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July: The top business stories of 2011

Government announces sale of heating plants. The Slovak government approves the privatisation of six state-owned central heating plants in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Martin, Zvolen and Košice, with 5 percent of the shares to be transferred to the municipalities. The privatisation is halted after the fall of the Radičová government in October.

Government announces sale of heating plants. The Slovak government approves the privatisation of six state-owned central heating plants in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Martin, Zvolen and Košice, with 5 percent of the shares to be transferred to the municipalities. The privatisation is halted after the fall of the Radičová government in October.

O2 launches 3G data network. Telefónica Slovakia, the most recent entrant to Slovakia’s mobile telephone market, officially launches data services on its own 3G network that covers 30 percent of the Slovak population, with plans to increase it to 50 percent by the fall of 2012. Telefónica Slovakia, which uses the O2 brand, entered the Slovak market in 2006 and had more than 1 million customers in the first half of 2011.

Law curbs photovoltaic plants. A new law initiated by the Economy Ministry takes effect that curbs subsidies for solar power stations in order to halt a boom in construction of these large facilities on arable land and objections by end-users to higher electricity prices due to the subsidies to the solar power industry. The new law restricts feed-in tariff subsidies only to small solar power stations with an installed capacity of less than 100 kW mounted on roofs or walls of existing buildings. Over 800 solar facilities with an aggregate installed capacity of 478 MW are operating in Slovakia by mid 2011.

Top stories

It takes nuts to help Kenyans

Slovakia has provided more than €10 million to the Kenyan people since 2005.

Muruku slum in Naorobi

Lack of experts challenges ICT sector

To maintain the competitiveness, the Slovak government must support digitising the economy and take a positive stance towards the ICT sector, according to experts.

Illustrative stock photo

Our exit from the EU will not weaken our links

The UK has no intention of undermining the stability of the EU, nor do we want to become more distant to our European neighbours, including those here in Slovakia, the ambassador writes.

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.

Roma civil patrols will continue

The Interior Ministry allocated €10 million for the project.

Roma patrols in Veľká Lomnica.