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Hlina: LSNS Must No Longer Be Treated with Kid Gloves

Slovakia should stop condoning the policies of the far-right LSNS party and its leader Marian Kotleba, as the party is not to be treated with kid gloves, Christian Democrats (KDH) chairman Alojz Hlina told a press conference on Thursday.

Another Five Districts May be Added to List of Least Developed Districts

The list of Slovakia's least developed districts could be expanded after the Government on Wednesday debated and took on board a document on the current state of support for such areas.

MPs Ask Kalinak to Detail Kiska’s Use of Government Aircraft

Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD) has been requested to inform Parliament concerning the use of the ministry's aircraft by senior state officials, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

Poll: Smer Remains in Lead on 28 percent, SaS and SNS Follow

Had a general election taken place in the middle of March, it would have been won by the Smer-SD party on 28 percent of votes, TASR learnt from a poll by AKO agency, which released the results on Friday.

TASR Ended 2016 with Surplus of Over €136,000

The News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR) ended 2016 with a surplus of €136,512, as its revenues of €5,278,253 topped the agency's expenditures of €5,141,741, according to a report on TASR's activities in the second half of 2016 that the agency's general director Jaroslav Reznik presented to members of Parliament's media committee on Thursday.

Fico: Slovakia Must Be at Heart of EU Affairs

It would be a pity for Slovakia to pass up the opportunity to make the most of its current momentum and the major accomplishments in the transformation process thus far, or if it failed to join the list of EU countries advancing at a brisker clip than the remainder, said Prime Minister Robert Fico on Thursday.

Danko: Plavcan Delivering on Vision for Education Reform

Education, Science, Research and Sport Minister Peter Plavcan (an SNS nominee) is fulfilling a vision for reforming the education sector and is pushing for concrete measures within the coalition gradually, said Parliamentary Chairman and Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko on Wednesday.

Zitnanska Hints at Giving up on Prochazka’s Bid, as It May Backfire

Slovakia should give up on Radoslav Prochazka's bid to become an additional judge of the EU General Court in Luxembourg and seek a new candidate, hinted Justice Minister Lucia Zitnanska (Most-Hid) after the Government session on Wednesday.

Demonstrators Block Road to Poland to Make Case for Motorway

Protesters blocked the I/11 road between Zilina and the border with Poland on Tuesday in a second protest demanding the speedy completion of the D3 motorway, TASR learnt later in the day.

Inflation in February Mainly Driven Up by Prices of Foodstuffs

The rise in consumer prices in February was mainly propelled by an increase in the prices of foodstuffs, with an increase in the prices of used vehicles also at play, said analysts on Tuesday in response to the pick-up in inflation in February.

Kiska Visits Mondi SCP, Discusses Papermill’s and Liptov’s Prospects

The papermill Mondi SCP in Ruzomberok (Zilina region) regards resolving the region's difficult situation in transportation as key to improving the investment environment in the surrounding Lower Liptov area, Mondi SCP board chairman Miloslav Curilla said after meeting President Andrej Kiska at the plant on Monday.

Retail Sales Expected to Grow Further But May Lose Some Steam

Improved consumer trust, which reflects the robust labour market, as both the employment rate and salaries have been rising, and record-low interest rates began to have a discernible effect on the sales of Slovak businesses in late 2016 and early 2017, TASR learnt from UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia analyst Lubomir Korsnak on Friday.

Slovakia Opens Books on 20-year Government Bonds

Slovakia auctioned off 20-year government bonds worth €2 billion on Thursday, Finance Ministry State Secretary Radko Kuruc told a press conference on Friday.

Kiska Vetoes Well-intentioned but Flawed Anti-Puppy Farming Bill

President Andrej Kiska on Thursday vetoed a bill approved by Parliament with the aim of clamping down on puppy farms, proposing that the legislation should be rejected as a whole when it comes up for a vote again, TASR learnt on the same day.

Doctors Bemoan Unintentional Debts in Social Contributions

The Slovak Medical Chamber (SLK) on Thursday expressed its displeasure at the fact that hundreds of doctors practising medicine at their own surgeries have been asked to make up a shortfall in sickness and old-age contributions to social insurer Socialna poistovna (SP), TASR learnt on the same day.

Tourist Numbers Reach Historic Highs in 2016

Last year saw Slovakia's tourist numbers topping the five million mark for the first time, as the number of holiday-makers, both Slovak and foreign, peaked at 5.023 million, TASR learnt from the Statistics Office on Wednesday.

Cabinet Approves Range of Judicial Changes

The Government on Wednesday approved a host of changes to legislation governing the judiciary, which include introducing a regional judicial selection, the assessment of judges' performance by dedicated commissions, and a more effective system of disciplining offending judges.

Sulik Threatens to Take Fico to Court over SaS Drug Abuse Comments

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulik intends to file a criminal complaint and bring a civil lawsuit against Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) for his allegations that SaS representatives have a drugs problem - unless Fico retracts his accusations.

Analyst: People Non-committal about EU Are Easily Swayed

A total of 45 percent of Slovaks have a neutral view of the European Union, according to the results of a Eurobarometer 86 survey announced by head of the European Commission Representation in Slovakia Dusan Chrenek.

Matecna: Current Law on Land Acquisition Also Limits Slovak Farmers

The current act on land acquisition is also restrictive for Slovak farmers, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) has said in connection with a piece of legislation that the ministry is planning to submit to the parliamentary session in March.