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ANOTHER YEAR OF FISCAL BELT-TIGHTENING

January: The top business stories of 2012

FNM chief sacked over Gorilla file. The cabinet of Iveta Radičová sacks Anna Bubeníková, a nominee of Radičová’s own Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), from her job as head of the National Property Fund (FNM). Thus Gorilla, a leaked file purporting to describe an operation conducted by the country’s main intelligence agency between 2005 and 2006 over suspicions of high-ranking political corruption, claimed its first victim. The Gorilla file, the authenticity of which remains unverified, suggested that Bubeníková served as a go-between for Jaroslav Haščák, co-owner of the Penta financial group, and the FNM, where she also worked in 2005. As of December 2012, the investigation into the Gorilla file remains uncompleted.

FNM chief sacked over Gorilla file. The cabinet of Iveta Radičová sacks Anna Bubeníková, a nominee of Radičová’s own Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), from her job as head of the National Property Fund (FNM). Thus Gorilla, a leaked file purporting to describe an operation conducted by the country’s main intelligence agency between 2005 and 2006 over suspicions of high-ranking political corruption, claimed its first victim. The Gorilla file, the authenticity of which remains unverified, suggested that Bubeníková served as a go-between for Jaroslav Haščák, co-owner of the Penta financial group, and the FNM, where she also worked in 2005. As of December 2012, the investigation into the Gorilla file remains uncompleted.

Slovak man charged in US in connection with Megaupload.com website. The US Department of Defence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charges two companies and seven individuals, including 35-year-old Slovak citizen Július Bencko, with operating an international organised criminal group allegedly involved in the widespread infringement of copyrights via the internet site Megaupload.com.

PSA Peugeot Trnava starts hiring 900 new employees. Trnava-based carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën Slovakia launches recruitment of 900 employees to work on Peugeot 208, whose production was launched in November 2011, and a third factory shift.


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Top stories

Historically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender

Former construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted.

L-R: Marian Janušek is ianugurated as replacing Igor Štefanov in post of construction minister, April 2009.

Refurbishment of Trnavské Mýto has started

The facelift of the underpass crossing should be completed by summer. Fate of nearby Istropolis still not known

Reconstruction of Trnavské Mýto underpass started.

Europe will continue fighting dual quality products

The recent Bratislava summit raised some suggestions on solving the problem, but it will be a long process.

Yeme grocery store in Bratislava.

The chairman of the committee tasked to improve tax returns has problems himself

The newly set-up committee meant to prepare a law on the more detailed property disclosures of politicians is headed by ex-minister Martin Glváč from Smer, who is refusing to publish details of his assets.

L-R: Martin Glváč and Andrej Danko