Parliament okays Fico’s programme. On May 15 parliament adopts the programme statement which the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico will pursue over the next four years. The programme is organised around 10 priorities, with the government stating that the top priority will be to ease the impacts of the European economic crisis and strengthen economic security for Slovak citizens, followed by the commitment to reduce the country’s public finance deficit to 3 percent of GDP or less in 2013, and to support economic growth and price stability. The government also aims to reduce the high level of unemployment among young people and seek solutions to deal with the large proportion of the population that has been unemployed for a year or more. The programme statement also speaks about improving the enforceability of the law in Slovakia and systematically eliminating corruption at all levels of society.
Owner of Tatravagónka buys German chassis manufacturer ELH. The company Optifin Invest, which is 100-percent owner of the sole manufacturer of railway freight wagons and carriages in Slovakia and one of the largest in Europe, Tatravagónka Poprad, makes its third foreign acquisition. After the acquisition of the Polish company Fabryka Wagónow Gniewczyna in 2009 and the Serbian company Bratstvo Subotica in 2011, it acquires a 100-percent stake in German company ELH Eisenbahnlaufwerke Halle GmbH. KG, Landsberg.