New tests, new quarantine rules, and economic statistics (news digest)

Your overview of news from Slovakia on Friday, May 15, 2020.

President Zuzana Čaputová visited several places around Slovakia to thank the people in the front line. Here she is pictured in the COVID-19 tent at Trnava hospital. President Zuzana Čaputová visited several places around Slovakia to thank the people in the front line. Here she is pictured in the COVID-19 tent at Trnava hospital. (Source: Facebook Zuzana Čaputová)

This is your overview of news from Slovakia on Friday, May 15.
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Coronavirus in Slovakia

News from Slovak politics

  • The incumbent chair of the non-parliamentary party Progressive Slovakia, Michal Truban, has changed his mind and will run for the chairman post after all. The congress will take place online, on June 6. Deputy chair Irena Bihariova will run too. (FB Michal Truban).
  • The far right politician Marian Kotleba did not turn up to a Specialised Criminal Court session in the case of the controversial donations he distributed. He said it was due to the parliamentary session that he needs to attend. Prosecutor Tomas Honz labelled it an obstruction. The trial has been postponed to May 28 and 29. (TASR)

Macroeconomic statistics

  • Slovakia's GDP fell by 3.9 percent year-on-year in constant prices in the first three months of 2020. In the last quarter of last year, the Slovak economy grew at a rate of 2.1 percent, and for the whole of last year it grew by 2.4 percent. Read the analysts' comments and expectations.
  • Employment in Slovakia decreased in the first quarter of this year. According to the Statistics Office, employment in this period reached 2.426 million people. Compared to the first quarter of last year, it fell by 0.5 percent. After an adjustment for seasonal effects, total employment decreased by 0.4 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019 and by 0.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. (SITA)
  • Industry in Slovakia recorded the weakest demand for production in the past eleven years this March. The volume of new industrial orders this March reached 3.748 billion euros, which meant a year-on-year drop of 26.1 percent. Industry in
    Slovakia last remembers a similar year-on-year decline from the period of the economic crisis in 2009. (SITA)

Slovakia's carmakers get back on track

  • Jaguar Land Rover confirmed they were going to restart production on May 18 in the Nitra plant. Volkswagen is adding a second shift in its Bratislava plant next week. The Žilina-based Kia factory is now running a two-shift operation. The PSA plant in Trnava has restarted production this week.

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