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Job creation stimulus passed

Parliament has passed a job-creation package freeing employers from paying five months of social fund dues on the salaries of long-term unemployed people or recent graduates.

Slovakia has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe at just under 20%. During its term the government has introduced a public works programme designed to bring levels of joblessness down.

However economists say illegal employment is commonplace because of the relatively high costs for employers when taking on staff.

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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.