Press Digest


BRATISLAVA, Feb 5, 2000 -- (Reuters) These are the leading stories in the Slovak press on Friday. Reuters does not vouch for their accuracy.

SME - Justice Minister Jan Carnogursky survived a vote of no confidence initiated by the opposition HZDS. The reformed communist SDL party deputies as well as two SOP deputies abstained.

- Slovakia should receive an invitation to the OECD at its next ministerial meeting, Deputy Prime Minister for the Economy Ivan Miklos said after returning from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

- Special police group in Zilina caught a racketeering suspect after a three kilometer car chase. The suspect, with two gun wounds, is in hospital under police surveillance.

NARODNA OBRODA - The parliament recommended starting an investigation into financial discrepancies in the secret service (SIS) under its former boss, current parliamentary deputy Ivan Lexa. Lexa has already been charged with several crimes.

- The chairman of the Democratic Party (DS) Jan Langos accused the Slovak Land Estate Fund (SPF) of speculation concerning land-ownership on the basis of a parliamentary survey and checks by the Supreme Audit Office (NKU). However, SPF and NKU officials denied the allegations.

- The highest representatives of Indian steel company Ispat visited for the second time in two weeks steel maker VSZ . Ispat had been mentioned earlier as a potential strategic investor into VSZ.

- The future party of premier Mikulas Dzurinda Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) could be registered as early as in two weeks.