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18.02.2019 15:59 INESS: Special Levy for Chain Stores Drove Prices Up in January
Bratislava, February 18 (TASR) - The levy on the turnover of food chain stores was reflected in an increase of prices in January with a share of approximately 0.1 percentage point, which is an increase of €50 million when compared to the annual household consumption, TASR learnt from the Economic and Social Analysis Institute (INESS) on Monday. Since the two biggest chain stores are still not ... more >
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18.02.2019 15:31 RSF Concerned With Interventions into Investigation of Kuciak's Murder
Brussels, February 18 (TASR) - NGO organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed on Monday its concerns regarding political interventions into the investigation of the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. RSF admitted that there's been undeniable progress in the investigation of the murder, however, it called on responsible Slovak authorities to secure completely ... more >
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18.02.2019 15:00 SUMMARY-Monday-February 18, 2019 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - This year, the Year of Milan Rastistav Stefanik, Slovakia will support the reconstruction of an observatory in the Paris suburb of Meudon, where Stefanik worked as an astronomer at the beginning of the 20th century, said Culture Minister Lubica Lassakova (Smer-SD) at her meeting with French Ambassador to Slovakia Christophe Leonzi last week. BRATISLAVA - According to experts, ... more >
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18.02.2019 14:37 Slovak Cultural-Information Centre in Jerusalem to Be Opened in 2019
Jerusalem/Bratislava, February 18 (TASR-correspondent) - The creation of a Slovak Cultural and Information Centre in Jerusalem is entering its final stage, said Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) during his flight to Israel on Monday, adding that the centre should start operating in Israel under the auspices of the Culture Ministry in 2019. "The [Slovak] ambassador will inform me how ... more >
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18.02.2019 14:20 Dissatisfied Farmers Heading from Kosice and Bardejov to Slovak Capital
Bratislava, February 18 (TASR) - Dissatisfied farmers are heading from Kosice and Bardejov (Presov region) to the Slovak capital on their tractors, Partrik Magdosko of the Farmers Initiative told TASR on Monday, adding that they'll be joined by others from the Zitny Ostrov area on Tuesday (February 19). "One hundred instead of the originally planned 960 tractors will arrive in Bratislava," said... more >
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18.02.2019 13:56 Pellegrini: Slovakia to Have Innovation Diplomat in Israel
Jerusalem, February 18 (TASR-correspondent) - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) stated during his flight to Israel that Israel will be among the first countries in which Slovakia will place a so-called diplomat for innovations, TASR learnt on the same day. "They will be placed in only four countries [Israel, the USA, China and Finland], and Israel is among the first countries where ... more >
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18.02.2019 13:43 Simecka and Bilcik Leaders of PS-Together Joint Slate for EP Elections
Bratislava, February 18 - Michal Simecka and Vladimir Bilcik announced on Monday that they will head the joint slate of the extra-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia (PS) and Together-Civic Democracy parties in the European Parliament (EP) elections due to be held in May, adding they aim to achieve a two-digit result. The two leaders characterised their parties' slate as a "clear pro-European ... more >
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18.02.2019 13:23 Lajcak Holds Series of Bilateral Talks in Munich
Munich, February 18 (TASR) - Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) on his second day at the Munich Security Conference [before heading to Brussels - ed. note] held a series of bilateral talks with his foreign counterparts, TASR has been told by the press team of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Less than week after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo visited Bratislava, Lajcak ... more >
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18.02.2019 12:34 Lajcak Holds Talks with Klimkin in Brussels
Brussels, February 18 (TASR) - Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister and current chair of the OSCE Miroslav Lajcak held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin during a Foreign Affairs Session (FAC) meeting in Brussels on Sunday, TASR has been informed by the press team of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The two ministers assessed the situation in Ukraine and the surrounding ... more >
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18.02.2019 11:39 Analysts: Higher Salaries and Prices for Services Influencing Inflation
Bratislava, February 18 (TASR) - According to experts, significant salary growth and growing prices for services will be the main factors influencing inflation in Slovakia in the upcoming period. The Finance Ministry's latest prognosis envisages stable inflation at 2.6 percent this year, and analysts estimate the figure roughly at the same level. Inflation amounted to 2.2 percent in January. more >
