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Agriculture Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek, head of State Veterinary and Food Administration Jozef Bíreš and Defence Minister Martin Glváč (L-R) on April 1

April Fools in Slovakia: a rundown of the jokes

IN SLOVAKIA April is a traditional day of so called “April fish”, or jokes. Media and even public officials do not shy away from the opportunity to present fictitious news or make practical jokes.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Apr 2015, at 22:48
Viliam Fischer

Surgeon Fischer concludes plea bargain with prosecutor

HIGH-PROFILE Slovak cardio-surgeon Viliam Fischer, charged with accepting bribes, officially concluded a plea bargain with the prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on April 1.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Apr 2015, at 22:40

Kiska alleged to have misused state plane

SEVERAL media outlets have recently reported about President Andrej Kiska using the government’s special plane for private flights to Poprad, where his family lives, and back.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Apr 2015, at 13:05
Sieť party leader Radoslav Procházka

Procházka calls for publishing of full campaign scandal recording

SIEŤ party leader Radoslav Procházka called on authorities to publish the recording where he allegedly asks Igor Matovič, leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), to publish the…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 22:36
Vladimír Jánoš in parliament.

Former MP Jánoš charged with abuse has divorced wife

FORMER parliamentarian for the ruling Smer party Vladimír Jánoš has divorced his wife just weeks after transcriptions of audio recordings were published on the internet that appeared to show him verbally abusing her…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 22:32
I am not a thing.

Owners of dogs will not bear legal responsibility

THE SLOVAK parliament turned down the draft amendment of the Criminal Code, proposed by Most-Híd MPs Gabriel Csicsai and Lucia Žitňanská that strived to introduce a new state of facts for crimes of bodily harm for…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 18:30
Activists created the solgan "stop to extremism" with candles during Human Rights Day, on December 10, 2013 in Banská Bystrica.

Government taking note of online extremism

WHILE the amount of racially motivated crime is in decline, extremists are adopting increasingly sophisticate ways of spreading their message online, experts say, and the government is taking this into account as it…

Roman Cuprik, 31. Mar 2015, at 17:16
The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament.

Study: Ex-speaker Paška the most dishonest politician

FORMER speaker of parliament Pavol Paška had the most untrue and misleading statements between the years 2010 and 2014, according to the Demagog.sk website.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 13:08

Slovaks do not command English, survey shows

THE ABILITY of Slovaks to comprehend English is poor, which is related to the quality of English language teaching at schools. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 13:03

Students compensated for police shooting

THE CASE of police shooting at a car with students driving down a highway was closed with conclusion of the general prosecution office which investigated the case from 2013 that the police action was alright. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 7:42

Cabinet backs civil law re-codification

THE SLOVAK cabinet has backed a proposal by the Justice Ministry to re-codify the civil law. The Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Suit Procedure and Civil Non-suit Procedure shall replace the Civil Procedure Code…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2015, at 6:34
The CT scanner scandal cost Pavol Paška his post of the speaker of parliament.

New public information bill proposed

Watchdog groups say changes are a step in the right direction.

Erik Rédli, 31. Mar 2015, at 6:29
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

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