Insight Central Europe News

31-10-2003

The European Union has dismissed Austria's bid to have a transit traffic agreement extended. The agreement sets limits on trucks travelling through the Alps and will expire at the end of this year.

The chief of Poland's police force has resigned following accusations linking him to a political corruption scandal. The scandal centres on accusations that some ruling party councillors - suspected of links with a criminal gang - were warned about a planned police raid on themselves and the gang.

A Prague appeals court has upheld an eight-year sentence for a former senior Czech government official convicted of plotting to kill an investigative reporter. Karel Srba, a former Foreign Ministry official was convicted by a regional court in June.

Slovakia's Parliament has passed a key bill on tax reform. It introduces a flat 19 percent income tax as of next year for individuals and corporate entities.

Slovene border police have seized 16 pistols, a hand grenade and ammunition found in a suitcase on a Croatian bus about to enter the country. An investigation is underway.