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Slovenia News 2 August 2011
Editorial

Austrian President Heinz Fischer signed on Tuesday a new constitutional law regulating the rights of the Slovenian minority in Austria, including the erection of bilingual city limits signs, based on an agreement between the minority and Austrian authorities on the issue from April.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Palestinian counterpart Salam Fayyad voiced support for the Middle East peace process as they met in Ramallah on Wednesday. Fayyad said the process needed to follow the principles established in the Middle East peace agreements, while Pahor cautioned against unilateral steps. The Slovenian PM expressed the conviction that unilateral moves would only further undermine confidence between the two sides that have not been at the negotiating table for a long time. "It's my firm belief...that peace and progress for both sides are attainable in direct talks that are conducted in good faith and strong political will on both sides."

 

President Danilo Tuerk called for upgraded efforts to nurture peace in Europe and the world as he addressed Sunday's ceremony commemorating Russian POWs who died while building the mountain pass over Vrsic in NW Slovenia during WWI. Tuerk told the ceremony at the Russian Chapel on the Vrsic mountain pass that European nations had a duty to remember the events of WWI and to strive to upgrade democracy and leadership as well as to fight all forms of intolerance. The president pointed out that the effects of the first world war "poisoned the conscience of European nations" and that all forms of totalitarianisms in the 20th century stemmed in one or another way from the Great War.

 

The speakers of the Russian and Slovenian lower houses of parliament, Boris Gryzlov and Pavel Gantar, discussed efforts to bolster cooperation between the countries as they met in Ljubljana on Sunday. Gantar emphasised the potential of joint business ventures on third markets. Gantar said Gryzlov's visit, which took place as part of the annual ceremony held at the Russian Chapel on Vrsic mountain pass to commemorate Russian POWs who died while building the mountain pass during WWI, was an opportunity to draw up plans for bilateral cooperation.

Foreign Affairs
PM Pahor Launches Slovenian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce
Tel Aviv - Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor launched in Tel Aviv on Tuesday a newly established Slovenian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, as part of his three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. He highlighted the importance of foreign investments for Slovenia. "Slovenia is... More »
Pahor and Fayyad Back Middle East Peace Process
Ramallah - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Palestinian counterpart Salam Fayyad voiced support for the Middle East peace process as they met in Ramallah on Wednesday. Fayyad said the process needed to follow the principles established in the Middle East peace agreements, while Pahor cautioned aga... More »
Zbogar and Frattini for Fresh Impetus to EU Enlargement
Ljubljana/Rome - The foreign ministers of Slovenia and Italy, Samuel Zbogar and Franco Frattini, called for giving a fresh impetus to EU enlargement to the Western Balkans in a joint letter to the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele. Zbogar and Fra... More »
Slovenia to Allocate EUR 50,000 in Aid to Horn of Africa
Ljubljana - Slovenia will allocate EUR 50,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) for the fight against hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The humanitarian aid in the form of food shipments will be delivered to the drought-stricken countries by WFP, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The funds all... More »
Russian, Slovenian Speakers Discuss Joint Ventures
Brdo pri Kranju - The speakers of the Russian and Slovenian lower houses of parliament, Boris Gryzlov and Pavel Gantar, discussed efforts to bolster cooperation between the countries as they met in Ljubljana on Sunday. Gantar emphasised the potential of joint business ventures on third markets. Gant... More »
Defence & NATO
Defence Minister Receives Russian Delegation
Ljubljana - Slovenian Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic met on Friday Lt-Gen Valery Genadievich Evnevich, an assistant to the Russian defence minister. The meeting held as part of a visit by a Russian delegation revolved around the possibilities to boost cooperation between the countries' defence min... More »
Chief of Staff Visiting Slovenian Troops in Lebanon
Beirut - Chief-of-Staff, Major General Alojz Steiner, began a two-day working visit to the Slovenian troops at the UN peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon on Monday. Steiner will meet members of the 10th Slovenian rotation to UNIFIL to celebrate 20 years of Slovenia's independence and the armed for... More »
Business
Pivovarna Lasko Shareholders Approve Sale of Fructal
Lasko - The shareholders of beverages maker Pivovarna Lasko approved the sale of juice maker Fructal owned by Lasko's Pivovarna Union to Serbian juices and jams maker Nectar Saturday morning. The shareholders also gave consent to the agreement with a consultant for the sale of Lasko's 23.34% stake i... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Bill to Reduce Red Tape in Recognition of Foreign Education
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a bill aimed at removing administrative barriers in recognition of foreign education certificates. The bill envisages that an opinion will be given on foreign education, while the administrative procedure to align the foreign education certificate with ... More »
Minorities
Austrian President Signs Bilingual Posts Law
Vienna - Austrian President Heinz Fischer signed on Tuesday a new constitutional law regulating the rights of the Slovenian minority in Austria, including the erection of bilingual city limits signs, based on an agreement between the minority and Austrian authorities on the issue from April. The ... More »
Govt Will Insist on Full Implementation of Austrian Treaty
Ljubljana - The government pledged in an answer to a deputy's question on Thursday to continue to push for comprehensive implementation of all Austria's obligations from the 1955 Austrian State Treaty that are important for the Slovenian minority and for Slovenia. The Slovenian Foreign Ministry info... More »
Culture & Media
Christopher Lee in Slovenia for Grossmann Film and Wine Festival
Ljutomer, 27 July (STA) - The famous British actor Sir Christopher Lee has arrived in a small town in north-eastern Slovenia to accept a lifetime achievement award at what is probably the most extravagant Slovenian festival. The annual Grossmann Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer is dedicated to ... More »
Govt Presents Audiovisual Media Services Bill
Ljubljana - The government confirmed on Thursday a bill on audiovisual media services, which introduces in the Slovenian legislation provisions from the relevant EU directive. The Ministry of Culture drafted the bill after new media legislation had been unexpectedly rejected in parliament at first r... More »
Majdic Appointed Athlete Role Model for Youth Olympics
Ljubljana - Retired Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee an Athlete Role Model for the 1st Youth Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Innsbruck in January 2012, the Slovenian Olympic Committee (OKS) said in a press release on ... More »
Sport
Majdic Appointed Athlete Role Model for Youth Olympics
Ljubljana - Retired Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee an Athlete Role Model for the 1st Youth Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Innsbruck in January 2012, the Slovenian Olympic Committee (OKS) said in a press release on ... More »
Tourism
Postojna Cave Welcomes 34-Millionth Visitor
Postojna - One of Slovenia's main tourist attractions, the Postojna Cave, has received its 34 millionth visitor. The lucky guest from Italy received a special prize as a part of a promotion aimed at boosting the popularity of the vast Kras cave system with some 20 km of tunnels. Italian tourist Gius... More »
Tourist Numbers Up by 11% in June Y/Y
Ljubljana - Slovenian sights and tourist destinations attracted by 11% more visitors, while the overnights were up by 10% in June 2011 year-on-year. The number of domestic visitors was down by 4%, while the number of foreign tourists went up by 19%, according to provisional data the Statistics Offic... More »
Events
Tuerk Calls for Nurturing of Peace in Russian Chapel Address
Kranjska Gora, 31 July (STA) - President Danilo Tuerk called for upgraded efforts to nurture peace in Europe and the world as he addressed Sunday's ceremony commemorating Russian POWs who died while building the mountain pass over Vrsic in NW Slovenia during WWI. Tuerk told the ceremony at the Russi... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 2-7 August:
TUESDAY, 2 August
  • LJUBLJANA - The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) office in Slovenia will hold a press conference to speak about the World Investment Report for 2011.
WEDNESDAY, 3 August
Slovenia News 30 August 2011
Editorial

