Ocel vychodu · 20/2015


A Memorandum of Understanding between the Slovak Government and U. S. Steel is being successfully fulfilled

     On Thursday last week, September 24, the delegation from the Government of Slovakia led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Kazimir, Minister of Environment Peter Ziga, and Deputy Minister of Environment Vojtech Ferencz visited the United States Steel Corporation headquarters in Pittsburgh to meet with United States Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Suzanne Folsom, as well as U. S. Steel Kosice President Scott Buckiso, USSK Vice President External Affairs, Administration and Business Development Miroslav Kiralvarga and USSK Director Governmental and EU Affairs Michal Pinter. The meeting held approximately at half time of the 5-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by U. S. Steel and the GOS in March 2013 focused on several important topics for business performance in Europe, such as the high energy costs in Slovakia and several environmental issues. The group also spent considerable time talking about fulfillment of the MOU. Mario Longhi informed Slovak representatives about the complicated situation on the global steel market and expressed desire to continue doing business in Slovakia. Environmental policies and regulations affecting USSK were also discussed.

Week of Ethics and Maintaining Principles

     As every year, last week our Company joined with the other operations of the United States Steel Corporation in carrying out the Week of Ethics and Maintaining Principles. From Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, using various means like e-mails from the Company's leading representatives, short training materials presenting ethical dilemmas, or employee research concerning ethics and maintaining principles, we recalled our common commitment: To do what is right. Moreover, during the week several employees throughout the Corporation whose behavior makes them examples of strong moral character were acknowledged and awarded the title Champion of Ethics and Maintaining Principles. At U. S. Steel Kosice it was Dana Fudorova, General Manager Contract Law and Disputes Settlement in USSK Legal Department, primarily for her contribution to the implementation of our Company's anti-corruption program and strict enforcing of the rules concerning economic sanctions.

Labortest extends its portfolio

     U. S. Steel Kosice subsidiary Labortest, s.r.o. has been operating on the market for testing services since 1995. It has established itself in the field of chemical analyses, testing, analysis and setting physical and mechanical characteristics of materials, as well as advisory and consultancy activity regarding evaluation of metal and non-metal materials. Each of the company's laboratories and mechanical testing shops is separately accredited through the Slovak National Accreditation Service (SNAS), which means that the results of their tests are fully accepted in the Slovak republic and abroad. As Managing Director Ladislav Rozek explains, the company is progressively introducing new types of testing with the aim of both improving the quality and reducing the costs of their laboratory tests. The quality of the new types of ecological tests has recently been approved and accredited by the certification body SNAS, involving analyses of ground water and types of waste water.

Kosice Peace Marathon this coming Sunday

     The organizers of the international Kosice Peace Marathon, taking place in the city this Sunday, October 4, have already closed registration. A record number of 10922 participants from 49 countries have registered for the oldest marathon event in Europe. There will be 3599 runners in the half-marathon race, and 1735 endurance specialists in the full marathon. The Getrag Marathon 4 x 1/4 team relay race has as many as 760 runners taking part, including a team from U. S. Steel Kosice, but by far the greatest participation by the Kosice steelmakers will be in the popular run over the 4200-meter course known as the U. S. Steel Family Run. The limited number of 3250 starting numbers was quickly sold out. As is now traditional, Kosice spectators will be able to admire some superb runners from Africa, who rank among the favorites for the marathon itself.

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