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Better pay for eurobureaucrats

THE SLOVAK cabinet has approved a long-promised increase of wages to specialised bureaucrats who deal with the EU funds agenda.

In order to keep qualified bureaucrats in the generally underpaid state service, ministers approved Sk110 million (€2.7 million) increase on January 28 for the wages of 960 bureaucrats in 2004.

On average, each of the bureaucrats will thus get Sk7,200 (€177) a month more than they are currently paid. The increase represents about half of the national average wage.

Slovakia had difficulty last year with recruiting a sufficient number of people to the administrative positions that would deal with the Eurofunds agenda, due to the relatively low pay offered at that time.

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

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