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Slovenia News 3 November 2009
Editorial

State celebration marking Reformation Day was held in Ljubljana in Cankarjev dom. Pavel Gantar, Speaker of the Parliament and the official speaker at the celebration stressed that reformation and protestant movement left an indelible mark on Slovenia, setting foundations for cultural development and progress of the Slovenian people.

 

National Geographic Traveler in cooperation with National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, has devoted its sixth annual "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey to the world's most celebrated and iconic travel destinations and how well they have weathered the pressures of mass tourism and other threats.

 

Former US President Bill Clinton addressed the audience at the Cankarjev dom centre in Ljubljana on Saturday to speak about our common humanity in the face of pressing issues. He stressed the need to facilitate positive forces of interdependence and to move beyond past differences to focus instead on the future.

 

Domestic Policy
Bust of Politician Stane Kavcic Unveiled in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic unveiled in Ljubljana on Tuesday a bust to Stane Kavcic (1919-1987), the president of the Slovenian government between 1967 and 1972. Pahor said that today's ceremony was not nostalgia for the past, but an inspiration for the ... More »
International Organisations
Slovenia Also Successful at Hearing of OECD Trade Committee
Paris - Discussing the conditions for free market economy in Slovenia, the OECD Trade Committee assessed in Paris on Wednesday that Slovenia meets all of the committee's criteria for membership in the organisation, the Economy Ministry said in a press release. According to the ministry, the debate f... More »
Minister Zbogar Assesses Slovenian CoE Presidency as Successful
Luxembourg - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar assessed on Tuesday Slovenia's chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) as successful as he attended a regular meeting of representatives of the EU and CoE in Luxembourg. "I think it has been very successful, o... More »
Defence & NATO
Foreign Minister: Slovenia to Decide on Role in Afghanistan in November
Luxembourg - Slovenia will decide whether to send police officers to Afghanistan in November, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Zbogar also said the documents on Slovenia's future military and civilian participation in Afghanistan had already been drafted and would shortl... More »
Economy & Finance
Brussels Forecasts 7.4% Contraction for Slovenia
Brussels - The European Commission issued its autumn economic forecast on Tuesday, projecting Slovenia's GDP to shrink by 7.4% this year. The forecasts for the country's unemployment and general government deficit were downgraded as well, to 6.7% and 6.3%, respectively. Like for the whole of the ... More »
Slovenians 3rd Most Thriftiest EU Nation, Statistics Show
Ljubljana, 31 October (STA) - Slovenians rank third among their fellow Europeans in terms of gross saving rate, the national Statistics Office said in a press release marking World Savings Day, observed on 31 October. "Slovenians are a thrifty people. We do many things ourselves, we are reluctant... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenians 'Perpetuum Jazzile' and Swedes 'The Real Group' to have a joint concert
Ljubljana - Slovenian a cappella ensemble Perpetuum Jazzile and their Swedish counterparts The Real Group will join the power of their vocal cords at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana at the beginning of November to celebrate cultural cooperation between the two countries and mark Sweden's EU presidency. ... More »
