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Slovenia News 6 April 2010
Editorial

The Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, opened in Zagreb on 31 March a joint exhibition of Croatian architect Nenad Fabijanic and Slovenian designer Oskar Kogoj at the Gliptoteka gallery of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

 

On the occasion, they announced that the Croatian-Slovenian commission dealing with open issues had held its first meeting. Pahor said that the meeting went very well and that Slovenia no longer holds any reservations concerning Croatia opening its EU accession chapter on foreign policy, security and defence.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor on 1 April proposed to the National Assembly to appoint Dorjan Marusic a new health minister to succeed Borut Miklavcic, who decided to quit for health reasons. Pahor, who had described Marusic "a controversial candidate" after his first presentation, announced his decision on 30 March after Marusic managed to secure sufficient support among coalition parties to win endorsement in parliament.

 

The Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) downgraded the growth forecast for Slovenia on 2 April, projecting that the economy would expand by 0.6% this year and a more robust 2.5% in the next two years. The projection in the spring forecast marks a 0.3 percentage point downgrade on the autumn forecast by the government think-tank. The forecast means the government will probably have to draw up a supplementary budget to cut expenditure by EUR 50-100m. The final decision will be made this month, Finance Minister France Krizanic told STA.

Domestic Policy
Parties Secretive about Ljubljana Mayoral Candidates
Ljubljana - After Mayor Zoran Jankovic announced in December that he would stand for reelection at this year's local elections, parties are largely reluctant to discuss names, yet they all intend to have their own candidate for mayor of the Slovenian capital. Jankovic said he decided to stand again... More »
Govt Appoints Acting Head of Employment Service
Ljubljana - The government on Thursday appointed Lucka Zizek acting general manager of Slovenia's Employment Service after Marija Poglajen resigned from the post last week, the Government Communication Office said in a press release. Zizek will head the employment agency until the new head is appoi... More »
Foreign Affairs
Belarus Foreign Minister Expected in Slovenia on Tuesday
Ljubljana - Belarus Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov will be on a working visit in Slovenia on Tuesday to meet his Slovenian counterpart Samuel Zbogar in what the Slovenian Foreign Ministry termed the continuation of dialogue after Zbogar paid a visit to Minsk in June 2009. Zbogar and Martynov wi... More »
US Deputy Secretary of State to Visit Slovenia on Tuesday
New York - US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will pay a visit to Slovenia in what is his first stop on a short tour of the region which will take him also to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. His meetings with PM Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar in Ljubljana will fo... More »
Dalai Lama to Pay Second Visit to Slovenia
Maribor - The Dalai Lama is expected in Slovenia on Monday for what will be his second visit to the country. The central event of the three-day visit will be held in Maribor on Tuesday, when the 74-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader gives a talk for the young entitled "Ethics for the New Millennium".... More »
Slovenia to Sign Social Agreement with Montenegro
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday an initiative for Slovenia to sign a social agreement with Montenegro after such agreements have already been signed with all other countries of the former Yugoslavia. The Government Communication Office said in a press release that the agreement woul... More »
Pahor: Slovenia Giving Green Light to Croatia's EU Chapter 31
Zagreb - PM Borut Pahor said following Wednesday's meeting in Zagreb with counterpart Jadranka Kosor that Slovenia no longer holds any reservations concerning Croatia opening its EU accession chapter on foreign policy, security and defence. He added that the Croatian-Slovenian commission dealing wit... More »
Economy & Finance
Zadravec Caprirolo New Vice-Governor of Banka Slovenije
Ljubljana - Stanislava Zadravec Caprirolo joined the board of governors of Slovenia's central bank on Tuesday after she was appointed a new vice-governor by the National Assembly in late March. Zadravec Caprirolo will be in charge of financial stability and supervision of the banking system on the ... More »
Think-Tank Says Higher Minimum Wage to Cost 5,000 Jobs
Ljubljana - The recent 22.9% increase in the minimum wage could cost over 5,000 jobs in the short term and over 17,000 in the medium term, projects the Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD), the government's economic think-tank. "There will be a stepwise adjustment. Most likel... More »
PM: Budget May Need Supplementing
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor indicated on Thursday that the 2010 budget would probably need supplementing if the budget deficit is to be cut by 0.5% as planned. He said Slovenia's economic growth is now projected at 0.6% for this year. Pahor made the comments at a press conference followi... More »
Business
Slovenian Business Delegation Visiting Russia
Moscow - Almost 50 business people from 35 Slovenian companies and other institutions will meet their Russian partners at a business conference on Tuesday in Moscow. The conference held at the Slovenian Embassy will try to identify the potential to upgrade cooperation. The bulk of the Slovenian del... More »
Lasko to Shut Down Production at Croatian Subsidiary
Lasko - Slovenian brewer Pivovarna Lasko will shut down the production at its Croatian subsidiary Jadranska pivovara as its management failed to reach an agreement with potential buyers in the last two weeks, Lasko said in a press release on Thursday. Lasko said it would pay out EUR 7m in severance... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Minister Pays First Visit to Ljubljana University