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18.02.2019 09:57 Slovakia to Give Financial Support to Reconstruction of Meudon Observatory
Bratislava, February 18 (TASR) - This year, the Year of Milan Rastistav Stefanik, Slovakia will support the reconstruction of an observatory in the Paris suburb of Meudon, where Stefanik worked as an astronomer at the beginning of the 20th century, said Culture Minister Lubica Lassakova (Smer-SD) at her meeting with French Ambassador to Slovakia Christophe Leonzi last week. The Slovak minister... more >
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18.02.2019 07:30 Scheduled Events for M O N D A Y, February 18
BRATISLAVA 13.00 Opposition-initiated parliamentary session with a no- confidence motion in Education Minister Martina Lubyova on the agenda Parliament, Nam. A. Dubceka 1 JERUSALEM (ISRAEL) ***** Summit of V4 and Israeli premiers (until February 19) (covered by a TASR correspondent) am/dfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Monday-February 18-2019 more >
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17.02.2019 22:00 SUMMARY-Sunday-February 17, 2019 - 10 p.m.
ZVOLEN - The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) at the KDH Council session in Zvolen on Saturday elected additional candidates for the elections to the European Parliament and also determined the order of candidates on its slate. BRATISLAVA - Speaking on TA3's discussion programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday, Prosecutor-General Jaromir Ciznar said that proposals for the first charges... more >
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17.02.2019 21:11 Sefcovic: I'm Running for Myself and Bringing Clean Badge
(TA3, 'V politike', February 17) I'm bringing my clean badge to the presidential election, which I've had to create over the long term, said presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic on TA3's discussion programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday, adding that he rejects attempts to automatically associate his presidential candidacy with scandals related to the Smer-SD party. "I'm not a ... more >
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17.02.2019 21:10 Scheduled Events for M O N D A Y, February 18
BRATISLAVA 13.00 Opposition-initiated parliamentary session with a no- confidence motion in Education Minister Martina Lubyova on the agenda Parliament, Nam. A. Dubceka 1 JERUSALEM (ISRAEL) ***** Summit of V4 and Israeli premiers (until February 19) (covered by a TASR correspondent) am/dfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-Monday-February 18-2019 more >
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17.02.2019 20:17 Wagons from Derailed Train to Be Removed by Firefighting Machinery
Krompachy, February 17 (TASR) - Heavy firefighting machinery will have to be used to remove goods wagons from the line after a freight train was derailed near Krompachy (Kosice region) railway station on Saturday (February 16) evening, TASR learnt on Sunday. The original plan was to use heavy military machinery. "In connection with the incident ZSR asked for firefighting equipment that should... more >
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17.02.2019 19:45 Poll: Most Slovaks Would Like EU to Create Joint Armed Forces
Bratislava, February 17 (TASR) - Nearly 80 percent of Slovaks think that the European Union (EU) should create joint armed forces to protect the country from external threats, TASR has learnt from a representative survey conducted by Focus for the European Commission Representation in Slovakia. Most of the respondents said that the EU should do something in each case included in the poll. ... more >
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17.02.2019 19:10 Gal: Secret Vote of Candidates in Order If Result Is Functional Court
(RTVS, 'O 5 minut 12', February 10) I'm convinced that the coalition will agree on candidates for constitutional judges in a repeated election, stated MP for the senior governing Smer-SD party Juraj Blanar on public service Radio and Television Slovakia's (RTVS) programme 'O 5 Minut 12' (Five Minutes to Twelve) on Sunday. "We've been saying since the beginning that only a secret vote is ... more >
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17.02.2019 18:12 AKO Poll: Mistrik and Caputova with Small Difference Behind Sefcovic
Bratislava, February 17 (TASR) - Had the presidential election taken place in mid-February, the highest number of people would have voted for EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, followed by scientist Robert Mistrik at 1.5 percentage points behind and lawyer and activist Zuzana Caputova less than 1 percentage point behind Mistrik, TASR learnt from the results of an AKO agency poll on Sunday. AKO ... more >
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17.02.2019 17:22 Mistrik and Caputova Sense Chance of Defeating Sefcovic in 2nd Round
