LAST PUBLISHED NEWSLETTER

Slovenia News 5 July 2011
Editorial

The National Assembly hosted on Thursday a traditional meeting of Slovenians living abroad. The 11th annual gathering dubbed "20 years of independent Slovenia and Slovenians outside its borders: a view back and ahead into the future" was dedicated to Slovenia's independence anniversary.

 

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday the closure of the technical part of Croatia's EU accession negotiations as a "historic achievement" for Croatia, which carries importance for the entire Western Balkan region.

 

A massive Slovenian-Croatian ensemble of 1,100 musicians performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 filled the newly-opened Congress Square, the neighbouring park Zvezda and the surrounding streets of Ljubljana with countless spectators on Sunday evening. "The Symphony of a Thousand", performed under the auspices of Slovenian and Croatian presidents Danilo Tuerk and Ivo Josipovic, opened with the anthems of the two countries as a sign of friendship between Slovenia and Croatia.

 

 

 

Domestic Policy
Pahor, Gaspari and Zeks to Replace Outgoing Zares Ministers
Ljubljana - The three ministerial posts vacated by Zares's departure from the coalition will be filled by PM Borut Pahor, who will also take over the Public Administration Ministry, Development Minister Mitja Gaspari, who will lead the Economy Ministry, and Bostjan Zeks, the minister for Slovenians ... More »
Foreign Affairs
FM Addresses Islamic Conference Ministerial
Astana - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar is attending the annual meeting of foreign ministers from members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Astana Tuesday through Thursday. In his address on Wednesday, Zbogar stressed the importance of the historic democratic changes i... More »
Councils for Slovenians Abroad Mark 20 Years of Slovenia with Joint Session
Ljubljana - The government councils for Slovenians in neighbouring countries and for Slovenians abroad held a joint session in Ljubljana on Wednesday, calling for a greater participation of Slovenians around the world in economic cooperation, Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks told the pres... More »
Slovenians from Abroad Mark Independence Anniversary
Ljubljana - The National Assembly hosted on Thursday a traditional meeting of Slovenians living abroad. The 11th annual gathering dubbed "20 years of independent Slovenia and Slovenians outside its borders: a view back and ahead into the future" was dedicated to Slovenia's independence ann... More »
Foreign Ministry Welcomes Croatia's Closure of EU Talks
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday the closure of the technical part of Croatia's EU accession negotiations as a "historic achievement" for Croatia, which carries importance for the entire Western Balkan region. It is in Slovenia's interest for Croatia to beco... More »
Defence & NATO
Defence Minister Discusses Cooperation with Chinese Counterpart
Beijing - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic met on Tuesday her Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie to discuss bilateral cooperation in security and defence, and international security issues. Slovenia and China started discussing defence and security in 2008 and 2009 and are set to continue next ye... More »
Culture & Media
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Listed as UNESCO World Heritage
Paris - UNESCO has put a number of prehistoric pile dwellings in six countries around the Alps, including in Slovenia, on the World Heritage List at the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, the Culture Ministry said on Tuesday. Participating in a nomination entitled Prehistoric ... More »
Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" Fills Square in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - A massive Slovenian-Croatian ensemble of 1,100 musicians performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 filled the newly-opened Congress Square, the neighbouring park Zvezda and the surrounding streets of Ljubljana with countless spectators on Sunday evening. "The Symphony of a Thousa... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 4-10 July
MONDAY, 4 July
  • LJUBLJANA - President Danilo Tuerk will consult with the parliamentary parties on a nominee for Constitutional Justice. The largest opposition party, SDS, said it would not attend due to some of Tuerk's previous statements and acts.
  • ZAGREB, Croatia - ... More »
Slovenia News 12 July 2011
Editorial

Carinthian Slovenian poet and writer Maja Haderlap is the winner of this year's Ingeborg Bachman Prize, one of the most important awards for literature in the German language. Maja Haderlap won the prize for her first novel in German "Engel des Vergessens" (The Angel of Oblivion). The novel, a story of three generations of a Carinthian Slovenian family, describes the revolt of Carinthian Slovenians against the German army.

 

Slovenian stage director Tomaz Pandur received the distinguished Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic for his exceptional achievements in the field of art. During his internationally-acclaimed career, Pandur has helped bolster the image of Spanish theatre and its actors and has played a vital role in promoting cooperation between Spain, Slovenia and the rest of the EU members.