Ljubljana - Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Gregor Golobic, accompanied by a strong delegation, on Wednesday paid his first visit to Slovenia's biggest and oldest university. He said the University of Ljubljana's views should be included in the drawing up of national action plan... More »
Social Affairs
Employers Agree Pension Reform Necessary
Ljubljana - A conference on the announced pension reform organised on Wednesday by representatives of Slovenian employers concluded that the reform was necessary, otherwise the pension insurance system would soon be in trouble. Samo Hribar Milic, director general of the Chamber of Commerce and Indu... More »
ZSSS Takes Stock of Its Work on 20th Anniversary
Ljubljana - The head of the ZSSS Dusan Semolic took a look back on the 20-year history of Slovenia's biggest trade union confederation on Thursday, saying it had successfully protected workers' rights with strikes and protests and by participating in social dialogue. The ZSSS faced during this time... More »
Need for Welfare Benefits Nearly Doubled in 2009
Ljubljana - Slovenian social service centres recorded a strong increase in welfare benefits paid out in 2009. Representatives of social service centres said at a press conference on Wednesday that the economic crisis was hardest on those with low income and the elderly. In 2009, social services pai... More »
Minorities
Minister Discusses Visibility of Slovenian Programmes Abroad
Ljubljana - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks met on Wednesday with representatives of the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija's minority contents programming committee to talk about the visibility of the public broadcaster's programmes in areas with Slovenian communities in Hungary, Italy, A... More »
Culture & Media
PM Pahor and PM Kosor Opened Slovenian-Croatian Exhibition
Zagreb - The Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, opened in Zagreb on Wednesday a joint exhibition of Croatian architect Nenad Fabijanic and Slovenian designer Oskar Kogoj at the Gliptoteka gallery of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Pahor noted at the c... More »
Israeli Documentary Wins Amnesty International Prize
Ljubljana - "Blood Relation" by Israel's Noa Ben Hagai is the winner of the Amnesty International Slovenije prize for the best documentary dealing with human rights. The winner was chosen among five other films screened as part of the 12th Ljubljana Festival of Documentary Film, which ended on Wedne... More »
Slovenia Promoting Zero VAT Rate on Books
Barcelona - Culture Minister Majda Sirca, who is attending a two-day informal meeting of EU culture ministers in Barcelona, talked on Wednesday about Slovenia's initiative to introduce zero VAT rate on books in all EU member states. The ministers talked at the meeting about promoting cultural a... More »
Grum Award Goes to Three Plays for the First Time
Kranj - The Slavko Grum Award for the most original theatre text was this year for the first time conferred on three authors. Ivo Prijatelj, Simona Semenic and Ivo Svetina accepted the award at the closing ceremony of the 40th Week of Slovenian Drama festival in the city of Kranj on Friday evening. ... More »
Boris Pahor's Novels Translated into German
Five books by acclaimed Slovenian author from Italy's Trieste, Boris Pahor, have been translated into the German. The novels honour human dignity and willful devotion to the Slovenian language, editor Hemagoras Hanzi Filipic said at a presentation Wednesday. More »
Health
Doctor Marusic Returning to Health Ministry
Ljubljana - Dorjan Marusic, an internal medicine specialist and two-time state secretary, is set to be returning to the Health Ministry after two and a half year break if his nomination for health minister is endorsed by parliament. Marusic served as state secretary at the Health Ministry between D... More »
Assembly Endorses Medical Chamber President
Ljubljana - The assembly of the Medical Chamber on Wednesday gave a vote of confidence to Medical Chamber president Gordana Zivcec Kalan. The vote has been proposed by Zivcec Kalan herself because of complaints from the public and doctors against her management of the chamber. The assembly m... More »
Transport
Fewer People Killed in Traffic Accidents in 2009
Ljubljana - The number of people who died in traffic accidents in Slovenia was down by 43 to 171 last year compared to 2008, police statistics presented on Friday show. Ivan Kapun, head of the traffic department with the Police Administration, told the press that the modernisation of the road infra... More »
Ljubljana Airport to Close for Renovation, Flights Diverted
Brnik - Ljubljana's Joze Pucnik airport, Slovenia's main airport, will be closed for renovation between 7 and 21 April, during which period passenger traffic will be scaled down and flights redirected to alternative airports. Slovenia's Adria Airways and Turkish Airlines have announced they would d... More »
Energy
Govt Demands Independent Assessment of Coal-Plant Expansion
Ljubljana - Power utility HSE was told by the government on Thursday to commission an independent foreign assessment of the economics of the sixth generator at the Sostanj coal-fired power plant (TES), a project worth in excess of EUR 1bn. The motion is designed to improve the transparency of the i... More »
Society
Christians in Slovenia Celebrating Easter Sunday
Ljubljana/Maribor - Christians in Slovenia are celebrating Easter, the holiest Christian holiday, on Sunday. Processions are being held and masses given, including by archbishops Anton Stres and Franc Kramberger. Ljubljana Archbishop Anton Stres pointed in his address to the meaning of Jesus's empt... More »
Public Opinion
Poll Shows Need for Both Health Care and Pension Reforms
Ljubljana - Three quarters of Slovenians believe that the country needs health care and pension reforms, according to the results of a poll published on Tuesday in daily Delo. While 75.3% of those polled see the necessity of health care reform and 16% said it was not needed, the figures stood at 77... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 5-11 April

