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Italian institutions in Slovakia Embassy of the Republic of Italywww.ambbratislava.esteri.itAmbassador: Roberto Martini 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Italy: General facts Political system: republicCapital: RomeTotal area: 301,263 square kilometresPopulation: about 60 millionOfficial language: ItalianCurrency: euro 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Italy at Tatras' feet Focus short WHILE Poprad might normally resemble the Alpine countryside with its setting at the foot of the High Tatras, it was more reminiscent of Italy on June 18-22 when the Viva Italia festival of Italian culture, gastronomy and tourism brought the Mediterranean country’s flair to landlocked Slovakia. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Banks to advise on SE sale Focus short THE ITALIAN energy group Enel has appointed Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas to advise it on the sale of the controlling stake the group holds in the Slovak major electricity generating company Slovenské Elektrárne (SE). The sale of the 66-percent stake in SE is part of plans by Enel to sell €4.4 billion of assets to cut net debt to around €37 billion by year-end, Reuters wrote on July 5. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Italian seniors drawn to Bystrica Focus short A DELEGATION of Italian businesspersons from Rome, Milan, Bari and Sicily visited Banská Bystrica in May to explore possibilities of cooperation with local businessmen and the city management in tourism and to draw more Italians to this region, the TASR newswire wrote. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Mevis expands in Slovakia Focus short MEVIS, an Italian producer of metal and plastic components especially for the automotive industry, plans to join its two Slovak units and move them into a new plant in Šamorín. Its affiliate, Mevis Slovakia, has had a plant in Šamorín since 2006 when it took over a building of luggage-maker Samsonite after it had moved its production to Asia, eTrend, the electronic version of the Trend weekly, wrote in late April. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Italians selling shares in Kosit Focus short ITALIAN shareholders are leaving the Košice-based waste management company Kosit. They are selling their 66-percent stake in Kosit to the investment group Wood & Co for over €14.2 million, the SITA newswire wrote on June 16. The city of Košice, which holds the remaining 34 percent stake, has not used its pre-emptive right, but has kept its minority stake. The whole transaction is taking place under the auspices of UBS bank. Until the whole transaction is over, Italian investors cannot provide any detailed information. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Energy, finance and more Italian investors are drawn to Slovakia’s flexible labour market WHILE Slovakia continues to be popular with Italian investors ranging from small family businesses to big corporations, emerging competitors nearby are forcing the country to improve its business environment to keep new investments coming. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Embracing la dolce vita WITH Italy taking its turn at the helm of the EU presidency for the next six months, the presence of Italian culture in Slovakia will be richer than usual. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The shared Slovak-Italian passion ITALY is no greenhorn when it comes to holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union, as the homeland of Roberto Martini has done it 11 times. However, the Italian Ambassador to Slovakia, Martini, admits that this is a challenging time since, among other things, the EU’s global role is being reassessed. Another immense challenge is immigration, as Italy has received around 40,000 immigrants in the first five months of the year, with Martini suggesting that the issue needs wider international attention and coordination at the EU level.The Slovak Spectator spoke to Ambassador Martini about the priorities of the Italian presidency, immigration, the EXPO that Milan will host after 106 years, energy security, investment opportunities as well as Slovaks’ passion for Italian culture. 14 Jul 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Danish institution in Slovakia Embassy of Denmarkwww.slovakiet.um.dkAmbassador: Christian Konigsfeldt 30 Jun 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Denmark: general facts Head of state: Queen Margrethe IIForm of government: parliamentary democracyCapital: CopenhagenTotal area: 43,098 square kilometresPopulation: 5.6 millionOfficial language: DanishCurrency: Danish KronerSource: www.denmark.dk 30 Jun 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Cooling system company coming Focus short NISSENS, one of the biggest world producers of cooling systems, which employs 350 people in Čachtice, near Nové Mesto nad Váhom, is moving part of its production from Denmark to Slovakia, the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily wrote in January. 30 Jun 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Reducing illegal dumping sites Focus short THE CITY of Trenčín has a new dumping site. The Slovak arm of the Danish company Marius Pedersen has invested €650,000 into reconstruction and enhancement of what is now the biggest dumping site in Trenčín Region. It will accept all kinds of consumer waste, the Trenčianske Echo newspaper wrote in March. 30 Jun 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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