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_emailskThe energy regulator to be more open with the publicNewly-appointed Ľubomír Jahnátek has introduced some of his first tasks in the office.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:06:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612341/the-energy-regulator-to-be-more-open-with-the-public.htmlAdient will shut down its Lozorno plant in 2018The current employees have been offered jobs at other centres in Slovakia.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:07:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612005/adient-will-shut-down-its-lozorno-plant-in-2018.htmlPatients may pay more at emergency wardsGovernment hopes to prevent misuse of the system.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:35:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611532/patients-may-pay-more-at-emergency-wards.htmlHighways do not solve problems in hunger valleysRecent analysis says that districts also need quality human capital, but the transport minister questions the results.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:27:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611536/highways-do-not-solve-problems-in-hunger-valleys.htmlWizz Air: Luggage changes have to wait until we train our staffClients of the Wizz Air airline will no longer have to pay for bigger hand luggage with a new service to be launched in late October.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610770/wizz-air-luggage-changes-have-to-wait-until-we-train-our-staff.htmlAuto sector could learn from AustriaNew fields are an opportunityTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607050/auto-sector-could-learn-from-austria.htmlJahnátek will become the new head of the regulatory authority, ÚRSOPM Robert Fico will appoint Jahnátek officially into the post on TuesdayTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:26:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610960/jahnatek-will-become-the-new-head-of-the-regulatory-authority-urso.htmlAnker bakery to open another shop in BratislavaThe brand has not expanded to other cities outside of the capital, this may change soon.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607062/anker-bakery-to-open-another-shop-in-bratislava.htmlBahlsen reacts to pressure, cookies will be the same across EuropeButter will now be used for products meant for the eastern-European market.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:15:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610482/bahlsen-reacts-to-pressure-cookies-will-be-the-same-across-europe.htmlFAQ: Buying and selling a property in SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to buying and selling real estate in Slovakia.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:35:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20572018/faq-buying-and-selling-a-property-in-slovakia.htmlSame job conditions for Slovaks and AustriansThe new law should secure that the employees dispatched to Austria receive the same wage for the same work in the same place.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607059/same-job-conditions-for-slovaks.htmlCooperation on tourism projectsThe project is expected to restore the activities in tourism and promotion of cultural traditions.Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607056/cooperation-on-tourism-projects.htmlUnemployment rate hits an historical lowEconomic analyst sees cyclic economic growth behind the fall in unemployment.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:24:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608271/unemployment-rate-hits-an-historical-low.htmlJourová: Fico not fully informed on all EC’s activities on double standardsEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Fico to discuss double quality standards of foods on July 27 in Brussels.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:57:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608388/jourova-fico-not-fully-informed-on-all-ecs-activities-on-double-standards.htmlAnalysis: Slovakia lacks competitive tourismNeither Slovakia nor the Czech Republic are countries in which tourism could be viewed as the bedrock of their economies, an analysis by UniCredit Bank finds.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:28:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607756/analysis-slovakia-lacks-competitive-tourism.htmlSlovaks contributed €465 million to green electricity producers in 2016This year the support from consumers will be even higher.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:51:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607475/slovaks-contributed-465-million-to-green-electricity-producers-in-2016.htmlRecreational vouchers may returnSlovakia is far from fully tapping its tourism prospects.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:17:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607463/recreational-vouchers-may-return.htmlBusinesses want schools to be more eager about dual educationPrepared amendment should motivate vocational schools to collaborate more.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:35:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607086/businesses-want-schools-to-be-more-eager-about-dual-education.htmlRapid Life insurance company has gone bankruptClients are expected to receive nothing.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:34:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607095/rapid-life-insurance-company-has-gone-bankrupt.htmlFico considers restrictions on EU productsSlovaks have to defend themselves against the double quality standards in food, according to Prime Minister Robert Fico.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:14:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606711/fico-considers-restrictions-on-eu-products.htmlWizz Air to increase number of flights to Skopje and KievBeginning in mid-July, Wizz Air will run four weekly flights between Bratislava Airport and the Macedonian capital.