Schedule of Events for 5-11 April

Schedule of events in the week for 5-11 April: MONDAY, 5 April         LJUBLJANA - Slovenia will celebrate Easter Monday, a bank holiday.         MARIBOR - The Dala... More »
Slovenia News 13 April 2010
Editorial

Slovenia marked on Thursday the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's first multi-party election with a honorary session in the National Assembly. France Bucar, who led the first Slovenian multi-party parliament, stressed in his address that the election was an important milestone in Slovenia's history.

 

Attending a working dinner in Prague on Thursday with US President Barack Obama and ten other leaders of Central and Eastern Europe, Prime Minister Borut Pahor highlighted the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, while thanking the US for its support for the Brdo Process.

 

The National Assembly endorsed on Wednesday Dorjan Marusic as the new health minister after taking formal note of the resignation of his predecessor Borut Miklavcic.

 

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited Slovenia last week. The culmination of his three-day visit was a lecture on ethics for the new millennium in a sold-out sports hall in Maribor.

 

Slovenian Government and President of the Republic of Slovenia expressed their condolences to Poland at the death of President Lech Kaczynski in Saturday's plane crash in western Russia.

 

Domestic Policy
Twenty Years Since First Multi-Party Elections in Slovenia
Ljubljana - As Slovenia marks the 20th anniversary of its first multi-party election on 8 April, the STA talked to two sociologists about the development of Slovenian democracy. While Matevz Tomsic believes that the country has without doubt made democratic progress, Vlado Miheljak said that Sloveni... More »
Dorjan Marusic Appointed New Health Minister
Ljubljana, 7 April (STA) - The National Assembly endorsed on Wednesday Dorjan Marusic as the new health minister after taking formal note of the resignation of his predecessor Borut Miklavcic. Marusic said the high, 57:3 backing, made his commitment the greater. Addressing reporters, Marusic said... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenian leaders express Condolences at Polish President's Death
Ljubljana - Slovenian Government and President of the Republic of Slovenia expressed their condolences to Poland at the death of President Lech Kaczynski in Saturday's plane crash in western Russia. "The death of President Kaczynski and everyone travelling with him is a great loss for modern Pol... More »
Zbogar for Promotion of Slovenia's Trade Mark
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar outlined his goals for this year at Friday's meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ljubljana. The main priority is economic diplomacy, whose objective is to boost Slovenia as a trade mark. Slovenia's economic diplomacy will need to preser... More »
Pahor Highlights Situation in Bosnia During Obama Dinner
Prague - Attending a working dinner in Prague on Thursday with US President Barack Obama and ten other leaders of Central and Eastern Europe, Prime Minister Borut Pahor highlighted the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, while thanking the US for its support for the Brdo Process. Pahor told the pres... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenian Soldiers Enter Training for OMLT Team in Afghanistan
Ljubljana - Slovenian soldiers have already entered training needed for the country to fulfil its promise to take over, probably this autumn, its own Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) tasked with training Afghanistan security forces, the Defence Ministry announced on Friday. The OMLT tea... More »
Economy & Finance
Govt saved EUR 1Bn Through Austerity Measures
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the press on Thursday after the cabinet session that the government's austerity measures saved around EUR 1bn since they were introduced in 2008, adding that the government would continue implementing them. "If we had been more eager, we could have saved e... More »
Pension Fund to Stay On, Minister Announces
Ljubljana - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic announced that the state-run Pension Management Fund (KAD) would not be abolished as part of restructuring of state run funds. KAD will be transformed into a portfolio investor, as had been envisaged initially. Speaking after a meeting hosted by Prime M... More »
Business
Pahor Promises to Help Koper Port Develop
Koper - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said on Monday that the government will do everything to help the port of Koper develop. To keep Slovenia's sole port competitive, some decisions need to be taken faster, he stressed at his visit to Luka Koper, adding that the state zoning plan, envisaging expansio... More »
Revoz To Assemble New Smart and Twingo Models as of 2013
Novo mesto - The Novo mesto-based Revoz, the Slovenian subsidiary of French car maker Renault, will start assembling new Daimler's Smart and Renault's Twingo models in 2013, Revoz said in a press release on Wednesday. This comes after Renault, Nissan and Daimler presented today a partnership in deve... More »
Bathroom Elements Maker Kolpa Wins Red Dot Award
Metlika - Bathroom elements maker Kopla from Metlika is one of this year's winners of the Red Dot Design Award, the company said in a press release on Sunday. It is the third Slovenian company that will receive the award this year. The awards will be conferred by the Essen-based Design Zentrum Nordh... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Minister Says Education Best Investment in the Future of Roma
