The former director of the Slovak Land Fund (SPF) Adriana Šklibová has admitted to accepting thousands of euro in return for manipulating the public institution’s decisions. She was one of seven people arrested by police, including the woman who replaced her in the fund. The judge hearing the case Ružena Sabová described the activities of this group as an illegal business. “Put simply, if an applicant wanted the land fund which was set up to carry out state activities to act in his favor, he had to pay a commission according to a rate that was determined by the suspects,” she said. The network of people involved included not just top officials in the fund but also employees who had access to internal documents and information, writes In one case, the size of the bribe was €500,000. During a search, police found missing documents that pertained to one of the cases being investigated in Šklibová’s home.

The city of Liberec has reached an agreement with the developer Finapra limiting the number of trucks that entering Industrial Park Liberec to 70 per day. Any more than that would trigger a fee of CZK 1 million for every ten. The developer has also agreed to contributed CZK 2 million to make improvements to a nearby intersection plus another CZK 8 million for as-yet undefined measures that will be taken to reduce the park’s impact on the Františkov residential district. “I think it’s a rather unique contract which commits the investor to limiting the number of trucks to not more than four per hour,” said deputy mayor Jiří Šolc.

The Slovak company InoBat has begun construction on a new R&D center in Voderady, which will include a production line for electric vehicle batteries. Having secured a positive EIA report last December and a construction permit at the end of May, the way is clear for completion of the facility by the second quarter of 2022. InoBat acquired the 27,000 sqm brownfield plot and an existing building on from a company belonging to the Korean group Fine DNC. The investor claims the new production line will be using energy from renewable sources and that one of the buildings will have its own photovoltaics panels. InoBat’s plans to produce batteries according to the specifications of its customers, rather than mass production of just a few types.

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