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Privatisation amendment put forward

THE SLOVAK cabinet on August 21 agreed on proposed changes to the law on strategic privatisations enabling further sale of shares in firms worth more than Sk80 billion (€1.9 billion).

The changes to the law would remove the need for the government to hold a majority stake - 51 percent - in strategic companies such as the gas company Slovenský plynárensky priemysel, energy company Slovenské elektrárne, and the oil transport company Transpetrol.

The state has kept majority stakes in railway companies, the Slovenská Pošta, state forests, and water companies. The new law has to be approved by parliament before it would come into law.

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People of Pezinok fighting against landfill again

Dispute over controversial Pezinok waste dump, which started 18 years ago, continues.

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Crisis ends in Danko’s defeat

Education minister steps down following Fico’s call, Danko not ruling out he might leave politics.

Former education minister Peter Plavčan and PM Robert Fico on July 24.

First Slovak woman crossed the English Channel

Before her, only six Slovak men had managed to complete the difficult swim.