Ljubljana - Education is the best investment into the future of the Roma, Education Minister Igor Luksic, who chairs the government Roma Community Protection Commission, has pointed out for the STA as the world on Thursday marks International Roma Day. Education is a value which should also enabl... More »
Mobitel Introducing HSPA+
Ljubljana - Slovenia's biggest mobile operator, Mobitel, introduced among the first in Europe the newest mobile internet access technology HSPA+. Mobitel turned on the access to the new technology for all its internet service users as part of a promotional period, the company said on Wednesday. A... More »
Social Affairs
Labour Force Survey Unemployment at 5.9% in 2009
Ljubljana - Labour Force Survey unemployment in Slovenia stood at 5.9% in 2009, up 1.5 percentage points over 2008, data released by the Statistics Office on Wednesday suggests. The survey is based on the methodology applied by the International Labour Organisation and Eurostat. The average unemp... More »
Culture & Media
Kokoschka in Slovenia for the First Time
Lendava - An exhibition of works by Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) opened on 9 April in the town of Lendava (NE) in what is the first Kokoschka show in Slovenia. The guest speaker at the opening ceremony was Culture Minister Majda Sirca. The exhibition will feature over 6... More »
Vitanje to Open Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies
Vojnik - After Herman Potocnik Noordung (1892-1929) got a memorial room in his hometown of Vitanje in 2006, the town's small cultural centre will now be turned into a Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies in the memory of this space flight pioneer and a visionary who conceived the idea of a... More »
Transport
Renovated Runway at Brnik to Hold for 25 Years
Brnik - The runway of the Ljubljana airport will last for 25 years once the current renovation is completed, the press was told at Brnik on Tuesday about the project that closed down Slovenia's main airport for a fortnight on 7 April. The renovation works on the main part of the runway go as plan... More »
Energy
Pahor Announces Plans for Second Nuclear Reactor
Krsko - PM Borut Pahor visited the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) and the Krsko hydro-power station on Friday, announcing plans for a second nuclear reactor and agreeing with the responsible players to speed up the construction of hydro power plants on the lower Sava. Pahor, who visited Krsko to... More »
Society
President Receives Roma Representatives, Children
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk stressed on Thursday the importance of education for the Roma and their integration in society as he received a group of Roma children and representatives on the occasion of International Roma Day. The president noted that the situation of the Roma in Slovenia was ... More »
Four Expats Receive Guest Star Awards
Ljubljana - The Indian ambassador to Slovenia, an Egyptian executive, an Austrian ballet dancer and a Slovakian cross-country skiing coach were selected the most outstanding expats in their respective categories as The Slovenia Times newspaper and Radio Slovenia International presented the Guest Sta... More »
Sport
Zavec Defends Welterweight World Title
Ljubljana - Dejan Zavec, Slovenia's best professional boxer, defended his IBF welterweight title in Ljubljana on Friday with a last-round technical knockout against Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez of Argentina. The tough Argentinain was able to hold the fort until the end of the ninth round, when Zavec... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 12-18 April
MONDAY, 12 April
  • MADRID, Spain - Minister of Education and Sport Igor Luksic will take part in an informal EU ministerial until 15 April.
  • BARCELONA, Spain - Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic will attend a three-day conference on water hosted by the Euro-Mediter... More »
Maribor Choir to Stage Mythological Spectacle
Maribor - Choir Carmina Slovenica will on 13 April stage a musical spectacle featuring creatures from Slavic mythology called 'rusalke'. The project combines a concert, dance show and a theatre play, but its author, Karmina Silec, says the show is set in "nobody's world". Silec told the press in ... More »
Holocaust Memory Exhibition Opens in Maribor
Maribor - An exhibition entitled "Memory of the Holocaust" opened at the Maribor Synagogue, now a cultural centre, on Thursday, providing insight into WWII anti-Jewish propaganda in the republics of the former Yugoslavia. The exhibition, organised as part of the 65 anniversary of the liberation o... More »
National Assembly Honours Landmark Anniversary
Ljubljana - The National Assembly marked on Thursday the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's first multi-party election with a honorary session. France Bucar, who led the first Slovenian multi-party parliament, stressed in his address that the election was an important milestone in Slovenia's history. ... More »
Dalai Lama Conlcudes Visit to Slovenia
Maribor - The Dalai Lama met Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks in Maribor on Wednesday and visited the seat of the University of Maribor. The Tibetan spiritual leader concluded his second visit to Slovenia with a lecture on compassion as an art of happiness. He started the lecture by po... More »
Slovenia News 20 April 2010
Editorial

