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Jana Bajánková elected Judicial Council head SUPREME Court judge Jana Bajánková was elected the head of the Judicial Council, a top body overseeing the operation of the judiciary in Slovakia, on September 16 after 10 of the 16 voting council members voted for her in a secret ballot, the Sme daily reported on its website. There were no votes against, while six members of the council abstained from voting. 16 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Media reports lack Roma opinions News in short Locked MOST stories published about the Roma minority are related to criminality or extremism and lack any views expressed by the Roma, according to a survey conducted by Newton Media, a media monitoring agency. Positive reports about the Roma in the media made up just 10 percent of all news. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Changes affect Judicial Council News in short Locked ONE week ahead of the election of the Supreme Court chairperson by the Judicial Council, parliament dismissed Dušan Čimo as a member of the Judicial Council and replaced him by the head of District Court in Spišská Nová Ves Ján Slovinský on September 11. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Few are interested in municipal elections Locked THE RULING Smer party is struggling to nominate a strong candidate in each of the eight regional capital cities, while disunited opposition parties are also struggling with a strategy for the fall municipal elections, political analysts noted as candidate lists are expected to close on September 21. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Journalist charged with libel receives broad support POLICE’s decision to charge journalist Dušan Karolyi with libel for his story about police officer abusing his powers met with wide criticism from OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, media freedom watchdog International Press Institute (IPI) and several Slovak public figures. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Anti-Semitic remarks cast shadow over Holocaust Memorial Day IN 1941, a set of anti-Jewish laws went into effect in the Nazi wartime satellite Slovak Republic on September 9. Every year on this day, Slovakia commemorates its Holocaust victims. While last year the Catholic Church made its first-ever appearance at the memorial events, in a gesture welcomed by the Jewish community, this year day’s events were somewhat overshadowed by anti-Semitic statements made recently by a higher-ranking Catholic priest. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia makes offers to NATO Prime Minister Robert Fico maintains sharp rhetoric AMID a politically charged discourse over the crisis in eastern Ukraine and its implications for regional security, with Prime Minister Robert Fico offering an interpretation that the conflict represents a geopolitical fight for influence between Russia and the United States, Slovakia has made concrete offers to its partners in NATO on how the country could contribute to facing the current challenges. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
EC's Šefčovič to oversee transport A STRONG economic department is what the Slovak government had in mind for the country’s representative in the European Commission: with the transport and space portfolio, Slovakia seems to have gotten what it wanted. 15 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Procházka officially Sieť party head News in short THE FOUNDING council of Sieť, the newest right-leaning opposition party, officially elected party founder Radoslav Procházka as its first leader on September 1. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Journalist might face prison News in short POLICE have charged journalist Dušan Karolyi with libel for his story published in the Trend weekly in August 2013 about a former employee of the Office for the Fight Against Organised Crime (ÚBOK), Jaroslav Dujava, who allegedly abused his powers. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia marks national holidays THE FINAL weekend of August was longer than usual for Slovaks, as the country marked two major national holidays on August 29 and September 1. Between 10,000 and 15,000 people attended the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in Banská Bystrica on August 29, SNP Museum Director Stanislav Mičev estimated for the SITA newswire. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Festival to unite Roma and neighbours banned THE MUNICIPALITY of Moldava nad Bodvou cancelled the festival called Moldava Spolu (Moldava Together) that was to take place in the town’s Budulovská Roma settlement on August 29, just few days before the start of the event, citing safety concerns. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Tusk appointment symbolic victory for V4 POLISH Prime Minister Donald Tusk will become the next head of the European Council, and though it is the first time someone from a post-2004 EU member state has reached a top post, it is unlikely to significantly shift the position of the central European region within the EU, analysts say.EU leaders chose Donald Tusk to succeed Herman van Rompuy in the post of the president of the European Council on August 30. Tusk’s selection was welcomed in Poland, with the media being supportive, at times even “a bit too enthusiastic”, says Dariusz Kałan, a central Europe analyst with the Warsaw-based Polish Institute of International Affairs. While Tusk’s opponents seek to diminish his achievement, “the dominant opinion is that this is a great success for both Poland and personally for Tusk, who during the last decade underwent a great metamorphosis as a politician and party leader”, Kałan said. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Referendum goes to court JUDGES of the Constitutional Court will have to decide on the constitutionality of the questions posed in a referendum on the so-called protection of family. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Study uncovers possible cronyism NUMEROUS municipalities around Slovakia have made use of the external project management services of a single company under questionable circumstances. Transparency watchdogs have labelled this a potentially major case of cronyism in drawing EU funds and are calling on the European Commission to look into the matter. On August 25 the Sme daily broke the story on Star EU, a company that has been extraordinarily successful in public procurements, winning 70 out of 70 bids that it applied for. 8 Sep 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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“It is a portfolio that is very specific – it could be said that it covers the tram to the space rocket.” Maroš Šefčovič in response to receiving the post overseeing transport and the space agenda in the European Commission.