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:49:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606189/wizz-air-to-increase-number-of-flights-to-skopje-and-kiev.htmlBratislava lags behind V4 capitals according to rankingIn a ranking of 180 capitals, Bratislava is close to the middle and far behind other European metropolisesTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:30:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606237/bratislava-lags-behind-v4-capitals-according-to-ranking.htmlWhat do you get in your washing powder?The washing powder sold in Germany has 20 percent more active washing agents than the powder sold under the same name in Slovakia. Different regions have different laundry habits, the producer argues.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:43:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605645/what-do-you-get-in-your-washing-powder.htmlSlovakia faces EU lawsuit over broadband directiveThe Transport Ministry is already working on changes; the new legislation should be valid from the beginning of 2018.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:34:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605738/slovakia-faces-eu-lawsuit-over-broadband-directive.htmlFAQ: Renting an apartment in SlovakiaThe Slovak Spectator brings you the set of the most frequently asked questions with regard to renting an apartment in Slovakia.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:41:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20571913/faq-renting-an-apartment-in-slovakia.htmlGenerations struggle with the transfer of knowledgeThe quick changes in technology hinder the communication between older and younger generations and impact on the operation of society as a whole, says professor at Fordham University, in New York.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603282/generations-struggle-with-the-transfer-of-knowledge.htmlEC okays Slovakia’s investment aid for Mondi SCPMondi SCP wants to invest some €310 million while it asks for investment aid worth €49 million.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:59:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603327/ec-okays-slovakias-investment-aid-for-mondi-scp.htmlFraudsters again create a fake clone of the Financial Administration’s websiteThey require documents from people and threaten a fine of up to €33,000.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:55:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603381/fraudsters-again-create-a-fake-clone-of-the-financial-administrations-website.htmlIT education may suffer from a lack of teachersFailure to adopt necessary changes could make Slovakia less competitive in the digital era.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:02:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602948/it-education-may-suffer-from-a-lack-of-teachers.htmlMinister Érsek is proposing recreational vouchersIdeas to boost tourism in the country include vouchers distributed by employers.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:42:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603000/minister-ersek-is-proposing-recreational-vouchers.htmlSlovak talent is reluctant to return home from abroadThe government project to attract talented expats to return to Slovakia not been successful: over two years, only nine have returned.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:18:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602875/slovak-talent-is-reluctant-to-return-home-from-abroad.htmlIndustrial production up in most sectors according to analystsThe volatile refinery industry, the production of chemicals and consumer electronics were the only sectors to report an output drop from April to May after a seasonal adjustment.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:39:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602546/industrial-production-up-in-most-sectors-according-to-analysts.htmlGovernment’s Office hasn’t released information on Deloitte contracting jobAn anti-corruption NGO is calling for its publication, while the Government's Office refutes their claim.Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:04:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601988/governments-office-hasnt-released-information-on-deloitte-contracting-job.htmlSuccessful harvest praised by prime ministerKDH chair Alojz Hlina also attended the harvest day, pouring sheep milk onto the ground in protest.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:15:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601624/successful-harvest-praised-by-prime-minister.htmlWe believe in investing in smart peopleYou will notice that ‘People’ is mentioned first and that is because, for us, our people are the most important element of our company.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:55:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601463/we-believe-in-investing-in-smart-people.htmlBojnice spa filed a motion against mining firmThe head of the spa said the company's conduct is threatening their existence.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:38:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579625/bojnice-spa-filed-a-motion-against-mining-firm.htmlSlovenské Elektrárne continues the operation of Vojany power plantNeither the Finance Ministry nor the Economy Ministry have information about the plans of US company Theta Energy Group which wanted to invest in the plant.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20576846/slovenske-elektrarne-continues-the-operation-of-vojany-power-plant.htmlUSSK remains in Košice, for nowChinese investor stops negotiations.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:21:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579233/ussk-remains-in-kosice-for-now.htmlThe first Slovak satellite reports problemsThe on-board computer might have been harmed by cosmic radiation.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:07:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579255/the-first-slovak-satellite-reports-problems.htmlWomen occupy one-third of top managerial posts in Slovak firmsWomen slightly improved their position from last year.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:50:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579267/women-occupy-one-third-of-top-managerial-posts-in-slovak-firms.html