Domestic Policies

Domestic Policies

Gov’t: Pensions of Those Who Retired Before January 2004 to Go Up

The financial situation of the elderly who retired before January 1, 2004 should improve, as the Cabinet at its session on Wednesday approved a draft amendment on social insurance that will increase their pensions as of January 2018, TASR learnt on the same day.

Kalinak: Slovakia Has Passed Measures to Minimise Roma Segregation

Bratislava, March 1 (TASR) - Slovakia has implemented programmes that minimise the risk of segregating Roma children and improve their situation and chances of participating in the education system, said Interior Minister Robert Kalinak on Wednesday.

OLaNO Calls on Opposition MP Accused of Immoral Behavior to Come Clean

Bratislava, March 8 (TASR) - The Opposition MP of undisclosed identity who has been accused of immoral behaviour towards a 15-year-old drug addict and client of the Clean Day resocialisation centre should come forward and give up his mandate, according to a call by OLaNO-NOVA leader Igor Matovic.

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.

Poll: Smer Would Have Won Election in February Ahead of SaS

Had a general election been held in February, the governing-coalition Smer-SD party would have won on 25.5 percent (with 43 seats in the 150-seat House), followed by the Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on 13.8 percent (with 23 seats), according to a poll carried out by Focus agency on a sample of 1,512 respondents between February 6-18.

Danko: Potential Loss of MP Mandate Is Sensitive Thing

Bratislava, March 7 (TASR) - Interference with an MP's rights or the potential loss of an MP mandate is a sensitive thing, Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party) said on Tuesday in reaction to the Constitutional Court's verdict confirming a fine equalling six monthly salaries for OLaNO-NOVA leader Igor Matovic for not having his business licence suspended for 21 days while as an MP in 2013.

Sulik Asked Farage Why He Bugged Out After Brexit Referendum

The now former UKIP leader Nigel Farage should not have 'bugged out' from the party's top as soon as Brexit results were announced, MEP and leader of the Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party Richard Sulik said on TA3's discussion programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday.

Fico Meets Rule of Law Initiative to Discuss Progress So Far

The Government will seek to stay away from adopting any indirect amendments while cutting down on national legislation that complicates the absorption of EU funding and transcends the EU's requirements, TASR learnt on Thursday.

President Announces Call for Anti-extremist Apps and Websites

Slovak President Andrej Kiska has announced a call for creating apps, websites, videos and games that would help to suppress intolerance, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

Poll: Smer Still in Lead on 27.1 percent, SaS and SNS Follow

Had a general election taken place in April, it would have been won by the Smer-SD party on 27.1 percent of the votes, TASR learnt from a poll carried out by AKO agency, which released the results on Friday.

Madaric: Quotas for Slovak Music Pose No Harm for Radio Stations

Bratislava, April 17 (TASR) - Slovak radio stations haven't recorded a drop in listeners, and privately owned stations haven't seen any decrease in ad revenues, either; on the contrary, there have even been improvements in these parameters in some cases, said Culture Minister Marek Madaric (Smer-SD) concerning the radio quotas for Slovak music introduced a year ago.

City Council Approves Total Ban on Gambling Establishments in Bratislava

Bratislava, March 30 (TASR) - Bratislava city council on Thursday approved a total ban on gambling establishments in the capital with the exception of betting shops and lotteries. The local legislation, due to enter into...

Danko: President Can Select Judges But Not Assess Professional Qualities

Bratislava, November 7 (TASR) - The Slovak Parliament will provide the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe with full cooperation in resolving the issue concerning the appointment of Slovak Constitutional Court judges, stated...

Kiska to Curb Use of Government Aircraft, Heeding Kalinak’s Request

President Andrej Kiska said on Monday that he'll cut down on his use of government aircraft after he was requested to do so by Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD).

Danko: Slovaks Should Demand Slovak Trains, Not Regiojet’s

Slovaks shouldn't be happy about 20-year-old repainted trains imported from Italy by private transport company RegioJet, but should be proud of and demand Slovak trains, said leader of the governing coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) and Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko on TA3's programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday.

OLaNO-NOVA Submits Proposal on RTVS Funding to Parliament

Bratislava, April 10 (TASR) - When a new general director of public broadcaster Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) takes up the post in June, RTVS should have a definitive model of funding set for...

SZSZ: Kotleba’s Party Politicising Environment of Slovaks Living Abroad

Bratislava, April 2 (TASR) - The Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) has attempted to politicise the environment of Slovaks living abroad by setting up a Club for Slovaks Living Abroad, with the party's vice-chairman...

Dissatisfied Taxi Drivers Envisage More Protests Unless Authorities Act

Bratislava, April 11 (TASR) - If the authorities don't take action, the number of protests by taxi drivers in Bratislava will increase and a mass transport strike might follow as well, stated Matej Krampl,...

Rasi Calls on LSNS MPs Not to Misuse Immunity for Spreading Xenophobia

MPs for Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) are misusing their parliamentary immunity to spread their xenophobic opinions and that's why we should consider curbing their immunity, parliamentary mandate and immunity committee chairman Richard Rasi (Smer-SD) said in the House on Thursday.

Labour Minister Richter Survives No-confidence Vote

Bratislava, April 7 (TASR) - Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (Smer-SD) will retain his post, as the Opposition failed to oust him over the Clean Day scandal on Friday, garnering...