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March: The top business stories of 2011

Warehouse construction in eastern Slovakia. The Goodman Group begins building a 21,000-square-metre production and warehouse complex in an industrial zone near Košice Airport at a cost of €16 million.

Warehouse construction in eastern Slovakia. The Goodman Group begins building a 21,000-square-metre production and warehouse complex in an industrial zone near Košice Airport at a cost of €16 million.

Slovakia offers e-mobile. Regional power distribution companies continue building public charging stations. After Východoslovenská Energetika opened its first station in November 2010, Západoslovenská Energetika announces its own e-mobility project, Vibrate, this month. This project is in cooperation with Vienna and will link that city with Bratislava along a so-called green highway, a network of charging stations, thought to be the first cross-border e-mobility project in Europe.

Tour seeks US investors. Economy Minister Juraj Miškov and Slovakia’s Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) travel to the US to encourage investors to come to Slovakia. Michelle O’Neill, the US Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, told Miškov that American companies would like to take part in building the new nuclear power plant at Jaslovské Bohunice in Trnava Region.

Plans to lease Bratislava Airport. The government decides to lease Letisko M. R. Štefánika – Bratislava Airport – to a concessionaire for a period of 30 years and says the process should be completed by summer 2012.

Slovakia ranks No. 1 in auto production. UniCredit Bank ranks Slovakia as the world’s No. 1 producer of automobiles per capita, having assembled 557,000 passenger cars in 2010, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovenia. These three countries manufacture around 100 passenger cars per 1,000 residents annually. In total production, Slovakia ranked nineteenth in the world, according to UniCredit Bank.

Penta acquires Dexia bank. The private equity firm Penta acquires an 88.71-percent stake in Dexia Banka Slovensko for €81.76 million and later announces a mandatory buyout bid for the remaining shares of the bank.

Top stories

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.

Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.

Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska