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State increases funds for papal visit

THE CABINET approved an additional Sk11 million (€260,000) to cover the papal visit planned for September. Two weeks ago ministers agreed to allocate Sk68 million (€1.62 million) from the state purse to meet at least part of the costs for organisations and municipalities, which had come up with a sum of Sk280 million (€6.67 million) for their requirements.

Foreign Ministry state secretary József Berényi assumes that the slight increase of funds will not satisfy the financial demands linked to the visit of John Paul II to Slovakia.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

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Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

Štefan Svitko

Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

Most cars produced in Slovakia head for export.