Ziga: Slovakia to Defend Ban on Water Exports at Court

Bratislava, February 3 (TASR) - Slovakia will mount a thorough legal defence against the complaint of a Polish firm over the fact that since 2014 the Slovak Constitution has banned water exports abroad other than in consumer packaging and for humanitarian ends, Environment Minister Peter Ziga said after Cabinet on Wednesday.

Fico Urges Teachers to Resume Classes, Rules out Funding Decisions

According to Prime Minister Robert Fico, the time has come for teachers still on strike to go back to their pupils and students, TASR learnt at a press briefing in Bratislava on Wednesday.

Nurses Ready to Reach Compromise, Await Talks

The nurses who've submitted mass resignations declared their willingness to reach a compromise in order to prevent further damage in the health care sector, TASR learnt from their representatives on Tuesday.

Figel: Pociatek Came into Limelight Mainly with Scandals

Bratislava, February 2 (TASR) - Jan Pociatek as Transport, Construction and Regional Development Minister has been almost absent and has only come into the limelight mainly thanks to scandals, said Christian Democrat (KDH) chairman and former transport minister Jan Figel in an interview for TASR on Tuesday.

SaS: Cislak Should Be Ashamed for Criminal Complaint on Nurses

Health Minister Viliam Cislak should be ashamed of himself for having filed a criminal complaint yesterday on nurses over their statements on health care being jeopardised due to their resignations, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulik issued a written statement to this effect on Tuesday.

Most-Hid: Teachers’ Situation Can Be Addressed before Election by Law

Bratislava, February 2 (TASR) - If there's a will to address the situation faced by teachers in Slovakia, it's possible to do so prior to the parliamentary election (March 5), announced Most-Hid chairman Bela Bugar at a press conference on Tuesday, adding that the party has prepared an amendment proposal on the remuneration of employees doing work in the public interest that also includes teachers.

Zilina Hospital Provides Health Care in Full Scope after Nurses Leave

Zilina, February 1 (TASR) - Notwithstanding the departure of some 175 nurses, emergency health care at Zilina Faculty Hospital is being fully maintained and elective care partially, hospital director Ivan Macuga told a press briefing Monday.

Education Ministry: Draxler Carefully Considers Schools’ Requirements

Bratislava, February 1 (TASR) - Education, Science, Research and Sport Minister Juraj Draxler is carefully taking the requirements of the education sector into consideration, according to ministry spokesperson Beata Dupalova Ksenzsighova on Monday.

Nurse Labours: Cislak’s Criminal Complaint Hardly a Surprise

The criminal complaint filed by Health Minister Viliam Cislak comes hardly as a surprise to nurses on strike, nurse labour unions head Monika Kavecka said on Monday.

Minister Cislak Files Criminal Complaint over Scaremongering

Bratislava, February 1 (TASR) - Health Minister Viliam Cislak is filing a criminal complaint concerning scaremongering with respect to claims by nurses that health care has been put in jeopardy, TASR learnt on Monday.

Opposition Prefers Nurses’ Strike to Be Tackled by Health Committee

Bratislava, February 1 (TASR) - The parliamentary Opposition parties would like to address the situation concerning health care at an extraordinary health committee session rather than a parliamentary one, representatives of KDH, OLaNO, Most-Hid and SaS told TASR on Monday.

Nurses See Hope in Contacting Parties and Special House Session

Zilina, February 1 (TASR) – Nurses who have filed their notice en masse support the idea of summoning a special session of Parliament and will approach all the parliamentary political parties to this end later on Monday, chair of the Nurses and Midwives Trade Union (OZSaPA) Monika Kavecka said late on Sunday evening at an extraordinary meeting in front of Zilina Faculty Hospital.

Fico and Kalinak Open New ESO Client Centre in Bratislava

Bratislava, January 31 (TASR) - A new state administration client centre on Tomasikova Street in Bratislava, allowing people to deal with various issues with the state at a single place, was opened ceremonially by...

Kavecka: Presov Hospital Relying on Army to Replace Outgoing Nurses

The Health Ministry has summoned members of the Armed Forces in order to address the shortage of nurses at Presov's J.A. Reimann Faculty Hospital, TASR learnt from head of the nurses trade union Monika Kavecka on Friday afternoon.

Teachers Rally in Banska Bystrica, Receive Endorsement from Handzus

Banska Bystrica's SNP Square brimmed with teachers on Friday afternoon, with some 600-plus educators taking to the streets to shore up the calls of hundreds of teachers currently on strike for increased funding for the sector and a rise to what they see as their incommensurate salaries, TASR learnt on Friday.

Court Bans Collecting Penalties from Nurses for Withdrawing Notices

Kosice, January 29 (TASR) - The Nurses and Midwives Trade Union can't claim penalties amounting to €3,300 per individual from nurses who've withdrawn their resignations submitted in a mass action at several Slovak hospitals...

Prochazka on Miskov’s Billboard Offer: Smer Is Siet’s Only Rival

Bratislava, January 29 (TASR) - Smer-SD is the only opponent of the Siet party, said Siet chairman Radoslav Prochazka in response to the SKOK party's offer of 100 billboards to Siet in February if Prochazka states a clear yes or no to post-election cooperation with Smer-SD, said Prochazka on Friday in reaction to SKOK chairman Juraj Miskov's press conference earlier on the same day.

ISU Invites Draxler to Meeting to Discuss Teachers’ Demands

Bratislava, January 29 (TASR) - The Slovak Teachers Initiative (ISU), which launched a full-blown strike on January 25, invited Education, Science, Research and Sport Minister Juraj Draxler by letter on Friday to talks about its demands at Novohradska Street School in Bratislava on February 1.

SKOK Offers Siet 100 Billboards for Clear Answer on Coalition with Smer

Bratislava, January 29 (TASR) - The SKOK party is offering the fellow extraparliamentary Siet (Network) party 100 billboards in February if Siet chairman Radoslav Prochazka will provide a clear yes or no to post-election cooperation with Smer-SD, SKOK chairman Juraj Miskov announced at a press conference on Friday.

Prochazka: I Challenge Fico to TV Debate on RTVS

Zilina, January 29 (TASR) - Siet (Network) party leader Radoslav Prochazka at an extraordinary briefing in Zilina on Friday challenged Prime Minister Robert Fico to a face-to-face televised debate on public broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS).