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ANOTHER YEAR OF FISCAL BELT-TIGHTENING

July: The top business stories of 2012

Building under construction in Bratislava collapses. A five-floor building under construction in Bratislava collapses without warning on July 1, but there are no injuries or deaths. The building was to house a wellness centre and parking for 3nity, a multifunctional development on Plynárenská Street that is still under construction, though one residential building is complete and occupied. The collapse of the structure leaves a crater filled with glass and other construction debris.

Building under construction in Bratislava collapses. A five-floor building under construction in Bratislava collapses without warning on July 1, but there are no injuries or deaths. The building was to house a wellness centre and parking for 3nity, a multifunctional development on Plynárenská Street that is still under construction, though one residential building is complete and occupied.
The collapse of the structure leaves a crater filled with glass and other construction debris.

Bratislava Airport gets new hall. Airport Bratislava opens the second section of its new terminal building designed to handle both arrivals and departures. The new hall is connected to another terminal which has been in operation for two years, enabling the largest Slovak airport to handle an estimated 5 million passengers per year.

Sliač airport opens new departure terminal. Sliač Airport in Banská Bystrica Region opens a new €1.5-million terminal, boosting its capacity. The airport says it will also mean comfortable, high-quality, safe flights for travellers.

New bypass of Banská Bystrica opens to traffic. The northern, 5.7-kilometre bypass around Banská Bystrica is the last of four sections of the R1 ‘Pribina’ dual carriageway to be built by the construction company Granvia as part of Slovakia’s first public-private partnership (PPP) highway construction project.

Police unearth smugglers’ tunnel. Tax Cobra, a special anti-tax-evasion unit of the police, discovers a 700-metre-long secret tunnel that had been dug beneath the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The police believe it was being used several times a week to smuggle cigarettes into Slovakia, thereby depriving the state of as much as €50 million in tax revenue. The tunnel, described by professionals as technically sophisticated, leads from the Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod to a spot between the Slovak villages of Vyšné Nemecké and Nižné Nemecké, and is thought to have been in operation for at least a year.

Volkswagen Slovakia lays the foundation stone for a new body shop. The new shop at its factory in Bratislava will make innovative car bodies for SUVs from steel and aluminium. Its price tag is about €600 million and when the body shop opens it should employ about 550 workers.


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Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).