MORNING NEWS HIGHLIGHTS - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9 a.m.
14. novembra 2019 9:01
TASR brings a quick morning overview of the most important events seen in Slovakia on the previous day (Wednesday, November 13):
NITRA - At least twelve people, including four minors, were killed in a crash involving a bus and a lorry near Nitra on Wednesday afternoon, with another 17 people being injured, ministers of interior and health, Denisa Sakova and Andrea Kalavska, respectively, told journalists near the scene.
The bus on the Nitra-Jelenec route was carrying many students returning home from schools in Nitra. Both drivers were injured in the accident.
- The number of victims of a fatal bus-lorry crash near Nitra on Wednesday afternoon didn't increase from the original twelve after the bus was lifted later, the fire-fighters have reported.
Meanwhile, most of the 17 people who suffered injuries in the crash are in a stable condition and some of them have already been released from hospital.
BRATISLAVA - The Justice Ministry is considering convening a round-table discussion on proceedings at the European Court of Justice concerning the Istanbul Convention, Justice Ministry State Secretary Edita Pfundtner (Most-Hid) stated on Wednesday.
BRATISLAVA - I'm considering state mourning in connection with Wednesday's tragic traffic accident near Nitra, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said before leaving Cyprus for Slovakia on Wednesday, adding that the Government could meet extraordinarily on Thursday, November 14 and the state mourning could be on Friday, November 15.
"This is one of the biggest traffic accidents in our history with an enormous number of victims. It's very likely that I'll convene an extraordinary Government meeting tomorrow and we'll seriously talk about it. And it's probably appropriate for the Government to declare state mourning for such a big tragedy, which could probably be on Friday," said the premier. In response to the fatal bus crash Pellegrini decided to return early from a visit to Cyprus.
BRATISLAVA/NITRA - President Zuzana Caputova on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow about a fatal traffic accident involving a bus and a lorry that claimed at least a dozen lives near Nitra in the afternoon.
"The news on the crash of the bus with a lorry with such tragic consequences has caused deep sorrow in all of us. We're in our thoughts in these moments with parents who've lost their children, their dear and close ones. We're also thinking about the injured to see that they get the best assistance and care possible. We all hope that the number of killed won't continue rising," said Caputova in a statement provided to TASR by her spokesman Martin Strizinec.
RUZOMBEROK - Far-right LSNS, and the extra-parliamentary National Coalition, Christian Democracy-Life and Prosperity-Alliance for Slovakia (KDZP), Direct Democracy and Home Well parties have signed a memorandum on co-operation between national and Christian political parties for next year's parliamentary election, LSNS leader Marian Kotleba said at a press conference in Ruzomberok (Zilina region) on Wednesday.
BRATISLAVA - Judge and former state secretary at the Justice Ministry for the Smer-SD party Monika Jankovska has filed an appeal against the decision of a disciplinary senate to suspended her as a judge, objecting against senate member Lucia Kurilovska.
The reason behind Jankovska's objection to Kurilovska is unknown. Kurilovska has been engaging in politics as a member of the Good Choice party.