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_emailskSlovakia will introduce a new type of highway vignetteDrivers will be able to buy a 365-day e-sticker in 2020.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:41:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22237267/slovakia-will-introduce-a-new-highway-sticker.htmlThe construction of Slovakia’s first skyscraper may start soonEurovea Tower, part of the Eurovea 2 project, will be 168 metres high.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:47:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236677/eurovea-tower-first-skyscraper-in-slovakia-construction-may-start.htmlConsumer’s prices up by almost 3 percent this yearFood and non-alcoholic beverages rose in price the most.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:56:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22236310/consumers-prices-up-by-almost-3-percent-this-year.htmlBratislava wants more municipal rental apartmentsThe capital lacks 100,000-150,000 apartments with affordable rent.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:03:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235911/bratislava-wants-more-municipal-rental-apartments.htmlWhich are the best hospitals in Slovakia?The ranking was published by think tank INEKO.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:45:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235872/which-are-the-best-hospitals-in-slovakia.htmlPermanent residence business: 1,500 people registered at one flatThe practice may benefit clients after changes to parking policy in Bratislava.Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:48:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232920/permanent-residence-business-1500-people-registered-at-one-flat.htmlSlovakia shoulders a heavier tax-levy burden than most, experts opineThe Slovak tax system is more generous to families than to single persons.Fri, 11 Oct 2019 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232099/slovakia-shoulders-a-heavier-tax-levy-burden-than-most-experts-opine.htmlThe construction of the new bus station in Bratislava has progressedIt should be completed by 2020.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:34:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233636/the-construction-of-the-new-bus-station-in-bratislava-has-progressed.htmlBiggest illegal cigarette factory in central Europe uncovered in Slovakia47 people have been arrested.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:15:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233630/biggest-illegal-cigarette-factory-in-central-europe-uncovered-in-slovakia.htmlRing road constructor will not remove materials containing asbestosThe opposition OĽaNO party claims that the contractor does what he pleases.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:40:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233085/materials-found-under-the-ring-road-are-not-dangerous-constructor-said.htmlFirst-aid kits in cars will not have to be replaced after expirationThe expiration will not be checked anymore, the Transport Ministry has decided.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:35:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22233080/first-aid-kits-in-cars-will-not-have-to-be-replaced-after-expiration.htmlPorsche will get €2 million for its project in SlovakiaThe German car producer will build a tech centre in Piešťany.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:36:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232660/porsche-will-get-a-stimulus-of-2-million.htmlSimpler communication with tax offices. Did e-tax returns meet the goal?Despite some improvements, the Financial Administration’s system still has shortcomings.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22232041/electronic-tax-returns-communication-tax-offices-problems.htmlPoor innovation and business environment problems hinder Slovakia’s growthSlovakia worsened its position in the recent global competitiveness ranking.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:54:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231967/slovakia-world-economic-forum-global-competitiveness-index-2019.htmlThe biggest reform in cash registers. eKasa put into operationThe new online cash register system had a rough start. Many problems still being solved on the fly, entrepreneurs say.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:02:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231993/ekasa-online-cash-register-put-into-operation.htmlBratislava criticised for its transport and traffic jamsSlovakia's capital ranked 84th in the 2019 Smart City Index.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:25:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231699/bratislava-fails-in-the-2019-smart-city-index.htmlA newly opened junction near Dunajská Lužná to ease trafficThe construction is part of the D4/R7 road project.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:17:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231687/a-newly-opened-interchange-in-dunajska-luzna-to-ease-traffic.htmlTrains cancelled due to lack of engine driversSlovakia's railway carrier needs nearly a hundred of new engine drivers.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:49:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22231221/slovakias-railway-carrier-zssk-cancels-trains-due-to-the-lack-of-engine-drivers.htmlAfrican swine fever slows down sale of pigs and porkCustomers are prejudiced, we do not know what to do with the pigs, eastern-Slovak breeders say.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 21:56:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230812/african-swine-fever-slows-down-sale-of-pigs-and-pork.htmlmBank changes handsWhat does this mean for its clients?Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:34:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230349/mbank-changes-hands.htmlNew business zone in Senec gradually coming to lifeCompany D1 Expo-Business Centrum announced recently the construction of the D1 Business Park in Senec.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 05:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22228195/new-business-zone-in-senec-coming-to-life.htmlSlovak star designer leaves Rolls-Royce after six monthsThere is already speculation over where he will move next.Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:35:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22228286/slovak-star-designer-leaves-rolls-royce-after-six-months.htmlSlovakia welcomes its first cargo train from ChinaThe journey from China took a fortnight.Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:26:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22228292/slovakia-welcomes-its-first-cargo-train-from-china.htmlLidl launches online shop in SlovakiaThe retail chain will not sell food online though.Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:33:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227668/lidl-launches-online-shop-in-slovakia.htmlSalaries growing faster than labour productivity. Why does it matter?Slovakia may lose its biggest competitive advantage in years to come.Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:32:03 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226566/slovakia-may-lose-competitive-advantage-high-salaries-low-productivity.htmlA well-known Spanish architect redesigned Eurovea’s surroundingsThe city has already greenlighted the plan, which includes more space for cyclists and pedestrians.Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:57:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227147/spanish-architect-beth-gali-redesigned-eurovea-complex-plans.htmlMinimum wage increase is the highest in 17 yearsThe central bank warns of the potential negative effects of the increase passed by the government.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:24:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227334/the-slovak-government-approves-a-new-minimum-wage-for-2020.htmlRyanair to operate flights from Košice to London next summerPlanes will land at London Stansted instead of Southend in 2020.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:14:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22227350/ryanair-to-relaunch-flights-from-kosice-to-london-next-summer.htmlThe Kačka retail chain closes down its shopsMost of the 1,800 employees are expected to lose their job.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:54:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226881/the-kacka-retail-chain-closes-down-its-shops.htmlSlovakia is more digitally competitive, but it still lags behind its neighboursSlovakia placed 47th in the 2019 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:01:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226477/slovakia-is-better-at-digital-competitiveness-but-not-enough.htmlWho are the richest Slovaks?The Forbes Slovakia magazine published a list of people with theTue, 01 Oct 2019 13:22:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226015/forbes-slovakia-reveals-names-of-the-richest-slovaks.htmlOnly the bomb shelter will remain from the former hospitalEset unveiled its plans to turn the former hospital into a research and innovation campus.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:15:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22226035/eset-wants-to-bring-top-architecture-to-bratislava.htmlSlovakia maintains its rating, but its outlook worsensCorruption and budget issues are behind the worsened outlook.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 22:59:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225565/slovakia-maintains-its-rating-but-its-outlook-worsens.htmlGovernment has approved hospital reformBut it lacks the support of Smer.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:19:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22224965/government-has-approved-hospital-reform.htmlAudit companies can help firms make it through rough timesShare of services provided in the advisory segment increasing.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:07:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22224962/audit-companies-can-help-firms-make-it-through-rough-times.htmlUK NATIONALSThe UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019. Find out how to prepare at gov.uk/brexitMon, 30 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22219970/uk-nationals.htmlSlovakia is one of the most industrialised countries in the EUMore developed countries employ fewer people in industry.Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:14:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22222579/slovakia-is-one-of-the-most-industrialised-countries-in-the-eu.htmlState expects tax shortfall of hundreds of millions over next few yearsThe finance minister claims that the situation is serious.Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:04:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22222577/state-expects-tax-shortfall-of-hundreds-of-millions-over-next-few-years.htmlNo balanced budget this yearSlowing economy and the profligate cabinet postpone the balanced budget for the future.Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:17:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22222363/no-balanced-budget-this-year.htmlParliament approves trade agreement with CanadaCETA will have only a minimal impact on Slovakia.Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:47:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22222080/parliament-approves-trade-agreement-with-canada.html