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THE YEAR IN BUSINESS

Corporate taxes to change, again

SLOWER than expected economic revival as Slovakia remains dependent on external trading partners was the prevailing economic trend for the year. Thus, even though Slovakia’s economy managed to grow, estimated at 0.9 percent for 2013, the rate was too low to make a significant impact on job creation. The unemployment rate remains among the highest in the EU. While 2012, the year in which Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government took power, was rich in tax and labour legislation changes, 2013 also brought change. The government introduced tax licenses to be paid even by loss-making firms. This is to be accompanied by a 1 percent point drop in corporate tax rates and extension of collective bargaining rights. Measures to combat tax evasion began to bear fruits in the form of higher collection during the final months of 2013.

SLOWER than expected economic revival as Slovakia remains dependent on external trading partners was the prevailing economic trend for the year. Thus, even though Slovakia’s economy managed to grow, estimated at 0.9 percent for 2013, the rate was too low to make a significant impact on job creation. The unemployment rate remains among the highest in the EU. While 2012, the year in which Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government took power, was rich in tax and labour legislation changes, 2013 also brought change. The government introduced tax licenses to be paid even by loss-making firms. This is to be accompanied by a 1 percent point drop in corporate tax rates and extension of collective bargaining rights. Measures to combat tax evasion began to bear fruits in the form of higher collection during the final months of 2013.

Here we look back on the most significant economic and business news events of the year as they happened.

Top stories

How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

Offical Slovak national emblem and colours

Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

Foreigners: Events around Slovakia Photo

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017

Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

Illustrative stock photo