News digest: Protest of hauliers to block border crossings

Hygienists adjusted several anti-pandemic rules because of the situation in Ukraine. Debt generated by people in Slovakia has continued rising despite the pandemic.

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Good evening. The Tuesday, February 15 edition of Today in Slovakia is ready with the main news of the day in less than five minutes.

Prepare for blocked border crossings

Slovak hauliers went on strike after they blocked one lane of Rožňavská Street in Bratislava on Monday.

They are ready to block border crossings. The first blockade should start on February 15 in the evening hours at the Kúty border crossing.

News website reported that the hauliers are ready to block more border crossings in the upcoming days.

Hauliers want to bring attention to the problems their sector faces. Among their demands is the adjustments of fuel prices, similarly to Poland and Hungary, a further decrease of the road toll, a refund of the consumption tax from fuels but also a lower price of toll payment.

Slovak economy grew 1.4 percent of GDP in 4Q 2021

The gross domestic product (GDP) at constant prices grew by 1.4 percent y-o-y in the fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted for seasonal effects, GDP increased by 1.1 percent y-o-y, and 0.3 percent q-o-q, according to the Statistics Office.

The value of GDP at current prices in the fourth quarter stood at 25.6 billion euros, up 5.2 percent y-o-y, as follows from the Statistics Office's flash estimate of the GDP for the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Slovak economy recorded y-o-y growth,
driven mainly by domestic demand. GDP values reached almost the level seen in the pre-crisis period of 2019 also in the fourth quarter of 2021, similarly to the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the country's GDP fell by
1.8 percent in annual terms.

Coronavirus and vaccination news

Photo of the day

Slovakia beats Germany in a men's qualification round hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday in Beijing. Slovakia moves on to meet the USA in tomorrow’s quarter-final.

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Podcast for today

Svidník is better known as a place of harsh WWII battles, but this eastern Slovak town is also home to the oldest ethnic museum in Slovakia.

The Ukrainian minority fought for its own museum from the 19th century until it opened in 1956. Today, the Museum of Ukrainian Culture has three branches scattered around the town: a museum, a gallery, and an open-air museum.

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In other news

  • The prosecutor filed charges in the Mýtnik (Toll Collector) case for six defendants in five offenses. The indictment concerns economic and corrupt crime. Jozef Brhel, for example, is accused in the case, and the key witnesses are Michal Suchoba and František Imrecze.
  • A commemorative event will be held in Bratislava at Palugyay Palace on Wednesday at 16:00 in honour of the late former minister of foreign affairs Eduard Kukan, the Foreign Affairs Ministry informed.
  • Debt generated by people in Slovakia has continued rising despite the pandemic. The total debt of Slovak households currently represents 47 percent of what the country’s economy produces in one year, or 77 percent of households’ annual disposable income, according to the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), the country’s central bank.
  • President Zuzana Čaputová, PM Eduard Heger and Speaker of Parliament Boris Kollár discussed a situation about conflict in Ukraine and its consequences to Slovakia in Presidential Palace on Tuesday. Any more detailed information and conclusions of the meeting are not known.
  • Slovak national carrier ZSSK will not dispatch most of the commercial IC trains according to schedule as of February 27. The company justified the decision with the lasting anti-pandemic measures and thus a lower number of travellers. More specifically, five IC trains with the numbers 520, 522, 523, 524 and 525 between Bratislava and Košice will not be dispatched and IC train 521 will be not dispatched as of February 26. IC trains 44 and 45 between Košice and Vienna are operating and will continue to operate.
  • Slovak diplomat Radomír Boháč died on Tuesday after a serious illness, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Korčok (SaS nominee) at the 20th Annual Conference on Foreign and European Policy of the Slovak Republic. The ambassador served as the head of the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the UN based in Vienna.

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