(Markiza, 'Na telo', February 17) Robert Mistrik and Zuzana Caputova, who appeared on TV Markiza's political discussion programme 'Na telo' on Sunday, both view themselves as candidates who have a real chance of defeating Maros Sefcovic in the second round of the upcoming presidential election. They based their opinion on the latest election polls. "The figures showed that I'm simply the ... more >
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17.02.2019 16:35 Ciznar: Proposals for First Charges in Kuciak Case within Few Months
(TA3, 'V politike', February 17) Speaking on TA3's discussion programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday, Prosecutor-General Jaromir Ciznar said that proposals for the first charges in the case of the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova should be submitted within a few months. "I don't want to promise something that can't be kept, but proposals for charges ... more >
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17.02.2019 15:40 KDH Aims to Defend 2 Seats in European Elections, Stefanec Tops Slate
Zvolen, February 17 (TASR) - The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) at the KDH Council session in Zvolen on Saturday elected additional candidates for the elections to the European Parliament and also determined the order of candidates on its slate. KDH's slate will be led by MEP Ivan Stefanec, while its final, 14th candidate will be the EU's Special Envoy for Promotion of Freedom of Religion... more >
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17.02.2019 15:00 Euro Exchange Rates, February 15
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on February 18, 2019. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1260 JPY Japan 124. 45 CZK Czech Republic 25.709 GBP United Kingdom 0.87938 HUF Hungary 318. more >
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17.02.2019 07:30 Scheduled Events for S U N D A Y, February 17
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16.02.2019 22:00 SUMMARY-Saturday-February 16, 2019 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The junior governing Most-Hid party wants to meet the Government Manifesto and not to breach the coalition agreement, with its priority being to reach an agreement in the coalition on candidates for constitutional judges, Most-Hid Chairman Bela Bugar said after the meeting of Most-Hid's Republic Council in Bratislava on Saturday in connection with the situation around the ... more >
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16.02.2019 21:31 Scheduled Events for S U N D A Y, February 17
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16.02.2019 20:53 Petra Vlhova Takes Bronze in Slalom at World Championships
Are, February 16 (TASR) - Slovak alpine skier Petra Vlhova took bronze in slalom at the 2019 World Championship at Swedish Are on Saturday, thus completing her medal collection as she became the world championship in giant slalom on Thursday and ended up as a runner-up in Alpine combined. American Mikaela Shiffrin won the race thus making history as she won four consecutive world titles in the... more >
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16.02.2019 20:12 KDH Supports Frantisek Miklosko in First Round of Presidential Election
Zvolen, February 16 (TASR) - The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) supports Frantisek Miklosko in his struggle for a decent and just Slovakia which he joined as a candidate for the post of Slovak President, agreed the KDH Council that held its session in Zvolen on Saturday. "In the topic of the presidential election, we came to a particularly interesting and difficult situation. KDH supports... more >
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16.02.2019 19:18 Tomas: No Coalition Agreement on Election of Constitutional Court Judges
(RTVS, 'Sobotne dialogy', February 16) There was no coalition agreement on six candidates for Constitutional Court judges, MP Erik Tomas (Smer-SD) said on RTVS's discussion programme 'Sobotne dialogy' (Saturday Dialogues), with MP Tibor Bastrnak (Most-Hid) stating, however, they saw the situation in their caucus that there was an agreement. Bastrnak added that Most-Hid no longer insists on a ... more >
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16.02.2019 18:28 Most-Hid: Party's Slate Leader in EP Elections Will Be Jozsef Nagy
Bratislava, February 16 (TASR) - Most-Hid's leader on the slate for the elections to the European Parliament in May will be its current representative among MEPs Jozsef Nagy, with the decision being made by delegates of the Most-Hid Republic Council in Bratislava on Saturday, TASR learnt on the same day. "The slate is varied as the European Union itself, in terms of professions and the ... more >
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16.02.2019 17:40 Constitutional Court Published How It Will Work from Sunday
Bratislava, February 16 (TASR) - The Constitutional Court will work with one senate from Sunday (February 17), TASR learnt from an addendum to the work schedule of the Constitutional Court, which was approved by the court's plenum on Wednesday (February 13). The term of office of nine constitutional judges has ended on Saturday. With the addendum, the Constitutional Court responds to the "... more >
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16.02.2019 16:47 Tomas: No Threat of Division in Smer-SD Because of Premier's Statements