Ljubljana City Museum Pays Homage to Impressionist Rihard Jakopic
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana City Museum will pay homage to impressionist painter Rihard Jakopic with an exhibition opening Tuesday night to mark 140 years since he was born and 100 years since the opening of a pavilion at the Ljubljana Tivoli park that he commissioned. The exhibition brings numerou... More »
Jezek Award Goes to Singer Lado Leskovar
Ljubljana - Singer Lado Leskovar will receive this year's Jezek Award, given out by public broadcaster RTV Slovenija to promote outstanding achievement in various genres of radio and TV production. Leskovar, whose singing career began in 1958, recorded the first song at the then Radio Ljubljana e... More »
Health
New Flu Vaccine Available to General Public
Ljubljana - Voluntary vaccination for the general public began on Monday with chronic patients being the first to be vaccinated. Vaccination, for which a previous appointment is required, will be carried out in 64 centres across the country. In this way Slovenian citizens are given a chance to recei... More »
Transport
Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic Discusses Motorway Construction with Croatian Colleague
Ljubljana - Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic met in Ljubljana on Thursday Croatian Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Bozidar Kalmeta. The pair discussed various topics, including the construction of motorways with concession deals. While Kalmeta said that Croatia had positive ex... More »
More Passengers, Cargo Move Across Slovenia in 2008
Ljubljana - Transport of passengers and cargo grew in 2008 in railway, air and sea transport, while the distance traveled by passengers on public roads remained roughly the same. The number of registered cars meanwhile also increased, the country's Statistics Office found. City transportation in Slo... More »
Society
"Ripest Slovenian Maid" Joins Club of Super-Centenarians
Nova Gorica - The oldest Slovenian, Katarina Marinic, joined the world's 78 "super-centenarians" aged at least 110 as she celebrated her birthday on Friday. Living in the Nova Gorica retirement home since 1997, Marinic was congratulated by President Danilo Tuerk and Labour, the Family and Social Aff... More »
Tourism
National Geographic ranks Slovenia No. 5 top world destination
National Geographic Traveler in cooperation with National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, has devoted its sixth annual "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey to the world's most celebrated and iconic travel destinations and how well they have weathered the pressures ... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 2-8 November
MONDAY, 2 November
  • LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic will visit Slovenske zeleznice, meeting the management and trade unions of the troubled rail operator.
  • LJUBLJANA - Labour Minister Ivan Svetlik will meet business executives to dis... More »
Clinton Stresses Need to Promote Positive Forces of Interdependence
Ljubljana, 31 October - Former US President Bill Clinton addressed a packed hall at the Cankarjev dom centre in Ljubljana on Saturday to speak about our common humanity in the face of pressing issues. He stressed the need to facilitate positive forces of interdependence and to move beyond past diffe... More »
Reformation Day: Protestantism Left Indelible Mark on Slovenia
Ljubljana - The reformation and protestant movement left an indelible mark on Slovenia, setting foundations for cultural development and progress of the Slovenian people, Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar said on Friday addressing the national ceremony on the eve of Reformation Day. Gantar believes... More »
Slovenia News 10 November 2009
Editorial

Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor signed in Stockholm on 4 November an arbitration agreement which is expected to bring the overdue solution to the 18-year border dispute between the countries. The pair also pledged in a declaration to send the document to their respective parliaments for ratification within two weeks and expressed belief that it would be ratified by December.

 

Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar received former Secretary General of the Council of Europe Catherine Lalumiere in Ljubljana on Thursday. While Lalumiere described Slovenia as a success story, Zbogar presented some of the key accomplishments of the country's stint as the chair of the CoE Committee of Ministers.

 

The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago was also of historic importance for Slovenia, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a press release as the anniversary of the event was celebrated on Monday. Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor was among the world leaders who gathered in the German capital to mark the event.

 

Press release
Inauguration of "Our Rights" exhibition in Budapest
The inauguration ceremony of the exhibition in Budapest relating to education on the rights of the child, "Our Rights", will be held in the business building of the Hungarian Parliament on Monday, 9 November 2009 at 11.30; the event is intended to symbolically highlight th... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Croatia Sign Arbitration Agreement
Stockholm - PM Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor signed in Stockholm on Wednesday an arbitration agreement which is expected to bring the overdue solution to the 18-year border dispute. On behalf of the Swedish EU presidency, the treaty was also signed by Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt, who acted as a witness. More »
Slovenia Proposes Early Visa Liberalisation for W Balkans
Ljubljana/Brussels - Slovenia proposed at Wednesday's meeting of the EU Council's task force for visas that the Schengen visa regime for Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia be abolished as of 19 December this year instead of 1 January 2010 as proposed by the European Commission. More »
PM Pahor Paying Two-Day Official Visit to Libya
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor, accompanied by two ministers and a business delegation, will on Tuesday begin a two-day official visit to Libya, where he will meet his Libyan counterpart Baghdadi Mahmudi. Pahor is also expected to be received by Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. More »
Slovenian and Azerbaijani Presidents for Stronger Ties
Baku - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, who started a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on Monday as part of a four-day Caspian tour, and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev agreed at a meeting that the countries should increase their cooperation, especially in economy. More »
NGO Protests against Italian Gas Terminal
Ljubljana - International environmental organisation Alpe Adria Green (AAG) staged a protest against the planned Italian gas terminal on the Adriatic coast in front of the parliament building on Monday, calling on Slovenian politicians to take a position against the project as soon as possible. More »
PM Pahor: South Stream Deal Will Be Signed Next Saturday
Velenje - After it became known that the negotiations between Slovenia and Russia on the South Stream gas pipeline across Slovenia had been successfully concluded, Slovenian PM Borut Pahor said on Saturday that he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would sign an agreement on the construction of the pipeline in Moscow on 14 November. More »
International Organisations
Ljubljana Conference Adopts Cultural Heritage Declaration
Ljubljana - The first day of the two-day event entitled "Ljubljana Conference - Rehabilitating our Common Heritage" concluded on Friday with the adoption of a Ljubljana Declaration, which focuses on the role and importance of cultural heritage in Southeast Europe. More »
Zbogar Praises New CoE Secretary General
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar on Friday met the Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland, who arrived in Slovenia for a conference on the rehabilitation of cultural heritage in the Western Balkans. The minister welcomed Jagland's recent election, saying he was the right man for the job. More »
Conference Concludes Corruption in Europe On the Rise
Nova Gorica - Participants of the 9th annual conference of the European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC) agreed in Nova Gorica on Friday that corruption in Europe was on the rise and increasingly manifested itself in forms which represented violation of human rights, primarily the principle of the equality before the law. More »
New CoE Secretary General to Visit Slovenia
Ljubljana - New Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thornbjorn Jagland will pay a visit to Slovenia on Friday. He will meet Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar to review the achievements of Slovenia's chairmanship over the organisation's committee of ministers, which ends on 18 Nov... More »
Defence & NATO
President Calls for More Specialised Presence in Missions
