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Press release: On the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, “Fair Access”, and Vertical Integration

The European Commission, as part of its DMA (Digital Markets Act) regulatory package, is addressing, amongst many aspects of the internet ecosystem, the broader agenda of third-party access to platforms. Specifically, this concerns so-called “business users” who us...
INESS Evaluation of electoral programmes 2023: Public finances
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INESS Evaluation of electoral programmes 2023: Public finances

In the run-up to the 2023 early parliamentary elections in Slovakia, we at INESS analysed the programmes of all relevant political parties (those with more than 3% of potential votes in public polls.) We evaluated the programmes in the 5 main areas: education, healthcare, business environment, agriculture and public finances. We bring you our evaluation of the most important area of all: public finances.

Slovakia's general government deficit as a percentage of GDP is expected to be the highest in the EU this year, and the EC forecasts this undesirable EU leadership for Slovakia next year as well. The state has to borrow every sixth euro of its own spending. Consolidating public finances will require uncomfortable and extensive measures on the expenditure side.

In such a situation, we are well aware that without consolidating public finances, it will not be possible to implement good solutions in other areas of public life. Therefore, with our assessment, we would also like to appeal to the next government to approach the issue of public deficit in a sensible and responsible manner.

INESS launches the Health for Money website

INESS launches the Health for Money website

There are not many international rankings assessing healthcare systems. Moreover, the existing ones focus mainly on health indicators and do not take into account the amount of resources spent. However, as we live in a world of limited resources, it is crucial to know how much additional health a given health system will bring us for every euro spent.

INESS is an independent, non-governmental and non-political civic association. All of our activities are financed by grants, 2% tax allocation, own activities and donations from individuals and legal entities. Thus, our operation, scope and quality of outputs, largely depends on your generosity.
When You Cannot Change Boat’s Course, Hand Out Lifeboats
education

When You Cannot Change Boat’s Course, Hand Out Lifeboats

Education is like an enormous oceanic ship where no one can change the course quickly, even if everyone can see that they are heading for an iceberg. Enough politicians have been burned in Slovakia who have taken command, announced a new course, and started turning the steering wheel, but nothing happened to the ship. I know a few seasoned sailors who have already resignedly declared education unreformable. When you can’t change the ship’s course, hand out lifeboats.

The failure of windfall taxes
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The failure of windfall taxes

The energy sector is in dire need of investments. However, the new government-imposed taxes in Slovakia are instead adding to the financial burden already experienced by energy companies. Slovak politicians like many in Europe (who have engaged in reckless fiscal spending in the recent past) and the EU (which was indecisive on which energy sources should be supported) are now trying to make us believe that only more regulation will solve all our problems.

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