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Healthcare Bureau loses independence

THE CABINET will have the right to fire the chairman of the Healthcare Supervision Bureau (ÚDZS) at any time, according to a revision passed in parliament on December 12.

The change was a part of an amendment to the Act on Health Insurance Companies prepared by MPs Jozef Valocký and Ján Zvonár from the ruling Smer party.

Under the current law, the ÚDZS chairman can only be ousted by the cabinet for committing a crime or for acting in conflict with the requirements of the post.

Parliament also approved a proposal by Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) MP Milan Urbáni giving the cabinet the right to dismiss the members of the ÚDZS board of trustees in the same way.

The coalition has been criticized for pressuring other independent state institutions, such as the energy market regulator, in its drive to achieve its policy aims.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

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Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

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Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

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Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

Most cars produced in Slovakia head for export.