Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovakia now on 26 of 30 EU chapters

Slovakia closed another two areas of talks with the EU on entry yesterday, bringing the country to within four ‘chapters’ of the total 30 legislative dockets required, and putting it ahead of neighbours Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The chapters closed included Cooperation in Justice and Interior, as well as Institutions.

The agreements require Slovakia to bring its regulations in such areas as security, border control, visa policy, migration, combating organised crime and money laundering into line with EU rules.

They also provide that Slovakia will have 13 seats in the expanded European Parliament and one European Commissioner, the same number as Denmark and Finland, for example.

While the country will be required to apply the same measures on its eastern border with Ukraine as are used on the EU’s outer ‘Schengen’ border immediately after entry, it will not immediately join the Schengen ‘family’ of nations, and Slovaks will continue to have to show passports on entering Austria until five years after EU entry.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.