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Daniela Švecová becomes Supreme Court president
More than skiing Discover Košice Region with Košice Region Travel Guide . “It might be dangerous, but all these icefalls and ice flowers are unbelievable,” said Juraj Mezö about the winter hike on the Prielom Hornádu route in Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise). 17 Sep 2014 Monika Kacejová More from Regional News
Clearances suspended THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court (CC) suspended the provisions of the law pertaining to the widely debated across-the-board security clearances for judges at its September 17 session. The court will examine whether these provisions, passed on June 4 as part of a revision to the constitution born from a peculiar union between the ruling Smer and the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), are in line with the constitution. The motion was submitted by deputy chair of the Judicial Council Ján Vanko on September 1, while the newly elected head of the council, Jana Bajánková, has joined the motion, the TASR newswire reported. 18 Sep 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Pandúr Slovak Word of the Week IN THE Hungarian Kingdom, a pandúr was an armed serf who carried out the wishes of his master. Today, the word is used to describe not only an armoured military transporter, but also a corruption scandal connected with the sale of the vehicle to the Czech defence department. 18 Sep 2014 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Daniela Švecová elected Supreme Court president Bajánková becomes Judicial Council head SUPREME Court Judge Daniela Švecová will succeed Štefan Harabin in one of the most powerful judicial positions in the country: the Supreme Court’s top chair. Švecová was elected by the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of Slovakia’s judiciary, on September 16 in a closely watched vote after 11 of the 15 voting members cast their ballots for her. 16 Sep 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Jana Bajánková elected Judicial Council head SUPREME Court judge Jana Bajánková was elected the head of the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of the judiciary in Slovakia, on September 16 after 10 of the 16 voting council members voted for her in a secret ballot, the Sme daily reported on its website. There were no votes against, while six members of the council abstained from voting. 16 Sep 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
EC's Šefčovič to oversee transport A STRONG economic department is what the Slovak government had in mind for the country’s representative in the European Commission: with the transport and space portfolio, Slovakia seems to have gotten what it wanted. 15 Sep 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Gas flow to Slovakia slowed THE NATIONAL gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) reported a 10-percent reduction in Russian natural gas flow to Slovakia during the two days before the current issue of The Slovak Spectator went to print, but was quick to note that clients will continue to receive fuel as normal. Meanwhile, the Economy Ministry insists the country is better prepared for any potential shutdown of gas supplies from Russia via Ukraine than it was during the gas crisis of 2009. SPP, which operates the distribution pipeline network across Slovakia, has not specified the reasons behind the lower supplies and does not see the reduction as reason for serious concern. 11 Sep 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Business
Slovakia makes offers to NATO Prime Minister Robert Fico maintains sharp rhetoric AMID a politically charged discourse over the crisis in eastern Ukraine and its implications for regional security, with Prime Minister Robert Fico offering an interpretation that the conflict represents a geopolitical fight for influence between Russia and the United States, Slovakia has made concrete offers to its partners in NATO on how the country could contribute to facing the current challenges. 15 Sep 2014 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Anti-Semitic remarks cast shadow over Holocaust Memorial Day IN 1941, a set of anti-Jewish laws went into effect in the Nazi wartime satellite Slovak Republic on September 9. Every year on this day, Slovakia commemorates its Holocaust victims. While last year the Catholic Church made its first-ever appearance at the memorial events, in a gesture welcomed by the Jewish community, this year day’s events were somewhat overshadowed by anti-Semitic statements made recently by a higher-ranking Catholic priest. 15 Sep 2014 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Getting cultured in Košice Discover Košice Region with Košice Region Travel Guide . Olympic host cities and European Capital of Culture (ECoC) cities have a similar goal: to build a foundation and create a legacy that outlasts the events themselves. While an Olympic host city concentrates on athletes and venues, an ECoC concentrates on artists and venues. Košice’s designation as the 2013 ECoC accelerated the creation of a lasting cultural infrastructure to nurture art, and its projects add another layer to the city’s already rich cultural offerings. 10 Sep 2014 Pat Alexy Stoll More from Regional News
Journalist charged with libel receives broad support POLICE’s decision to charge journalist Dušan Karolyi with libel for his story about police officer abusing his powers met with wide criticism from OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, media freedom watchdog International Press Institute (IPI) and several Slovak public figures. 15 Sep 2014 Roman Cuprik More from Politics & Society
Value judgement EDITORIAL THIS YEAR Slovakia marked the 75th anniversary of the darkest period in the country’s history – the founding of the wartime Slovak state, an entity which, among other crimes it committed on its own citizens, paid Nazi Germany to deport Slovak Jews to concentration camps. Much has been said and written about March 14, the day when the Nazi-puppet state emerged back in 1939, about learning the lessons of history so that they are not repeated and so forth – but apparently not enough. 15 Sep 2014 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
Penta Slovak Word of the Week THERE are a great number of Slovak proverbs that warn against premature joy. “Nechváľ rána pred večerom” (Do not praise the morning before the eve), “Nekrič hop, kým nepreskočíš” (Do not yell hop before you jump over), or “Po veľkom smiechu prichádza veľký plač” (After great laughter comes great grief). So even though rumours that the Petit Press publishing house, owner of both SME and this newspaper, will be taken over by the Penta investment group, seem to be unfounded, there is still reason for caution. Who knows what tomorrow may bring. 11 Sep 2014 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Firms lack specialists with technical education The education system is not meeting labour market needs DESPITE Slovakia’s two-digit unemployment rate and 380,000 jobless people, companies are having difficulty filling their vacancies, especially those requiring technical expertise. Employers complain of a shortage of specialists with secondary or university-level educations. Both experts and employers see the growing labour market and a poorly tuned education system as behind the current shortage of workers with a technical education, and are calling for changes.“It happens relatively often that we are searching for applicants to fill the most wanted positions even for several months,” said Katarína Bobotová, director of Grafton Recruitment Slovakia. “Sometimes the process lasts more than one year.” 15 Sep 2014 Jana Liptáková More from Career and HR
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“It is a portfolio that is very specific – it could be said that it covers the tram to the space rocket.” Maroš Šefčovič in response to receiving the post overseeing transport and the space agenda in the European Commission.