Cerklje ob Krki - President Danilo Tuerk, who is also the supreme commander of the army, on Saturday inspected the main military exercise in Slovenia this year, Marmot 09, which will run until 11 November. He said Slovenia should be pleased with its military capabilities. More »
Agriculture
62,000 Ha of Farmland Lost Since 1991
Ljubljana - A total of 62,800 hectares of agricultural land has been lost since Slovenia gained independence in 1991 due to it being transformed for building purposes or being overgrown. The Agriculture Ministry says that the transformation of prime farmland presents a danger to the production of food in the country. More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenian Language School Launched in Manhattan
New York - A Slovenian language school opened in the heart of New York on Thursday in what is the first organised teaching of the Slovenian language in the Big Apple. More than 30 people have enrolled for the first classes at St. Cyril's Church in East Village, Manhattan, the Slovenian cultural centre in New York which is run by Franciscan Father Martin Krizolog. More »
Social Affairs
Structure of Unemployment Changes Due to Economic Crisis
Ljubljana - Since the outset of the economic crisis, the Employment Service has seen a rise in the number of redundant workers, those who lost their job due to bankruptcy and those whose fixed-term contracts were not renewed. The number of jobless men and young job-seekers also increased in the October-to-October period. More »
Minorities
Ministers Discuss Funding with Minority Reps
Ljubljana - Slovenia's foreign and diaspora ministers met on Friday the heads of the two umbrella organisations of the Slovenian minority in Italy ahead of Monday's meeting of the coordinating committee of the Italian and Slovenian governments. The officials focused on the issue of austerity measures of the Italian government that also hit the minority. More »
Culture & Media
First Slovenian Encyclopedia Translated into Slovenian
Velike Lašče - The first in a series of five books to offer a comprehensive Slovenian translation of "The Glory of the Duchy Of Carniola" will be published on 13 November, 320 years after its original release in German. More »
President Highlights Importance of Ljubljana Conference
Ljubljana - A conference marking the end of Slovenia's six-month stint at the helm of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe started at the Grand Hotel Union on Friday with representatives of CoE members and 14 other countries discussing the renovation of cultural heritage in the Western Balkans. More »
Health
Vaccination Rush after First Swine Flu Death Case in Slovenia
Phones started ringing off the hook with calls from people who want an appointment for a vaccination after the first swine flu-related death in Slovenia on Tuesday, the head of the General and First Aid Services of the Ljubljana health care centre, Renata Rajapakse, told the press on Wednesday. More »
Transport
Railways' Supervisors Debate Measures to Prop Up Cargo Division
The supervisory board of national railways operator Slovenske zeleznice has debated measures for reversing a drastic fall in cargo transport, which is expected to cause the company a massive loss this year. It also adopted a decision to seek an audit of operations from 1 September 2003 to the present. More »
Sport
Planica Big Construction Pit, But Focused on 2010 Championships
Ljubljana - As renovation work at the famous Planica Nordic centre is in full swing, the director of the Planica sports institute Jelko Gros assured the press on Friday that the world's biggest ski jumping hill will be ready to host the 2010 sky flying world championships. More »
Public Opinion
Poll: Most Slovenians Support Arbitration Agreement
Ljubljana - The arbitration agreement on the border issue with Croatia has good changes of being confirmed at a possible referendum, according to a poll published by Saturday's issue of daily Delo. More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 10-15 November
Schedule of events in the week from 10 to 15 November: TUESDAY, 10 November         TRIPOLI, Libya - Prime Minister Borut Pahor will begin a two-day official visit to Libya with a business delegation.        ... More »
Fall of Berlin Wall Also Affected Slovenia, Ministry Says
Ljubljana - The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago was also of historic importance for Slovenia, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a press release as the anniversary of the event was celebrated on Monday. More »
Int Graphic Arts Centre Celebrates Fall of Berlin Wall
Ljubljana - The International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC) has joined the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall across Europe by putting on an exhibition that brings different images of Berlin as seen by 30 different photographers. More »
Celebrations of New Wine Begin
Ljubljana - Several celebrations will take place across the country on Saturday and Sunday ahead of St. Martin's Day (11 Nov). The holiday which celebrates the transformation of unfermented grape juice, called must, into wine, is a phenomenon particular to Slovenia. More »
Ljubljana Faculty of Arts Celebrating 90th Anniversary
Ljubljana - The dean of the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts, Valentin Bucik, stressed the avantgarde role of the faculty in the development of humanist and sociological thought in Slovenia as he addressed the ceremony marking the faculty's 90th anniversary in Ljubljana on Friday. More »
Slovenia News 17 November 2009
Editorial

