Elections scheduled for Saturday could thus take place on October 22 and not in the period shortly before All Saints’ Day, as is the case under current legal conditions. The Cabinet also approved a proposal for a shortened legislative procedure for a legal initiative. VIDEO Another 900 soldiers of NATO member countries could come to Slovakia, Ukraine has not asked Slovakia for Mig-29 fighters VIDEO Elections will probably take place sooner, people in COVID quarantine will also be able to vote Activated 12:57 Pandemic measures will be maintained during Easter. The reason is that there will be larger meetings of people, for example in churches. Subsequently, after the holidays, it will be decided where the respirators will continue to be worn, Mišík informed. “At the current incidence, it is recommended by experts to keep wearing respirators,” Mišík noted. After Easter, a consortium of experts and the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic are to meet for pandemic measures. Updated 12:53 The situation with COVID-19 in Slovakia is constantly improving. This was stated by the Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský after the government meeting on Tuesday. The head of the Institute of Health Analyzes (IZA) Matej Mišík noted that the number of positively tested persons, the number of patients in hospitals and those who require artificial lung ventilation are declining more significantly. Updated 12:29 54 Ukrainians are hospitalized in medical facilities 54 patients from Ukraine who fled the war are hospitalized in medical facilities. There are 36 adults and 18 children. This was stated by the Minister of Health of the Slovak Republic Vladimír Lengvarský after the government meeting on Tuesday. Photo gallery (7) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel As he approached, these are mainly internal, traumatological and oncological diseases. “31 elective operations, 43 emergency operations and 12 short-term delays were performed,” said the head of the health department. Emergency incomes were treated by 1,766 Ukrainians, of which 837 were adults and more than 900 were children. In Ukraine, 75 citizens of Ukraine are being treated for oncological diseases, of which 70 are adults and five are children. Updated 12:20 Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský and IZA chief Matej Mišík inform about the current pandemic situation. Updated 12:17 Naď confirmed that the discussion on the purchase of the fourth Patriot battery is not currently taking place. The systems are available to Slovakia free of charge, together with spare parts, ammunition and personnel. The Minister also pointed out that Patriots or S-300 systems are a strategic protection of airspace. However, Slovakia also has Russian Kub or Igla systems to protect it. According to him, they need to be gradually replaced because they are old and there are problems with their functioning. “If the Allies provide us with that strategic level of air defense, then let’s focus on getting air defense at the operational and tactical levels,” Naď said. The minister also added that the government had approved the transfer of the S-300 air defense system to Ukraine at a meeting on April 6. According to him, the material will be additionally published. Updated 12:15 Ukraine did not ask Slovakia for Mig-29 fighters, it is not negotiated Ukraine did not ask Slovakia to provide Mig-29 fighters. Therefore, the government does not even discuss their mission. The Ukrainians demanded the provision of Zuzana howitzers and the repair of their military equipment in Slovak repair companies. This is currently being addressed, said Nad. Photo gallery (7) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel Slovakia discusses airspace protection with the Alliance. The answer is expected in the near future. “There are several possibilities. Protection from our territory or protection from another territory,” the minister said, adding that he would be happy if Slovakia solved the problem of airspace protection by means of supersonic aircraft. When Slovakia will take care of airspace protection, only then will it talk about the future of Mig-29 fighters. Last year, Slovakia paid Russia 55 million euros for the MiG-29. According to Nada, protecting the airspace from the Alliance would not be more expensive. “I don’t want to speculate because I don’t have a calculation on the table, but it certainly won’t cost us a euro more than what we pay the Russians for MiGs today,” he said. Updated 12:03 Another 900 soldiers of NATO member countries could come to Slovakia Another 900 soldiers of NATO member countries could come to Slovakia, specifically from the Czech Republic, Germany, the USA and Slovenia. In total, up to 3,000 soldiers are to operate in the Alliance’s multinational combat group in the Slovak Republic. The government approved an increase in the mandate numbers, which determine the maximum number of troops, on Tuesday. The proposal has yet to be approved by the National Council of the Slovak Republic. Photo gallery (7) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel “The capabilities of foreign armed forces will complement the capabilities and capacities of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic and contribute to increasing the level of deterrence from a possible armed attack,” the Ministry of Defense declared in the material. The number of Czech soldiers is to increase by 100. 