June: The year in business

E-Health plan postponed. People waiting for electronic services in health care will have to wait another year. The Health Ministry halted the competition over the system to secure, among other things, connections between hospitals and general practitioners’ clinics, and postponed the implementation of its e-Health project to 2017 over concerns that it might have to return some EU funds.

E-Health plan postponed. People waiting for electronic services in health care will have to wait another year. The Health Ministry halted the competition over the system to secure, among other things, connections between hospitals and general practitioners’ clinics, and postponed the implementation of its e-Health project to 2017 over concerns that it might have to return some EU funds.

State now lone SPP stakeholder. The state completed the purchase of the 49-percent share and managerial control of Slovakia’s gas giant, Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) from the Czech company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH). Robert Fico’s cabinet approved the takeover of the package in September 2013, citing the state’s interest in having gas prices for Slovak households and small and medium-sized enterprises under control. Back then, the government promised to take on half of the company’s debt, €59 million, from EPH.

Rules for payment of private pensions set. After nine and a half years since the robust pension reform and the launch of the so-called second, private pension pillar, the rules for paying pensions from this pillar were finally set. There are three forms of payments from the second pillar: lifelong pensions paid out by insurance companies, so-called programme withdrawal (the scheme for the payment of saved funds by a pension fund management company) and a temporary pension to be paid out by insurance companies. Retirees are expecting to receive the first pensions from the second pillar in January 2015.

Preparing for the sale of Slovak Telekom. The parliament made another step toward the sale of the 49-percent stake in Slovak Telekom (ST). On June 25 it approved an amendment to the privatisation act, extending the means for the sale of state assets to include the stock exchange.

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