May 20, 2020 / 7:42 AM / 16 days ago

Slovak Republic - Factors To Watch on May 20

    BRATISLAVA, May 20 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press
reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial
markets on Wednesday.
    
    ALL TIMES GMT (Slovak Republic: GMT + 2 hours)
          
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    STATE BUDGET DEFICIT: The Finance Ministry expects the
deficit of the state budget to rise to 8.4% of GDP in 2020
against 0.49% of GDP before the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
                
    
    REOPENING OF ECONOMY: Shopping malls, theatres and cinemas
will reopen on Wednesday, and public events with up to 100
people will be allowed again.
    Wearing of face masks outdoor will not be compulsory if a
five-metre distance is kept.
                
    
    BONDS: The state debt agency ARDAL sold 85.3 million euros
worth of June 2028, April 2030, October 2030 and October 2047
state bonds in a non-competitive top-up sale.
                                                       
        
    CORONAVIRUS CASES: Slovakia has registered 1,495 cases as of
Monday. In total, 28 people have died from the illness and 1,192
have recovered.
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    STATE AID-CORONAVIRUS: Coalition parties have agreed details
of a plan how to help retailers and other firms forced to shut
down because of the coronavirus pay rents, Prime Minister Igor
Matovic and Economy Minister Richard Sulik said on TV Markiza.
    The state will match discounts offered by owners of
premises, said Matovic.
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 (Reporting by Bratislava Newsroom)
  
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