Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT

President plans state-of-the-nation address

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič wants to present a state-of-the-nation address in parliament sometime this spring.

The address will be Gašparovič's first presentation in parliament as president. He was elected to the post last year.

Because there is no parliamentary session in April, the nearest possible date for the speech is in May.

"It's up to the president. He can bring forward his report whenever he wants," parliament spokesman Michal Dyttert told the TASR news agency.

According to the president's spokesman Marek Trubač, Gašparovič wants to address parliament on serious political issues.

Slovakia's constitution provides the president with the possibility of addressing parliament. The president usually does this once a year, generally at the turn of the year. Gašparovič, however, did not make use of this opportunity because he had only been in office for half a year and exercised his right not to do so.

Ex-President Rudolf Schuster presented his last address in December 2003.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

NAKA detains businessman Kočner

The shady businessman featured in several scandals was detained June 20 in connection to questionable promissory notes and tax-related crimes.

Marián Kočner

What are the biggest challenges of Slovak journalism?

Trust in the media slightly increased following the murder of journalist but it may not last.

Measles continue spreading in the east

From the original source of infection, the village of Drahňov, the infected who violated quarantine rules have spread measles to other places. Six cases also involve medical staffers.

Vaccine, illustrative stock photo

Signs of danger averted

The world has never been this safe, and may never be again.

Canada Pacific coast