THE PROFITS of insurance companies operating in Slovakia amounted to EUR
155 million in 2012, which was a 20-percent drop compared to the
previous year. The National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) ascribes this
decrease to particularly high profits earned by the insurers in 2011.
More than 183,000 motor vehicles are not covered by liability car
insurance, which is compulsory in Slovakia. The Slovak Insurers' Bureau
(SKP) registered at the end of 2012 a total of 2.355 million insured
vehicles; however the total number of motor vehicles in Slovakia based
on the statistics of the Interior Ministry is 2.538 million.
The Slovak insurance market continued to slow down in January-September 2012, the total GWP realized by the local insurance companies totaling EUR 1.58 billion, down by 0.67% y-o-y, according to the financial figures published by the Slovak Insurers Association - SLASPO.
Today Dutch insurer Achmea gave a Notice of Arbitration to the
government of the Slovak Republic. The notice opens a new arbitration
procedure between Achmea and the Slovak Republic with regard to the
plans of the Slovak government to expropriate private health insurers.
The notice is given pursuant to art. 3 of the United Nations Commission
on International Trade Law Arbitration Rules of 1976 and art. 8 of the
Investment Treaty between the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Slovak
Slovakia has lost the drawn out case lodged against it by health
insurance company UNION after PM Robert FICO banned private health
insurers from making profits under his first government in 2008. The
International Court of Arbitration presided over the case and ruled that
the Slovak Republic would have to pay the Dutch owner of health insurer
UNION, the company ACHMEA, some EUR 22 million in compensation and EUR 3
million in arbitration costs.
The International Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the health insurance company UNION, a health insurance subsidiary of the Dutch insurer ACHMEA, following its legal action started against Slovakia. The insurer claimed the violation of the investments protection agreements when PM Robert Fico, during his first mandate, decided to ban private insurers from making profits. The Court decided that the Slovak Republic will have to pay ACHMEA about EUR 22 million in compensation for the loss of profit and another EUR 3 million in arbitration costs.
The two private health insurance companies currently operating in Slovakia will have to leave the market next year, as the government approved a plan to reinstate a single public health-insurer system starting 2014 in order "to stop the inflow of funds to private provider", Bloomberg reports.
The Slovak insurance market grew by 0.9% in the first six months of 2012, according to industries figures published by SLASPO (Slovak Insurance Association). The value of premiums amounted to EUR 1.09 billion in 1H2012, up EUR 9.5 million in absolute value, compared with January-June 2011.
Gross premiums written by the Slovak Insurance Association (SLASPO) insurers decreased by 0.75% on the year to EUR 581.72 million in the first quarter of 2012, recently figures published by SLASPO showed. During the analyzed period, 23 SLASPO members operated in the profile market.
Slovakia's prime minister Robert Fico plans to reduce national
healthcare to a single state-owned insurer by 2014, and this would mean
the nationalisation of two private health insurers or buying them.
Last year, Slovak insurance market totaled EUR 2.04 billion, registering an increase by 1.3%, according to the financial figures published by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS). Previous, SLASPO - the Slovak Insurers' Association, reported a 2.04% y-o-y growth, up to EUR 2.11 billion.