Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskPAS: Slovakia's business environment ranking declinesSlovakia slipped three places in the latest global Superindex PAS ranking of countries that evaluates the conditions in which businesses operate.Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:03:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570521/pas-slovakias-business-environment-ranking-declines.htmlRegioJet may soon enter the integrated transportThe carrier is expected to become part of the system next year.Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:18:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20570111/regiojet-may-soon-enter-the-integrated-transport.htmlNew investor is heading to Považie regionThe logistics firm will provide comprehensive services for local sugar mill.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:17:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569751/new-investor-is-heading-to-povazie-region.htmlStrike at Volkswagen could prompt othersThe recent strike at the biggest carmaker in Slovakia may serve as a lesson for some, trade unionists in other companies agree.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:01:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569526/strike-at-volkswagen-could-prompt-others.htmlRules for illegal labour will be less strictThe change is considered a welcomed compromise.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:22:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20569237/rules-for-illegal-labour-will-be-less-strict.htmlCSR reports should not hide failuresWhat standards should a good CSR report uphold?Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565422/csr-reports-should-not-hide-failures.htmlVolunteers from across the globe met in HriňováMore than 30 volunteers from across the globe came to the town as part of the European Volunteer’s Week.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565475/volunteers-from-across-the-globe-met-in-hrinova.htmlSlovak gets high-level job at TeslaHe will report directly to the company’s founder and head, Elon Musk.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:06:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568747/slovak-gets-high-level-job-at-tesla.htmlGovernment to attract people back from the UKIt expects that dozens of thousands of people may return, but experts have doubts about the plan.Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:59:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568743/government-to-attract-people-back-from-the-uk.htmlCar-seat producer lost contract with VolkswagenVolkswagen will end its contract with a factory in Lozorno, in a change unrelated to the recent Bratislava strike.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:55:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568076/car-seat-producer-lost-contract-with-volkswagen.htmlStrike ends, unions sealed agreement with VolkswagenThe strike that lasted for six days ends on the morning of June 26.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:46:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20568328/strike-ends-unions-sealed-agreement-with-volkswagen.htmlResponsible business no longer concerns only charityThe most common activities in Slovakia include fair-mindedness regarding employees, health and safety at work, and environmental protection.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20548804/responsible-business-no-longer-concerns-only-charity.htmlVolunteers of the Year awardedOne of the awards went to a Slovak nun and doctor killed in South Sudan in May 2016.Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565435/volunteers-of-the-year-awarded.htmlVolunteering helps the young to get rid of stereotypesThanks to volunteering, young people make friends, improve their communication and organisational skills, and become more self-reliant and flexible.Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565443/volunteering-helps-the-young-to-get-rid-of-stereotypes.htmlEcuadorian tribe involved in chocolate productionCocoa from the Taisha region is of the best quality, without any element of cross-breeding or artificial pollination.Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565454/ecuadorian-tribe-involved-in-chocolate-production.htmlSporting events surpass philanthropy dimensionThese events inspire an active lifestyle and help to develop philanthropy.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565293/sporting-events-surpass-philanthropy-dimension.htmlSlovakia has shortcomings in fair tradePeople should be interested in whether the food or products from developing countries were grown or made in fair conditions, and not in companies that employ children.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565463/slovakia-has-shortcomings-in-fair-trade.htmlAnother salary negotiation at Volkswagen failsThe strike continues, the representatives of the trade unions say it would be a mistake to give up.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:42:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565965/another-salary-negotiation-at-volkswagen-fails.htmlStrike in VW SK continues, talks to resumePaused strike negotiations at Volkswagen Slovakia are set to resume for third day at 15:30Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:56:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565490/strike-in-vw-sk-continues-talks-to-resume-in-the-afternoon.htmlAirports tighten security measuresThe US ban of laptops and electronic devices from aircraft cabins on flights from some airports, applies to those from Košice airport to Istanbul.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:11:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564695/airports-tighten-security-measures.htmlSlovakia to produce '7days' and 'Bake Rolls'A giant bakery is to be built in the south of the country.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:22:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565070/slovakia-to-produce-7days-and-bake-rolls.htmlLearn from successes along with mistakesThe mentoring programme enables contacts between students and business leaders, to help them move forward in their future career.