https://spectator.sme.sk/r/21/business/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator4766-05-27T15:27:41ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833301/slovak-develops-chip-to-simulate-brain.htmlSlovak develops chip to simulate brain2018-05-26T07:00:00ZThis chip uses ten times less energy than conventional processors.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834213/survey-shows-deteriorating-business-environment-in-slovakia.htmlSurvey shows deteriorating business environment in Slovakia2018-05-24T23:23:36ZEntrepreneurs perceive the biggest problem to be increasing failures of the basic functions of the state.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834216/popularity-of-slovakia-as-a-tourist-destination-increases.htmlPopularity of Slovakia as a tourist destination increases2018-05-24T23:10:57ZLast year the number of tourists was equal to the country’s population.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833202/new-integrated-online-service-makes-planning-for-electrical-outages-easier.htmlNew integrated online service makes planning for electrical outages easier2018-05-24T16:22:54ZThe Slovak-English service is available for all electricity consumers in western Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833643/gdpr-lack-of-clarity-bothers-companies-the-most.htmlGDPR: Lack of clarity bothers companies the most2018-05-24T12:47:07ZCompanies work hard to prepare for GDPR.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833618/lack-of-employees-and-too-much-bureaucracy-worsen-slovakias-competitiveness.htmlWhat harms Slovakia’s competitiveness?2018-05-24T12:40:29ZThe country ranks worst in the Visegrad Group region.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833631/revolution-in-personal-data-is-coming.htmlRevolution in personal data is coming2018-05-24T12:39:59ZAre the companies ready for GDPR?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833150/slovakia-to-mark-the-centenary-of-its-independence-with-one-off-state-holiday.htmlSlovakia to mark the centenary of its independence with one-off state holiday2018-05-24T12:33:08ZThe business sector opposes another state holiday; it would rather see a reduction of state and public holidays in Slovakiahttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20833046/artificial-intelligence-penetrates-our-lives.htmlHow artificial intelligence penetrates our lives2018-05-23T16:41:16ZAutomation, chatbots and virtual assistants are only a few examples of how companies implement AI solutions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832742/kazimir-we-are-in-the-finals-in-the-fight-for-a-fifth-carmaker.htmlKažimír: We are in the finals in the fight for a fifth carmaker2018-05-23T13:58:54ZAs for the rumour of a fifth carmaker coming to Slovakia, the finance minister hints that it is a brand locals already know.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832422/slovaks-throw-away-more-than-100-kg-of-food.htmlSlovaks throw away more than 100 kg of food2018-05-22T23:15:40ZOne way to stop this trend is to change shopping behaviours.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832401/over-12-percent-of-slovaks-threatened-by-poverty-in-2017.htmlOver 12 percent of Slovaks threatened by poverty in 20172018-05-22T22:43:34ZThe EU statistics evaluated the income and living conditions of member states, including Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831864/the-financial-administration-will-use-crypto-currency-technology.htmlThe Financial Administration will use crypto-currency technology2018-05-22T14:04:57ZSlovak tax office has implemented a blockchain.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831465/slovakia-is-a-low-performer-in-terms-of-the-digital-economy.htmlSlovakia is a low-performer in terms of the digital economy2018-05-22T06:36:11ZThe EC has published the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI).https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20831447/private-companies-offer-helping-hand-to-whistleblowers.htmlPrivate companies offer helping hand to whistleblowers2018-05-22T06:25:20ZSlovakia is one of the countries with the lowest levels of willingness to report corruption within the EU.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830804/slovak-unemployment-rate-hits-new-record.htmlSlovak unemployment rate hits new record2018-05-21T13:52:42ZBut the lowest unemployment rate since Slovakia became independent in 1989 has its downsides as well.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826221/main-industrial-regions-report-lack-of-accommodation-capacity.htmlMain industrial regions report lack of accommodation capacity2018-05-18T15:25:00ZNew staff quarters should meet current accommodation standards and provide space for sporting activities and spending free timehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828708/government-okays-second-package-of-measures-to-improve-business-environment.htmlGovernment okays second package of measures to improve business environment2018-05-17T22:15:39ZThey aim to improve conditions for family businesses and remove some administrative obligations for employers.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828714/retirement-age-may-get-a-cap-in-slovakia.htmlRetirement age may be capped in Slovakia2018-05-17T22:07:35ZFuture generations will pay for this.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20828141/why-do-commuters-earn-more-than-bratislavans.htmlNon-Bratislavans earn more than the natives2018-05-17T13:30:22ZYoung people can have a big chance of becoming rich in Slovakia, regardless of their parents' status.