(RTVS, 'Sobotne dialogy', February 16) Smer-SD takes note of Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini's (Smer-SD) opinion, and the attitude of MPs in the election of candidates for constitutional judges will be explained to him at the meeting of the party's caucus, MP Erik Tomas (Smer-SD) said on RTVS's discussion programme 'Sobotne dialogy' (Saturday Dialogues). "As usual in Smer-SD, we'll discuss ... more >
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16.02.2019 15:53 Most-Hid: Agreement in Coalition Is Crucial for Successful Election of Judges
Bratislava, February 16 (TASR) - The junior governing Most-Hid party wants to meet the Government Manifesto and not to breach the coalition agreement, with its priority being to reach an agreement in the coalition on candidates for constitutional judges, Most-Hid Chairman Bela Bugar said after the meeting of Most-Hid's Republic Council in Bratislava on Saturday in connection with the situation ... more >
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16.02.2019 15:00 Euro Exchange Rates, February 15
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on February 18, 2019. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1260 JPY Japan 124. 45 CZK Czech Republic 25.709 GBP United Kingdom 0.87938 HUF Hungary 318. more >
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16.02.2019 07:30 Scheduled Events for S A T U R D A Y, February 16
BRATISLAVA 12.30 Press conference held by Most-Hid after its council session Topic: Slate for European Parliament election and other current political issues Most-Hid HQ, Trnavska Cesta 37 BANSKA BYSTRICA REGION 10.00 Council session of the Christian Democratic Movement Topic: Presidential election and European Parliament election The Tenis Hotel, Zvolen, Neresnicka 13 mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-... more >
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15.02.2019 22:00 SUMMARY-Friday-February 15, 2019 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - The main factor currently driving the increase in prices is the significant growth of wages in the national economy, as the overheating of the labour market pushes up the wages, which, subsequently, ratchet up prices of services that will also fuel the 2019 inflation, Finance Ministry claimed on Friday in response to the latest figures released by the Statistics Office. BRATISLAVA... more >
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15.02.2019 20:01 Scheduled Events for S A T U R D A Y, February 16
BRATISLAVA 12.30 Press conference held by Most-Hid after its council session Topic: Slate for European Parliament election and other current political issues Most-Hid HQ, Trnavska Cesta 37 BANSKA BYSTRICA REGION 10.00 Council session of the Christian Democratic Movement Topic: Presidential election and European Parliament election The Tenis Hotel, Zvolen, Neresnicka 13 mfEXP-SR-Schedule-Events-... more >
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15.02.2019 19:53 Fin Ministry: Prices Rise Mostly Due to Growth in Wages, Not Special Levy
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The main factor currently driving the increase in prices is the significant growth of wages in the national economy, as the overheating of the labour market pushes up the wages, which, subsequently, ratchet up prices of services that will also fuel the 2019 inflation, Finance Ministry claimed on Friday in response to the latest figures released by the Statistics... more >
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15.02.2019 19:41 President Approves New Rules for Filling in Property Declarations of Officials
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Public officials will have to adhere to new rules when declaring their property statements, TASR learnt on Friday. The new rules are brought by an amendment to the Public Interest Protection Act (the so-called law on conflict of interests), which was signed by President Andrej Kiska. The amendment was approved by Parliament with 97 votes. more >
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15.02.2019 19:22 Pellegrini: Police Won't Hold Protective Arm Over Anyone
Kosice/Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The Police won't hold a protective arm over anyone, and anyone who violates the law will be prosecuted as should happen in a democratic country, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) stated on Friday in Kosice after a meeting with farmers with representatives of the Police Corps in attendance. According to the premier, the police representatives ... more >
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15.02.2019 18:53 SAK: We'll Come Up with Quality Judge Candidates Also for Next Vote
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The Slovak Bar Association (SAK) will propose candidates for Constitutional Court judges, who meet the requirements, also for Parliament's next vote, TASR learnt from SAK spokesperson Alexandra Donevova on Friday. The Association also called upon the legislators to approach the repeated vote responsibly. "We nominated figures of law also for the first and, ... more >
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15.02.2019 18:51 Education Ministry to Collaborate with World Bank on Audit of Science
