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_emailskInvestment highlights 2017Check out the most important investment events in the past year.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713534/investment-highlights-2017.htmlIncome tax law changes againTax residence gets new rules, support for R&D will increase and the spa industry gets new support instruments.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:02:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716442/income-tax-law-changes-again.htmlRefinery collects used cooking oilIts partner company processes it into a biofuel component for diesel.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:43:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716475/refinery-collects-used-cooking-oil.htmlFour Slovak firms make it on the list of the fastest-growing IT technology companiesDeloitte has compiled the ranking of the companies for the EMEA region for the 17th time.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:35:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716480/four-slovak-firms-make-it-on-the-list-of-the-fastest-growing-it-technology-companies.htmlDevelopers in Bratislava withrdaw applications for important investment statutes for their projectsJ&T Real Estate and HB Reavis declare continuation in their projects without the statutes.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:26:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716584/developers-in-bratislava-withrdaw-applications-for-important-investment-statutes-for-their-projects.htmlRPSP – A good intention ruined by executionThe increase in the number of court clerks had an impact on the consistency of the decision-making processes. In practice, what happened was that the court refused to register a filing that was, in terms of content, identical to several filings accepted previously.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697886/rpsp-a-good-intention-ruined-by-execution.htmlAccessible Urban LivingUrban Residence is a multi-use building geared towards renters with a love for urban living in an accesible and peaceful environment.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697703/accessible-urban-living.htmlInnovations in logistics help fight competitionRepresentatives of logistics companies are talking about their latest innovations that should improve their market position.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708055/innovations-in-logistics-help-fight-competition.htmlAutomation is finding its wayAutonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708029/automation-is-finding-its-way.htmlPrešov finally gets a shopping mallAbout 70,000 people visited the Eperia Shopping Mall in its first weekend of opening.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:29:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713612/presov-finally-gets-a-shopping-mall.htmlReal estate market is growingIt reflects especially in a boom in construction of industrial real estate while the retail real estate market remains attractive thanks to the decreasing unemployment and growing purchase power.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713458/real-estate-market-is-growing.htmlDanes to build a new farm for thousands of sowsFarm expected to be located near Levice.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:26:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713252/danes-to-build-a-new-farm-for-thousands-of-sows.htmlBusiness service centres in Slovakia are growingEasier immigration procedures and cooperation with schools are important issues.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:29:29 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712944/business-service-centres-in-slovakia-are-growing.htmlPorsche is considering building a new plant near PiešťanyThe German carmaker (part of the Volkswagen concern) has bought a plot of 20 hectares near the town.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:26:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712904/porsche-is-considering-building-a-new-plant-near-piestany.htmlSlovak scientists offer a unique solution to cartilage damagesNew biomaterial may help patients to recover sooner, without negative side effects.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:09:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712414/slovak-scientists-offer-a-unique-solution-to-cartilage-damages.htmlAnalysts: Households and investments increased Slovak GDPThe economy is expected to continue growing.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712401/analysts-households-and-investments-increased-slovak-gdp.htmlRegioJet to become part of the regional integrated transport from AprilAll city transport tickets will be accepted.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:10:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712068/regiojet-to-become-part-of-the-regional-integrated-transport-from-april.htmlSpiš frankfurters fail quality tests, producers question methodologyProducers object saying that their goods passed internal tests and comply with the due legislation.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:53:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712054/spis-frankfurters-fail-quality-tests-producers-question-methodology.htmlSlovak trains to connect Vienna and KošiceEight years since the service was cancelled, the train connection between the Austrian capital and the eastern Slovak city is to resume.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:32:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711490/slovak-intercity-trains-to-connect-vienna-and-kosice.htmlTrains will speed up to 160 km per hour between Bratislava and PúchovTravel time from Bratislava to Žilina will be shortened by 15 minutes to two hours and 31 minutesMon, 04 Dec 2017 22:12:30 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710974/trains-will-speed-up-to-160-km-per-hour-between-bratislava-and-puchov.htmlSlovaks spent more than €1 billion on alcohol in 2016Local households spend a bigger share of their total expenditure on alcohol than the EU averageMon, 04 Dec 2017 21:42:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711068/slovaks-spent-more-than-1-billion-on-alcohol-in-2016.htmlProduction of ID and bank cards in Nitra endsAround 370 people will be dismissed due to the closure of the Nitra-based Giesecke+Devrient plant.