Politics & society

Updated: 28. May 2015, at: 20:26

Castle garages go on

THOUGH parliament is promising to protect unique finds at Bratislava Castle, which date from Celtic times and are situated close to the construction site of controversial garages, activists argue there will be…

Radka Minarechová, 28. May 2015, at 14:39
Culture Minister Marek Maďarič at government session

Government introduces Slovak music quota for radio

PRIVATE radio stations will have to broadcast at least 20 percent Slovak music starting next year, and at least 25 percent since 2017, according to an amendment to the law on broadcasting and re-transmission…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. May 2015, at 13:42
PKO in 1950s

PKO facility to remain standing, for now

THE LONG-DISPUTED Park Kultúry and oddychu (PKO) cultural, social and education venue on the Danube embankment will not be demolished anytime soon,  after Bratislava city councillors refused on May 27 to abolish an…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. May 2015, at 13:38
Most-Híd's chairman Béla Bugár

Government approves third report on minority rights

THE GOVERNMENT Office (GO) in 2014 received no motion pointing to a suspicion of violation of the law on using the languages of national minorities, according to a report approved by the government on May 27.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. May 2015, at 0:04

Suchodolinský says key witnesses were not interrogated in VSS case

FORMER deputy director of the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) Vladimír Suchodolinský, former VSS officer Ivan Macko and former Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko (SaS) will contact the prosecutor‘s office as they do…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. May 2015, at 13:33
Free trains was one of the main measures of the first package.

Smer campaigns with packages

PRIME Minister Robert Fico promises a package with some “interesting surprises” in it to be presented to the Slovak public by the year’s end, and thus only months before the parliamentary elections, taking place in…

Michaela Terenzani, 27. May 2015, at 11:52

SAV representatives demonstrate for autonomy

MORE THAN 100 people gathered at a protest rally organised by the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) at its premises in Bratislava’s Patrónka area on May 26, calling for the institution to be allowed to continue to…

27. May 2015, at 6:55
President Andrej Kiska

The president received different wording of ruling

THE VERBAL and written explanation of the ruling issued in the dispute between President Andrej Kiska and three judges whom he refused to appoint to the Constitutional Court differs, the Denník N daily reported.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. May 2015, at 13:59

Slovak mothers have more difficulties when returning to work

MATERNAL and parental leave in Slovakia are both longer than in other countries of the European Union (EU).

Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. May 2015, at 6:30
Guspan (L) and Masár at the press conference of Bratislava Castle findings and plans.

Parliament: Archaeological findings at Bratislava Castle will be preserved

ARCHAEOLOGICAL finds at the Bratislava Castle will be preserved and protected, while the planned garages for which parliament has faced criticism from both experts and the general public will be built on the site as…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2015, at 13:32
Karol Mitrík (R) takes over as NKÚ head from hands of Parliamentary Speaker Peter Pellegrini

Poll: NKÚ head Mitrík is a representative of Smer, not opposition

THE RECENTLY appointed head of the Supreme Audit Office(NKÚ), Karol Mitrík, is a representative of the ruling Smer party. This is the answer of 48.9 percent of respondents in a poll of the Polis Slovakia agency.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2015, at 13:12

Most Slovaks left from Prešov Region

RECENTLY, many Slovaks, especially those who fail to find jobs at home, tend to go abroad. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. May 2015, at 5:30

Parliament passes major legal overhaul to civil litigation rules

MPs passed a civil litigation procedure, a civil extra-litigation procedure and an administrative court procedure on May 21. These new rules, which deal with the protection of citizen and entrepreneur rights in…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. May 2015, at 6:37

Survey: Slovakia’s education sector is at a standstill

MORE than half of people believe that Slovakia’s education sector is at a standstill, while one-third think it is heading in the wrong direction, according to a survey that TNS Slovakia conducted for a campaign…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. May 2015, at 6:34

Fine for child’s death lower than selling goods after sell-by date

WHILE a Tesco outlet in Spišská Nová Ves in Košice region was recently given a fine of €1 million for selling food past its sell-by date, Baumax DIY outlet in Žilina could face a fine worth €200,000 at most if it is…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. May 2015, at 6:24
Flood in Klieština

Two storms caused damage in Klieština and Hatné, Poprad under flood alert

TWO STRONG afternoon storms on May 20 caused the Klieština brook – which is normally just a few centimetres deep – to overflow and flood local the road, gardens and cellars. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2015, at 13:43
Viera Kalmárová, main school inspector

Several Slovak schools committed fraud to get money for students

APART from “black souls” to draw financing for, Slovak schools used other devices, tricks and frauds that helped them draw money from the state, and taxpayers.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2015, at 13:07
Dušan Kováčik

Special prosecutor Kováčik skips Gorilla session –- again

THE PARLIAMENTARY committee for defence and security again did not discuss the investigation into the Gorilla case on May 20, as Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik did not turn up and Smer MPs subsequently did not…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2015, at 6:23
Karol Mitrík

Who is Karol Mitrík

The parliament elected Mitrík the new head of NKÚ on May 20. See his profile. 

20. May 2015, at 21:12

Students lack money to travel to China

TALENTED students from the elementary school on Jilemnického street in Zvolen who won the national competition RoboCup do not have enough money to represent the country at the world competition in China.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. May 2015, at 13:22

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