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Opposition will not call for minister's dismissal

The three parliamentary opposition parties finally agreed on May 3 that they would not initiate a no-confidence vote in parliament against Health Minister Ivan Valentovič. The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) came up with this plan, but Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) leader Mikuláš Dzurinda said that they would not opt for such an easy and populist path. However, he stressed that Mr. Valentovič had indeed done nothing during his term.

The SMK, SDKÚ and Christian Democrats (KDH) decided instead to tell Prime Minister Robert Fico not to keep postponing solutions to the healthcare crisis and to take action. SMK head Pál Csáky said it seems to him that neither the minister nor the government deals effectively with these problems.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Kysuce inhabitants block busy road in protest

The blockade caused traffic collapse.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

Gunpowder was used to blow up the rock for the first time in the Upper Bieber adit for the first time 390 years ago.