HESO - Rating of Economic and Social Measures in Slovakia, January-March 2008

Easing and simplification of duties for some groups of employers to secure preventive medical checkups for their employees (self-employed people without employees and conducting low-risk work will not have to get a checkup, while there has been a reduction in the number of companies that are required to order checkups only from state-accredited health services; the changes were based on amendments to the Law on Workplace Health and Safety and the Law on Protection, Support and Promotion of Public Health). RATING[-300;300]:30.2

Easing and simplification of duties for some groups of employers to secure preventive medical checkups for their employees (self-employed people without employees and conducting low-risk work will not have to get a checkup, while there has been a reduction in the number of companies that are required to order checkups only from state-accredited health services; the changes were based on amendments to the Law on Workplace Health and Safety and the Law on Protection, Support and Promotion of Public Health). RATING[-300;300]:30.2


Declaration of common commitment to introduce and use the euro currency in Slovakia (the central government, employer representatives, unions and local government officials agreed to combat unjustified price increases following the introduction of the euro). RATING[-300;300]:21.4


Offering scholarships and stipends to secondary school students for one-year study trips to foreign secondary schools for the 2008-2011 period (Sk270 million for 1,000 secondary students in 2008/09 academic year). RATING[-300;300]:2.9


As of the beginning of 2008, firemen and mountain rescue employees will also have right to service pension (after 2011, age will no longer be the deciding factor, but rather the attainment of 15 years of service; the change was based on an amendment to the Law on Social Security for Police and Military Personnel). RATING[-300;300]:-16.9


Proposal for the cancellation of fines for non-payment of child support in situations where the state pays the child support, and the non-payer reimburses the state (Draft Law on Substitute Child Support) RATING[-300;300]:-27.3

Deadlines set for submitting applications over the Internet for money from Eurofunds for reconstructing schools (initial problems with ensuring that all interested parties were informed of the funding possibilities, the functionality of the electronic application system, and the extremely brief time window in which applications could be filed). RATING[-300;300]:-27.9


The introduction of a new non-taxable amount in the basic tax-exempt sum of Sk3,500 to Sk10,000 annually to cover the expenses of some health care workers in securing specialized education (amendment of the Income Tax Act). RATING[-300;300]:-28.0


Proposal for the re-introduction of charges for the re-zoning of agricultural land for construction and other non-agricultural uses (from Sk20/m_ to Sk500 /m_ according to the value of the land; the proposal was based on a draft amendment to the Law on the Protection and Use of Agricultural Land).
RATING[-300;300]:-32.9

Amendment to the Law on Employment Services (labor offices will determine how often unemployed people have to check in; the change introduces the possibility to set up state-subsidized 'social' companies; work-for-welfare programs will be cut; new active labor policy spending will be introduced, while some old subsidies will be increased). RATING[-300;300]:-34.5


In the event that people saving in the 'second pillar' (personal capitalized accounts) of the pension system want to leave that pillar, their signatures on the required documents will no longer have to be confirmed by a public notary (amendment to the Law on Pension Savings).
RATING[-300;300]:-36.0


Proposal for a ban on retail sales on some state holidays (New Year's, Easter Sunday and Christmas) (proposed amendment to the Labor Code). RATING[-300;300]:-44.5


Bratislava's M.R. Štefánik airport will remain exclusively in state hands (investments in developing their airport will be financed from its own sources and public funds; no joint venture can be formed with a strategic investors, and the airport will not be privatized).
RATING[-300;300]:-75.0


Strengthening of the monopoly enjoyed by Slovak Post on parcels weighing up to 50 grams, and on registered mail (alternative providers will no longer be allowed to supply “hybrid postal services” on this market segment, according to the amendment of the Law on Postal Services).
RATING[-300;300]:-76.9


Introduction of the duty to pay concessionaire fees for STV and Slovak Radio for every individual who pays for electricity supplies, and for employers in accordance with the number of their employees (fees collected are expected to rise by Sk1 billion; Law on Payment for Public Services Provided by Slovak Television and Slovak Radio). RATING[-300;300]:-86.5

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