Fico: Purpose of Extraordinary Session to Stir Up Conflict and Fuel Apathy

The purpose of the ongoing extraordinary parliamentary session is to stir up conflict and to fuel public apathy towards standard political parties, said Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) on Thursday in a speech at the session, in which he faces an Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion relating to the energy price scandal.

Plavcan: Extremism Masquerades as Patriotism

It's important for young people to be able to distinguish truth from lies, said Education, Research, Science and Sport Minister Peter Plavcan (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) in a discussion on rising extremism organised by the Open Society Foundation on Thursday.

Danko: Matovic Single-handedly Stymied Session, May Be Disciplined

OLaNO-NOVA party leader Igor Matovic single-handedly stymied an extraordinary parliamentary session debating a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister and Smer-SD chairman Robert Fico, and this may come with a fine, Parliamentary Chairman and Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko told a press conference on Tuesday.

Matovic Brings Pictures to Parliament, Session on Fico Interrupted

Bratislava, February 14 (TASR) - The extraordinary parliamentary session with the no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Robert Fico on the agenda was interrupted shortly after it was opened on Tuesday afternoon, as opposition OLaNO-NOVA...

Richter Confident of Successful Defence in No-confidence Vote Scenario

Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (Smer-SD) told Parliament on Thursday that if he were to face a no-confidence motion over the issue of the Clean Day resocialisation facility, he would put up a successful defence.

Bahna: Widespread Perception of Corruption Benefits Radicals

Bratislava, February 9 (TASR) - People are more sceptical about democracy today than they were six years ago, which plays well into the hands of radicals, sociologist Miloslav Bahna said for Tablet.TV on Thursday.

Maria Patakyova Elected as New Ombudswoman

Bratislava, February 8 (TASR) - Maria Patakyova was elected as the new ombudswoman in a secret ballot in Parliament on Wednesday. The governing coalition candidate, who received 75 votes in the 150-member House, will replace...

Coalition Parties to Liaise More Closely, Intending to March On

The leaders of the coalition parties - Smer-SD, the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Most-Hid - will meet and communicate with each other more often, said Prime Minister and Smer chairman Robert Fico after the Coalition Council session on Wednesday.

Prime Minister: Coalition Living Its Normal Inner Life

The governing coalition has been living its normal inner life, said Prime Minister and Smer-SD leader Robert Fico ahead of the Coalition Council meeting on Wednesday.

State to Continue Supporting Organ Transplants in Slovakia

Bratislava, February 8 (TASR) - The number of organ transplants in Slovakia is increasing, according to a Health Ministry-sponsored report on meeting the National Transplant Programme, which was acknowledged by the Cabinet at its...

URSO: Water Charges to Remain at 2016 Levels

Bratislava, February 7 (TASR) – The Office for the Regulation of Network Industries (URSO) announced to Prime Minister Robert Fico on Tuesday that it will release a directive returning water charges to the levels...

House Committee Slaps Fine on Danko for Property Disclosure Omission

Parliamentary Chairman and leader of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Andrej Danko has acted in contravention of the Conflict of Interests Act by failing to include 'claims against a third party' in his property disclosure for 2015, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

SNS Staying in Coalition and Will Search for Solutions in Energy Sector

Bratislava, February 6 (TASR) - The Slovak National Party (SNS) will remain in the coalition and seek solutions to issues that have emerged in the energy sector recently, stated SNS leader and Parliamentary Chairman...

Remisova: Slovakia Has to Root Out Causes of Extremism First

Bratislava, February 5 (TASR) - In terms of extremism the major problem is that we have been on the edge about what is considered to be freedom of expression and what is the defamation...

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...

LSNS MPs Expelled from Parliamentary Chamber Due to Insignia

MPs representing the far-right Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) were ordered out of the parliamentary chamber on Tuesday for wearing insignia promoting their political party, TASR learnt on the same day.

Prominent Lawyers Urge Parliament to Scrap Meciar’s Amnesties

Bratislava, January 30 (TASR) – It would be legitimate to scrap the amnesties issued by former premier Vladimir Meciar as acting president in 1998 concerning the 1995 kidnapping of then president Michal Kovac's son...

Hrnko: Policemen Decided in Advance to Seize My Driving Licence

Bratislava, January 30 (TASR) – Slovak National Party (SNS) vice-chairman Anton Hrnko claimed on Monday that the police patrol that stopped his car and seized his driving licence for an alleged misdemeanour had decided...

Bratislava: US Embassy Must Prove its Security Fence is Legal by February 3d

Bratislava, January 28 (TASR) - The United States Embassy to Slovakia must prove that its security fence on the Hviezdoslavovo Namestie in Bratislava is a legal structure by February 3, Bratislava Old Town spokesperson Nora Gubkova has told TASR.

House Committee: Funds Weren’t Wasted during EU Presidency

Contrary to an initiative by MP Miroslav Beblavy (Independent), Parliament's foreign affairs committee declined to conclude on Thursday that funds were frittered away in the organisation of events connected to Slovakia's Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2016, TASR learnt on the same day.