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Transparency: VÚCs open to corruption

A TRANSPARENCY International Slovakia (TIS) survey of the eight Slovak regional authorities known as the "higher territorial units" (VÚCs), says that they are open to corruption because they do not plan public procurement and lack internal control methods.

TIS maintains that the lack of control creates space for "corrupt practices and ineffective use of public funds", the daily SME reported.

The corruption watchdog says that Slovakia's Supreme Audit Office should keep a closer eye on the VÚCs' spending.

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Tax evasion still causes problems

The state adopts several measures to curb room for tax evasion, but the effect of some is questioned.

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Returning to Bratislava: Legendary quartet and legendary composer Photo

In February 2018, Brodsky Quartet will come to the Slovak capital to perform the late quartets of the composer who visited it back in 1796.

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