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Slovakia to join Schengen by 2007

THE SECOND generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) will be ready in March 2007, enabling Slovakia and the other new EU member states to join the Schengen area, according to the TASR news agency.

The European Commission announced the timing of the new system October 26 after a €40 million contract for the creation of SIS II was signed with an international group of IT firms.

States awaiting full inclusion in the Schengen area - in which there are no border controls - had expected that SIS II would be ready by the end of 2006.

SIS is a shared database that uses a computerised system to place alerts concerning persons or property at the disposal of the authorities of each member state.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

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.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

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.