Slovak labour unions should draw inspiration from German "warning strikes", as they are not detrimental to economy and convey their message to employer accordingly, OZ KOVO labour union head Emil Machyna claimed at a press conference held along with the largest metal-working industry labour union in Germany, IG Metall, on Friday. The German unionists staged a ... more >
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21.09.2018 19:02 President Chooses Not to Sign Bill on SAV Transformation
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - President Andrej Kiska chose not to sign the amendment to the Universities Act, part of which includes also the amendment to the Act on Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), TASR learnt on Friday. The legislation will come into effect also without the presidential signature and, hence, SAV institutes will remain in their original state that was seen prior to the ... more >
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21.09.2018 18:47 Another Contingent of Slovak Troops Returns from UNFICYP
Nitra, September 21 (TASR) - A contingent of 67 Slovak troops returned home on Friday from a peace operation in Cyprus and were welcomed at the premises of the Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade base in Nitra also by Defence Minister Peter Gajdos, who thanked them for their successful involvement in the UNFICYP mission, TASR learnt on the same day. The Slovak soldiers have taken responsibility over... more >
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21.09.2018 18:20 President Kiska and Delegation to Leave for USA on Monday
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - President Andrej Kiska will on Monday (September 24) leave for the 73rd UN General Assembly to be held in New York and also attend the 'Forbes 100 + 100 Years of Innovation' event, where he will meet representatives of Slovak, Czech and US firms, TASR learnt from President's Office on Friday. At the UN General Assembly, Kiska will deliver a speech in the ... more >
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21.09.2018 18:03 Lajcak Holds Talks with OSCE on Ukraine, Seeking Conflict De-escalation
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Slovakia intends to contribute towards the de-escalation of tension in Ukraine and improvement of the situation for the civilian population suffering from the conflict during its OSCE Presidency next year, Slovak chief of diplomacy Miroslav Lajcak said during his meeting with OSCE representatives on Friday. "Ukraine, as our closest neighbour and also the state... more >
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21.09.2018 17:23 Police: No Dangerous Substance in Suspicious Letters for MPs
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - The police didn't find any dangerous substance in more than 70 letters seized earlier on Friday by the Parliamentary Office as supposedly contaminated, Bratislava regional police spokesperson Veronika Slamkova told TASR on the same day. The Parliamentary Office earlier reported that the letters addressed to MPs from both the governing Coalition and Opposition ... more >
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21.09.2018 17:03 Agriculture Ministry: Systemic Measures Introduced in Food Sector
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has introduced systemic measures to support the Slovak food sector in the past two years, TASR was told by ministry spokesman Michal Feik on Friday. The ministry was reacting to earlier criticism by Opposition party We Are Family, which pointed to a massive 40.8-percent year-on-year increase in the first half of ... more >
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21.09.2018 16:50 We Are Family: Slovak Agriculture in One of Deepest Crises Ever
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Slovak agriculture is experiencing one of its deepest crises ever, figures from Opposition party We Are Family stated at a press conference on Friday, pointing their fingers at the co-ruling Slovak National Party (SNS). "It's incredible what SNS's nominees have done with the Slovak agricultural sector in two and half years," said We Are Family chairman Boris ... more >
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21.09.2018 16:07 Danko Calls on Opposition to Apologize for Criticism of Letter Checks
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Opposition MPs who accused the Parliament Office management of violating the secrecy of correspondence by opening the letters sent to legislators should apologise for it, stated Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) on Friday in response to the information that the Parliament Office had identified around 70 contaminated letters sent to... more >
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21.09.2018 15:21 Kazimir: Intl Organisations Helped Slovakia to Become Reliable Partner
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - The international organisations have significantly helped Slovakia to become a stable and reliable partner, stated Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) at a seminar entitled 'How International Organisations Evaluate Slovakia', which took place in Bratislava on Friday. "Slovakia and the Slovaks are able to export their best practices to other countries. We'... more >