Arbitration agreement between Slovenia and Croatia ratified

 

The Slovenian Parliament today ratified the arbitration agreement regarding the border between Slovenia and Croatia. The ratification is an important step towards cutting the nearly 20-year-old Gordian knot that has bedevilled relations between the two countries.

“The arbitration agreement is the best tool Slovenia has so far had to resolve the border issue and bring its national interests to fruition,” said PM Borut Pahor in a debate preceding the vote on ratification of the said agreement.

 

 

'Clean Up Slovenia in One Day' campaign

 

Tens of thousands of people donned gloves and filled garbage bags in Slovenia in the biggest clean-up operation the country has ever seen. Organisers told that as many as 250,000 volunteers, which is more than 12% of the total population, helped in clearing rubbish.

The Clean Up Slovenia campaign was organised by an ad-hoc group of environmentalists dubbed Ecologists Sans Frontier and backed by the country's top officials. The campaign has been modeled after a project staged in Estonia in 2008.

 

 

 

 

Foreign Affairs
Slovenia OK with All Croatian EU Chapters
Ljubljana - Foreign Ministry spokesman Milan Balazic said on Wednesday that Slovenia no longer had reservations about any of Croatia's EU accession chapters. He said 6 June was the most probable date for the referendum on the border arbitration agreement with Croatia. Balazic said at his regular ... More »
The Arbitration Agreement ratified
Ljubljana – The Slovenian Parliament today ratified the arbitration agreement regarding the border between Slovenia and Croatia. The ratification is an important step towards cutting the nearly 20-year-old Gordian knot that has bedevilled relations between the two countries. “The arbitration ... More »
Defence & NATO
PM Calls for Change in NATO Afghanistan Strategy
Ljubljana - Concerned that a mere troop increase will not help provide success for NATO in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Borut Pahor called Thursday on the alliance to amend its strategy. Regardless of whether this happens, Slovenia will remain in Afghanistan for the time being, he added. Slovenia ... More »
Defence Minister Offers Assistance to Montenegro
Podgorica - Slovenian Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic started a two-day official visit to Montenegro on Thursday with a pledge to provide all the help Montenegro may need in defence reform and accession to the EU and NATO. After talks with her counterpart Bora Vucinic, Jelusic also voiced satisf... More »
Economy & Finance
Slovenian, Croatian Investment Agencies Sign Cooperation Deal
Zagreb - A two-day session of the Slovenian-Croatian economic commission concluded in Zagreb on Wednesday with the signing of a memorandum on cooperation between Slovenia's Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investment (JAPTI) and Croatia's Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. The aim of t... More »
Govt Proposes Simplified Insolvency Proceedings
Ljubljana- The Government approved amendments to the Financial Operations Act intended to streamline proceedings brought against companies on grounds of insolvency and compulsory dissolution. The act is an integral part of Slovenia’s Exit Strategy 2010–2013, which aims to encourage economic ... More »
Minister Gaspari Says Reforms are Urgent
Ljubljana - Development Minister Mitja Gaspari cautioned against a shelving of reforms Thursday, arguing that the time to act is now. "Slovenia has no choice," he told Forum 21. Making the case for pension reform, which has run into fierce opposition from unions, Gaspari said it could not be post... More »
Business
India Offers Slovenian Companies Opportunities for Cooperation
Ljubljana - India offers many opportunities for increasing economic cooperation with Slovenia, especially in view of its plans to invest in power plants, transport infrastructure and telecommunications, concluded speakers at the Ljubljana conference on economic cooperation between Slovenia and India... More »
Ernst & Young Forecasts 0.9% Growth for Slovenia
Ljubljana - International business consultants Ernst & Young predict Slovenia's economy will grow by 0.9% this year. They say that the growth in Slovenia will be closely connected to the recovery in the eurozone. The growth in Slovenia will be similar to that of the eurozone in general, where Ern... More »
Environment
Slovenia Average in Terms of Waste Produced, Poor in Recycling
