Loss at US Court Might Complicate Slovakia’s Position in Talc Arbitration

American investigation authorities are examining reasons for arbitration between a company called EuroGas and the Slovak Republic concerning the allegedly illegal withdrawal of a licence for talc mining in Gemerska Poloma (Kosice region).

Police: Crime Rate in Slovakia Lowest since Independence

Bratislava, February 6 (TASR) – The crime rate in Slovakia fell again on an annual basis in 2016, this time by 5 percent, while the police's success rate in resolving individual crimes improved, said...

Public Perception of Corruption Holds Steady, Direct Experience Falls

The public's perception of the extent of corruption among politicians and civil servants remains largely unchanged, even if fewer people report first-hand experience with corruption these days, according to findings of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) within the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP).

Bednar: Ex-president Kovac’s Amnesties Did Influence Slovak State

Bratislava, February 3 (TASR) - The amnesties that late former president Michal Kovac (in office 1993-98) granted to his son in relation to the so-called Technopol scandal had an influence on the character of...

New Police Unit to Fight against Terrorism and Extremism

Bratislava, February 1 (TASR) - Slovakia has underestimated the new wave of fascism and extremism; discussions on social networks have no rules and responsibilities, and often contain information incompatible with the nature of this...

Mazak: I Want to Run for EGC Judge

Bratislava, January 31 (TASR) – Former chairman of the Slovak Constitutional Court Jan Mazak, who is currently serving as advisor to President Andrej Kiska, announced on Tuesday that he wants to run again for...

Gov’t Office: Slovakia’s Standing in TI’s Index Improved from 2011

Slovakia improved its place in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index from 66th in 2011 to 50th in 2015, the Government Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Charges of Unlawful Killing Pressed against Former MP Lipsic

Bratislava, January 23 (TASR) - Former OLaNO-NOVA MP Daniel Lipsic hasn't yet received any notification concerning charges that have supposedly been pressed against him in relation to the fatal road accident that he was...

Interior Ministry: Only Police Can Restore Order on Trains

Only the police can step in when public order is disrupted on board trains, and neither People's Party-Our Slovakia (LSNS) patrols nor Roma civil patrols have any authority to do so, said the Interior Ministry in response to OLaNO-NOVA's initiative from earlier in the day.

Suspect in Ill-fated Break-in Attempt at Knazko’s Home Now in Custody

The Czech man believed to have broken into the house of actor and former politician Milan Knazko in Bratislava in the dark of the night earlier this week only to sustain a gunshot wound after Knazko opened fire was taken into custody on Friday, TASR learnt from spokesman for the Regional Court in Bratislava Pavol Adamciak later in the day.

Knazko Testifies at Police Station on Shooting Burglar in Own House

Bratislava, January 12 (TASR) - Former politician and actor Milan Knazko testified at a police station on Thursday in connection with shooting a burglar who broke into his house in the small hours of...

Zitnanska: We Must Draw Lesson from Prochazka’s Rejection Also Pro Domo

Bratislava, January 10 (TASR) - Criteria that Radoslav Prochazka (an unsuccessful candidate for a judge post at the EU General Court) failed to meet in Luxembourg should be respected and taken into account by Slovakia not only when picking candidates for international judicial institutions but also for domestic judicial posts, thinks Justice Minister Lucia Zitnanska (Most-Hid).

Police Expel 30 Foreigners Illegally Staying in Slovakia

Bratislava, December 22 (TASR) – The Slovak police earlier this week carried out a major inspection aimed at identifying foreigners illegally sojourning in Slovakia, and this resulted in the administrative expulsion of 30 people,...

Blahova: Labour Ministry Using Double Standards in Case of Clean Day

Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (Smer-SD) has suspended proceedings on the withdrawal of accreditation from the Clean Day resocialisation centre in Galanta (Trnava region), allegedly because he doesn't have enough arguments, reasons and findings at his disposal, but this looks like a political move, claimed Opposition MP Natalia Blahova (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS) at news conference in Bratislava on Thursday.

Tejbus: Handlova Mining Tragedy Not Due to Act of God, But Human Factor

Bratislava, December 21 (TASR) - The explosion at Handlova Coal Mine (Trencin region) that claimed the lives of 20 people on August 10, 2009 wasn't caused by an act of God, but by the...

Out-of-court Settlement in Frame Regarding Talc Mining Dispute

The dispute between a company called EuroGas and Slovakia concerning the withdrawal of a licence for talc mining in Gemerska Poloma (Kosice region) has been gathering pace, as an alleged out-of-court settlement worth €240 million instead of the original €2.3 billion could be in the frame, Peter Corej, a witness for the Slovak part of the proceedings, confirmed for TASR on Friday.

Presidents’ Decision to Dismiss Judges over Age Didn’t Violate Rights

Kosice, December 15 (TASR) - The basic rights of two former judges Marianna Reiffova and Helena Kozikova weren't violated by decisions by Slovak presidents to debench them because of their age, the Constitutional Court decided on Thursday.

TV Reality Show Figure Nora M. Gets Ten-year Sentence for Fraud

Kosice, December 5 (TASR) – Eleonora 'Nora' M., known especially for a TV reality show called 'Mojsejovci', was sentenced by Kosice I District Court on Monday to ten years in prison for major fraud,...

Gov’t Okays Draft Wording of Declaration to Condemn Meciar’s Amnesties

The Cabinet recommends Parliament to adopt a declaration on the controversial amnesties issued by erstwhile prime minister Vladimir Meciar when he was acting president in 1998. At its session on Wednesday, the Cabinet approved the declaration's draft wording submitted by Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD).

Three Elite Junior Ice Hockey Players Sentenced for Match Fixing

Banska Bystrica, November 25 (TASR) - Three junior ice hockey premier league players on Friday received parole sentences for match fixing from the Specialised Criminal Court in Banska Bystrica. The three young players, who were...