Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook


Cabinet increases funding for papal visit

THE SLOVAK cabinet has released another Sk11 million (€262,000) in funds for the September 12 to 14 visit of the Pope, making the current total for organising the visit nearly Sk80 million (€1.9 million).

Originally the cabinet had allocated Sk68 million for the visit, but on August 20, ministers approved additional funds after officials from towns and cities the Pope is scheduled to visit, as well as some of the ministries involved in the visit, complained of insufficient funding.

From the additional package, the Culture Ministry will receive Sk2.6 million (€62,000) to establish three media centres in the towns of Bratislava, Rožňava, and Banská Bystrica, where the Pope is expected to hold mass.

The Interior Ministry will get Sk5.9 million (€140,000), state-run Slovak Television will receive Sk2.5 million (€60,000).

Top stories

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

Illustrative stock photo

Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.