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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

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.

Focus Poll: Government loses support

Extremist party led by Marian Kotleba would have come third

The ruling coalition (L-R: SNS-Andrej Danko, Smer-Robert Fico. Most-Híd-Béla Bugár) would have problems forming a cabinet.

Bratislava bus station is moving into Bottova Centrum Photo

If the temporary station gets all the construction approvals, it may start operation on October 1.

The future temporary bus station on Bottova Street in Bratislava