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A TV PROGRAMME IN ENGLISH COVERING THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN SLOVAKIA OVER THE PAST WEEK (VIDEO INCLUDED)

This week in Slovakia

Content of programme: Fico’s health law illegal; Ďurkovský leaves Christian Democrats; Carbon credit scandals multiply

Content of programme:


Fico’s health law illegal;
Ďurkovský leaves Christian Democrats;
Carbon credit scandals multiply


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The Constitutional Court has struck down one of the most controversial laws of the previous Robert Fico government , a measure from 2007 forbidding private health insurance companies from earning a profit. The ruling further strengthens the case of the insurers, who are suing Slovakia for a reported one billion euros in lost profits.

The embattled former mayor of Bratislava, Andrej Ďurkovský, has become an independent member of parliament after leaving the Christian Democrats caucus over allegations of misconduct . Mr Ďurkovský’s departure leaves the ruling coalition with a majority of only three votes in parliament, although he has promised to continue supporting the government.

The head of a state-owned heating company has been fired after being linked to the controversial sale of carbon credits for less than half their market value.


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