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564651/learn-from-successes-along-with-mistakes.htmlState wants companies to publish their excessive VAT refundsSeveral measures proposed as part of the amendments to the tax laws aim to fight tax evasion.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:50:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564545/state-wants-companies-to-publish-their-excessive-vat-refunds.htmlGDP growth in following two years to exceed 4 percentThe recently published forecasts by the central bank and the OECD confirm the positive development of the country’s economy.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:31:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564534/gdp-growth-in-following-two-years-to-exceed-4-percent.htmlUnemployment rate at historical low in MayThe jobless rate has hit its historical bottom since the fall communism but the change in methodology in 2013 is partly behind this. One of the factors is the huge demand for labour which lowers the requirements needed by jobseekers, analyst says.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:13:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564085/unemployment-rate-at-historical-low-in-may.htmlBomb alert announced at VW plant; meanwhile negotiations are set to continue on June 21If the Modern Volkswagen Unions (MOV) fail to find a consensus with Volkswagen Slovakia’s management, the protest could continue until July 3.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:52:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20564053/bomb-alert-announced-at-vw-plant-meanwhile-negotiations-are-set-to-continue-on-june-21st.htmlThousands of people support the VW strikeThe strike has largely paralysed production in Bratislava.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:56:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563669/thousands-of-people-support-the-vw-strike.htmlEach Slovak sends €6,157 to the stateMost state money goes to pensions.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:28:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563574/each-slovak-sends-6157-to-the-state.htmlElectronic payment order procedureIt is important that, in the event such petition for the issue a payment order is submitted, any and all documents and decisions are delivered electronically, as electronic official documents.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:08:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563340/electronic-payment-order-procedure.htmlLast minute talks to avert strike at Volkswagen Slovakia have failedThe strike due to start on June 20 will be the first of its kind in the history of Volkswagen in Slovakia.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:41:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563184/last-minute-talks-to-avert-strike-at-volkswagen-slovakia-have-failed.htmlFinMin has revised Slovakia’s economic growth upwards for the next few yearsEconomic growth is expected to be driven mainly by growing household consumption as well as private investmentsMon, 19 Jun 2017 23:30:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563169/finmin-has-revised-slovakias-economic-growth-upwards-for-the-next-few-years.htmlSOPK: Slovakia lags behind neighbours in business environmentThe tax and levies burden is highest in Slovakia among the V4 countries, and higher taxes proposed by President Andrej Kiska would only widen this gap.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:24:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562636/sopk-slovakia-lags-behind-neighbours-in-business-environment.htmlNew era in roaming has begunSlovak mobile operators claim they respect new rules, authorities to monitor compliance.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:26:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560104/new-era-in-roaming-has-begun.htmlChinese freight transport through Slovakia resumedAfter a year-long break, freight trains will again travel from China to the EU via Slovakia.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:18:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559512/chinese-freight-transport-through-slovakia-resumed.htmlVolkswagen staff to launch strike as of June 20The failure of 11 rounds of talks with the management concerning a new collective agreement caused the VW SK employees to announce the starting date of the strike.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:18:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559030/volkswagen-staff-to-launch-strike-as-of-june-20.htmlMay inflation rate brought some surprisesAnalysts believe the higher inflation was tied to the rising costs of fruit.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:35:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558634/may-inflation-rate-brought-some-surprises.htmlEnvironment ministry warns of underground water pollution in VrakuňaPeople should avoid using water and eating vegetables in several districts of Bratislava.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:58:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558626/environment-ministry-warns-of-underground-water-pollution-in-vrakuna.htmlMochovce power plant will be more eco-friendlyThe plan is to reduce the volume of existing liquid radioactive waste and costs linked to its storage.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:16:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558135/mochovce-power-plant-will-be-more-eco-friendly.htmlPlanes from Košice will fly to CologneThe flights will begin on June 25.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:36:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557706/planes-from-kosice-will-fly-to-cologne.htmlCompanies resist criminal liability lawMany firms still perceive the adoption of measures to prevent criminal prosecution as defined by the law only as further regulation, not a way to help them.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20553542/companies-resist-criminal-liability-law.html