 

Domestic Policy
Traditional Gathering Held Under Ancient Linden Tree
Crna na Koroskem - President Danilo Tuerk addressed on Saturday the 21th annual gathering under the Najevska lipa linden tree near Crna na Koroskem (N), emphasising the importance of dialogue in the joint efforts for a successful, effective and just state. The main tasks for Slovenians today are ... More »
Speaker of the Parliament Pavel Gantar Announces his Resignement
Ljubljana - National Assembly Speaker Pavel Gantar, a member of the Zares party, announced on Monday he would resign from his post on 1 September as part of his party's switch to the opposition. Gantar said in a press release that his resignation was the right thing to do given that Zares had left t... More »
Foreign Affairs
Libyan Teenagers Spending Two Weeks at Rogla
Ljubljana, 7 July (STA) - At the initiative of the Slovenian Embassy in Cairo and the support of the Office of President Danilo Tuerk, a group of seven teenagers from war-torn Libya is spending two weeks at the Slovenian ski resort of Rogla. The Libyans, aged between 13 and 17, all come from regi... More »
Pahor and Kosor Meet on Sidelines of Croatia Summit
Dubrovnik - Slovenian PM Borut Pahor met his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor on the sidelines of the Croatia Summit in Dubrovnik on Saturday. The officials told the press that the bilateral border arbitration agreement has become an example for solving international disputes and that the Brdo pr... More »
Slovenian and Iranian Foreign Ministers Focus on Economic Cooperation
Ljubljana - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar hosted a working lunch for his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi with the pair's talks focusing on economic cooperation and bilateral relations. Zbogar and Salehi underlined at a joint press conference that trade between the countries was gr... More »
Defence & NATO
Timeline for Afghanistan Withdrawal Expected in October
Ljubljana - The parliamentary foreign affairs and defence committees debated the situation in Afghanistan on Wednesday in the wake of the recent withdrawal announcement by PM Borut Pahor. The committees concluded that the government is to prepare by October a timeline for a prompt but gradual withdr... More »
EU Topics
EU to Give Flood Aid from Solidarity Fund to Slovenia
Strasbourg - The European Parliament approved on Tuesday EUR 7.46m in aid to Slovenia from the EU Solidarity Fund to help repair the damage which was caused by the September 2010 floods and which has been estimated at more than EUR 251m. The Slovenian government asked for help in November last ye... More »
Slovenia to Get Back EUR 13M from EU Budget
Strasbourg - The European Parliament confirmed at its plenary session on Tuesday the proposal for reducing countries' contributions to the 2011 EU budget due to the surplus from 2010. Slovenia's input to the bloc's budget for this year will thus be EUR 12.9m lower. A EUR 4.54bn surplus from ... More »
Slovenia Unhappy with Early Retirement of Its EU Official
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said on Wednesday he would consult the permanent representative of Slovenia to the EU on possible steps Slovenia can take after the announced early retirement of Slovenia's second-highest-ranking official in the EU administration. Responding to yesterday... More »
Economy & Finance
IMAD: Poor Financial System Hindering Slovenia's Recovery
Ljubljana - The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) said at a press conference on Wednesday that the problems of Slovenia's financial system were one of the major structural problems slowing down economic recovery. IMAD boss Bostjan Vasle said that other countries were facing ... More »
Social Affairs
New National Programme Aimed at Improving Social security
Ljubljana - Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Ivan Svetlik presented on Monday a draft of the new national programme on social security, which he said was aimed at upgrading the quality of life of both families and individuals. Svetlik announced at a press conference in Ljubljana that sp... More »
Minorities
Foreign Minister Samuel: Austrian Minority Law Important, Must Provide for Development of Rights
Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said Slovenia viewed Wednesday's passage of an Austrian law translating the recent agreement on bilingual, German-Slovenian city limit signs as an important step, but was also keen on ensuring that the rights of the Slovenian minority can develop in the future. Addr... More »
Culture & Media
Carinthian Slovenian Maja Haderlap Wins Ingeborg Bachman Prize
Klagenfurt - Carinthian Slovenian Maja Haderlap is the winner of this year's Ingeborg Bachman Prize, one of the most important awards for literature in the German language. Haderlap won the prize for her first novel in German "Engel des Vergessens" (The Angel... More »
Director Tomaz Pandur Receives Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic
Ljubljana - Slovenian stage director and dramaturge Tomaz Pandur was presented on Monday the distinguished Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic for his exceptional achievements in the field of art by Spanish Ambassador to Slovenia Anunciada Fernandez de Cordova. During his internationally-acclaim... More »
Energy
GEN-I to Supply Electricity to Zagreb until 2015
Zagreb - The Croatian subsidiary of GEN-I, the company selling electricity from the Krsko nuclear power plant, has won a tender to supply electricity for public surfaces in the city of Zagreb until 2015. The news was confirmed by GEN-I management board member Dejan Paravan, who said the deal was wor... More »
Sport
Boxing: Zavec Reveals His Next Challenger
Ptuj - Slovenia's best professional boxer, Dejan Zavec, has announced on his website that he will be defending his IBF welterweight champion title on 3 September in the United States against Haitian-American boxer Andre Berto. According to Zavec, fighting in the US against Berto, one of the best ... More »
Tourism
Slovenian Officers to Help Croatian Police with Tourists
Ljubljana - Slovenia will send two police officers to neighbouring Croatia to help the police force there work with Slovenian tourists during the main tourist season. One Slovenian officer will be stationed in Istria, which due to its vicinity to Slovenia is one of the favourite spots for Slovenians... More »
Events
Schedule of events from 12 to 16 July:

