News digest: Volvo will build its third plant in Slovakia, which will produce e-cars

Levoča hosts the biggest pilgrimage in Slovakia, transactions in Slovak shops are rounded and two hospitals - one in Bratislava and the second in Martin, will be constructed from the Recovery Plan.

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Good afternoon. Here is the Friday, June 24 edition of Today in Slovakia – the main news of the day in less than five minutes.

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Volvo is coming, Slovakia will gain fifth carmaker

The Volvo Cars automotive group has announced that it will construct its third production plant in Slovakia, near Košice. The investment will amount to €1.2 billion. The plant will specialise in the production of electric vehicles, the Sme daily reported.

“Personally, I am very pleased that Slovakia has succeeded in the competition for this mega investment, which will provide development and many jobs in the eastern part of Slovakia, with many direct and indirect job opportunities,” said Economy Minister Richard Sulík.

In other news

  • The Economy Ministry is preparing another package of measures to improve the business environment, Economy Minister Richard Sulík (SaS) said on Thursday, June 30. The package, the third in the row, contains 285 measures to improve business. In 2020 parliament passed the first package with 115 measures and earlier this year the second package featuring 198 measures.
  • Slovakia will use money from the Recovery Plan to build two hospitals, the cabinet decided at its session on Friday. "The presented investment projects are designed for the purpose of shell-and-core construction of a new university hospital in Bratislava in the area of Rázsochy (€281 million) and the full-fit-out construction of St Martin University Hospital (€330 million) in Martin,” the Health Ministry-sponsored materials read.
  • The historical town of Levoča will host the biggest pilgrimage in Slovakia during the weekend.
  • As of July 1, transactions in Slovak shops are rounded up to significantly hinder the circulation of one- and two-cent coins when paying by cash.
  • The alley at Palackého Street in Bratislava’s Old Town will be named the Alley of Maria Theresa. While this monarch was crowned in Bratislava on June 25, 1741, not a single square or street bears her name.

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Feature story for today

Toblerone, the well-known Swiss chocolate, is moving part of its production from Bern, Switzerland to Slovakia. The triangular bar has been manufactured in Bern for more than a hundred years and so far has been the only Toblerone factory in the world.

Next year, part of production should move to the Figaro chocolate factory in Bratislava, which today bears the name of its global owner Mondelēz.

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