500 more members could come from Germany, 200 from the United States. Slovenia could send 100 more soldiers. “Every unit that is to come to Slovakia is tied to some kind of technology that we have asked for,” explained Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď. The number of German soldiers is increasing so that they can operate three Patriot batteries together with the Netherlands for a long time. In the case of the US, the increase is also related to the Patriot system. Updated 11:29 Minister of Agriculture Samuel Vlčan. Updated 11:03 Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď during the government meeting. Updated 10:30 Autumn elections will probably be earlier. The proposal was approved by ministers at a government meeting on Tuesday. People in COVID quarantine could also vote. Elections are likely to be “By extending the deadline for conducting municipal elections and elections to local authorities within the election period and without disturbing it, preconditions are created for a longer time to determine the appropriate date for the relevant elections, especially with regard to the population’s habits in connection with with non-working days and public holidays, “the proposal states. Photo gallery (7) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel According to the current wording of the Act on the Conditions for the Exercise of the Right to Vote, elections to the bodies of self-governing regions and municipal self-governments are to take place in the last 14 days of their election period. In the case of the forthcoming joint elections, the date of 29 October would meet this condition. Due to the proximity of All Saints’ Day, the expected population movements and the resulting risk of low turnout began to be considered earlier. The amendment also amends the Act on Political Parties and Political Movements. The changes are to relate to sanctions for candidates in coalitions of parties and movements in elections to the National Council of the Slovak Republic and the European Parliament. They do not apply to the forthcoming joint elections to local authorities. Once approved by parliament, the legislation should enter into force on the day of its promulgation in the Collection of Laws. People in quarantine for COVID could also vote in the autumn elections People with ordered quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 could vote in the autumn joint elections to the bodies of self-governing regions and local governments. This follows a bill on a special voting method for these joint elections, which was approved by the government on Tuesday. The Cabinet also approved a proposal for a shortened legislative procedure. Photo gallery (7) Source: TASR / Roman Hanc The law from the workshop of the Ministry of the Interior regulates a complex process of special voting in all its stages. “A special voting method is intended for persons who have been ordered to be isolated or quarantined for reasons of protection of public health against COVID-19 and for persons living in the same household, upon their request,” the ministry explains. Special method of voting The procedure under this Act is to be applied only if, as of 30 September 2022, persons positive for COVID-19 and persons who have come into close contact with them are subject to isolation or quarantine on the basis of a decision of the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic. . Citizens could request a special method of voting no later than 12 noon on the last working day before the day of the election, by telephone to the local election commission’s recorder. To ensure the voting of eligible voters, special constituencies will be created with a special electoral commission, the seat of which may be a municipality, a city, and a city district in Bratislava and Košice. Members of the special election commission should, upon request, come with ballot papers and a special portable ballot box to voters who cannot come to the polling station due to isolation or quarantine. The commission should be composed of at least eight people, with at least two seconded members voting. It will discuss earlier holding of autumn elections and the solution of environmental burdens. Autumn elections to the bodies of self-governing regions and municipal self-government bodies could take place on Saturday, October 22. The government cabinet will discuss the change on Tuesday at a pre-Easter session. The legal regulation is intended to allow voters who are also ordered to be quarantined or isolated for COVID-19. This follows from the bill on a special method of voting in the autumn joint elections. In this case, the Cabinet is also to approve a proposal for a shortened legislative procedure. The solution of environmental burdens in the period from 2016 to 2021 cost more than 130.4 million euros. The tasks set for these years have been partially fulfilled. This follows from the Report on the Implementation of the State Program for the Rehabilitation of Environmental Burdens (2016 – 2021), which will be dealt with by the government cabinet. The government is also to discuss the material of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, which concerns a unified strategy for financing European Union support funds. The proposal of the Ministry represents the basic document for the preparation of financial plans of the programs, especially the Program Slovakia.
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