Some borders start opening ahead of the summer season (news digest)

Matovič and co. visited Czechia. Even foreigners living in Slovakia can travel to Croatia.

PM Matovič, Deputy PM Veronika Remišová and Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok on board the flight to Prague for the official visit to the Czech Republic on June 3. PM Matovič, Deputy PM Veronika Remišová and Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok on board the flight to Prague for the official visit to the Czech Republic on June 3. (Source: TASR)

This is your overview of news from Slovakia from June 3, 2020.

Hospital visits allowed again

Czechoslovakia restored and holidays in Croatia

  • Citizens of ten EU states, including Slovakia, are no longer required to prove their reason for entering Croatia due to the good epidemiologic situation in their homelands. The rule also applies to nationals of other countries who are residents in Slovakia, the Croatian Interior Ministry told The Slovak Spectator.
  • Austria is also opening its borders with neighbouring countries, with the exception of Italy.

Pellegrini: Stay or go?

  • Peter Pellegrini said at a press conference that he and Fico are further miles away from each other. He suggested that he will announce his decision about staying or leaving Smer within “days or weeks”. (TASR)

Corruption report

  • As of December 31, 2019, Slovakia has completely implemented seven out of the 16 anti-corruption recommendations issued by the GRECO group under the Council of Europe, the group wrote in its report.

Kuciak centre awarded

  • Journalists Pavla Holcová, Arpád Soltész, and Eva Kubániová from the Investigative Centre of Ján Kuciak have won the 2020 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. The trio was awarded the prize for reporting on the murder of their friend and colleague, the 27-year-old journalist Ján Kuciak, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, the website reads. The winners wrote on their Facebook page that they were going to use most of the financial rewards for the centre's work.

Crime and prosecution

  • Investigations of crimes take a long time and are accompanied by unnecessary delays, the non-governmental organisation Fair-play Alliance (AFP) claimed. “We are afraid that there is a vicious circle: there is no data about fact, there are regular delays in the investigation and responsible people may pretend the problem does not exist,” said Peter Kunder, director of the Fair-Play Alliance.
  • Almost 40,000 doses of methamphetamine that would be worth about €150,000 on the black market were detained during the Putika action by the police in the Bratislava borough of Petržalka. (TASR)

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