Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Glváč: Military intelligence services should merge as of January 2013

Slovakia's two existing military intelligence services – the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) and the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence service – should merge as of January 2013, Defence Minister Martin Glváč (Smer) said, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Slovakia's two existing military intelligence services – the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) and the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence service – should merge as of January 2013, Defence Minister Martin Glváč (Smer) said, as reported by the TASR newswire.

"We have the ambition to do this as soon as possible, as they [the intelligence services] are in a disastrous condition. This will certainly be included in the government manifesto, and if the laws allow it, we aim to do this ... as of January 2013," said Glváč on Wednesday, April 4. The minister said he hoped the merger would save money and re-establish trust in military intelligence activities. Glváč announced he would meet the chief of the General Staff, Peter Vojtek, as early as today (Thursday), one day after his appointment as defence minister, to discuss military strategy.

Glváč confirmed that Slovakia's ambassador to the UN and former ambassador to NATO, Miloš Koterec, will most probably become the new Defence Ministry state secretary. He added that he is not considering replacing Vojtek, who has led the General Staff only since December 2011.

Glváč commented on reports that he previously had contacts with the late Bratislava mafia boss Jozef Svoboda. "I didn't say that I used to meet him, I said that I knew him and knew who he was," Glváč commented.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4