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Officials of the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport arrived at an agreement with the World Bank on Friday to engage in cooperation on the National Programme of the Development of Education, TASR learnt from the ministry press department on the same day. "The involvement of the prestigious international organisation in the audit of science... more >
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15.02.2019 18:33 Special Prosecutor Kovacik Offended by Leaks about his Money Loan
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Special Prosecutor Dusan Kovacik objects to the information released by the media about a loan he took from a family relative, TASR learnt on Friday. "All circumstances surrounding the provision of the loan in question are in full accordance with the valid legislation, code of ethics and morality of a public official," Special Prosecutor's Office spokesperson ... more >
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15.02.2019 17:57 Euro Exchange Rates, February 15
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on February 18, 2019. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1260 JPY Japan 124. 45 CZK Czech Republic 25.709 GBP United Kingdom 0.87938 HUF Hungary 318. more >
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15.02.2019 17:44 President Signs Law to Improve Protection of Whistleblowers
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - On Thursday (February 14) President Andrej Kiska signed the law on the protection of whistleblowers under which a special office - an independent state administration body with nationwide powers - would be set up with the aim of boosting safeguards for people who report wrongdoing. The law was okayed by MPs on January 30. The office's role will be to provide ... more >
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15.02.2019 17:21 Political Analysts See Potential Divide Brewing Within Smer-SD
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Political analysts Aneta Vilagi and Pavol Babos perceive the condemnation by Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) of the failed parliamentary vote on Constitutional Court judges as a responsible gesture but also a hint of an inchoate divide within Smer-SD. On the other hand, political analyst Daniel Kerekes warns that it might be nothing but a strategic ... more >
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15.02.2019 16:44 Consumer Prices Up by 1.1 on Average in Monthly Terms in January
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Consumer prices in January 2019 grew by 1.1 percent on average in month-to-month terms, while the biggest increase of 3.3 percent occurred in the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, the Statistics Office has stated. On the other hand, prices for clothing and footwear, transport, postal services, and furniture, household furnishings and regular household... more >
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15.02.2019 16:07 Jarjabek: Pellegrini's Statement Resulted from Problematic Communication
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The problem of communication within the party should be sought behind Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini's (Smer-SD) statement, which criticised the attitude of Smer-SD MPs in the election of candidates for Constitutional Court judges on Thursday (February 14), TASR learnt from MP Dusan Jarjabek (Smer-SD) on Friday. "There's a communication problem in our party, ... more >
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15.02.2019 15:32 Lubyova Ready for Specialist Discussion as She Faces No-confidence Motion
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Education Minister Martina Lubyova (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) has stated she's ready for an expert discussion in reaction to the fact that opposition parties Ordinary People (OLaNO) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) filed 38 MPs' signatures necessary to call an extraordinary parliamentary session for the purpose of holding a vote of no-confidence ... more >
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15.02.2019 15:00 SUMMARY-Friday-February 15, 2019 - 3 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Lawyer Peter Wilfling of civil legal organisation Via Iuris considers rendering the Constitutional Court inoperative irresponsible political strategising that favours partisan interests over interests of Slovakia. BRATISLAVA - Transparency International Slovakia (TIS) has started to monitor ongoing presidential campaigns, TASR learnt on the same day. BRATISLAVA - Constitutional ... more >
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15.02.2019 14:48 Opposition Files Signatures to Launch No-confidence Motion against Lubyova
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Opposition parties Ordinary People (OLaNO) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) have filed 38 MPs' signatures necessary to call an extraordinary parliamentary session for the purpose of holding a vote of no-confidence against Education Minister Martina Lubyova (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee). The reason behind the motion is awarding of R&D stimuli by the ... more >
