November - The year in business

New environment minister appointed – The Ministry of Environment restarted its operation as a standalone ministry on November 1 and President Gašparovič on November 2 appointed József Nagy as the new head of the country’s resurrected Environment Ministry.

New environment minister appointed – The Ministry of Environment restarted its operation as a standalone ministry on November 1 and President Gašparovič on November 2 appointed József Nagy as the new head of the country’s resurrected Environment Ministry.

Stake in Dexia Banka Slovensko is sold – The Franco-Belgian Dexia bank announced on November 11 that it had reached agreement with Penta, a Slovak-based investment group, to sell an 88.71-percent stake in its subsidiary Dexia Banka Slovensko. The deal meets the requirement of the European Commission which had ordered the bank, in exchange for a €6.4-billion emergency aid package that it received from Belgium, France and Luxembourg, to sell its Slovak subsidiary by October 31, 2012.

Broad-gauge railway rejected – Prime Minister Radičová told media in late November that a broad-gauge railway would probably not be built across Slovakia. The idea was a favourite of the previous prime minister, whose aim was to extend the broad-gauge railway from Russia through Slovakia into Austria. The current broad-gauge railway reaches Košice where U.S. Steel Košice uses it for transportation of raw materials from Russia. The government said it would make a final decision on the nearly-€5-billion project after reviewing the results of a feasibility study. Released on December 14, this study found in favour of the plan.

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News digest: Third wave is coming. President urges people to get vaccinated

President and the Catholic bishops encourage people to get Covid vaccine. More foreign countries classify Slovakia as green. Cabinet apologises for the infamous Moldava raid.


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First Delta variant confirmed in Slovakia

The labs confirmed the strain in a positive sample from a person who returned from Russia.


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One euro for every comment. Slovak company turns hate into love on social media

The first such campaign in Slovakia, though quite a popular technique abroad.


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Roman Mikulec and Mária Kolíková presented the proposed document at the governmental session.

Cabinet apologised for the police raid in Roma settlement in 2013

The cabinet considers the apology a humanitarian gesture towards the victims and a commitment to avoid similar failures in the future.


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