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Budget deficit at 40% of 2002 target

THE STATE budget deficit after the first quarter of 2002 was Sk15.2 billion, or 40 per cent of the full-year target of Sk38 billion. The Finance Ministry has said the goal is not in danger, as Sk9.3 billion of the 1Q02 sum was state bonds for bank restructuring.

The government has been warned recently by the International Monetary Fund to cut splanned spending or risk not making its deficit target.

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Police will check overpriced EU presidency

The presidency will also be scrutinised by state auditors.

The ceremonial launch of the Slovak presidency's logo.

Inspectors to focus on firms with foreign staff

Scrutiny follows media report by Serbian journalist concerning conditions in a Galanta-based plant.

Labour Minister Ján Richter

Bratislava councillors want gambling regulation, not ban

Seventeen councillors do not agree with total prohibition of gambling in the capital, they want to continue in its strict regulation.

SaS denies Russian media reports on its support of Slexit

The opposition party has objected to news in some Russian media stating that it supports the departure of Slovakia from the EU, i.e. Slexit.

Richard Sulík