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21.09.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-September 21, 2018 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry has stopped the procedure involving the registration of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), TASR learnt from the ministry's communications department on Thursday evening, adding that the aforementioned decision was based on a proposal of the Prosecutor General's (PG) Office. KOSICE - Around 20 representatives of private ... more >
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21.09.2018 14:52 Elderly Wine-grower Asphyxiates with Gas Produced by 'Burciak'
Dulovce, September 21 (TASR) - The tasting of half-fermented wine known in Slovakia as 'burciak' [boor-chi-ak], considered by small wine-growers as one of their greatest joys, turned into a tragedy in the village of Dulovce (Nitra region) on Thursday evening, as four men fell unconscious and one of them, the 76-year old husbandman, eventually died after inhaling carbon dioxide released from ... more >
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21.09.2018 14:12 Parliament Legalises Domestic Distillation of Alcohol for One's Own Use
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - The Slovak Parliament has passed by an overwhelming majority a Most-Hid sponsored bill legalising the domestic distillation of alcohol for one's own use. "There's a long tradition of distilling spirits from home-grown fruit, but this was made illegal," stated Most-Hid MP Tibor Bastrnak, a co-author of the bill, adding that many people in Slovakia distilled ... more >
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21.09.2018 13:31 Lajcak to Take Part in 73rd UN General Assembly Session in New York
New York/Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak is set to leave for New York on Saturday (September 22) to participate in the opening of the 73rd UN General Assembly annual general debate, TASR learnt from the ministry's press department on Friday. The head of Slovak diplomacy is set to take part in various events focusing on ... more >
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21.09.2018 13:03 Russians Complain about Unauthorised Repairs by LOTN, Slovakia Slams Claims
Trencin, September 21 (TASR) - A company Russian Helicopters, which represents producers Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and Kazan Helicopters, has rejected responsibility for further safe operations of a Mi-17V-5 transport helicopter of the Afghan air force due to the fact that it underwent an alleged unauthorised overhaul in the Aircraft Repair Company (LOTN) in Trencin. Russian Helicopters has ... more >
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21.09.2018 12:14 Parliament: MPs Receive over 70 Contaminated Letters
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - MPs have been delivered contaminated mailing, including more than 70 letters involving a suspicious substance with slightly irritating effects, TASR learnt from Parliament's press office director Zuzana Cizmarikova on Friday. The Parliament Office forwarded the letters to the police and rescue units and has the Parliament premises decontaminated. Cizmarikova ... more >
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21.09.2018 10:30 Kosice AmCham Marks Anniversary by Discussing Development of Region
Kosice, September 21 (TASR) - Around 20 representatives of private companies, universities, municipalities, regions and creative industry from eastern Slovakia on Thursday (September 20) discussed the possibilities for developing Slovakia's eastern region, TASR learnt on Friday. The event was organised to mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of Kosice's branch of the American Chamber of ... more >
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21.09.2018 09:34 Education Ministry Gives Stop to SAV Registration Process
Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) - The Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry has stopped the procedure involving the registration of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), TASR learnt from the ministry's communications department on Thursday evening, adding that the aforementioned decision was based on a proposal of the Prosecutor General's (PG) Office. The Education, Science, Research... more >
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21.09.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, September 21
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20.09.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-September 20, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Foreign and European Affairs Ministry state secretary Lukas Parizek met with new Danish Ambassador to Slovakia Rene Rosager Dinesen, based in Vienna, and received his credentials on Thursday, TASR learnt on the same day. BRATISLAVA - The Eastring project is expected to increase energy security in the region of south-eastern Europe and make for a more vibrant competition on the gas... more >
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20.09.2018 20:40 Parizek Receives Credentials from New Danish Ambassador Rene Dinesen
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Foreign and European Affairs Ministry state secretary Lukas Parizek met with new Danish Ambassador to Slovakia Rene Rosager Dinesen, based in Vienna, and received his credentials on Thursday, TASR learnt on the same day. The ambassador broached excellent bilateral ties, particularly alluding to the visit by Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to ... more >
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20.09.2018 20:34 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, September 21