Ljubljana - Generating 1.24 kg of waste per person every day, Slovenians are average producers of municipal waste compared to the developed world. But the country is far behind in terms of recycling, a statistical report shows. Slovenia generated a total of 922,830 tonnes of municipal waste in 20... More »
Govt Announces Strategy Against Illegal Waste Dumping
Ljubljana - Encouraged by the mass voluntary clean-up campaign scheduled for Saturday, the government decided on Thursday to draw up a strategy on waste management and illegal dump sites within a month. Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic told the press that the documents he com... More »
Potocnik Hails Biodiversity of Slovenia's Reservations
Koper - European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik started his visit to Slovenia on Friday by visiting two natural reservations. Marking World Biodiversity Day, observed on 22 May, he stressed that the protection of biodiversity should be included in all policies. Potocnik suggested as he v... More »
Thousands Join Campaign to Clean Up Slovenia
Ljubljana - Tens of thousands of people donned gloves and filled garbage bags in Slovenia in the biggest clean-up operation the country has ever seen. Organisers told that as many as 250,000 volunteers, which is more than 12% of the total population, helped in clearing rubbish as part of the Clea... More »
Justice
Govt Proposes Simplified Insolvency Proceedings
Ljubljana- The Government approved amendments to the Financial Operations Act intended to streamline proceedings brought against companies on grounds of insolvency and compulsory dissolution. The act is an integral part of Slovenia’s Exit Strategy 2010–2013, which aims to encourage economic ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Government Stepping Up Adult Education in Face of Crisis
Ljubljana - The government adopted the programme for adult education in 2010 on Thursday, earmarking 18.5m for the Education Ministry and EUR 38m for the Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ministry. Given the crisis and rise in unemployment, the government has strengthened some of the exiting prog... More »
Culture & Media
Laibach Marking Their 30-Year History with Exhibition
Ljubljana - Internationally-acclaimed Laibach will mark their 30th anniversary with an exhibition focusing on the band's visual arts in the 1980-90s. The show, which will open at the International Centre of Graphic Arts on Thursday evening, will run until 6 June. The exhibition dubbed "Gesamtkuns... More »
Info Office for Ljubljana's World Book Capital Stint Launched
Ljubljana - A week before Ljubljana assumes the UNESCO title of World Book Capital City, Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic and city culture commissioner Uros Grilc launched an info office and a website on Friday. The pair said they had great expectations of some 500 events Ljubljana will host during th... More »
15th Annual Book Festival
LJUBLJANA - The 15th annual book festival got under way in Ljubljana with a ceremony at which speakers called for zero VAT on books. This year, the Slovenian Book Days mark a prelude to Ljubljana's taking over as the World Book Capital on Friday. The book festival is held throughout Slovenia, featur... More »
Plecnik Award for New Biotechnical Faculty Building
Ljubljana - The authors of the new building housing the Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty are the winners of the Plecnik Award for 2010, the most prestigious award for architecture which is given out annually by the Joze Plecnik Fund. Tomaz Krusec, Lena Krusec and Vid Kurincic designed the new bui... More »
Health
New Health Minister Upholds Cost-Cutting but also Investment
Ljubljana - Health Minister Dorjan Marusic believes austerity measures are necessary at the moment to ensure sustainability of the public health system. However, he also says that the health purse is not in such a bad condition as it is being presented. Marusic, who assumed office about a week ag... More »
Events
Schedule of Events during 21 - 24 April 2010
THURSDAY, 22 April TALLINN, Estonia - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will attend a two-day informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers. LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Justice Minister Ales Zalar will attend the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council. LJUBLJANA - The government will hold its re... More »
Slovenia News 28 April 2010
Editorial

