SUMMARY-Friday-March 22, 2019 - 10 p.m.
22. marca 2019 22:00
BRATISLAVA - Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) stated on Friday that he was unpleasantly surprised with the fact that Smer-SD's coalition partner Most-Hid had decided to support Zuzana Caputova in the second round of the presidential election and not Maros Sefcovic, who has support of Pellegrini's party.
BRATISLAVA - The governing coalition has started to divert from its priorities and Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) doesn"t like it.
BRATISLAVA - Slovakia is busy with urgent problems other than some "half-negotiated" working agreement with the United States, thinks Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) who is growing tired of attempts to deflect attention away from important issues.
VATICAN CITY - Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) and Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondracek have had a common audience on Friday with Pope Francis, TASR learnt on the same day.
BRATISLAVA - Lawmakers representing far-right opposition People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) intend to initiate a no-confidence motion in Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) over the Defence Co-operation Agreement with the United States, TASR learnt from LSNS MP Milan Uhrik on Friday.
BRUSSELS/BRATISLAVA - The European Union will no longer offer the United Kingdom any concessions in connection with Brexit and is waiting for a clear response from London by April 12 on how to proceed further - also because the EU needs to concentrate on other priority topics, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said at an EU Summit in Brussels on Friday.
BRATISLAVA - A prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor's Office has pressed charges against entrepreneur identified due to legal reasons only as Marian K. and former TV Markiza general director Pavol R. over their alleged counterfeiting of promissory notes, TASR learnt on Friday.
BRATISLAVA - Talks on cooperation with any state, in this case the United States of America, can take place only on condition that the sovereignty of Slovakia is fully guaranteed and the Slovak Constitution and Slovak laws observed, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) stated after his meeting with Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (Slovak National Party/SNS) and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (Smer-SD nominee) on Friday.
BRATISLAVA - The Government Council for Non-government Non-profit Organisations is perceiving with concern several verbal attacks that were voiced during the presidential election campaign against the civic sector and specific NGOs, TASR learnt from council vice-chair Marcel Zajac on Friday.
BRUSSELS/BRATISLAVA - If Maros Sefcovic succeeds in the second round of the presidential election, the Slovak government won't have a problem offering a suitable substitute to the European Commission, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said during an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, adding that he regrets that the junior coalition Most-Hid party supports Sefcovic's rival Zuzana Caputova.
BRATISLAVA - Members of the parliamentary constitutional committee have agreed that all 29 candidates for Constitutional Court judges meet the conditions for an election in Parliament, TASR learnt on Friday.