Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Parliament adopts five excise tax laws

The Slovak parliament adopted five laws aligning the excise tax legislation with that of the European Union, to which Slovakia is set to enter - along with nine other countries - on May 1, 2004, the TASR news wire wrote.

The legislation concerns beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, and mineral oil (fuels), but only the excise rate on tobacco will change in May; a pack of cigarettes will be one crown (€0.02) more expensive due to an additional Sk0.05 excise tax per cigarette.

Opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia MP Miroslav Maxon initiated the parliament's resolution by pledging the government would analyse the impact of the illegal cigarette market in Slovakia and propose measures to combat it.

Most smuggled tobacco products in Slovakia come through Ukraine.

Top stories

Employee of the ministry’s agency accused of corruption

If found guilty, the employee of the Agricultural Paying Agency may spend up to eight years in prison for taking a bribe.

Sagan wins first race of 2017 Video

The Slovak cyclist triumphed at the second race of the Belgian classics.

Peter Sagan

Queues rigged at foreigners’ police, say clients

Not our problem, say police, who blame ‘cultural specifics’ and ‘habits’ of foreigners.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Legendary Luna bar to reopen Photo

The programme in the bar will focus on retro and oldies.

Luna Bar in the Kyjev Hotel