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20.09.2018 20:30 Eastring Pipeline Construction to Begin in 2022
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - The Eastring project is expected to increase energy security in the region of south-eastern Europe and make for a more vibrant competition on the gas market, which could also translate into more advantageous prices for end consumers, European Commission Vice-president for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said at a press briefing in Bratislava on Thursday. ... more >
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20.09.2018 20:28 Euro Exchange Rates, September 20
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on September 21, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1769 JPY Japan 131. 98 CZK Czech Republic 25.560 GBP United Kingdom 0.88590 HUF Hungary 323. more >
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20.09.2018 20:16 Beranik: Slovakia at Cross-roads Between Democracy and Authoritarianism
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - A key demand of the opposition Ordinary People (OLaNO) party is to have Constitutional Court judges elected by the constitutional majority (90 votes) as recommended by the Venice Commission, OLaNO caucus chair Veronika Remisova claimed on Thursday. Remisova spoke in response to Smer-SD proposal to have the Parliament elect Constitutional Court judges directly ... more >
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20.09.2018 20:00 Lucia Zitnanska Leaves Most-Hid Party and Caucus
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - MP and former justice minister Lucia Zitnanska (2016-18) is leaving Most-Hid party and its caucus, TASR learnt on Thursday. "I announced already before the summer break that I won't vie for any elected office nor run in the next general election. Today, however, I'm also losing any reason to maintain the strictly official ties with the current governing ... more >
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20.09.2018 19:41 Kiska: Smer-SD Plan to Have House Elect Constitutional Judges Dangerous
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - President Andrej Kiska perceives plans by Smer-SD to make the election of Constitutional Court judges an exclusive right of the Parliament alone dangerous and wonders about its true purpose, TASR learnt on Thursday. After Kiska met with representatives of coalition parties earlier in the day, he accentuated that a proper system of checks and balances poses a ... more >
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20.09.2018 18:12 Smer-SD Wants Constitutional Court Judges to Be Elected Directly by House
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Governing Smer-SD will submit a motion to have Constitutional Court judges elected directly by Parliament with 90 votes (out of total 150), with candidates who command the constitutional majority automatically set to become Constitutional Court judges, Parliamentary Vice-chair Martin Glvac (Smer-SD) said after the meeting between President Andrej Kiska and ... more >
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20.09.2018 17:02 Richter: Slovakia the only V4 State Regulating Labour from Third Countries
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Slovakia is the only Visegrad Four (V4) country (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) that has maintained regulations for the influx of labour force from the so-called third countries, and this principle also remains part of a new strategy to be discussed by the tripartite group and Government next week, said Labour, Social Affairs and the Family ... more >
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20.09.2018 16:42 Matecna: Prosecutor-General's Office to Deal with Disputed Ownership Rights
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - There's an agreement in place that the Agricultural Payment Agency (PPA) won't address disputed rights to land or the so-called duplicate declarations, but will forward such cases automatically to the Prosecutor-General's Office, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Gabriela Matecna (Slovak National Party/SNS) said after a session of the parliamentary ... more >
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20.09.2018 16:08 Pellegrini: EU Prefers Agreement on Brexit; Slovakia Wants Special Summit
Salzburg, September 20 (TASR) - The situation concerning Brexit remains complicated and it seems that each of the parties involved has some red lines that they don't want to cross, said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) on day two of an informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, which wasn't attended by British PM Theresa May. Britain's notion of keeping for itself only the free ... more >
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20.09.2018 15:29 Unemployment Rate Down to 5.42 Percent in August
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - The unemployment rate in Slovakia stood at 5.42 percent in August, down by 0.05 percentage points (p.p.) from July and down by 1.12 percentage points year-on-year, according to data released by the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Centre (UPSVR) on Thursday. Meanwhile, the number of jobseekers immediately able to start work was 148,935 in August, a ... more >
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20.09.2018 15:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-September 20, 2018 - 3 p.m.