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15.02.2019 14:34 Stats Office: New Orders for Industry Up 14.4% Y-o-Y in December 2018
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - New orders in Slovak industry grew by 14.4 percent year-on-year in December 2018 to stand at €3.996 billion, the Statistics Office reported on Friday. When seasonal influences are factored in, new industrial orders decreased by 0.3 percent month-on-month in December. Meanwhile, new orders from the beginning of 2018 reached €53.337 billion, which represented an... more >
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15.02.2019 13:54 Most-Hid Sees No Reason to Change Its Attitude to Fico's Candidacy for Judge
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The junior governing Most-Hid party sees no reason to change its attitude to the candidacy of Smer-SD Chairman Robert Fico for constitutional judge, Most-Hid leader Bela Bugar said in response to the TASR question of whether his party would support Fico in a new election if he enrolled in it. "Our attitude to his candidacy was clear before the first round of ... more >
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15.02.2019 13:21 SaS: This is Beginning of Constitutional Crisis Caused by Coalition
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Slovakia is at the beginning of a constitutional crisis that was caused by specific MPs of the governing coalition who handed over empty ballots during the election of candidates for the Constitutional Court, head of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party Richard Sulik has stated at a press conference. "The election of judges was thwarted by MPs of ... more >
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15.02.2019 12:58 Danko: New Election of Canidates for Constitutional Court to Be Held in March
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - A new vote for candidates for the Constitutional Court will take place at the March parliamentary session, Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) has stated at a press conference in Parliament. According to Danko, the vote should be by secret ballot as the previous two public votes have failed and at least some candidates should be elected... more >
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15.02.2019 12:29 Pellegrini Doesn't Agree with How Smer-SD Behaved in Election of Judges
Kosice, February 15 (TASR) - I don't agree with how Smer-SD's caucus behaved in the election of candidates to become Constitutional Court judges on Thursday (February 14) and can't identify myself with its decision, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said in Kosice on Friday. The premier also stated that he as prime minister won't initiate an extraordinary session of the Cabinet, nor ... more >
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15.02.2019 11:34 FLASH: PELLEGRINI DOESN'T AGREE WITH HOW SMER-SD BEHAVED IN ELECTION OF JUDGES
Kosice, February 15 (TASR) - I don't agree with how Smer-SD's caucus behaved in the election of candidates to become Constitutional Court judges on Thursday (February 14) and can't identify myself with its decision, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said in Kosice on Friday. The premier also stated that he as prime minister won't initiate an extraordinary session of the Cabinet, nor ... more >
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15.02.2019 10:49 Constitutional Court Might Experience Slippage of Its Schedule
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Constitutional lawyer and former vice-chair of the Constitutional Court Eduard Barany has stated that since only four judges remain at the Constitutional Court after February 16, the court won't be able to make decisions on plenary matters. There is also a threat of a slippage of the court's schedule. "As far as I know the still existing plenary has made some ... more >
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15.02.2019 10:02 Transparency International Slovakia Monitors Presidential Campaigns
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Transparency International Slovakia (TIS) has started to monitor ongoing presidential campaigns, TASR learnt on the same day. First thing on the list was publishing detailed property declarations of presidential candidates that can be seen on a new sub-webpage of TIS dedicated to the presidential election. "For now, only six out of total fifteen presidential ... more >
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15.02.2019 09:16 Via Iuris: Not Electing Any Candidates Is Reckless Political Strategising
Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - Lawyer Peter Wilfling of civil legal organisation Via Iuris considers rendering the Constitutional Court inoperative irresponsible political strategising that favours partisan interests over interests of Slovakia. "Out of 37 candidates it was possible to elect 18 suitable candidates for the posts of Constitutional Court judges. Blocking the election and ... more >
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15.02.2019 07:30 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, February 15
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14.02.2019 22:00 SUMMARY-Thursday-February 14, 2019 - 10 p.m.
