Grandiose national theatre to be finished by 2002

Despite years of delays, government officials announced August 30 that the mammoth national theater complex under construction near Bratislava's Šafarikovo námestie will be completed by 2002.

Ground was broken for the socialist-style structure back in 1986, and over 1 billion crowns have already been spent on the project.

Culture Minister Milan Knažko said 1.7 million crowns will be needed to complete the structure. The original budget for the building was 900 million crowns.

Though officials discussed scrapping or selling the project, the ministry ultimately decided against it. Knažko said he hopes that extra funds diverted from road construction can go towards the project.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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