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MPs on holiday: no work, great pay

DURING the summer parliamentary recess, MPs cost taxpayers Sk37 million (€955,500) while doing no work at all.

This summer MPs will have 33 days off, but earn the same amount as when parliament is in session, the Pravda daily reported.

An MP's basic salary is Sk47,500 (€1,224) per month, plus a fixed-sum bonus of well over Sk30,000 (€770). The average salary in Slovakia is around Sk16,000 (€412)per month. Since the last summer recess, MPs have worked less than 100 days in sessions or on committees, compared to over 200 days worked by the rest of the country.

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PM Fico wants Education Minister’s resignation

Education Minister Peter Plavčan has refused to leave, the Prime Minister demanding his resignation.

Education Minister Peter Plavčan

Have you ever climbed a via ferrata? Photo

In central Slovakia, there is one also suitable for beginners. Here are some of the views it offers.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Southern Slovakia will face heat again

The first-level warning is issued for the 16th and 17th.