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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

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Austria launches random checks close to Slovakia’s borders

Refugees are using new smuggling routes, according to the Austrian minister.

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Unemployment rate continues to decline

The still steeper fall in unemployment could be curbed by the type of jobseekers, analysts opine.

Carmakers have already complained about the lack of qualified labour.

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.