Current stalemate paralyses the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Scientists and the Education Ministry dispute who is causing the delay in the transformation of SAV.

August 3 protest in front of SAVAugust 3 protest in front of SAV (Source: TASR)

The transformation of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) was expected to make the lives of scientists easier. Instead, the institution is now struggling in a legal vacuum. To complete the transformation, it is necessary to register the academy on the list of public research institutions, administered by the Education Ministry. However, the ministry has refused to do so till now.

“SAV has submitted all documents necessary for the registration, plus some extra ones, to the Education Ministry,” its spokesperson Monika Hucáková told The Slovak Spectator.

The Education Ministry has responded that SAV is not telling the truth and that it is doing everything to complete the transformation process.

Scientists say that the current stalemate is hindering the proper operation of SAV’s institutes, while the president, politicians and even foreign scientific institutions are calling for speedy solutions to the current state.

Here is what the involved parties say:

1. What do scientists say?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Foreigners’ Police departments remain closed

Slovenia has ordered PCR tests developed by Slovak scientists. Holocaust survivors received the coronavirus vaccine jab.

3 h

Slovakia has more and more vaccines available. State lacks courage

Slovakia is taking a cautious approach to make sure it will be able to deliver second doses when needed.

7 h
Police control at the border crossing in Drietomá (Trenčín Region).

Stricter curfew rules come into force, police intensify checks

Negative test result required when going to work or doing sports in nature.

9 h
The entry of new data is required via Slovensko.sk.

Companies complain about an absurd fee. They need to add information state also has

Firms have to add their representatives’ birth numbers to business register. They can be fined if they fail to do it.

9 h