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Presidential elections set for April 2004

SPEAKER of parliament Pavol Hrušovský said the first round of the presidential elections in Slovakia has been set for April 3 next year.

Provided that no candidate wins more than 50 percent of voter support in the first round, the second round will take place two weeks later with the two highest scoring candidates.

President Rudolf Schuster has not confirmed his candidacy yet, but several politicians have already launched their presidential campaigns.

Eduard Kukan, the country's foreign minister, Christian Democrat (KDH) František Mikloško, liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) member Ľubo Roman, and non parliamentary Movement for Democracy party leader Ivan Gašparovič have confirmed their candidacies. Other possible candidates include ex-PM Vladimír Mečiar and the former Slovak ambassador to Washington, Martin Bútora.

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Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.

Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska

Arca Capital enters the banking sector

Czech and Slovak financial group acquires a majority share in Austrian private bank Wiener Privatbank.

Bank, illustrative stock photo