Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook


Bratislava and Vienna to be linked in 2005

PREPARATIONS for the construction of a 20-kilometer highway stretch between the Austrian border town of Kittsee and the highway connecting Vienna to Budapest are advancing.

"Everything indicates that after the start of construction in 2003, the stretch will be completed by the end of 2005," said Boris Gandel, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry following last week's talks of the Slovak-Austrian commission for co-operation in transport.

The Slovak-Austrian commission, whose mandate is to improve transport between Slovakia and Austria, was launched at the initiative of Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schűssel in 2000.

Austrian and Slovak businessmen have been frustrated by the lack of a decent road connection between Vienna and Bratislava, which at only 60 kilometres apart are two of Europe's closest capitals.

A strong environmental and civil lobby in eastern Austria has so far managed to defeat plans to build a large freeway through the area's rural hinterland.

Top stories

Letters can be checked at work – but is it legal?

The recent scandal surrounding the parliamentary office opening and checking the post of MPs has opened the issue of postal privacy – which also concerns emails or text messages – guaranteed by the law.

Andrej Danko, speaker of parliament

New investor to create 500 jobs in Nitra

A company following the Jaguar Land Rover carmaker to Nitra plans to create 500 new jobs and invest €17 million.

Tha Jaguar Land Rover draws also other investors to Nitra.

Blog: A line does not always form

A foreigners' real experience at the foreigners’ police department in Bratislava.

The foreigners’ police department in Petržalka

Coalition SNS seeks mandatory 13th salary

The business sector claims that such a step would lead to speculation and slow the growth of wages.