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Government passes new conflict of interest bill

Cabinet yesterday at its regular meeting approved a conflict of interest bill, sending it to parliament for approval during the June session. The legislature only last month rejected a similar bill by a solid 15 votes.

Backers of the government bill said the new draft would likely win more support as it removed two major barriers to approval of the former legislation: It allowed deputy ministers to resume parliament seats if they left office, and it allowed mayors and local town councilors to hold seats in parliament.

Deputy PM Ivan Mikloš, the main force behind the bill, saw it through cabinet with unanimous assent, and wants it passed in parliament in accelerated legislative proceedings. It would take effect January 1, 2003 if passed, and would require the immediate family members of public officials to declare their assets, a major step towards increasing transparency in the civil service.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.