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CC to deal with referendum News in short Locked THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court (CC) has accepted the motion of President Andrej Kiska to look into the constitutionality of four questions of the referendum prepared by the Alliance for Family (AZR), the SITA newswire reported on September 24. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
EC unblocks some frozen funds News in short Locked SLOVAKIA will see more than €100 million in EU funds unblocked from four Operational Programmes, while the volume of resources in the remaining five Operational Programmes that remain frozen represents more than €230 million. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Kiska marks 100 days as president PLAYING judiciary musical chairs and giving Slovakia a more welcoming face for the country’s transatlantic partners is what has kept the country’s fourth, and still quite new, President Andrej Kiska busy during his initial days in office.` 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
ECRI report praises Dubovcová Locked THE EUROPEAN Commission against Racism and Intolerance published its fifth report on Slovakia on September 16, which states that Slovak Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová has taken a proactive role in the area of anti-discrimination. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Elections draw independents Locked NOVEMBER’S municipal elections are not likely to be about traditional competition along left and right political lines with independent candidates making up a significant share of those running for office. The phenomenon, analysts say, is indicative of the reduced appeal of the country’s most-established political parties. 29 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Right-leaning parties continue to struggle SLOVAKIA’S right wing parties continue to grapple with internal problems, weakening their ability to challenge the ruling Smer as well as confusing many of their own voters. Still, most of their supporters remain unlikely to shift loyalties to Prime Minister Robert Fico and Smer, experts say. 26 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Penta mulls Petit Press purchase FINANCIERS from the Penta investment group have apparently decided to go into the media business, and the Petit Press publishing house is reportedly their next potential catch. This has provoked concerns within the publishing house, but also among transparency watchdogs. 25 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Smer down 4 percent in Focus poll News in short IF A GENERAL election had taken place in September, the ruling Smer would have won with 33.6 percent of the vote, a decrease from the 37.8 percent it received in August. It would thus occupy 67 seats in parliament. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Pilgrimage attracts the masses News in short THOUSANDS of people gathered at the National Pilgrimage on the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, the patron saint of Slovakia, at the National Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in the town of Šaštín-Stráže on September 15. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Dual citizenship law lives on SLOVAK citizens who acquire citizenship with another country will continue to lose their Slovak passport, as the Constitutional Court dismissed a motion brought by a group of MPs over the constitutionality of the amendment to the State Citizenship Act, which prohibits Slovaks from having dual citizenship. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Judiciary changes CRITICS of Štefan Harabin, who in the past five years held Slovakia’s most powerful judiciary seat, the dual post of the Supreme Court presidency and the chairmanship at the Judicial Council, were possibly relieved after a closely watched vote on September 16 elevated two women, Daniela Švecová and Jana Bajánková, to these posts. Political ethics watchdogs remain cautious, however, suggesting that only the actual performance of Švecová and Bajánková will show whether the country’s judiciary is now set for reform. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Gov't to spend millions on EU presidency TWELVE years into its European Union membership, Slovakia will for the first time preside over the EU Council in 2016. Taxpayers are now gradually learning just how much this will cost them.Slovakia will assume the presidency on June 1, 2016, to last over the second half of 2016. The presidency should cost taxpayers between €50-80 million, according to earlier estimates voiced by Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák. While the exact sum is unknown at this point, it is clear now that the government will spend about €15.6 million on the preparatory work over 2015. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Activists demolish part of Roma wall A SHORT-LIVED hole appeared in one of Slovakia’s roughly dozen so-called anti-Roma walls in mid-September, once again raising awareness among the Slovak public of the existence of these walls. 22 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Clearances suspended THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court (CC) suspended the provisions of the law pertaining to the widely debated across-the-board security clearances for judges at its September 17 session. The court will examine whether these provisions, passed on June 4 as part of a revision to the constitution born from a peculiar union between the ruling Smer and the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), are in line with the constitution. The motion was submitted by deputy chair of the Judicial Council Ján Vanko on September 1, while the newly elected head of the council, Jana Bajánková, has joined the motion, the TASR newswire reported. 18 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Daniela Švecová elected Supreme Court president Bajánková becomes Judicial Council head SUPREME Court Judge Daniela Švecová will succeed Štefan Harabin in one of the most powerful judicial positions in the country: the Supreme Court’s top chair. Švecová was elected by the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of Slovakia’s judiciary, on September 16 in a closely watched vote after 11 of the 15 voting members cast their ballots for her. 16 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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