The World Rowing Championships were opened in the Alpine lake resort of Bled on Saturday, with president Danilo Tuerk welcoming athletes from nearly 70 countries to Slovenia. The event running until 4 September features 1,213 athletes from 68 countries who will be vying for medals on the picturesque Bled Lake.

 

Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus won the bronze medal in the men's hammer throw competition at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Monday, with a throw of 79.39 metres.

 

Slovenian judoka Urska Zolnir won the bronze medal in the women's 63 kg category at the World Judo Championships in Paris on Thursday, beating Maricet Espinosa of Cuba with an ippon after only 18 seconds of fight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Condemns Nigeria UN Headquarters Attack
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Foreign Ministry condemned Friday's bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Nigeria. The suicide attack in the capital of Abuja killed at least 18 people, injuring dozens. Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar expressed condolences to the families of the victims in a letter to UN Se... More »
International Organisations
Young People Discussing Global Issues at SiMUN
Ljubljana - More than 40 young participants from ten different countries have gathered in Ljubljana to discuss global issues which represent the current challenges of the international community as part of the project Slovenia International Model United Nations (SiMUN). The project has been organ... More »
Economy & Finance
Government to Subsidise Introduction of Tax Registers System
Ljubljana - The government has decided to subsidise half of the costs of the introduction of a centrally controlled system of tax registers in a response to the strong resistance to the motion voiced by taxpayers, especially farmers. The government has estimated that the costs for the introductio... More »
Culture & Media
Mozart's Requiem Mass to Open Tartini Festival in Piran
Piran - The Slovenian coastal town Piran will host the annual Tartini festival of classical music for the next two weeks. The opening concert on Friday will be one of the highlights of the festival, as Ensemble 1756 from Salzburg will perform Mozart's celebrated Requiem Mass on old instruments. T... More »
Kinodvor Cinema Attracting Ever More Viewers
Ljubljana - The Kinodvor cinema presented on Thursday its programme for the coming season, pointing out that the number of viewers in what is the only contemporary art-house cinema in the capital is constantly growing due to its increasingly rich and diverse programme. Cinema director Nina Pece t... More »
"Slovenia Today" Magazine Uniting Slovenians Abroad
Ljubljana - The Government Office for Slovenians Abroad presented on Wednesday the successful launch of a magazine for the Slovenian diaspora called "Slovenija danes" (Slovenia Today), which seeks to inform and establish links among Slovenians living outside their homeland. The monthly ... More »
Sport
Judo: Zolnir Wins Bronze at World Championships
Paris - Slovenian judoka Urska Zolnir won the bronze medal in the women's 63 kg category at the World Judo Championships in Paris on Thursday, beating Maricet Espinosa of Cuba with an ippon after only 18 seconds of fight. This is the second medal for the 29-year-old at world championships, the fi... More »
World Rowing Championships Opened at Bled
Bled - The World Rowing Championships were opened in the Alpine lake resort of Bled on Saturday, with president Danilo Tuerk welcoming athletes from nearly 70 countries to Slovenia. The event running until 4 September features 1,213 athletes from 68 countries who will be vying for medals on the p... More »
Athletics Worlds: Kozmus Wins Bronze in Hammer Throw
Daegu - Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus won the bronze medal in the men's hammer throw competition at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Monday, with a throw of 79.39 metres. Japanese Koji Murofushi, the Olympic champion from 2004, won gold with a 81.24 m throw, while silver wen... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 29 Aug-4 Sep
MONDAY, 29 August
  • LJUBLJANA - The Judicial Council is expected to give its opinion on Jernej Sekolec's candidacy for Slovenian arbiter on the international tribunal that will decide on the Slovenian-Croatia border.
  • ALPBACH, Austria - The European Forum Alpbach, also... More »
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