Minister of the Economy Matej Lahovnik and Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko signed in Moscow the agreement on the construction of the Slovenian leg of South Stream, a EUR 10bn gas pipeline with a capacity of about 60 billion cubic metres. Slovenian PM Borut Pahor and Russian PM Vladimir Putin were also present at the signing. The Slovenian section of the pipeline will have a capacity of about 8 billion cubic metres of natural gas and will transport gas into northern Italy or Austria.

 

The Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe gets underway on Wednesday, bringing 11 days filled with 106 films. Organisers of what has grown into the most popular autumn event in the capital. The festival's special focuses for this year include films about the young in urban areas, female directors from South America, and older films by Michael Haneke and Olivier Assayas.

 

Slovenian mountaineer Tomaz Humar was found dead on Saturday morning after he got stuck in the southern face of the Langtang Lirung peak (7,227 m) with a broken leg on Monday. Humar was a first-class mountaineer of world renown distinguished for some of the most outstanding achievements in world mountaineering. Exactly 10 years ago, he was the first person to climb the southern face to reach the peak of the Himalayan mountain of Dhaulagiri.

 

Domestic Policy
Government Closing Issue of Erased
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a legislative motion retroactively reinstating permanent resident status to the erased who were not included in the first group of about 2,200 people whose status has been reinstated by the Interior Ministry since February. The ministry has so far gr... More »
Minister Kresal Labels Interior Ministry's First Year as Excellent
Ljubljana - Interior Minister Katarina Kresal told the press on Friday that the results of the ministry's work in the past year were excellent. She added that the numbers confirmed that in many areas the ministry was more successful than in the previous years, pointing to the efficiency of white-col... More »
Foreign Affairs
MEPs Back Fajon's Report on Visa Liberalisation for W Balkans
Brussels - The European Parliament confirmed on Thursday a report on visa liberalisation for the Western Balkans drawn up by Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD). The parliament backed the proposal to abolish visas for Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, and not to delay the process of scrapping visas f... More »
International Organisations
Slovenian Official Appointed to UN Board
New York - Head of the sector for international organisations at the Foreign Ministry, Matjaz Kovacic, has been appointed a member of the UN Advisory Board on Human Security, according to a press release from the ministry. The board, chaired by Sadako Ogata of Japan, was founded in 2003 to continue ... More »
Defence & NATO
International Panel Discusses NATO New Strategic Concept
Ljubljana - Ahead of a seminar on NATO's new strategic concept, which Slovenia will host on Friday, Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and Jamie Shea, the director of policy planning at NATO headquarters, addressed an expert panel in Ljubljana on Thursday. The debate focused on NATO's role in Afghanis... More »
Pahor, Albright Debate NATO's Future, Topical Issues
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor received on Thursday the chair of an international group of experts charged with re-thinking the future direction of NATO, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who presented him the role of the group she is chairing. The pair also touched on topical... More »
NATO Officials Highlight Importance of New Strategic Concept
Brdo pri Kranju, 13 November (STA) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed his confidence on Friday in the group of experts reflecting on NATO's new strategic concept as they got together at Brdo pri Kranju in Slovenia on Friday. The alliance needs a new concept to define its main t... More »
EU Topics
MEP Tanja Fajon Projects Visa-Free Travel for Albania for Mid-2010
Tirana - Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD) assessed during her trip to Tirana on Monday that the EU could abolish visas for Albanian citizens by July 2010, but that the country must crack down on corruption and organised crime. "Albania has made important progress...but it still has a lot of work a... More »
Business
Business Forum in Baku Identifies Potential for Cooperation
Baku - Renewables, telecommunications and information technology, construction and tourism are potential industries for cooperation between Slovenia and Azerbaijan. These were identified by Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk as he addressed a business conference in Baku on Tuesday. President Tuerk arr... More »
Slovenia and Kazakhstan Keen to Upgrade Ties
Astana - The Slovenian and Kazakhstani presidents have expressed their countries' keen interest in boosting bilateral cooperation. "Our expectations are high, but realistic," President Danilo Tuerk said after talks with Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana on Wednesday. "There are no obstacles to devel... More »
Port of Koper and Three Italian Ports Establish Association
Koper - Representatives of companies operating the Slovenian port of Koper and Italy's Trieste, Ravenna and Venice signed in Koper on Wednesday an agreement establishing the North Adriatic Port Association (NAPA). Gregor Veselko, the chairman of port operator Luka Koper, was elected the association'... More »
