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_emailskBrussels seeks better protection of clientsThe current mandatory insurance does not guarantee that clients receive their money back.Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542498/brussels-seeks-better-protection-of-clients.htmlUNESCO sees potential in PoloninyA micro-project should be launched in three localities this autumn.Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542494/unesco-sees-potential-in-poloniny.htmlSlovakia lures touristsThe country is attractive for visitors as a friendly and safe country with plenty of tourist draws .Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542477/slovakia-lures-tourists.htmlBratislava offers flights to CorfuThe connection, operated by Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, can be used until the end of summer season.Fri, 26 May 2017 11:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542492/bratislava-offers-flights-to-corfu.htmlEU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theorySlovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.Fri, 26 May 2017 06:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542169/eu-roaming-fees-to-end-on-june-15-in-theory.htmlVeľký Meder heated by geothermal energyIn Slovakia four towns harness geothermal energy to heat flats, schools and other facilities.Thu, 25 May 2017 22:50:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542517/velky-meder-heated-by-geothermal-energy.htmlPolice reveal tax fraud worth millions of eurosPolice accused eight people who may spend between seven to twelve years in prison.Thu, 25 May 2017 22:42:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20542532/police-reveal-tax-fraud-worth-millions-of-euros.htmlThe state will respond to the cable car project by the end of JuneDeveloper HB Reavis applies for the statute of an important investment to build the Bratislava bus station and cable car .Thu, 25 May 2017 06:53:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541459/the-state-will-respond-to-the-cable-car-project-until-the-end-of-june.htmlConstruction of Zaha Hadid project in Bratislava launchedThe three residence towers of Sky Park should be complete in late 2019.Thu, 25 May 2017 06:44:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541341/construction-of-zaha-hadid-project-in-bratislava-launched.htmlEC scrutinises state aid for JaguarThere is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.Thu, 25 May 2017 06:24:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541495/ec-scrutinises-state-aid-for-jaguar.htmlShareholders of Prima Banka and Sberbank approve mergerMerger still subject to approval by The National Bank of Slovakia.Thu, 25 May 2017 05:53:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20541406/shareholders-of-prima-banka-and-sberbank-approve-merger.htmlSlovakia changes land expropriation to unlock construction of Bratislava ring roadExperts warn that the new legislation may result in irreplaceable damage to national nature parks.Wed, 24 May 2017 17:04:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540863/slovakia-changes-land-expropriation-to-unlock-construction-of-bratislava-ring-road.htmlSlovakia vies for medicines agencyWhat chances does the country have at winning the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agency that needs to relocate from London?Wed, 24 May 2017 16:00:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540830/slovakia-vies-for-medicines-agency.htmlA Chinese tyre company may come to SlovakiaThe investment of the LinLong company in the Czech Republic is in talks, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary are also considered.Wed, 24 May 2017 13:58:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540978/a-chinese-tyre-company-may-come-to-slovakia.htmlState company launches tender for renovation of lock chambers on DanubeThe Vodohospodárska výstavba (VV) state-owned company plans to renovate part of the Gabčíkovo waterworks (VD) hydro-power-plant for almost €139 million.Tue, 23 May 2017 23:30:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540600/state-company-launches-tender-for-renovation-of-lock-chambers-on-danube-worth-almost-139-million.htmlCompanies won’t need e-IDs for official emailFor a small fee, statutory representatives will be able to receive state mail to their personal letterboxes.Tue, 23 May 2017 13:21:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20540000/companies-wont-need-e-ids-for-official-email.htmlSlovakia wants bigger balance in mutual trade with ChinaSlovakia wants to participate in China’s New Silk Road project.Tue, 23 May 2017 00:04:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539105/slovakia-wants-bigger-balance-in-mutual-trade-with-china.htmlLozorno boasts most developed plant for assembling car wheels in EuropeThe PTG company has developed tailor-made robots for this assembly plant near Bratislava.Mon, 22 May 2017 23:53:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20538584/lozorno-boasts-most-developed-plant-for-assembling-car-wheels-in-europe.htmlPM Fico: Investors should clearly declare whether they have encountered corruption or notRepresentatives of the biggest investors in Slovakia met with Fico to discuss the local business environment.Mon, 22 May 2017 23:40:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539506/pm-fico-investors-should-clearly-declare-whether-they-have-encountered-corruption-or-not.htmlUnemployment rate falls to 7.74 percent in AprilFor the first time since 2008, the unemployment rate in Slovakia was lower than 8 percent.Mon, 22 May 2017 14:03:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20539050/unemployment-rate-falls-to-7-74-percent-in-april.htmlWooden toothbrushes prompt small-scale industrial revival in BratislavaExistuje milión