BRATISLAVA - Justice Minister Gabor Gal (Most-Hid) expects Parliamentary Chair Andrej Kiska (Slovak National Party/SNS) to schedule another vote on the Constitutional Court judges in the shortest time possible, TASR learnt on Thursday. BRATISLAVA - It is quite irresponsible towards the country to put the Constitutional Court into a deadlock, particularly when the date of the expiry of the ... more >
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14.02.2019 21:19 Gal: I Expect Another Vote on Judges to Be Held Tout de Suite
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Justice Minister Gabor Gal (Most-Hid) expects Parliamentary Chair Andrej Kiska (Slovak National Party/SNS) to schedule another vote on the Constitutional Court judges in the shortest time possible, TASR learnt on Thursday. Speaking in response to the failed parliamentary vote on the judges earlier in the day, Gal repeatedly urged all lawmakers to ensure the ... more >
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14.02.2019 21:18 Euro Exchange Rates, February 14
European Central Bank Euro exchange rates valid until the new exchange-rates list is published on February 15, 2019. Currency Country Rate USD United States 1.1268 JPY Japan 125. 12 CZK Czech Republic 25.790 GBP United Kingdom 0.87945 HUF Hungary 319. more >
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14.02.2019 21:15 Scheduled Events for F R I D A Y, February 15
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14.02.2019 21:12 Political Analyst: Putting Constitutional Court into Deadlock Irresponsible
Bratislava, February (TASR) - It is quite irresponsible towards the country to put the Constitutional Court into a deadlock, particularly when the date of the expiry of the tenures of nine Constitutional Court judges has been known for years, TASR was told by political analyst Pavol Babos on Thursday. Babos spoke in response to the failed parliamentary vote on Constitutional Court judge ... more >
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14.02.2019 20:59 Analysts Revise Growth Estimates to More Conservative Figures, No Crisis Ahead
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Slovak economic growth slowed down to 3.6 percent in the 4Q18, a development many analysts found surprising as they expected the growth to exceed 4 percent, TASR learnt on Thursday. The latest figure prompted the analysts to revise the economic outlook in a more conservative fashion, taking into account the slower economic growth of China, the eurozone as well ... more >
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14.02.2019 20:58 Minister Lajcak Meets New Indian Ambassador
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak met the Indian Ambassador to Slovakia Shri Vanlalhuma, who presented him with his letter of credence on Thursday, TASR learnt from ministry press department on the same day. Both Lajcak and Vanlalhuma concurred that bilateral ties are friendly and they discussed the prospects for making them even closer. The... more >
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14.02.2019 20:56 Pcolinsky: I Expected Coalition to Elect At Least Some Judges
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Opposition We Are Family MP Peter Pcolinsky expected the coalition to elect at least a few candidates for the Constitutional Court judges, but evidently, Smer-SD lacks interest in having a functioning Constitutional Court, TASR learnt after the failed parliamentary vote on the Constitutional Court judges on Thursday. "Smer-SD MPs were throwing in empty ballots,... more >
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14.02.2019 20:41 Ciz: Not Even Pope is Elected on First Try, Constitutional Court Vote Complex
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Smer-SD MP Miroslav Ciz responded to the failed parliamentary vote on the Constitutional Court judges on Thursday with the view that the election of Constitutional Court judge candidates is complex and not even the pope is elected on the first try. Ciz claimed that there were pre-vote talks inside the coalition on electing six candidates to prevent gridlock in ... more >
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14.02.2019 20:23 SaS: Coalition Paralyses Most Important Court in Cold Blood
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - The governing coalition of Smer-SD, Slovak National Party (SNS) and Most-Hid has paralysed the most important court authority in Slovakia, the Constitutional Court, in cold blood, putting the fundamental rights and freedoms of people into grave jeopardy, opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party stated in response to the failed parliamentary vote on the ... more >