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827769/how-does-climate-change-impact-slovakia.htmlHow does climate change impact Slovakia?2018-05-17T13:22:25ZWarmer and drier weather makes insurance policies more expensivehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827250/state-will-give-companies-80-million-on-their-energy-bills.htmlState will give companies €80 million on their energy bills2018-05-16T21:40:04ZThe new legislation on renewable energy sources introduces two fundamental novelties.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827082/incidence-of-false-diamonds-in-slovakia-increased-in-one-third-in-2018.htmlFalse diamonds in Slovakia on the rise2018-05-16T12:13:06ZAfter a stable period of five years, the number of false diamonds in Slovak soared in the January-April period of 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825580/how-much-does-the-most-expensive-penthouse-in-zaha-hadids-project-in-bratislava-cost.htmlHow much does the most expensive penthouse in Zaha Hadid's project in Bratislava cost?2018-05-16T06:54:49ZFinally the penthouses and upper standard apartments in the Sky Park project are for sale.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826707/slovakia-kicked-off-the-year-with-dynamic-growth.htmlHouseholds fuelled economic growth2018-05-15T22:03:35ZObservers predict the economy will continue accelerating.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826230/burger-king-returns-to-slovakia.htmlBurger King returns to Slovakia2018-05-15T13:29:26ZThe famous US chain will open first outlet this autumn.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825599/consumer-prices-rose-to-record-level-in-april.htmlConsumer prices rose to record level in April2018-05-15T06:34:52ZInflation was driven by growing price of food, services and transporthttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825636/survey-male-bosses-are-more-pragmatic-than-women.htmlSurvey: Male bosses are more pragmatic than women2018-05-15T06:30:40ZThere is no typical female or male boss, but a survey indicates that men cope better with management positions.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825805/argi-ministry-to-revise-contracts-aimed-at-supporting-non-farming-activities-from-eu-funds.htmlAgri ministry to revise contracts aimed at EU-funded non-farming activities2018-05-15T05:58:53ZMatečná wants to meet with General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár to discuss his criticism in person.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825351/construction-output-increased-y-o-y-in-march-2018-while-industrial-production-declined.htmlConstruction output increased in March, but industrial production declined2018-05-14T14:30:39ZAnalyst sees the strong basic effect behind the recent developments.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823083/ryanair-launches-new-route-from-bratislava-to-morocco.htmlRyanair launches new route from Bratislava to Morocco2018-05-10T22:40:05ZThe route is one of eight new flights from Bratislava that Ryanair has announced so far for 2018.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20823092/trade-unionists-at-psa-peugeot-announce-strike-alert.htmlTrade unionists at PSA Peugeot announce strike alert2018-05-10T22:24:06ZThe local trade union is complaining that their wages are the lowest of the three major carmakers in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822996/how-will-the-new-eu-budget-impact-slovakia.htmlHow will the new EU budget impact Slovakia?2018-05-10T17:12:26ZThe country will have to prepare for the changes proposed in the new EU budget. Its focus on subsidised areas is part of it.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822396/record-fine-for-dairy-and-retailers-for-anti-competitive-behaviour.htmlRecord fine for dairy and retailers for anti-competitive behaviour2018-05-10T12:56:35ZRajo was agreeing on prices with retail chains for yearshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822336/who-are-the-10-richest-slovaks.htmlWho are the 10 richest Slovaks?2018-05-10T07:28:34ZThe Slovak edition of Forbes magazine has compiled the list of the richest Slovakshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822297/last-year-health-care-debt-deepened-massively.htmlHealth care debt deepened massively2018-05-09T22:56:12ZThe state university and teaching hospitals owe the most in unsettled invoices and levies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20821851/slovakia-had-trade-balance-surplus-in-march-even-higher-than-predicted.htmlMarch trade balance was higher than predicted2018-05-09T14:03:49ZSlovak foreign trade marked a surplus of €515 million in the third month of 2018; but the year-on-year comparison is not very optimistic, according to analyst.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818025/educating-the-future-it-generation.htmlEducating the future IT generation2018-05-09T11:45:00ZThe role of the state is not enough. Companies also try to increase the interest of young people in technical studies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20817998/slovak-schools-fight-for-it-students.htmlSlovak schools fight for IT students2018-05-09T11:45:00ZBut the problem might be that there will not be enough teachers to prepare the next generation of IT experts.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20820925/embraco-slovakia-changes-hands.htmlEmbraco Slovakia changes hands2018-05-08T06:14:44ZThe new ownership is expected to bring positive changes.