Slovenia is celebrating Resistance Day today, a national holiday commemorating 27 April in 1941 when an anti-imperialist front was founded in Ljubljana Resistance Day serves not only to remember the horrors the Slovenian nation had to endure during WWII, but also to pay tribute to the courage and solidarity of people who risked their lives to help liberate the nation, Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar said in his address to the main state ceremony marking Resistance Day in Nova Gorica.

 

Ljubljana assumed the UNESCO title of World Book Capital with a flag-rising ceremony in front of the city hall on Friday at noon. The flag was raised by Mayor Zoran Jankovic and President Danilo Tuerk, who pointed to books as a symbol of culture, human spirit and progress of a nation. Tuerk said that Ljubljana had won the designation rightfully, as Slovenians were "a nation of books".

 

Boris Pahor, an acclaimed Slovenian author from Trieste, Italy received the highest state decoration Austria can bestow on a foreign citizen, for witnessing about Fascist atrocities. Pahor got an Honorary Cross for Science and Arts for his work which has largely focused on the suffering of Slovenians under the Fascist rule.

 

Press release
Success of the campaign "Let's Clean Slovenia"
Employees of the Communication Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia joined the largest-ever voluntary environmental clean-up campaign, which took place all over Slovenia on Saturday, 17 April 2010. A special group working at Gregorčičeva 15, consisting of employees of the Communica... More »
Defence & NATO
Minister Zbogar Hails NATO Decision on Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tallinn - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who took in a two-day informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Tallinn, on Friday welcomed the decision to award the membership action plan (MAP) to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He said the plan, which gives some kind of status of a candidate for membership, cam... More »
Slovenia Pushes for NATO MAP for Bosnia
Tallinn - Slovenia backed Bosnia's request to be granted a NATO membership action plan as foreign ministers of the alliance discussed the matter in Tallinn Thursday. No decision has been reached yet, but Slovenian foreign minister Samuel Zbogar said Bosnia is likely to get a conditional go-ahead. ... More »
Economy & Finance
New Agency for Management of State Financial Assets Initiated
Ljubljana - Parliament passed a law establishing an agency which will manage state-owned shareholdings currently handled by a variety of ministries and government bodies. The act on corporate governance of state capital investments stipulates that state-owned shares will be transferred from ministri... More »
Business
Adria Airways Offers Refund for Cancelled Flights
Ljubljana - Passengers whose flights with Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways were cancelled between 15 and 21 April due to the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano will be able to exchange their tickets for new ones on the same route by 31 December or get a refund, the company has said. Money re... More »
Environment
Officials Raising Awareness of Green Issues
Ljubljana - Several events were organised by NGOs and associations around Slovenia on Thursday to mark the 40th Earth Day. Top officials stressed the responsibility of each individual for the future of their country and the planet. Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic noted that Ea... More »
Foreign Embassy Officials Plant "Diplomatic Forest"
Kamnik - Over 20 foreign diplomats gathered near the town of Kamnik on Monday to plant beech, cherry and maple trees to help revive the forest destroyed by violent storms in 2008. Organised by the Foreign Ministry and embassies, the action is part of "Greening diplomacy", an initiative promoting env... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Postponed to Autumn
Ljubljana - The organising committee of the Euro-Mediterranean ministerial on higher education, research and innovation that was to be held on 25 and 26 April in Slovenia has decided to postpone the conference to autumn due to the airspace closures in Europe caused by the volcanic ash cloud. The ... More »
Minorities
Minister Zeks Boosting Ties with Slovenians in Latin America
