Politics & society

Václav Mika of RTVS travels a lot.

Transparency International checked expenses of state managers

TRANSPARENCY International Slovensko watchdog asked heads of state-owned companies about their expenses on phone calls and trips abroad. Many keep silent – thus violating the law – and out of those which informed,…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Mar 2015, at 13:28

Laws which need further revision

The law on collective bargaining, the Code of Civil Procedure, the Labour Code, the Commercial Code 

Radka Minarechová, 30. Mar 2015, at 6:30

More time to re-think

EVERY woman will have two months to change her mind after giving so-called secret birth to a child – according to a draft amendment to the Law on Family. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Mar 2015, at 5:30

Slovakia lacks law on cyber security

IN SLOVAKIA, a law is lacking that would integrally solve the issue of cyber security, the Concept of Cyber Security filed by the Slovak Government Office for comments states. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Mar 2015, at 6:30
Changes to temporary employment are also seen as controversial.

Controversial legislation adopted in 2014

Temporary employment, Civil Code amendment, changes to the Income Tax Act, the Commercial Code, and the Collective Bargaining Act

Radka Minarechová, 27. Mar 2015, at 6:30
Jozef Čentéš

President’s Office pays €60,000 in compensation to Čentéš

THE OFFICE of President Andrej Kiska will pay financial compensation plus court fees to prosecutor Jozef Čentéš in line with the verdict of the Constitutional Court, which found former president…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Mar 2015, at 22:32
Prime Minister Robert Fico

Ousted hospital chief spurs questions about who runs hospitals

FEW expected Žilina Faculty Hospital Director Štefan Volák to resign March 21 in the wake of a mass walkout by doctors and nurses, but he did and hospital’s troubles have entered a new phase.

Roman Cuprik, 26. Mar 2015, at 16:23

Poll: Ruling Smer would win election with 37.7 percent

IF PARLIAMENTARY election took place in March, the Smer party would wn on 37.7 percent, while the opposition Sieť would place second, according to a Polis Slovakia poll.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Mar 2015, at 13:45
Andrej Kiska

Kiska again gives away monthly salary to the poor

JUST like the month before, President Andrej Kiska has given his month salary to 10 families in dire straits.   

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Mar 2015, at 13:42

School leaving exams draw flood of complaints

DESPITE an outcry from students and schools in the wake of the written section of the school leaving exams, authorities claim that the tests were not significantly more difficult than they have been in the past.  

Radka Minarechová, 26. Mar 2015, at 13:19
Alojz Hlina

Opposition KDH and MP Hlina discuss election alliance

THE OPPOSITION Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Alojz Hlina’s party Citizens are holding talks on cooperation that would last for nine months and end three months before the general election set for March…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Mar 2015, at 22:48

More firearms in Slovakia, but used in fewer crimes

LAST year Slovaks owned a record number of firearms, but gun related crimes occur about half as often as they did a decade ago.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 25. Mar 2015, at 15:15

Researchers from Comenius University can predict breast cancer

A GROUP of researchers from the Comenius University (UK) can, with high probability, predict which forms of breast cancer or its grades of aggressiveness can occur.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Mar 2015, at 13:24
Lawyers criticise some changes to tax laws.

The most important legislative changes

Changes to tax law, collective bargaining, Arbitration Act, Act on Bonds, Whistleblowing Act, Public Procurement Act, or temporary employment

Radka Minarechová, 25. Mar 2015, at 8:00
Less than dozen MPs were listening to Obudswoman

Ombudswoman annual report ignored by MPs

LESS than a dozen of parliament's 150  members listened to Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová report of her activities in 2014.

24. Mar 2015, at 22:54
Ľudmila Benkovičová

Statistics Office faces inquiry over EU funds

THE STATE'S  Statistics Office (ŠÚ) is being asked to return millions of euros in European Union funds that they have already spent and some are facing facing criminal prosecution for a flawed tender.

Michaela Terenzani, 24. Mar 2015, at 15:05

Interior Ministry will buy new guns

THE INTERIOR Ministry will launch the long-expected competition to buy new guns for the armed forces amounting to some €34 million.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Mar 2015, at 13:24

Confiscation of mafia property begins

THE BRATISLAVA bankruptcy court started dealing with the property of the already sentenced members of the Piťovci organised crime group, which should be forfeited to the state.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Mar 2015, at 13:16

Trade in anabolic steroids thrives in Slovakia

THE DESIRE to become big and handsome leads many athletes to use steroids, according to professional fitness trainers. Mild legislation allows the sale of them to adult persons therefore the Slovak steroid market…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Mar 2015, at 6:26
Štefan Volák, head of the Žilina hospital.

Žilina hospital director steps down, 39 more nurses file resignations

ŽILINA  Faculty Hospital director Štefan Volak has stepped down after being urged by Health Minister Viliam Čislák to “assume personal responsibility” for the state of affairs at the hospital.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Mar 2015, at 13:30

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