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Businessmen fear collapse after EU entry

SMALL and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are afraid of collapse following Slovakia's EU entry in May 2004.

Ľuboš Lopatka, head of the packaging firm Kappa, Obaly Štúrovo, who is also a president of the Association of Industrial Ecology in Slovakia (ASPEK), said at a press conference on October 14 that the fulfilment of EU's environmental norms will be very costly, and many small firms will collapse because they will lack the money to put their operations in line with the EU guidelines.

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News digest: High-profile arrests and discussion on reopening schools continues

PM Matovič proposes pilot testing for schools. Slovakia will have the very first Slovak ambassador to the EU.

PM Igor Matovič has stepped into the debate about opening the schools for older children.

Another former police president reportedly charged in a corruption case

NAKA charged eight former high-ranking police, SIS and Financial Administration officials.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.

Older children will not return to schools before Christmas

PM Igor Matovič still wants some pupils to return, he proposed a pilot testing plan.

The school in Trebišov.