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January: The top business stories of 2011

VAT rate goes up. The basic VAT rate increases by 1 percentage point on January 1 to 20 percent and the 6-percent VAT rate for foodstuffs sold directly from farms is eliminated.

VAT rate goes up. The basic VAT rate increases by 1 percentage point on January 1 to 20 percent and the 6-percent VAT rate for foodstuffs sold directly from farms is eliminated.

Constitutional Court delivers two major rulings. The first ruling dealt with a law passed by the previous government that prohibited private health insurers from paying dividends to shareholders – the court found the law to be unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court ruled in the second case that an amendment to Slovakia’s highway construction law that permitted the state to begin building highways on privately-owned land before the land expropriation process was completed was also unconstitutional.

RegioJet announces new rail service. RegioJet, a private subsidiary of a Czech transport firm, unveils plans to provide regular passenger transport on the line between Bratislava and Komárno, beginning in March 2012.

Decommissioning of V1 plant advances. The Nuclear Decommissioning Company (JAVYS) announces that it has completed the removal of all used nuclear fuel from the shutdown V1 nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice. Complete decommissioning of the V1 unit is planned to be wrapped up in 2025. Slovakia agreed to shutter and decommission the plant prior to its accession to the EU.

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Top stories

How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

Offical Slovak national emblem and colours

Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

Foreigners: Events around Slovakia Photo

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017

Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

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