spôsobov, ako napísať perex a toto je jeden z nich.Mon, 22 May 2017 06:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20537227/wooden-toothbrushes-prompt-small-scale-industrial-revival-in-bratislava.htmlPKS: Share of Slovak food products in stores keeps fallingThe Slovak Association of Modern Trade points out that Slovak producers are often unable to satisfy the demand of retailers.Thu, 18 May 2017 22:59:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536581/pks-share-of-slovak-food-products-in-stores-keeps-falling.htmlAmazon chose Slovakia for its top returns centreThe online retainer lures its future workers by wages and benefits.Thu, 18 May 2017 18:33:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535409/amazon-chose-slovakia-for-its-top-returns-centre.htmlBratislava lures tourists with campaign featuring historical figuresThe Slovak capital Bratislava intends to attract tourists with a new campaign based on personalities that have historical ties with the city, such as Maria Theresa, Albert Einstein and Pope John Paul II.Thu, 18 May 2017 12:55:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20536040/bratislava-lures-tourists-with-campaign-featuring-historical-figures.htmlIT industry is the leader of Slovak economy for profitabilityAnalysis finds food processing, entertainment and relaxation, accommodation and gastronomy at the opposite end of the chart.Wed, 17 May 2017 23:04:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535648/it-industry-is-the-leader-of-slovak-economy-for-profitability.htmlOne in six people who call 155 do not really need an ambulanceThere are also cases where callers abuse the emergency line.Wed, 17 May 2017 22:13:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535580/one-in-six-people-who-call-155-do-not-really-need-an-ambulance.htmlNew section of R2 express double-carriageway near Zvolen opensThe highway should reduce traffic in nearby villages.Wed, 17 May 2017 13:57:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535144/new-section-of-r2-express-double-carriageway-near-zvolen-opens.htmlParliament approves changes to expropriationSome opposition MPs call the amendments for expropriating land unconstitutional.Wed, 17 May 2017 13:47:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20535121/parliament-approves-changes-to-expropriation.htmlParliament approves constitutional safeguards for landSlovak land will enjoy constitutional protection against speculative acquisitions due to a constitutional bill passed by parliament on May 16.Tue, 16 May 2017 22:48:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534755/parliament-approves-constitutional-safeguards-for-land.htmlGerman and Austrian firms belong to biggest taxpayers in SlovakiaThe biggest German and Austrian firms paid 26 percent of income and corporate taxes in Slovakia in 2015.Tue, 16 May 2017 14:17:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534142/german-and-austrian-firms-belong-to-biggest-taxpayers-in-slovakia.htmlThe construction of new Bratislava bus station kicks offConstruction is starting with a 125-metre administration tower, and will continue with the new bus station premises in summer.Tue, 16 May 2017 13:54:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534091/the-construction-of-new-bratislava-bus-station-kicks-off.htmlNo surprises in GDP growthThe main driving forces might have been the consumption of households, but also foreign trade.Tue, 16 May 2017 13:50:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20534086/gdp-growth-did-not-surprise.htmlDual education still ironing out the bugsCooperation between companies and schools should help diminish the lack of qualified workforce in key industries.Tue, 16 May 2017 06:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530789/dual-education-still-ironing-out-the-bugs.htmlLabour offices register graduates for less than six monthsThe most unemployed graduates were in Prešov Region, followed by Košice and Žilina.Tue, 16 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530785/labour-offices-register-graduates-for-less-than-six-months.htmlSoftware company Eset definitively buys former hospital groundsInterior Ministry accepts the bid by Eset.Mon, 15 May 2017 22:01:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533426/software-company-eset-definitively-buys-former-hospital-grounds.htmlAnalysts: inflation slowed down in April, expected to accelerate in MayExpectations for inflation rates have lowered, after the first quarter of 2017.Mon, 15 May 2017 14:55:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533358/analysts-inflation-slowed-down-in-april-expected-to-accelerate-in-may.htmlMinister: Highway from Bratislava to Košice might be completed by 2025The opposition pointed out that the completion date for the highway has changed a number of times.Mon, 15 May 2017 14:27:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20533226/minister-highway-from-bratislava-to-kosice-might-be-completed-by-2025.htmlRobots are coming to Slovak industryThere are already more than 1 million robots registered throughout the world.Mon, 15 May 2017 06:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20517320/robots-are-coming-to-slovak-industry.htmlEmployers struggle to find workersThe employment of some jobless being thwarted by their poor education, the ineffective support of regions and barriers to doing business, PAS report suggests.Mon, 15 May 2017 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530777/employers-struggle-to-find-workers.htmlFirms ready to increase wagesThey are expected to grow the most in trade and distribution, information technologies, and the automotive sector, and the least in the banking and energy sectors.Sun, 14 May 2017 09:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20530781/firms-ready-to-increase-wages.html