SALZBURG - At their meeting ahead of a two-day informal EU summit in Salzburg on Wednesday (September 19), representatives of the Visegrad Four (V4) group (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) didn't completely reject the strengthening of Frontex agency, but they did state that the roles and scope of operation of both components (Frontex and national border guards) must be clearly ... more >
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20.09.2018 14:32 Slovak PM: Protection of EU Borders Sidelining Debate on Migrant Quotas
Salzburg, September 20 (TASR) - The issue of distributing migrants among individual EU-member countries has ceased to be a dominant topic, with the debate instead shifting to the need to protect outer EU borders and security, said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini on Thursday, summarising the course of the talks at an informal EU summit in Salzburg. According to the Slovak prime minister,... more >
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20.09.2018 14:19 IFP: Slovakia's GDP to Grow by 4.1% This Year; Up to 4.5% in 2019
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Slovakia's GDP growth will reach 4.1 percent this year and accelerate to 4.5 percent in 2019 thanks to automotive sector exports, before slowing down to 3.9 percent in 2020, according to the latest macroeconomic prognosis published by the Finance Ministry's Financial Policy Institute (IFP) and presented by Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) on Thursday. ... more >
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20.09.2018 13:56 Kazimir: Imrecze to Leave Financial Administration Next Week
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Frantisek Imrecze will give up his post of Financial Administration president in a letter that he'll deliver to Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) on Thursday afternoon, TASR learnt on the same day. Imrecze will step down from his post next week. Subsequently, Kazimir will task somebody from within the institution with heading Financial Administration on... more >
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20.09.2018 12:31 Beblavy: Kazimir Should Halt Reoccurring Customs Fraud
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - Extra-parliamentary Together party leader and Independent MP Miroslav Beblavy on Thursday called on Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) to start taking action at Financial Administration regarding customs fraud and to present ways in which he plans to put a stop to and investigate it. According to Beblavy, customs fraud began to reappear in Slovakia as of... more >
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20.09.2018 11:37 Mako: Statements by Opposition MPs Untrue and Deliberately Misleading
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - The statements made by OLaNO MPs Veronika Remisova and Eduard Heger on Wednesday (September 19) were untrue and intentionally misleading, said Financial Administration Crime Bureau director Ludovit Mako on Thursday. Following the resignation of Financial Administration (tax office) president Frantisek Imrecze on Wednesday, OLaNO stated that Mako should resign ... more >
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20.09.2018 10:44 UK Ambassador to Award Slovak Writer and Translator Lubomir Feldek
Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) - The British Embassy will mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Slovakia by presenting Slovak poet, prose writer, dramatist and translator Lubomir Feldek with the Ambassador's Award on Thursday. "Mr. Feldek has merit in bringing the best of our classic literature to people. His translations of Shakespeare contribute ... more >
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20.09.2018 10:00 Pellegrini: V4 Not Completely Ruling Out Strengthening of Frontex
Salzburg, November 20 (TASR correspondent) - At their meeting ahead of a two-day informal EU summit in Salzburg on Wednesday (September 19), representatives of the Visegrad Four (V4) group (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) didn't completely reject the strengthening of Frontex agency, but they did state that the roles and scope of operation of both components (Frontex and ... more >
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20.09.2018 07:30 Scheduled Events for T H U R S D A Y, September 20
BRATISLAVA 09.00 parliamentary session Parliament, Namestie A. Dubceka 1 11.00 Press conference held by Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Jan Richter and Labour, Social Affairs and Family Job Centre general director Marian Valentovic. Topic: Unemployment rate in August 2018 Labour Ministry, Spitalska 4 13.30 Meeting held between President Andrej Kiska and representatives of ... more >
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19.09.2018 22:00 SUMMARY-Wednesday-September 19, 2018 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA/SALZBURG - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini left for a two-day informal EU summit held in Salzburg on Wednesday, TASR learnt on the same day. BRATISLAVA - Passengers who ended up stuck for more than five hours on trains without any lights or access to toilets in early September, following the tearing down of an overhead line close to Bratislava main station, will become beneficiaries... more >
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19.09.2018 21:07 Scheduled Events for T H U R S D A Y, September 20
