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French cars rolling out in Trnava Focus in short SLOVAKIA is home to three carmakers of which PSA Peugeot Citroën in Trnava is the second oldest. In early November, cyclist Peter Sagan, who is the ambassador of the Citroën car brand in Slovakia, symbolically marked the 400,000 Citroën C3 Picasso that rolled off Trnava’s production lines, the TASR newswire wrote. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Learning history in the field Focus in short IT MAKES a difference whether history is learned from textbooks or by visiting actual places where the described historic events really took place. Slovak students and other visitors were able to experience the difference on October 27 and 28 while attending the commemoration of the 70th anniversary – organised by the French Embassy – of the Slovak National Uprising in Strečno. In this region, French partisans joined the Slovak revolt against the Nazi-satellite Slovak State. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
French school moves to new site Focus in short THE FRENCH-SLOVAK school, which has existed since 2003, started the academic year 2014/2015 at a new location. L’école française de Bratislava moved from Cadrova street in Bratislava’s Kramáre borough into the reconstructed building of a former elementary school at Marie Curie Sklodowska Street in Petržalka. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Experimental lab opens Business in short DESIGNERS, researchers, engineers, students or entrepreneurs have a new place where they can create and put the results of their work into practice relatively quickly. A new experimental space, FabLab Bratislava, was ceremonially opened at the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technology at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava on November 4 in the presence of Juraj Draxler, the State Secretary of the Education Ministry, French Ambassador Didier Lopinot, and other officials. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Nourishing mutual relations Focus in short THE FRENCH-Slovak Chamber of Commerce (FSKO) was launched in 1994 and currently has more than 150 members. After the commercial department of the Slovak Embassy in France was cancelled in 2011 and because the commercial department of the French Embassy in Slovakia has not been providing commercial services for French companies as of January 2012, FSKO is the only institution serving these purposes on the bilateral level, Dušan Huszár of FSKO told The Slovak Spectator. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
French organisations in Slovakia Alliance Française (in Banská Bystrica and in Košice) 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
France, Slovakia share anniversaries FRENCH culture has had quite a long tradition in Slovakia, as has the French language and its accompanying lifestyle. But compared to previous years, when most of them were rather concentrated in and around Bratislava, they have been moving more outside the capital recently. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Car industry keeps dominating France remains a significant economic partner of Slovakia SLOVAKIA experienced the biggest interest on the part of French investors back in 2003 and 2004 when a French carmaker decided to launch a brand-new plant in Trnava and when Slovakia became a member of the European Union. During the following years, the number of French companies in Slovakia doubled. This increase was halted by the global economic financial crisis, and now stagnates at about 400. In spite of this, France is one of Slovakia's largest investors and trade partners. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Diplomacy via culture, tourism, education WITH nearly 19,000 students learning French in the Slovak school system, the French language is well represented in the country, notes French Ambassador Didier Lopinot who also suggests that some Slovaks are opting to study French in connection with their work, especially with Slovakia’s 2016 European Union presidency approaching, with French still a key working language among EU institutions. 10 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Former booth offers information Focus in short TOURISTS and citizens of Bratislava are getting another source of information in Slovak, as well as English, about the capital, its sights or offering of social, cultural and sports events. The first multifunctional information terminal made from a former telephone booth was put into operation on September 22. It is located near the Passenger Port on the Fajnorovo nábrežie embankment, the TASR newswire reported. 3 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks pay €38 for telecom services Focus in short SLOVAKS pay, on average, €38 to telecommunication operators per month. This is a conclusion of a survey Sberbank Slovensko conducted on its more than 10,000 clients who regularly pay monthly invoices to telecommunications operators for calls, internet or TV. 3 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
DT shared services centre grows Focus in short BRATISLAVA remains attractive for shared services centres. This is confirmed by Deutsche Telekom’s plan to extend its existing shared services centre (SSC). 3 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
App helps orient tourists in Tatras Focus in short TOURISTS do not need to confide only in printed guides in the High Tatras any more. Since this past summer, a smart phone could be enough for them, as there is a free mobile application now available with which they can find all important information about the mountains and what is going on there. Mountain regions Trentino and the Dolomites in Italy as well as Tyrol in Austria use the same mobile application. The Tatra’s app is available in Slovak, and also in English and Polish, the TASR newswire reported. 3 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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