TUESDAY, 12 July

  • LJUBLJANA - Continuing its plenary, the National Assembly will debate the bill on the state prosecution service and be acquainted with results of the 5 June super-referendum.
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will convene an emergency sessio... More »
Slovenia News 19 July 2011
Editorial

Slovenia's state-owned NLB and NKBM banks have passed EU-wide stress tests aimed at checking their resilience to another financial crisis - although the former did so only barely.

The government endorsed a draft supplementary budget for this year envisaging EUR 360m in savings at Thursday's session.

 

Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar told his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari that Slovenia wants to boost cooperation with Iraq and continue to support the country's stabilisation and democratisation efforts, as he began a three-day visit to Iraq on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar voiced Slovenia's interest to enhance political ties with Iraq and renew the once lively cooperation between Slovenian and Iraqi businesses as he met Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad on Thursday.

 

 

Domestic Policy
Pahor Announces Bill Fixing Date of Elections
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced Thursday that he had constitutional experts draft a new constitutional bill that would pave the way to next election being held ahead of time while fixing the general election date for future polls. By fixing the date of general elections, Pahor ho... More »
Foreign Affairs
Iran Sees Slovenia As Gateway to Europe, Iranian FM Says
Ljubljana - Slovenia is a very important country for Iran and represents a gateway to Europe with its strategic position, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the STA on Monday, as he inaugurated the Iranian Embassy in Ljubljana. Highlighting the importance of good relations between Slo... More »
Slovenia Recognises South Sudan
Ljubljana - The National Assembly unanimously recognised South Sudan as an independent country at an extraordinary session on Tuesday, making Slovenia one of the first countries in the world to recognise the country that declared independence on Saturday. MPs were addressed before the vote by For... More »
FM Zbogar Discusses Economic Cooperation on Iraq Visit
Baghdad - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar told his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari that Slovenia wants to boost cooperation with Iraq and continue to support the country's stabilisation and democratisation efforts, as he began a three-day visit to Iraq on Wednesday. According to the Slo... More »
Slovenia Seeking to Renew Economic Ties with Iraq
Baghdad - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar voiced Slovenia's interest to enhance political ties with Iraq and renew the once lively cooperation between Slovenian and Iraqi businesses as he met Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad on Thursday. Slovenia deems Iraq an important country in the regi... More »
FM Looking for Business Opportunities in Kurdistan
Baghdad - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met President Masoud Barzani and several other senior officials in the autonomous Kurdistan region on Friday, as he continued his three-day visit to Iraq. The talks focused on the future of Iraq and Kurdistan and the possibilities of economic cooperation with... More »
Economy & Finance
PM "Generally Happy" With Results of Stress Tests
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced Thursday he was "generally happy" with the performance of the two Slovenian banks in the EU bank stress tests, the results of which are to be made public on Friday. Saying he had been acquainted with rough information on the outcome of th... More »
Austerity Budget to Cut Spending by EUR 360M
Ljubljana - The government endorsed a draft supplementary budget for this year envisaging EUR 360m in savings at Thursday's session. The total spending cuts are less than initially planned in the blueprint of the document that has been debated since late June, which envisaged savings of EUR 450-5... More »
Slovenian Banks Pass EU Stress Tests
London/Ljubljana - Slovenia's state-owned NLB and NKBM banks have passed EU-wide stress tests aimed at checking their resilience to another financial crisis - although the former did so only barely.
The European Banking Authority... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Govt Makes 2nd Foreign Language in Primary Schools Optional
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday changes to the primary school act which make the second foreign language in higher grades of primary schools optional and no longer obligatory. The first foreign language will become obligatory in the second year and optional in the first. According... More »
Tourism
Predjama Castle Hosts Knights' Games
Postojna - The small town of Predjama in southwestern Slovenia is hosting the 16th Erasmus Knights Tournament on Sunday, as a way of reviving the Medieval heritage of Predjama Castle. The highlights of the tournament include jousting and swordsmen's mock fights, enacted by more than 250 participa... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 18-24 July
MONDAY, 18 July
  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - Kosovo President Atifeta Jahjaga will begin a two-day official visit to Slovenia.
  • FRANKFURT, Germany - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic will hold talks with the President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet.
  • BRUS... More »
Slovenia News 26 July 2011
Editorial

The Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ministry has approved an adoption of a child by gay partner the child's biological mother, which is the first such case in Slovenia. Adoptions of this kind are explicitly mentioned in the new family law, which is however not in force yet, meaning that the decision was taken on the basis of existing provisions.

 

Slovenian film "Lahko noc, gospodicna" (Good Night, Missy) by director Metod Pevec has won three awards at the Pula Film Festival in Croatia: for best cinematography, for best leading actress and for best director in the minority co-productions section.

 

The rent-a-bike system Bicikelj, launched recently in Ljubljana, is becoming an increasingly popular means of getting around the capital, with the number of its registered users standing at almost 17,000 after only two months. With around 2,500 rentals a day, the system is comparable to those in larger EU cities. On particular routes, Bicikelj was already starting to replace the bus.

Foreign Affairs
PM Pahor and Kosovo President Jahjaga Focus on Economic Cooperation
Ljubljana - Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, who is concluding a two-day official visit to Slovenia, met Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar on Tuesday to focus on economic cooperation between the two countries. A press release by Pahor's office stressed the good relat... More »
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia recognises the Libyan National Transitional Council
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia decided that Slovenia would recognise the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) as a legitimate representative of the Libyan people until an interim government is established in a post-Gaddafi Libya. State Secretary Dragoljuba Benčina will present the... More »
Slovenia Sends Condolences to Norway
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor has sent condolences to his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg and Norway's King Harald V over the bombing and terrorists attacks which rocked the Nordic country on Friday. In the cable, Pahor expressed "deep condolences on the tragic terrorist atta... More »
PM Pahor Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Talks in Israel
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Israeli counterpart Benyamin Netanyahu highlighted the importance of direct bilateral negotiations for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as they met for talks on the first day of Pahor's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Paho... More »
Economy & Finance
Austerity Budget Not to Hurt Population
Ljubljana - A supplementary budget for 2011 that the government is expected to adopt on Wednesday will not hurt the population directly, according to assurances made by Finance Minister Franc Krizanic. Expenditure is planned at EUR 9.65bn, which is EUR 360m less in the original budget for 2011, w... More »
Agriculture
Slovenia Asks for EUR 192,000 in E.Coli Damage Compensation
Brussels - Slovenia estimates that the outbreak of E.coli infections in the EU has cost its vegetable producers a total of EUR 192,675. The most damage was caused in salad production, reaching EUR 176,739, Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan said on Tuesday, at the side of an EU ministerial in Brussels... More »
Environment
Coastal Town Mayors Protest over Italy's Gas Terminal
Koper/Piran - The mayors of Slovenian coastal towns Koper and Piran, Boris Popovic and Peter Bossman, protested strongly on Monday against the Italian environmental authorities' endorsement of the construction of an off-shore gas terminal in the Gulf of Trieste. Popovic said Koper would do everythin... More »
Social Affairs
Ministry Approves First Adoption by Gay Partner of Child's Parent
Ljubljana/Maribor - The Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ministry has approved an adoption of a child by the lesbian partner the child's biological mother, which is the first such case in Slovenia. Adoptions of this kind are explicitly mentioned in the new family law, which is however not in for... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Film 'Good Night, Missy' Receives Three Awards at Pula Film Festival
Pula - Slovenian film "Lahko noc, gospodicna" (Good Night, Missy) by director Metod Pevec has won awards for best cinematography, for best leading actress and for best director in the minority co-productions section at the Pula Film Festival. At the conclusion of the festival, which ran... More »
Transport
Ljubljana Rent-a-Bike Network Gaining in Popularity
Ljubljana - The rent-a-bike system Bicikelj, launched recently in Ljubljana, is becoming an increasingly popular means of getting around the capital, with the number of its registered users standing at almost 17,000 after only two months. With around 2,500 rentals a day, the system is comparable to ... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 26-31 July:

TUESDAY, 26 July

  • JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV, Israel - PM Borut Pahor, continuing his stay in Israel and the Palestinian territories aimed at boosting bilateral relations, will take part in the opening ceremony of the Israeli-Slovenian chamber of commerce.
  • MARIBOR - ... More »
Archive
yearmonth
2009 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 
2010 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 
2011 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 
2012 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 
2013 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 
2014 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12