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Slovenia News 2 September 2014
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The Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia's premier foreign policy event, opened Monday with calls for restoring trust at all levels of global relations in the aftermath of a crisis which has eroded values and sown uncertainty. The ninth edition of the annual forum tackles ways for restoring trust in various areas of life, as leaders from politics, business, academia and NGOs hold two days of debates at the picturesque lakeside resort. With some 500 participants from 65 countries this is the biggest forum yet, at which the central theme will feature across all sections: the traditional political part, the Business BSF and Young BSF.

Calendar of events
Schedule of Events 3 - 8 September
WEDNESDAY, 3 September
        SEŽANA - The 29th Vilenica International Literary Festival w... More »
Domestic Policy
Parliament Confirms Miro Cerar as PM-Designate
Ljubljana - Jurist Miro Cerar was appointed prime minister-designate by the National Assembly on Monday with an overwhelming majority of 57 votes against 11. He now has 15 days to put forward his cabinet. Endorsed by the emerging coalition of his SMC party, Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) and the SocDe... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Donates EUR 30,000 in Humanitarian Aid to South Sudan
Ljubljana - Slovenia has allocated EUR 30,000 in humanitarian aid for the programmes of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help South Sudan, the Foreign Ministry has said. According to the ministry, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is extremely difficult. After the ... More »
BSF: Young BSF Kicks off Ahead of Bled Strategic Forum
Bled - The annual Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF) kicked off in the lakeside town of Bled on Wednesday, as groups of young professionals started a business competition. The Young BSF has become a traditional event introducing the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), the biggest international conferenc... More »
PM Bratušek Urges Final Stabilisation of W Balkans
Berlin - Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek called for the final stabilisation of the Western Balkans and integration into the EU at the outset of a conference dedicated to the region hosted by the German government on Thursday in Berlin. The conference chaired by German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ... More »
BSF: Bled Forum Opens With Calls for Restoring Trust
Bled - The Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia's premier foreign policy event, opened Monday with calls for restoring trust at all levels of global relations in the aftermath of a crisis which has eroded values and sown... More »
President Calls for Raising Young Talents into Future Leaders
Bled - President Borut Pahor urged greater focus on raising talented young people into future leaders as he opened a debate on leadership at the Bled Strategic Forum on Monday.
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BSF: Yin and Yang of Digital Economy Examined at Bled Forum Night-Owl Session
Bled - The Bled Strategic Forum's traditional Night-Owl Session brought on Monday an extensive debate on the ramifications o... More »
Defence & NATO
President and PM Visit Immediate Response 2014 Exercise
Postojna - President Borut Pahor, outgoing PM Alenka Bratušek and Defence Minister Roman Jakič took a look at the ongoing Immediate Response 2014 military exercise in Postojna, which started on 17 August. The international exercise co-organised by the Slovenian and Croatian armies, features more t... More »
Economy & Finance
Economy Picks Up Speed, Expanding 2.9% Y/Y in Q2, as Consumption Up
Ljubljana - Slovenia's economy picked up speed in the second quarter, growing by 2.9% at an annual level, as domestic consumption continued to recover. In the first half of the year, GDP grew by 2.5% over the same period a year ago, the Statistics Office said on Friday. Adjusted for season and wo... More »
Business
Pipstrel Launching Electric 2-Seat Trainer
Ajdovščina - Slovenia's ultralight aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel has launched a two-seater all-electric trainer that the company says will make pilot training substantially cheaper. The proof-of-concept WATTsUP model will be unveiled at Salon de Blois airshow in France the coming weekend. The... More »
Agriculture
European Agriculture Economists Meeting in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - Hundreds of agricultural economists from across Europe will gather in Ljubljana for the start of a Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) on Tuesday. The debates over the next four days will broach the latest developments in agriculture. The central Eur... More »
Grape Harvest Begins, Average Quality Expected Despite Rain
Gornja Radgona/Koper/Nova Gorica - Wine growers in the western part of the country - at the sunny coast and in the regions of Brda and Istra - have started harvesting the early grape varieties. Despite poor weather throughout the summer and fears that the constant rain would have a disastrous effect... More »
Environment
Slovenia to Get EUR 18.4M in EU Aid after February Ice Storm
Brussels - The European Commission has proposed for Slovenia to be granted EUR 18.4m from the European Solidarity Fund in response to the devastating ice storm that hit the country between 30 January and 10 February. The aid was announced by Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn on Wedne... More »
Education | Science & Technology
First Day at School for 22,000 Slovenian 6-Year-Olds
Ljubljana - It will be a big day for close to 22,000 Slovenian six-year-olds on Monday as the largest generation in a decade enters primary school in what makes a key turning point in their lives.
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Culture & Media
Original Photographs on Glass by Puhar on Display for First Time
Ljubljana - An exhibition of original works by photography pioneer Janez Puhar (1814-1864) will open on Tuesday at the National Museum, marking 200 years since his birth. The priest, who worked in rural towns across the Dutchy of Carniola, managed to fixate photography on glass before the French pio... More »
Symposium Honours Pahor and Rebula as Trieste Minority Authors
Ljubljana - Ljubljana is hosting on Tuesday a symposium debating Slovenian literates from Trieste, honouring Boris Pahor and Alojz Rebula as the most prominent representatives. Diaspora Minister Gorazd Žmavc said at the event that this is a special cultural phenomenon, which should be studied and a... More »
Petra Kolmančič Wins Veronika Prize
Celje - The 18th Veronika Prize for best poetry collection goes to Petra Kolmančič for her "P(l)ast za p(l)astjo" (Layer after Layer) published by Založba Pivec. The Celje municipality presented the award at the Celje Castle on Tuesday evening. Apart from the EUR 4,000 prize, Kolman... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Cross-Border Initiative Pushes to Make Kras UNESCO Site
Monfalcone/Postojna - Following cross-border cooperation in an international project, a coalition of municipalities from Italy and Slovenia has recently presented in Italy's Monfalcone their proposition to place Kr... More »
Tourism
Cross-Border Initiative Pushes to Make Kras UNESCO Site
Monfalcone/Postojna - Following cross-border cooperation in an international project, a coalition of municipalities from Italy and Slovenia has recently presented in Italy's Monfalcone their proposition to place Kr... More »
Events
BSF: Bled Forum Opens With Calls for Restoring Trust
Bled - The Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia's premier foreign policy event, opened Monday with calls for restoring trust at all levels of global relations in the aftermath of a crisis which has eroded values and sown... More »
President Calls for Raising Young Talents into Future Leaders
Bled - President Borut Pahor urged greater focus on raising talented young people into future leaders as he opened a debate on leadership at the Bled Strategic Forum on Monday.
More »
BSF: Yin and Yang of Digital Economy Examined at Bled Forum Night-Owl Session
Bled - The Bled Strategic Forum's traditional Night-Owl Session brought on Monday an extensive debate on the ramifications o... More »
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