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Slovakia still struggles with deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases THE HEALTH-care system in Slovakia is still average, but it is gradually improving. Compared to other European countries, Slovakia puts emphasis on electronic services in the sector. On the other hand, it still struggles with the high number of deaths caused by cardio-vascular diseases, hospital infections and corruptive behaviour of doctors. 27 Jan 2015
The Judicial Council stops Harabin’s magazine Locked THE OFFICE of the Judicial Council halted the expensive order for delivering the Dimenzie (Dimensions) magazine which promoted its former chair and ex-president of the Supreme Court Štefan Harabin. The decision came after the Sme daily broke the story about the non-standard deal paid from state money on January 23. 27 Jan 2015
More than €30 million on legal services THE STATE paid to its advocates more than €30 million during the past three and half years. Of the ministries, the most was paid by the Finance Ministry (nearly €17 million). Slovakia paid the most for its representation at international arbitrations, the recent analysis by the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI) suggests. 27 Jan 2015
Slovakia improved in the Index of Economic Freedom SLOVAKIA improved its position in the Index of Economic Freedom when it advanced by seven places to 50th position. It however did not succeed to rub out last year’s drop when it fell by 15 places, the SITA newswire reported on January 27. 27 Jan 2015
Reconstruction on Krásna Hôrka Castle continues (video included) THE RECONSTRUCTION works on the Krásna Hôrka Castle, which was severely damaged by fire in 2012, continue in accordance with the plans, Judita Krajčiová of the Slovak National Museum (SNM) told the TASR newswire. 27 Jan 2015
LGBTI representatives will not converse with referendum organisers Locked REPRESENTATIVES of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community have decided not to participate in political shows focusing on the referendum on family broadcast by RTVS and TA3 on Sunday, despite the fact that they originally agreed to join in the debate, the SME daily reported on January 16. 27 Jan 2015
Ján Mazák elected as third candidate for judge in Strasbourg CONSTITUTIONAL lawyer Ján Mazák has become the third candidate for judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, his candidacy was approved by the Judicial Council on January 26, the TASR newswire reported. 27 Jan 2015
Azerbaijan will open diplomatic mission in Bratislava AZERBAIJAN will have a diplomatic mission in Slovakia, Foreign Affairs Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov announced after meeting his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajčák on January 26, the TASR newswire reported. 27 Jan 2015
Niki postponed its expansion into Bratislava AIR carrier Niki, a subsidiary of Air Berlin, has postponed its expansion into Bratislava. Direct flights on the line Bratislava-Brussels, will become reality as late as October 5, 2015 due to the market situation, the Hospodárske noviny daily reported on January 26, citing the Austrian APA newswire. 27 Jan 2015
Government wants to support kindergartens THE SLOVAK government in the pre-election year gradually presents a set of measures within the so-called “social package”; with the second measure being support for kindergartens and nursery schools amounting to EUR10 million, the Sme daily reported on January 27. 27 Jan 2015
Secret service will focus more on foreigners Slovakia is joining the list of countries that are strengthening security controls following the terrorist attack in Paris. Its counterintelligence service plans changes in the aim and also scope of activities. 26 Jan 2015
Amazon plans major Slovak expansion in 2015 Amazon (US) announced on January 23 that it plans to create 100 new jobs at its branch in Bratislava this year. Currently, the internet trading company Amazon employs 600 people in its Bratislava branch. 26 Jan 2015
Constitutional Court refused President Kiska’s proposal Slovak President Andrej Kiska has repeatedly contested at the Constitutional Court (CC) the alleged bias of its justice Jana Baricová – whom he personally picked for the position – in connection with her role to decide over the complaints of three unsuccessful candidates for the CC post whom Kiska refused to appoint last year due to lack of experience. 26 Jan 2015
Former VSS head Mikulec succeeded at court The Slovak court turned down a complaint over slander against former head of the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) Roman Mikulec. 26 Jan 2015
European Parliament awarded the founder of the Slovak League against Cancer Siracká On January 23, founder and head of the League against Cancer, Eva Siracká received the European Citizen 2015 prize granted by the European Parliament. 26 Jan 2015
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