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Slovakian report
by Euro Reporter
2014-11-09 12:28:36
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Slovakia will have a point-of-contact office in Palestine

Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is set to open a point-of-contact office for Slovakia in the West Bank city of Ramallah next week during his visit to Palestine, TASR learnt from the ministry’s press department on November 6.
Before going to Palestine, Lajčák will pay a visit to Israel on November 10. While in Israel and Palestine, the Minister is expected to meet his counterparts to discuss bilateral issues, economic relations and the security situation in the Middle East.

On November 12, the Minister will move on to Jordan, where he will deliver a speech as the main speaker at the Amman Security Colloquium.


Slovakia will accept bids for the use of
additional capacity of the Vojany-Uzhgorod gas pipeline

The operator of the Slovakian gas transport system - Eustream a.s. - has launched the Open Season during which the company will accept bids for the use of additional capacity of the Vojany-Uzhgorod gas pipeline in the volume of 4.5 million cubic meters a day.


Watchdog advises Slovakia against corruption risks
among MPs, judges, prosecutors

The Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has called on Slovakia to examine the risks of corruption among the country's MPs, judges and prosecutors. "GRECO recommends that the transparency of the legislative process be further improved by introducing appropriate standards and providing guidance to members of Parliament on dealing with lobbyists and those third parties whose intent is to sway public policy on behalf of partial interests," the report published on GRECO's website Thursday reads.

According to the document, failure to remove the risks of corruption among MPs may result in persistent "behind-the-scenes" decision-making trends that will be hard to root out in the long run. In regard to judges, the group warned that "the low level of public trust and the lack of transparency and accountability within the judiciary, including at the very highest level, erode public confidence in the rule of law and demand priority attention."

The group also issued recommendations for the way Slovak prosecutors' work is organized. It called for regulation on the "acceptance, reporting and management of gifts by all categories of prosecutors while performing their duties."

GRECO also urged that affidavits and asset declarations of prosecutors be available for public scrutiny. GRECO was founded in 1999 by the Council of Europe to observe states' compliance with the Council's anti-corruption standards. The group consists of 48 European states and the United States of America.


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