Budget passed in record speed

Parliament approved the state budget for 2003 in a record two days of debate, setting a deficit target of Sk57.6 billion ($1.4 billion) for next year, or 4.9 per cent of GDP, well down from this year's expected deficit of 7.7 per cent of GDP.

All 78 of the ruling coalition's MPs in the 150-seat house voted in favour. Rather than run expenditures up with new demands as in past years, MPs this year trimmed the cabinet's spending figure by Sk700 million ($16.7 million).

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Lockdown reduces mobility and new cases, but not hospitalisations. Cabinet approves €500 vouchers for seniors.


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Some schools in Slovakia have been closed.

Some schools in Bratislava will switch to remote learning

Only kindergartens and grades one through four will remain open.


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Finance Minister Igor Matovič presented his latest idea to boost vaccination rate and help businesses hit by the pandemic.

Finance Minister Matovič has a new way of boosting vaccination: €500 vouchers

The vouchers should be given to old people who decide to get vaccinated, to be subsequently spent on goods and services.


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