President of Malta Paying Official Visit to the Slovak Republic

During the official visit of President of the Republic of Malta George Abela to Slovakia, both countries signed two bilateral agreements: Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta and Protocol on Cooperation between the Centre for International Legal Protection of Children and Juveniles of the Slovak Republic and the Department of Social Standards of the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity of the Republic of Malta concerning cooperation in international adoptions.
President Ivan Gašparovič appreciated the friendliness of relations between the two countries at all levels.

Joint statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

The Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia were shocked by the news that clashes between protesters and riot police resulted in casualties in Kyiv.
We strongly condemn the killing of demonstrators which cannot be justified by any reason.
Ukraine has been witnessing a permanent and deepening internal political crisis for the past two months.

Slovakia's Foreign Ministry Statement on the Situation in Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic received the information concerning the deaths of three demonstrators in Kiev after the intervention of the Ukrainian armed forces with indignation and dismay. We call on all the actors in the protests to refrain from violence. We call on the Ukrainian authorities and all other stakeholders to respect the rights to citizens to assemble. Violence does not solve problems. We are convinced that dialogue, and not a forcible confrontation, will lead to the resolution of the situation and we warn against taking any steps that would mean a further escalation in violence.

Slovaks Will Have To Declare Traveling Abroad For More Than 90 Days

According to the amendment to the Act on Reporting Citizens Residencies approved by Slovak Parliament on May 16, all Slovak citizens and foreign citizens resident in Slovakia will be obliged to declare to the state authorities prior to their departure any absence longer than 90 days. Anyone who fails to notify the authorities will be guilty of an offense and may face a penalty. The amendment will enter into force on July 1, 2013.

Developments of Residential Property Prices in Slovakia

The property prices have a significant effect on household spending and indebtedness, the mortgage market, investment development and ultimately also on overall economic activity, overall price changes and global financial and monetary stability in the medium and long term.

Development of residential property prices in Slovakia - average prices in € per m2:

Year Price in €/m2 Year 2002=100 Y on Y change in %
2013 1Q    1,240 209.5 0.4
2012 1237 209.0 -1.1
2011 1251 211.3 -3.1
2010 1291 218.1 -3.9
2009 1344 227.0 -11.1
2008 1511 255.2 22.1

The Change in Statement Formulation to EU Legislation

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic is preparing the change to the mechanism of statement formulation to EU legislation. This reform aims at evaluating the existing procedures and amending the cooperation among ministries and Parliament. The current mechanism has been in force for nine years and was updated for the last time in 2007.

Transparency International: Police, Judiciary and President belong to the weakest Institutions in the fight against corruption

While Slovakia has a standard legal framework to support integrity, implementation is lacking. The Police Force, Judiciary, President, and Public Procurement Office have scored the lowest and are thus considered to be the weakest institutions in Slovakia.

Slovaks Perceive Unemployment as The Most Serious Social Problem

People in Slovakia see unemployment as the most crucial problem currently worrying the country. According to the results of a survey recently conducted by Slovak Public Affairs Institute (IVO), almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) consider the high jobless rate to be the most troublesome issue.

Economic Freedom in Slovakia Worsened in 2010 due to Corruption

The economic freedom in Slovakia worsened last year, the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom released by the Heritage Foundation says. Slovakia dropped two spots from last year while its overall score has decreased by 0.2 point, mainly as a result of declines in freedom from corruption and property rights. A year ago the country gained 0.3 points.

Economic Freedom in Slovakia

Danger Explosive Transported to Ireland After Failed Security Test in Slovakia

During the live security tests, Slovak authorities planted eight plastic explosives, in the luggage of unsuspecting passengers. Seven items were detected by airport security, but the eighth one was lost and unwittingly transported to Dublin.
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