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Increased tax revenue to help state budget SLOVAKIA’s economy should grow by 2.6 percent of GDP next year, according to the latest estimate by the Finance Ministry out September 18. 19 Sep 2014
PSA halted production for two weeks TRNAVA-based car-manufacturing plant owned by PSA Peugeot Citröen Slovakia will halt production from September 22 to October 3, 2014 due to falling demand for new cars. 19 Sep 2014
Andrew Garth is new British ambassador to Slovakia ANDREW Garth has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Slovak Republic replacing Chargé d’Affaires Gill Fraser at the helm of the office and will take the position on October 1, 2014. 19 Sep 2014
Journalist and translator Agneša Kalinová dies SLOVAK translator, journalist, writer, film theoretician and dissident Agneša Kalinová died on the morning of September 18, aged 90. 19 Sep 2014
Focus poll: Smer would win with 33.6 percent; Sieť second with 11.2 IF THE parliamentary elections took place in early September, the ruling Smer party would win with 33.6 percent of votes, garnering 67 seats in parliament, but losing 4.2 percent against a previous poll. This stems from a poll organised by the Focus agency in September. 18 Sep 2014
Lipšic to contest Smer’s scrapping of opposition draft bills with Constitutional Court INDEPENDENT MP Daniel Lipšic (NOVA) is preparing to file a motion with the Slovak Constitutional Court to contest the elimination of opposition bills and proposals from the agenda of the parliamentary session. He told the TASR newswire that the ruling Smer party violated the constitutional right of the opposition MPs by scrapping these bills and proposals. 18 Sep 2014
Parliamentary committee sanctions three public officials THE PARLIAMENTARY Committee for Incompatibility of Functions cut the salaries of three public officials, all of whom simultaneously held positions as legal representatives in private companies. This is banned by the law. 18 Sep 2014
Slovak Engineering firm expands PREŠOV-based Slovak engineering company Spinea, which is engaged in the development and manufacturing of high-precision reduction gears, is expanding. 18 Sep 2014
Parliamentary committees discuss Ukraine SLOVAKIA respects the territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemns the actions of the Russian Federation that violate these principles, and lends support to the European Union’s sanctions against Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák said. He was speaking following a joint parliamentary foreign affairs and European affairs committees’ session on September 17 convened by the opposition. 18 Sep 2014
CC halts enforcement of judges’ security screenings 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. 18 Sep 2014
Harmonised inflation at -0.2 percent in August THE ANNUAL inflation rate measured by the harmonised index of consumer prices stood at -0.2 percent in August. The average annual inflation rate, expressed by an increase in the average annual harmonised index of consumer prices for the last 12 months in comparison with the average for the preceding 12 months, reached 0.1 percent in August, the Statistics Office informed on September 17. 18 Sep 2014
Slovakia still faces unresolved issues with Roma and sexual minorities THE EUROPEAN Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) initiative has published a Report on Slovakia that points to certain progress but also a number of unresolved issues regarding the integration of Roma communities. 18 Sep 2014
Constitutional Court dismisses State Citizenship Act complaint THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court (CC) dismissed a motion at its September 17 session brought by a group of MPs over the constitutionality of the amendment to the State Citizenship Act, which prohibits Slovaks from having dual citizenship. The court rejected the complaint for procedural reasons, CC President Ivetta Macejková said, explaining that it was not supported by the majority of judges present at the session, the SITA newswire reported. 17 Sep 2014
NATO soldiers will train in Slovakia SOLDIERS from five NATO countries will come to Slovakia in October to participate in the Ground Pepper 2014 military training, the TASR newswire reported on September 16. 17 Sep 2014
Preparations for EU presidency to cost €15.6 million SLOVAKIA will spend about €15.6 million next year preparing for its presidency in the European Union, which will take place in the second half of 2016. The country will have to pay for the increased number of Slovak diplomats in Brussels, language courses for some state employees and computers, according to a report passed by the government in its September 17 session. 17 Sep 2014
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“I understand it as a writer’s work that will be shelved.” SaS MP Peter Osuský commenting on the draft amendment to parliament’s procedural rules to prevent the majority party from scrapping opposition MPs’ bills without their approval.