Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BUSINESS IN SHORT

Public holidays could be reduced

THE CABINET might reduce the number of public holidays in Slovakia. Prime Minister Robert Fico said the country has one of the largest numbers of public holidays of any country in the EU and that employers have repeatedly called for fewer holidays, the SITA newswire reported.

THE CABINET might reduce the number of public holidays in Slovakia. Prime Minister Robert Fico said the country has one of the largest numbers of public holidays of any country in the EU and that employers have repeatedly called for fewer holidays, the SITA newswire reported.

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, however, denounced any plans to eliminate public holidays that fall on religious holidays, which they say are enshrined in the Basic Treaty between Slovakia and the Holy See.

“We understand them as spiritual roots of the existence of society, as a great opportunity to motivate people who during a free day regain spiritual strength to withstand the difficulties of everyday life,” the president of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference, Stanislav Zvolenský, said after meeting the prime minister, SITA reported.

Fico set out the arguments of employers to the bishops and explained the positive effect that cancelling some public holidays might have on economic growth and the consolidation of public finances.

“We have to deal with the employers’ proposal, but the decision has yet to be made,” he said, as quoted by SITA. “If the list of holidays is an integral part of the Basic Treaty, is will be more difficult to touch these holidays.”

Top stories

Problematic highway stretch, Turany-Hubová, will go via Korbeľka tunnel

This variant is more environmentally friendly compared with the surface variant originally planned.

Landslide during construction of the highway near Šútovo in 2013.

400 types of Slovak seeds will be placed in the World Gene Bank at Spitsbergen Photo

Slovak Agriculture Ministry works is storing the seeds on the Svalbard archipelago.

World Gene Bank in Spitsbergen, Norway

Talent is not always enough - sport is an expensive hobby

Promising young athletes often do not have the chance to bring their talent to the next level due to lack of funds.

Slovakia remains unknown in convention business

Ten MICE events in 2017 should bring almost €6.5 million to Bratislava.

The GLOBSEC security forum is one of the regular MICE events in Slovakia since 2005.