Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Two years after EU entry: Brussels appreciates Slovak ambitions

SLOVAKIA is more courageous two years after entering the EU in May 2004, and is starting to have greater ambitions, according to several EU diplomats.

According to Brussels, Slovakia gained respect by focusing on bigger themes rather than just concentrating on its own problems.

A Swedish diplomat who wished to remain anonymous said that Slovakia has a reputation as a liberal economy.

"Economic deregulation, free trade, low taxes - Slovakia has an unchanging opinion on all these themes, which increases its visibility and trustworthiness," the source told the SME daily.

Slovakia has also won laurels in foreign policy together with the Czechs and Poles thanks to their calls on the EU to help states such as Belarus, Ukraine, and the Balkans.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Government ignores anticorruption demands Photo

Protesters gave the government two weeks to fulfil their demands.

Blog: We can always count on the nerds…

Brands need to focus on doing good and that this approach is the only option if they want to stay relevant, credible and even profitable, says Thomas Kolster.

Thomas Kolster speaking

Drivers in Bratislava should prepare for worse traffic

Dissatisfied taxi drivers will go on a protest ride from Petržalka to Lamač on Wednesday.

Taxi drivers protested against Uber already in 2015.

Blog: Underground economy flourishes in the queues

A foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.

Foreign investors said they would welcome less bureaucracy in Slovakia.