Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook


Alcohol, tobacco and fuel tax increased

The Slovak government increased the tax on alcohol, tobacco and fuel on November 10. The tax hikes were designed to support revenues in the 2000 budget, the cabinet said in a statement on November 8.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economy Ivan Mikloš said last week that the new tax measures would be implemented to compensate for the previous scrapping of a motor vehicle tax. Slovak media had criticised the vehicle tax proposal because taxes for vehicles would have risen based on engine size and fallen with car age, regardless of the vehicle's price or environmental impact.

The government said it wanted to pass the 2000 budget by November 10 in order to give parliament enough time for deliberation and approval of the budget before the end of the year. The 2000 budget sets a deficit of 18 billion crowns, or 2% of gross domestic product, on revenues of approximately 192 billion Slovak crowns and expenditures totalling 210 billion crowns.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).