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MPs pass ban on water exports THE PARLIAMENT passed the constitutional ban on exporting water at its October 21 session. The change was supported by 102 MPs together, the TASR newswire reported. 21 Oct 2014
Corpses of two climbers transported to Slovakia CORPSES of mountain climbers Jan Matlák and Vlado Švancár, who died in Nepal last week, were transported to Slovakia. They were carried via a commercial flight to Vienna’s Schwechat airport on October 10, and then moved to Slovakia, Peter Susko, head of Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry press department, told the TASR newswire. 21 Oct 2014
Šefčovič underwent his second “grilling” Locked REGARDING ITS international relations, the European Union should have more assertive diplomatic policy in the energy sector, said Slovak EC Maroš Šefčovič after his second hearing in front of the MEPs in Strasbourg on October 20. 21 Oct 2014
ESM chief praises setting up emergency mechanisms THE ESTABLISHMENT of emergency mechanisms such as the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) was a good decision, ESM managing director Klaus Regling said after meeting Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kažimír in Bratislava on October 20. 21 Oct 2014
Unemployment drops slightly in September THE NUMBER of the unemployed ready to take a job immediately stood at 12.44 percent in September, down by 0.12 percentage points compared to August. In annual terms, it dropped by 1.40 percentage points, the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (ÚPSVaR) informed on October 20. 21 Oct 2014
J&T rejected information about buying Slovakia’s largest publishing house THE LARGEST Slovak publishing house Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia is to be sold, with the new owner set to become financial group J&T, the internet website of Hospodárske Noviny daily www.strategie.hnonline.sk reported on October 20. 21 Oct 2014
Judicial Council did not share Kiska’s doubts CANDIDATE for judge Judita Gabonaiová-Hrenčuková, whom President Andrej Kiska failed to appoint, is back in the game. The winner of the selection procedure at the Rožňava District Court repeatedly won the trust of the Judicial Council. The President will thus have to deal with her appointment again, Sme daily reported on October 21. 21 Oct 2014
Dôvera wants to pay doctors for collecting debts PRIVATE health insurance company Dôvera encourages physicians in new addendums to contracts to inform non-payers of health insurance premiums on their debts or collect the arrears from them. 21 Oct 2014
Fico and Merkel discussed crisis in Ukraine Locked CHANCELLOR of Germany Angela Merkel met President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico and received an honorary title at Comenius University on October 20. Fico agreed with Merkel that Ukraine needs help. 21 Oct 2014
First punishment in Mariatchi fights is €400 fine for kicking in the head PROFFESIONAL soldier Tomáš S. admitted his guilt in beating attack at the Mariatchi bar in downtown Nitra in October 2013. Now he has to pay fine €400 for two kicks to the head of one Mariatchi customer while the attacked man was lying on the ground unable to protect himself, Sme daily website reported on October 20. 20 Oct 2014
Failed candidate for constitutional judge demands punishment for advisors to Kiska SUPREME Court judge Zuzana Ďurišová and Banská Bystrica regional judge Juraj Babjak were members of the consultancy committee of President Andrej Kiska that assessed candidates for constitutional judges. Now they both face a threat of disciplinary prosecution due to unpaid membership in the committee. 20 Oct 2014
Four-member family needs €900 per month to live a decent life A FOUR-member family in Slovakia needs at least €900 per month in order to be able to live a decent life, according to 68 percent of the respondents who took part in a recent survey published by the Milan Šimečka Foundation (NMŠ) on October 18, 20 Oct 2014
Angela Merkel comes to Slovakia CHANCELLOR of Germany Angela Merkel will meet President Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Robert Fico on October 20. 20 Oct 2014
Whistleblowers to get protection starting in January PARLIAMENT passed the Whistleblower Act, drafted by the Interior Ministry and designed to provide protection for whistleblowers. The legislation was passed by 115 out of 128 lawmakers present on October 16. 17 Oct 2014
Three Slovak firms among 50 fastest growing tech companies THE FASTEST growing tech firm in Slovakia is Powerplay Manager, the fee to play on-line sport manager game followed by WebSupport internet company and software producer Innovatrics, according to CE Technology Fast 50 chart of Deloitte, the SITA newswire reported. 17 Oct 2014
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