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Food prices to rise on EU entry

THE PRICE of food may rise by 10 per cent when Slovakia joins the EU, according to research by the Research Office for Agriculture and Foods (ZÚEPP).

ZÚEPP director Gejza Blaas said: "When Slovakia becomes a member of the union, and [has to follow] its agriculture policy, there will be higher prices for [many] agricultural products than today's Slovak farmers get."

However, agricultural economist Felix Hutník told the Pravda daily that Slovaks already pay "about 30 per cent of their net wage" for groceries, in comparison with some countries of the EU where the figure is as low as 12 per cent.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak

Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

Gunpowder was used to blow up the rock for the first time in the Upper Bieber adit for the first time 390 years ago.