Ljubljana - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks presented at a press conference on Friday his tour of Latin America between 8 and 19 April as part of which he visited Slovenians living in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The minister said he wanted to learn about their problems first hand and ... More »
Culture & Media
Writer Boris Pahor Decorated in Austria for Raising Awareness about Fascism
Vienna - Boris Pahor, an acclaimed Slovenian author from Italy's Trieste, will on Monday receive the highest state decoration Austria can bestow on a foreign citizen, for witnessing about Fascist atrocities. Pahor will get an Honorary Cross for Science and Arts for his work which has largely focused... More »
Ljubljana becomes World Book Capital 2010
Ljubljana - Ljubljana assumed the UNESCO title of World Book Capital with a flag-rising ceremony in front of the city hall on Friday at noon. The flag was raised by Mayor Zoran Jankovic and President Danilo Tuerk, who pointed to books as a symbol of culture, human spirit and progress of a nation. Tu... More »
Project "A Book for Everyone" to Promote Reading Culture
Ljubljana - In the run-up to Ljubljana's stint as World Book Capital City, publisher Cankarjeva zalozba launched on Wednesday a project dubbed "A Book for Everyone", aimed to encourage Slovenians to buy books instead of just borrowing them from libraries. As part of the project, a selection of 21 bo... More »
Ljubljana Outlines World Book Capital Programme in Paris
Paris - Ljubljana has joined the respectable chain of cities that have been awarded the UNESCO title of World Book Capital by presenting the programme of its one-year stint at a well-attended event at the UNESCO palace in Paris on Monday evening. In her address, UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bok... More »
Ballet by Leading Slovenian Director Premiers in Berlin
Berlin - The Berlin opera and ballet house Staatsoper Unter den Linden will stage on Saturday evening the world premiere of "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", a ballet by acclaimed theatre director Tomaz Pandur, who has made his mark in the international theatre stage with his extravagant projects. T... More »
Sport
Lucija Polavder wins European Judo Championship
Vienna - Slovenian judoka Lucija Polavder has claimed her first European championship title. She defeated Russia's Tea Donguzashvili in Saturday's finals of the women's over 78kg class at the European Judo Championships in Vienna. By far the youngest and lightest of all competitors in her class, Pol... More »
International Tennis Federation Honours tennis player Srebotnik's Fed Cup Performances
Maribor - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday that Slovenian tennis player Katarina Srebotnik would be honoured with an award for her recent performances in the Fed Cup. Srebotnik is among the first four winners of the Heart Award. Srebotnik joins Serbia's Jelena Jank... More »
Events
Speaker of Parliament Highlights Courage, Solidarity in Resistance Day Speech
Nova Gorica - Resistance Day serves not only to remember the horrors the Slovenian nation had to endure during WWII, but also to pay tribute to the courage and solidarity of people who risked their lives to help liberate the nation, Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar said in his address to the main sta... More »
Schedule of events from 28 April and 2 May:
WEDNESDAY, 28 April
  • LJUBLJANA - The general police administration will hold a press conference to speak about the first of this year's joint Frontex operations on the EU's external border.
  • SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Interior Minister Katarina Kresal will take part in a t... More »
Slovenia Celebrates Resistance Day
Ljubljana - Slovenia is celebrating Resistance Day today, a national holiday commemorating 27 April in 1941 when an anti-imperialist front was founded in Ljubljana. The Liberation Front was founded in the house of writer and literary critic Josip Vidmar, only two weeks after Slovenia, then a part of... More »
President: WW II Resistance Crucial for Slovenia
Vipava - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk highlighted the crucial role the World War II resistance played in Slovenia's history as he addressed Sunday's ceremony in memory of a 1942 battle between the Partisan resistance and the occupying Italian forces on Mt Nanos. Tuerk praised the "exceptional" c... More »
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