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Extra budgetary funds overstay welcome

The government was unable to reach an agreement on the abolition of various publicly-funded bodies, such as the Housing Development Fund and the Environment Fund, despite having promised the World Bank in its Staff Monitoring Programme to eliminate eight of these bodies by the end of September and a further two by December.

The government had already told the World Bank in July that it would not be able to meet these targets. Economic experts fear the state funds do not make efficient use of public money, and cloud the overall picture of the public sector fiscal deficit.

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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.

Jaroslav Rezník

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.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

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.

Štefan Svitko

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.