Pahor Meets Gaddafi, Addresses Business Conference
Tripoli - Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who is concluding the first ever official visit by a Slovenian prime minister to Libya, was received by Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi on Wednesday. Gaddafi thanked Pahor for the visit and the pair exchanged gifts. Gaddafi received a Lipizzaner horse, wherea... More »
38 Slovenian Companies among Top 100 in Adria Region
Ljubljana - The list of 100 biggest companies in the Adria region, composed by auditing firm Deloitte and based on revenues from 2008, includes 38 companies from Slovenia. Energy group Petrol and retailer Mercator placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Janez Skrubej of Deloitte said at a press confe... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Minister Announces Digital Switch and Broadband Expansion in 2010
Ljubljana - Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic presented achievements in the area of IT and plans for the future to the press on Friday, highlighting the digital switch and the boost in access to broadband as the key goals for 2010. "We consolidated during this term the... More »
Social Affairs
Parliament Becomes UNICEF Safe Point for Children
Ljubljana - The National Assembly on Monday marked 20 years of the convention on the rights of the child by becoming the first parliament in the world to gain the status of a UNICEF Safe Point for children. The move carries an important symbolic message and should serve as an encouragement to other ... More »
President Calls for Multidisciplinary Approach in Food Security
Rome - Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger calls for a multidisciplinary approach and clear understanding of priorities by all the involved, President Danilo Tuerk said on Monday in his address to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) world summit on food security. He also emphasised the im... More »
Minorities
President Tuerk Debates Minority Funding with Italian PM Berlusconi
Rome - President Danilo Tuerk met Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday, touching among other things also on the financing of the Slovenian minority in Italy. According to Tuerk, Berlusconi is in favour of providing the promised funding. Asked whether he had any intention of directly in... More »
Culture & Media
Curtain Rises on 20th Ljubljana Film Festival LIFFe
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe gets underway on Wednesday, bringing 11 days filled with 106 films. Organisers of what has grown into the most popular autumn event in the capital again expect packed theatres. Celebrating its 20th birthday, LIFFe has not forgotten its star... More »
"Frankfurt after Frankfurt" Book Fair Opens at Cankarjev Dom
  Ljubljana - The 23rd "Frankfurt after Frankfurt" book fair opened at the Cankarjev dom arts and conference centre on Wednesday, with an address by Higher Education Minister Gregor Golobic, who stressed the importance of knowledge and said the fair was a step in the right direction. The event,... More »
Film 'Dar Fur - War for Water' Gets Grand Prix at Documentary Film Festival
Zaragoza  - "Dar Fur - War for Water", a documentary about the fight for water in the Sudanese province of Darfur, has received the award for best documentary at the ECOZINE International Environmental Film Festival in Spain's Zaragoza. The film was made by Slovenian director Maja Weiss and act... More »
Health
National Programme to Cut Number of Diabetes Patients
Ljubljana - The Health Ministry presented on Wednesday the 2010-2020 national diabetes programme aimed at reducing the incidence of diabetes, preventing the development of diabetes with people in high risk groups, increasing early detection of diabetes and reducing complications and deaths because o... More »
Energy
Slovenia and Russia Sign South Stream Agreement
Moscow - Slovenian Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik and Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko signed on Saturday in Moscow an agreement on the construction of the Slovenian leg of South Stream, a EUR 10bn gas pipeline with a capacity of about 60 billion cubic metres. PMs Borut Pahor and Vl... More »
Society
Photo Portal Launched to Promote Slovenia
Ljubljana - Several Slovenian companies and institutions have launched a web portal which aims to attract tourists to the country by presenting Slovenia's heritage, urban areas and countryside, traditional food and life-style in professional and amateur photos. "Picture Slovenia" at More »
Sport
Mountaineer Tomaz Humar Found Dead in the Himalayas
Kathmandu - Slovenian mountaineer Tomaz Humar was found dead on Saturday morning after he got stuck in the southern face of the Langtang Lirung peak (7,227 m) with a broken leg on Monday. After bad weather hindered rescue efforts over the past few days, Humar's body was finally found by a three-memb... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week from 16 to 22 November:
MONDAY, 16 November
  • SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will pay a working visit to Bosnia.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and Development and European Affairs Minister Mitja Gaspari will attend a two-day session of EU foreign m... More »
Slovenia News 24 November 2009
Editorial

