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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

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

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

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

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.