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:48:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710663/production-of-id-and-bank-cards-in-nitra-ends.htmlThe end of white horses, speculative mergers and transformation of cooperatives?Everyone in the loop, i.e., the white horse, the old transferring shareholder and the person who identified or “provided” the white horse, may face imprisonment of up to 15 years depending on the damage caused to the creditors.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697790/the-end-of-white-horses-speculative-mergers-and-transformation-of-cooperatives.htmlDiscover your dream home - durable apartments in BratislavaReal Estate developer YIT Slovakia has developed four new buildings perfect for those looking to rent close to the center without compromising on comfort, peace, and historical preservation.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697696/discover-your-dream-home-durable-apartments-in-bratislava.htmlAutomotive and e-commerce remain the main driving forces of logistics and industrial real estate marketWestern Slovakia keeps dominating.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707974/automotive-and-e-commerce-remain-the-main-driving-forces-of-the-market.htmlUniCredit Bank: Egg crisis hits Europe, prices to continue surgingSlovakia is theoretically self-sufficient in egg productionThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:38:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708248/unicredit-bank-egg-crisis-hits-europe-prices-to-continue-surging.htmlConstruction of complicated stretch of cross-country highway can go aheadThe Hubová – Ivachnová stretch bypassing Ružomberok may be complete by 2022, five years later than originally plannedThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:32:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708210/construction-of-complicated-stretch-of-cross-country-highway-can-go-ahead.htmlState extends support for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid carsTesla does not qualify for the contributionThu, 30 Nov 2017 17:14:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708146/state-extends-support-for-the-purchase-of-electric-and-plug-in-hybrid-cars.htmlOnly 20 percent of Slovaks exclusively buy Christmas presents in traditional shopsPopularity of foreign online shops increasingThu, 30 Nov 2017 13:32:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707389/only-20-percent-of-slovaks-exclusively-buy-christmas-presents-in-traditional-shops.htmlSlovakia’s loss in fight for medicines agency headquarters not so tragicObservers say diplomatic performance has had a great impact on the results.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707197/slovakias-loss-in-fight-for-medicines-agency-headquarters-not-so-tragic.htmlSale of emission quotas to changeThe amendment sets new rules that will become effective in January 2018.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:41:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707228/sale-of-emission-quotas-to-change.htmlBrussels slams Slovakia's budget draftThe draft budget will be decided upon at a parliamentary session on December 5; but already experts and even the EC note that the cabinet is not reducing the deficit as they promised, and they keep lowering targets.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:48:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706658/parliamentary-committee-approved-a-draft-state-budget-for-2018-central-bank-analysts-slamming-it.htmlSlovakia’s tax system improvesThe only obstacle to better tax system evaluation is high taxes and payroll tax burden.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:02:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706272/slovakias-tax-system-improves.htmlElectricity prices will increase next yearAn average household will pay a few cents more.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:40:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706270/electricity-prices-will-increase-next-year.htmlThe era of pay phones in Bratislava is overContrary to other cities like Vienna or Prague, there are actually no public phones in the Slovak capitalTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:25:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706107/the-era-of-pay-phones-in-the-capital-is-over.htmlWhich are the largest law firms in Slovakia?New names make the top 10.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20065015/which-are-the-largest-law-firms-in-slovakia.htmlEmployers estimate the price tag of the social package for them at €1 billionThe National Association of Employers (RÚZ) proposes its own social package increasing the net income of workersMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:55:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705376/employers-estimate-the-price-tag-of-the-social-package-for-them-at-1-billion.htmlDerelict skeleton of unfinished hospital to be pulled downRázsochy hospital was planned during the previous communist regime to be a state-of-the-art medical facilityMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:06:34 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705418/derelict-skeleton-of-unfinished-hospital-to-be-pulled-down.htmlTraffic jams on D1 near Bratislava to continueThe D1 highway will be broadened into eight lines, causing more traffic jams.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:40:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704997/traffic-jams-on-d1-near-bratislava-to-continue.htmlTop business deals of lawyers in Slovakia: The power industry and real estateSeveral local legal agencies have been kept busy by changes in ownership of Energetický a priemyselný Holding (i.e. Energy and Industrial Holding).Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:32:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704879/top-business-deals-of-lawyers-in-slovakia-the-power-industry-and-real-estate.html