BRATISLAVA 09.00 parliamentary session Parliament, Namestie A. Dubceka 1 11.00 Press conference held by Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Jan Richter and Labour, Social Affairs and Family Job Centre general director Marian Valentovic. Topic: Unemployment rate in August 2018 Labour Ministry, Spitalska 4 13.30 Meeting held between President Andrej Kiska and representatives of ... more >
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19.09.2018 20:48 Euro Exchange Rates, September 19
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on September 20, 2018. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1667 JPY Japan 130. 94 CZK Czech Republic 25.434 GBP United Kingdom 0.88813 HUF Hungary 323. more >
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19.09.2018 20:46 Prime Minister Goes to EU Summit on Migration and Brexit in Salzburg
Bratislava/Salzburg, September 19 (TASR-correspondent) - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini left for a two-day informal EU summit held in Salzburg on Wednesday, TASR learnt on the same day. Organised by the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council, the summit will deal with illegal migration, Europe's internal security and the upcoming Brexit. The summit will also be attended by chief of European ... more >
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19.09.2018 20:39 ZSSK Management to Compensate Passengers Out of Own Pocket
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Passengers who ended up stuck for more than five hours on trains without any lights or access to toilets in early September, following the tearing down of an overhead line close to Bratislava main station, will become beneficiaries of extraordinary compensation that goes beyond the scope of the transport regulations, TASR learnt on Wednesday. The bill for this... more >
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19.09.2018 20:37 Smer-SD: Imrecze has Great Potential We Plan to Utilize
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Smer-SD chairman Robert Fico acknowledges the personal choice of Financial Administration President Frantisek Imrecze to resign, adding that Imrecze represents enormous expert and political potential for Smer-SD, which the party intends to utilise, TASR learnt on Wednesday. According to a Smer-SD press release, it is beyond doubt that Imrecze achieved great ... more >
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19.09.2018 19:31 Kazimir: I Understand Imrecze's Decision and Thank him for his Work
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) acknowledged the news of Finance Administration President Frantisek Imrecze to tender his resignation, TASR learnt on Wednesday. "I accept his decision, I understand it and I'd like to thank him for his work," stated Kazimir, who is currently on his working visit to Berlin. Kazimir also plans to discuss the decision ... more >
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19.09.2018 19:14 ZSSK: Opposition Tries to Take Advantage of Recent Railway Accidents
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Malfunctions and railway accidents pose a major inconvenience particularly for passengers, however, railway passenger carrier ZSSK Slovensko is working diligently to investigate them and adopt measures aimed at bolstering its own ability to respond, ZSSK spokesman Tomas Kovac said on Wednesday. Kovac spoke in reaction to members of opposition Ordinary People (... more >
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19.09.2018 18:01 Ersek: I'll Instruct Rail Companies' Management to Fix Current Mistakes
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Transport and Construction Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) said on Wednesday that Slovak railways were neglected for a long period before his arrival at the ministry. "We've been trying to change it. We added new trains, we want travel to be more modern and average delays to be reduced. more >
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19.09.2018 17:42 SaS Joins OLaNO in Demanding Ouster of Railway Companies Managements
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party asks Transport and Construction Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) to dismiss the managements of railway infrastructure owner ZSR and railway passenger carrier ZSSK, as they blame the managements of the two railway companies for the current state of the railways, TASR learnt on Wednesday. SaS thus echoes the same call... more >
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19.09.2018 17:22 Opposition Welcomes Imrecze's Resignation, He Should Have Done It Sooner
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - The Opposition welcomes Frantisek Imrecze's decision to resign from the post of Financial Administration (tax office) president, however, OLaNO party believes that the office's purgation needs to continue and that Finance Minister Peter Kazimir (Smer-SD) should also dismiss Financial Administration Crime Bureau director Ludovit Mako. "Imrecze eventually ... more >
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19.09.2018 16:16 Financial Administration President Frantisek Imrecze Resigns from his Post
Bratislava, September 19 (TASR) - At the session of the parliamentary financial committee where he came to explain the scandal involving Chinese goods-related customs frauds on Wednesday, Financial Administration (tax office) president Frantisek Imrecze announced he will resign from his post. Imrecze said he made the decision to resign on Wednesday, as he doesn't want to damage the Financial ... more >
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