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VSŽ fails in acquisition of Škoda Plzeň

VSŽ Inc., Košice, who negotiated the purchase of the Czech engineering company Škoda Plzeň Inc., has failed to meet Škoda owners' financial requests, according to Škoda officials. VSŽ vice-president, Anton Jura, had a different view on matter, saying the conditions were unacceptable.

Jura added that VSŽ is contemplating the acquisition of another engineering company. "Our interest now is to attract foreign engineering companies to Slovakia," he said. VSŽ wants to create joint ventures out of some of its loss-making daughter companies, e.g. in Snina or Medzilaborce, thus providing conditions for improving their performance. At the end of 1996, VSŽ had a higher-than-20 percent stake in 94 Slovak and 15 foreign companies.

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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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