Good evening. The Monday, June 20 edition of Today in Slovakia is ready with the main news of the day in less than five minutes.
Košice refuses to give up house
Due to constant legal disputes, Košice has not been able to make Jakab's Palace, a 1903 building, available to the public for 21 years.
Its owners, who live in Brazil, will soon visit Košice. They would like to enter the place and see it from the inside, but the city may prevent them from doing so.
For several decades, the city has been fighting for ownership of Jakab's Palace. The battle is lost. However, the authorities want to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Jakab's Palace is the first monument visitors to the city see in the historical centre when they arrive from the main railway station.
More stories from The Slovak Spectator website:
- JUSTICE: The Slovak Spectator sits down with Justice Minister Mária Kolíková to talk about her court reforms and people's perception of the judiciary.
- GAS: Gazprom, a Russian gas giant, has started to reduce gas supplies to Slovakia.
- HEALTH CARE: The Health Ministry has published a decree that defines what medical services hospitals will provide following the approved reform of hospitals.
- UNEMPLOYMENT: The Labour Ministry has reported the lowest unemployment rate since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The war in Ukraine continues to impact the labour market.
- TRAVEL: Hop on old trams in the Tatras.
FEATURE STORY FOR MONDAY
Banská Štiavnica changed this Israeli painter's life
Menachem Edelman-Landau, a filmmaker and painter from Israel, came to central Slovakia in winter 2018 to paint a mural linked to a story that dates to ancient Greece.
Instead of his one-month stay, which was his initial plan, he has been living in Banská Štiavnica for much longer. The painting is to blame, but his story only starts from there.
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IN OTHER NEWS:
- The Investments Ministry has launched a new app, "Slovakia in a Phone", which allows users to log into Slovensko.sk, a public services website. Users can access 400 websites and services provided by different public offices, for example, to pay local taxes or obtain new travel documents.
- Monika Uhlerová has been voted the new president of the Confederation of Labour Unions (KOZ). She will aim to depoliticise labour unions.
- Education Minister Branislav Gröhling (SaS) proposes raising teachers' salaries by 10 percent from July or September, and by another 10 percent from January 2023. The minister, PM Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) and Finance Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) should meet this week to discuss the matter. Last week, teachers took to the streets to fight for higher salaries.
- President Zuzana Čaputová appears to be losing support among voters. A recently published poll for TV Markíza shows that only 15 percent would definitely vote for her if a presidential election took place around this time. Up to 46 percent would refuse to support her.
- During a survey of an archeological site in the Skalica district, western Slovakia, a rare archeological object, an ax from the Early Bronze Age, was found, archaeologist Matúš Sládok from the Regional Monuments Office in Trnava has said.
- An elevated road between the towns of Mýtna and Kriváň, central Slovakia, will be the longest overpass road in Slovakia after it is completed. The elevated road is part of a R2 expressway stretch, the construction of which should come to an end in spring 2024.
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