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Economic competition was not distorted during EU Council’s presidency

Despite suggestions of media reports, rules of economic competition were not distorted in Foreign Ministry’s orders during Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, the Anti-trust Office finds. Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Jan 2018, at 13:48

the Slovak EU Council Presidency

Ex intelligence employee: Lexa oversaw the 1995 abduction

Former Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) member, from the task force that abducted the son of then-president, revealed to Sme that the kidnapping was overseen by then-SIS head. Compiled by Spectator staff ,10. Jan 2018, at 13:16

Ľuboš Kosík, internationally wanted, was detained in Mali.

Reportéri TV investigative show scrapped

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) warn that media independence in Slovakia could be threatened by this step. Compiled by Spectator staff ,9. Jan 2018, at 17:06

Pavol Fejér of the Reportéri show won the Best Electronic Media Report award for 2014.

The education minister unexpectedly dissolved analytical institute

Despite analytical institutes saving public money and scrutinising the best operation methods, the Education Ministry abruptly scrapped the one falling under its authority. Compiled by Spectator staff ,3. Jan 2018, at 13:06

Education Minister, Martina Lubyová

Audit Office found no crime, but flaws in Slovakia’s EU Council’s presidency

NKÚ announced that there were no crimes committed by the Slovak organisers of the country’s presidency of EU Council, but added mistakes were made, including incomplete invoices, flawed accountancy and a formal… Compiled by Spectator staff ,19. Dec 2017, at 13:59

Federica Mogherini and Miroslav Lajčák at their joint press conference in Bratislava, during Slovak presidency of EU Council.

Slovaks are unsatisfied with police uncovering corruption

Five embassies in Slovakia call on Slovak government to continue fighting against corruption, promising further support. Compiled by Spectator staff ,11. Dec 2017, at 13:23

New law should motivate people to report corruption.

Kaliňák’s property portfolio under scrutiny due to his transactions with a tax fraud suspect

Following the order of the general prosecutor, the police will also check the property of ex-minister Ján Počiatek. Compiled by Spectator staff ,7. Dec 2017, at 0:08

Ministers Ján Počiatek (l) and Robert Kaliňák

Kaliňák survives a no-confidence vote, remains interior minister

Out of 128 MPs present in parliament, 53 voted to oust him, while 76 votes were necessary to recall him. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Dec 2017, at 13:42

PM Robert Fico (front) eagerly defends Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák in parliament, before no-confidence vote.

Slovak celebrations of Schengen anniversary to cost €120,000

By the time the opposition tries to recall Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák through a no-confidence vote, his ministry will organise a posh, overpriced celebration of Slovakia joining the Schengen Area. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Dec 2017, at 13:36

Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

TIS: Despite progress, Slovakia still fails to catch corrupt “big fish”

The country has improved the fight against corruption in the past years, but keeps failing in terms of prosecuting people at top levels, transparency watchdog finds. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Nov 2017, at 13:29

Anti-corruption marches are organised, llustrative stock photo

Police block disputed amount on lawyer Bžán’s account

The company that signed a contract with Lawyer Radomír Bžán regarding state representation in international arbitration has asked the court to block the remuneration on his account. Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Nov 2017, at 14:29

Branislav Bačík of MH Manažment

State will pay €17.6 million to lawyer but will immediately sue his firm

The management of state company HM Invest was sacked over this scandal but they can still receive a generous "golden handshake". Compiled by Spectator staff ,8. Nov 2017, at 3:34

Branislav Bačík of MH Manažment

Police return backpack with €300,000 to railway official

The money police found in the backpack of long-time railway official, Štefan Hlinka, is allegedly “clean”. Compiled by Spectator staff ,8. Nov 2017, at 3:06

Štefan Hlinka

Individual failure behind information leak on President Kiska

The involved person faces criminal prosecution. Compiled by Spectator staff ,7. Nov 2017, at 13:26

František Imrecze, director of the Financial Administration

Minister Kaliňák has to return €10 million due to flaws in tender

The Interior Ministry will pay more fines for unlawful steps taken in informatisation and e-governance tenders. It has agreed on a payment schedule again. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Nov 2017, at 13:59

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.

Ex-politician Rusko may come under pressure due to the steam-gas cycle

The Ex-economy minister has already been charged in the case of disadvantageous privatisation; the Gorilla team can re-open the prosecution.By Peter Kováč1. Nov 2017, at 9:16

Pavol Rusko taken into custody, October 26.

City of Martin has forced administration cancelled

The city of Martin which was under forced administration had it lifted after a huge debt made by the previous council was repaid. The Mayor who promised to step down if this happens stays however. Compiled by Spectator staff ,1. Nov 2017, at 6:18

The ski resort of Martinské Hole lies at the beginning of the Martin's legal dispute

Slovak Business Agency receives huge fine for overpriced conference

The Public Procurement Office imposes a €10,000 fine on the Slovak Business Agency (SBA). Compiled by Spectator staff ,31. Oct 2017, at 14:02

TechMatch 2015 conference

Electronic signatures will be cancelled en masse

After security issues, the Interior Ministry will flatly cancel electronic signatures in electronic personal ID cards as of November 2. Compiled by Spectator staff ,25. Oct 2017, at 13:57

Electronci signatures will be cancelled and re-validated.

Harabin will not decide bulletin-board tender, nor get any new cases

The Supreme Court has suspended the work of its panel headed by ex-minister Štefan Harabin; it is not clear how long this situation will last. Compiled by Spectator staff ,24. Oct 2017, at 23:59

Štefan Harabin

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