Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Banka Slovakia: six suitors

Six banking and non-banking entities have expressed an interest in privatising Slovakia's smallest bank, the national privatisation agency (FNM) has reported.

Brokerage house Slávia Capital and the Czech J & T Bank have already confirmed their interest in Banka Slovakia, which the state has been trying to sell off since last summer.

The FNM refused to release names of the bidders but said they were from Slovakia and other countries.

The bank failed to attract any bidders when first put up for sale in June last year. The tender was eventually cancelled after talks broke down with Slovak-Czech consortium Hanco and Česká pojišťovna.

A second tender was also cancelled after the central bank refused three potential buyers, including Slávia and J & T, permission to carry out an audit on Banka Slovakia. The National Bank of Slovakia said the three companies did not have enough experience of the Slovak banking market.

The state is offering a 60% share in the finance house.

Top stories

Suicide game does not exist and visa-free regime for Ukrainians is not a lie

The Slovak Spectator brings you a selection of hoaxes from the past two weeks.

There is no computer game that makes people commit suicides.

It’s not easy being an ‘alien’ in Slovakia

Are Slovaks scared of foreigners? The stories of those who are trying to make their homes here suggest that ignorance and bureaucratic inertia, rather than fear, cause more problems.

Dealing with state offices may be difficult and time-demanding.

President Kiska uses train for first time

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.

What has remained here after Stoka, Propeller or Cvernovka? Photo

The book BA!! Places of Living Culture 1989-2016 brings authentic accounts about 38 independent cultural spots in Bratislava.

Blaho Uhlár, founder of the Stoka theatre, in front of the theatre in 2006.