Scoring in the 44th minute through Zlatko Dedic, Slovenia shut shop in the second half to clinch a surprise 1:0 (1:0) win over Russia and a place at the 2010 World Cup in Maribor on Wednesday.

 

Slovenian manager Matjaz Kek described Slovenia's qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a "dream come true...a fairytale ending from a Hollywood film" at a press conference after Slovenia's stunning 1:0 win over Russia in Maribor on Wednesday. The outcome has sparked mass celebrations across Slovenia.

 

Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met in Maribor on Wednesday at the halftime of a football match between the countries. The pair assessed the relations between the countries as good, with Tuerk hailing the agreement that will take part of the South Stream pipeline through Slovenia.

 

 

Foreign Affairs
Slovenian MEPs Mostly Happy with Picks for New EU Posts
Brussels - All but one Slovenian MEP welcomed on Friday the choice of Belgian Herman Van Rompuy as the first ever full-time president of the European Council and UK's Catherine Ashton as the high representative for foreign affairs. All in all, the MEP believe time will show whether the decision was ... More »
Govt Confirms Plan for Referendum on Border Arbitration Agreement
Ljubljana - The cabinet confirmed on Thursday a coalition-sponsored motion to put the border arbitration agreement with Croatia to a referendum held prior to ratification in the National Assembly. While confirming the motion put forward by the SocDems, LibDems, Pensioner's Party (DeSUS) and Zares... More »
Slovenia Passes CoE Chairmanship on to Switzerland
Strasbourg - Slovenia finished on Wednesday its six-month term at the helm of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, handing the chairmanship over to Switzerland. The event in Strasbourg, France, was attended by Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his Swiss counterpart Micheline Calm... More »
Tuerk, Medvedev Meet at Sidelines of Football Match
Maribor - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met on Wednesday during the half time break of a playoff match between the countries for a place at the 2010 World Cup. The pair did not address the press, however Tuerk said on Tuesday that this would be an oc... More »
Zbogar Happy with Progress at Foreign Ministry
Ljubljana - Minister Samuel Zbogar looked at the first year of the Foreign Ministry under his watch on Wednesday, highlighting the border arbitration agreement with Croatia as the achievement he is most proud of. He also mentioned the boosting of economic diplomacy and the drawing up of key foreign ... More »
Tuerk Says Slovenian-Greek Cooperation Has Unused Potential
Ljubljana - Despite the excellent economic cooperation between Slovenia and Greece, its potential is still not fully used, said Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk on Wednesday at a Slovenian-Greek business conference, organised as part of the three-day official visit by Greek President Karolos Papouli... More »
International Organisations
Slovenia Passes CoE Chairmanship on to Switzerland
Strasbourg - Slovenia finished on Wednesday its six-month term at the helm of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, handing the chairmanship over to Switzerland. The event in Strasbourg, France, was attended by Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his Swiss counterpart Micheline Calm... More »
Sport
Tuerk, Medvedev Meet at Sidelines of Football Match
Maribor - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met on Wednesday during the half time break of a playoff match between the countries for a place at the 2010 World Cup. The pair did not address the press, however Tuerk said on Tuesday that this would be an oc... More »
Football: Slovenia Defeat Russia, Clinch World Cup Place
Maribor - Scoring in the 44th minute through Zlatko Dedic, Slovenia shut shop in the second half to clinch a surprise 1:0 (1:0) win over Russia and a place at the 2010 World Cup in Maribor on Wednesday. Chasing a 1:2 deficit from Moscow four days ago, Slovenia's lone goal in Maribor tied the scor... More »
Medvedev's Visit Prompts Extra Security at Russia-Slovenia Match
Ljubljana - The Maribor football stadium and the entire city is facing a tough security challenge ahead of Wednesday night's crucial match between Slovenia and Russia for a place at the 2010 World Cup as the game will be watched by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, one of the most protected people ... More »
Refurbished Hotel Opens at Pokljuka Ski Resort
Pokljuka - The Sport Hotel on the Pokljuka plateau reoped on Saturday after being given a facelift in an investment worth EUR 1.3m, 25% of which came from European structural funds. The hotel will cater to all types of guests, including top athletes. Local Government and Regional Development Mini... More »
Dream Come True, Slovenian Manager Says
Maribor - Slovenian manager Matjaz Kek described Slovenia's qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a "dream come true...a fairytale ending from a Hollywood film" at a press conference after Slovenia's stunning 1:0 win over Russia in Maribor on Wednesday. The outcome has sparked mass... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 23-29 November
Monday, 23 November
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will debate the draft budgets for 2010 and 2011.
  • MADRID, Spain - Prime Minister Borut Pahor will pay a visit to Spain get acquainted with the priorities of Spain's presidency of the EU in the first half of 2010.
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Medvedev's Visit Prompts Extra Security at Russia-Slovenia Match
Ljubljana - The Maribor football stadium and the entire city is facing a tough security challenge ahead of Wednesday night's crucial match between Slovenia and Russia for a place at the 2010 World Cup as the game will be watched by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, one of the most protected people ... More »
Slovenia Remembers General Who Secured Its Northern Border
Ravne na Koroskem - A ceremony will be held at Ravne na Koroskem on Friday evening, ahead of the Rudolf Maister Day, which on 23 November marks the day of the battle fought by General Maister for what later became Slovenia's northern border. The ceremony will be addressed by National Council Preside... More »
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