Insight Central Europe News

21-06-2003

A group of experts form the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, have begun investigations into the safety of the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. The investigation follows a series of incidents at the plant in April.

The Czech government has made what it calls a "reconciliation statement" on the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans at the end of world war two. The Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner has welcomed the statement.

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced it's to begin producing up to 300,000 small cars in the slovak town Trnava in 2006. The plant will be Slovakia's second major car assembly facility.

Poland's government has approved a big cut in corporate tax. Under the plan company profits would be taxed at a rate of 19 percent, rather than the current 27 percent. The bill still needs parliamentary approval.

The UN High Commission for Refugees has severely criticised Austria's draft asylum law. UNHCR representatives are especially critical of passages which prevent the asylum seeker introducing new grounds for asylum during an appeal process and allowing deportation during an appeal.