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SAV congress looks to force out academy’s head JAROMÍR Pastorek likely will not be chairman of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) for much longer, as members of the SAV extraordinary congress passed the proposal for his dismissal, on December 18. Pastorek was criticised over the academy’s 2015 budget as well as the failure to represent interests of scientists and poor communication, the TASR newswire reported. 19 Dec 2014
Trnka keeps prosecutor’s mandate for now, case to be re-examined FORMER general prosecutor (GP) Dobroslav Trnka will not be relieved of his mandate as prosecutor and his case is to be re-examined by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Prosecutor Office, the Bratislava Regional Court decided December 18, the TASR newswire reported. 19 Dec 2014
State to introduce minimum pensions of nearly €270 ALL pensioners who have paid social insurance contributions for at least 30 years will qualify for a minimum guaranteed pension as of July 1, 2015 that will amount to €269.50 per month and will be progressively higher with each additional year of one’s payments into the social insurance system, the TASR newswire reported on December 18. 19 Dec 2014
IT owners to invest in Projekt N of Sme defectors SIX co-owners of Bratislava-based IT security company ESET are set to invest in the newly emerging Projekt N media, which has been set up by defectors from the Sme daily, TASR learnt on December 18. 19 Dec 2014
Government approves draft bill on waste disposal The waste management in Slovakia has needed some changes in rules for some time, and the draft bill passed by the government on December 17 will bring things in line with European Union standards, official say. 18 Dec 2014
Slovakia to join European Space Agency Slovakia is set to become a new member of the European Space Agency (ESA) following a decision by the government at its regular session on December 17. According to the Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry which submitted the proposal, Slovakia will gain access to strategic information and valuable know-how in space activities and the development of satellite services. The country could in turn use this information to develop new and innovative products and services. The membership fee is estimated to stand at €1.4 million per year. 18 Dec 2014
Government approves recodification of Civil Code In the presence of two highest judiciary officials, Judicial Council chair Jana Bajánková and Supreme Court chair Daniela Švecová, the government passed the recodification of the Civil Code on December 17. The ministers approved three civil law codexes that are designed to replace the Civil Code dating back to 1963. 18 Dec 2014
Matovič hands over Procházka tape to police Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) leader Igor Matovič turned over recordings of a conversation with Radoslav Procházka (non-parliamentary opposition Sieť party) about paying for political ads off the books on December 17. “Since it is my obligation as a witness and at the same time I know that the recording is authentic and it has not been manipulated, I have handed over the whole recording,” Matovič told the TASR newswire. “The only thing left for me to do is to hope is that Radoslav Procházka’s statement from the presidential campaign that “before court we all should be equal” will apply also in this case and it will not be swept under the carpet, as has been the practice in Slovakia over the past 25 years.” The OĽaNO leader is sorry that Procházka did not take the chance to admit and to regret publicly these dealings during his presidential campaign. “If he did so, nobody would ever know about the recording,” Matovič added. In his opinion, the most critical fact on the recording was Procházka’s statement that he would spend half a million euros on the campaign, while he reported just half that amount. Criminal prosecution over the recording was originally launched by the police in September but later terminated due to technical reasons. In November, however, the General Prosecutor’s Office found the previous decision unlawful and has resumed the prosecution. The recording surfaced in the media after Procházka refused to take a polygraph test – as requested by Matovič – in order to disprove Matovič’s allegations of illegal funding of his presidential election campaign. During the conversation, the two men discussed the option of paying for part of presidential campaign ads in Matovič’s newspapers without a receipt. Procházka admitted that the voice in the recording belonged to him, yet maintains that the material was heavily edited. 18 Dec 2014
Harmonised inflation at zero in November THE AVERAGE annual inflation rate, expressed by 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 November 2014. The annual inflation rate measured by harmonised index of consumer prices reached 0 percent, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) informed on December 17. 18 Dec 2014
Water Management Construction files complaint against Slovenské Elektrárne THE STATE-run Water Management Construction company filed a criminal complaint against an unknown offender acting as the statutory body of electricity utility Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) for an alleged fraud in running the Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant, company’s spokeswoman Diana Migaľová Baschierová said on December 17. 18 Dec 2014
Prosecutor scraps charges against Košecký A PROSECUTOR’S office has scrapped charges against Ladislav Košecký, the former director of state-run company MH Development, who was dismissed in November for hiring a car from his own company with public money and paying his personal fines from MH Development’s coffers, the Aktualne.sk news website reported on December 17. 18 Dec 2014
Survey: Still few competitive tenders for hospitals THE NUMBER of competitions in Slovak hospitals is still low, the analysis published by the Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) and the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO) showed. They monitored the public procurements held between April 2012 and February 2014 and found out that the hospitals procured 63 percent of orders worth €525.6 million in competitions where there was only one bid. 18 Dec 2014
Kiska is country’s most trusted politician PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska is the most trustworthy politician in Slovakia among the top state officials in the country and leaders of major political parties, the results of a recent poll carried out by the Focus agency suggests. 18 Dec 2014
Police made a raid in the Enel energy company, connected with Gabčíkovo The situation surrounding the Gabčíkovo hydropower plant and the rental contract between the Slovenské Elektrárne, SE, energy company (whose majority owner is the Italian Enel company) and the Slovak state, recently terminated by the Slovak government, is getting even more complicated. 17 Dec 2014
ÚPN published 813 names of communist-time secret service employees The Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) has been established to research the operation and impact of the two totalitarian regimes – the war-time fascist-inclined one and the communist one – on Slovak history. 17 Dec 2014
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