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14.02.2019 20:13 Bugar: Constitutional Court Shut Down for 2 Months, No Minority Gov't to Arise
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - The Constitutional Court will be deadlocked for two months as it will lack a quorum in the wake of a bad decision by governing Smer, junior coalition Most-Hid party chair Bela Bugar said in response to the failed parliamentary vote on Thursday. Despite Smer-SD's filibuster, Bugar is not hinting at the end of the coalition nor the prospect of a minority ... more >
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14.02.2019 20:09 Kiska: Parliament Needs to Elect Candidates Without Delay
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - It is the duty of Parliament to seek ways to elect the lacking Constitutional Court judges without delay, so that the Constitutional Court can operate as the Constitution dictates, President Andrej Kiska said in response to the failed parliamentary vote on Constitutional Court judge candidates on Thursday. Kiska announced that he'll pay a visit to the ... more >
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14.02.2019 19:47 OLaNO: Constitutional Court Shut Down, Pellegrini Needs to Put Fico in his Place
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - In a few days Slovakia's Constitutional Court will be dysfunctional and people won't have their constitutional rights guaranteed anymore, opposition Ordinary People (OLaNO) party caucus chair Veronika Remisova said in response to the Parliament's failure to elect any Constitutional Court judge candidates on Thursday. OLaNO calls upon Prime Minister Peter ... more >
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14.02.2019 19:23 Petra Vlhova Wins Gold at Giant Slalom World Championship
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Slovak athlete Petra Vlhova won the 2019 Giant Slalom World Championship at Swedish Are on Thursday, thus becoming the first alpine skier, male or female, to win a gold medal for Slovakia. Vlhova triumphed in the race with a lead of 0,14 second over German skier Viktoria Rebensburg, whereas the third place went to American Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.38s). This was a... more >
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14.02.2019 19:08 Rasi: Slovak Employers Having Talks with 25 Slovaks in Living in Britain
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation Richard Rasi (Smer-SD) has stated after an anniversary session of the Digital Coalition-Slovak National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs that employers in Slovakia are currently talking to 25 Slovaks living in Britain about their return to Slovakia and working conditions. The pilot event Work in ... more >
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14.02.2019 18:39 Parliament Fails to Elect Any Judge Candidate in Second Round
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - MPs have elected no candidates for the posts of Constitutional Court judges even in the second round on Thursday. A total of 143 lawmakers were present, with five failing to submit their ballots. Out of 138 submitted ballots, 49 were invalid and 89 valid. more >
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14.02.2019 18:05 FLASH: PARLIAMENT FAILS TO ELECT ANY CANDIDATE IN SECOND ROUND
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - MPs have elected no candidates for the posts of Constitutional Court judges even in the second round. The information was confirmed for TASR by several sources from the coalition and the opposition. zel/mcsFLASH-Exp-SR-constitutional-candidates-second-round more >
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14.02.2019 17:59 Gov't to Boost Financing for Slovak Red Cross
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - The Government is prepared to hike the financing of the Slovak Red Cross (SCK) for specific projects, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) announced on Thursday, TASR learnt from the Government Office press department on the same day. Marking the centenary of the SCK's founding, Pellegrini met with its representatives and, based on the meeting, asked ... more >
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14.02.2019 17:43 Pellegrini: Fragmentation of Land Needs to be Urgently Tackled in Slovakia
Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - A great problem bedeviling Slovakia is the fragmentation of land, which grows in scope with each passing inheritance proceeding, a fact that must be redressed, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) stated at a press briefing after meeting with Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (Slovak National Party/SNS) and representatives of the ... more >
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