SUMMARY-Thursday, January 21, 2020 - 10 p.m.

21. januára 2021 22:00
BRUSSELS - Members of the European Parliament's (EP) Media Working Group, which also includes Slovak MEP and Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee Lucia Duris Nicholsonova (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS), sent on Thursday a letter to Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic (OLaNO), Interior Minister Roman Mikulec (OLaNO) and Justice Minister Maria Kolikova (For the People) because of shadowing of Dennik N reporter Monika Todova. BUDAPEST/BRATISLAVA - Six cross-border transport connections will be built between Hungary and Slovakia by 2023, including three bridges over the Ipel River, Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto announced in Budapest after his telephone call with Slovak Transport and Construction Minister Andrej Dolezal (We Are Family nominee) on Thursday. BRATISLAVA - Ex-environment minister Laszlo Solymos (Most-Hid) perceives the decision taken by the United States to rejoin the Paris climate agreement in a positive light and as great news not only for new US President Joe Biden but the entire world. BRATISLAVA - President Zuzana Caputova on Thursday reacted to criticism by opposition party Smer-SD by stating that she doesn't take into account who adopted a law, but whether the law in question has some flaws or not. BRATISLAVA - The open letter signed by almost 150 judges and lawyers calling for thorough compliance with the rule of law is not appropriate to the situation Slovak judiciary finds itself in, NGO Via Iuris stated in response on Thursday. BRATISLAVA - Libraries will be reopened in Slovakia as of January 27, with sports events necessary for practice of selected athletes also to be allowed, but under strict hygiene conditions, without audience and with everyone having a negative test for coronavirus not older than seven days, TASR learnt from Public Health Authority spokesperson Dasa Rackova on Thursday. BRATISLAVA - MP Martin Cepcek from the main governing party OLANO has again presented to Parliament a bill restricting access to abortion on demand, with OLANO caucus leader Michal Sipos telling TASR on Thursday that Cepcek's move was made without consulting the party and the Coalition Council. BRATISLAVA - The opposition Smer-SD party is asking President Zuzana Caputova to pay more attention to signing laws prepared by MPs of the governing coalition, party chairman Robert Fico told a press conference on Thursday, adding that they feel that the president is signing these laws too lightly. BRATISLAVA - Slovaks living abroad but having official permanent residence in Slovakia are obliged to take part in the census set for February 15-March 31, while those with permanent residence outside Slovakia should take part in the census in the country where they actually live, chairman of the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad Milan Jan Pilip said at a press conference on Thursday. BRATISLAVA - Slovakia has a great interest in having talks with countries applying for EU membership continue, particularly in the region of the Western Balkans, Foreign and European Affairs state secretary Martin Klus stated during a video conference with North Macedonian Vice-premier for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov on Wednesday. mf
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