Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Cuts, cuts and more cuts

The ruling coalition has agreed on a package of regulated price rises, tax increases and spending cuts that now go to parliament for approval. The government says the measures will save the state budget Sk25 billion ($550 million) next year.

The cabinet has agreed to cap social benefits to families at Sk10,400 ($240) a month, less than the sum of two minimum wages, as well as to cut jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed.

The government has also scrapped plans to buy 100 million crowns ($2.3 million) worth of new cars to restock a government fleet that was last renewed in 1996.

After taking criticism of loose fiscal policy in 2002, that could see the public finances deficit shoot over 6 per cent of GDP, the new cabinet has pledged to reign in that figure to 5 per cent of GDP next year.

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

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

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.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár