BUSINESS BRIEFS

Trade figures better in August

THE AUGUST trade deficit narrowed to Sk4.2 billion, only half that of the same month a year ago, bringing the Slovak deficit after eight months in 2002 to Sk52.5 billion, nine per cent less than in the same period in 2001.

While Slovakia has been warned by international institutions to cut state spending and rein in its trade deficit after recording a record trade shortfall of Sk103 billion (over 10 per cent of GDP) last year, recent export improvements have been received positively by international market watchers and have boosted the Slovak crown.

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News digest: High-profile arrests and discussion on reopening schools continues

PM Matovič proposes pilot testing for schools. Slovakia will have the very first Slovak ambassador to the EU.

PM Igor Matovič has stepped into the debate about opening the schools for older children.

Another former police president reportedly charged in a corruption case

NAKA charged eight former high-ranking police, SIS and Financial Administration officials.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.

Older children will not return to schools before Christmas

PM Igor Matovič still wants some pupils to return, he proposed a pilot testing plan.

The school in Trebišov.