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Slovenia News 7 June 2011
Editorial

Slovenians voted against all three acts proposed by the government in Sunday's triple referendum with over 70% of the vote against, unofficial results from the National Electoral Commission show after all ballots expect for vote by mail were counted.

 

In the referendum on the pension reform, 27.82% voted "yes" and 72.18% voted "no" with 0.46% of the vote invalid. The turnout stood at 40.24%.

 

PM Borut Pahor estimated that there were no winners from the fall of the pension reform in Sunday's referendum. He maintained that the government had done its work in drafting reforms and would perform its work as long as it enjoyed support in parliament.

Domestic Policy
Slovenians Reject Pension Reform
Ljubljana - Slovenians voted overwhelmingly against all three government-sponsored pieces of legislation in Sunday's triple referendum with over 70% of the vote against, unofficial results from the National Electoral Commission show after all ballots expect for vote by mail were counted. In the r... More »
PM Pahor Announces Relaunch of Talks with Social Partners
Ljubljana - PM Borut Pahor announced that talks on emergency measures and further reforms with social partners will start on Friday after three government-sponsored laws, including pension reform were defeated in Sunday's referendum. Speaking to the press on Monday following a meeting of coalitio... More »
Foreign Affairs
EU Affairs Committee Approves Croatia Closing Fisheries Talks
Ljubljana - The parliamentary EU Affairs Committee endorsed Friday the government's stance that Slovenia has no reservations to Croatia closing the fisheries chapter in its membership negotiations with the EU. Committee chair Darja Lavtizar Bebler said that eight out of nine committee members end... More »
Tuerk and Parvanov Discuss Cooperation and EU Issues
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov described cooperation between the two countries as very good, as Parvanov began an official two-day visit to Slovenia on Monday. The pair noted a positive trend in economic ties, while finding to have similar view... More »
International Organisations
Columbian Mine Experts Trained in Slovenia
Ljubljana - Columbian experts are undergoing training in mine victims rehabilitation at Slovenia's leading rehabilitation centre this week in what is their second course in Slovenia organised by the Slovenian-run International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF). The ITF, whi... More »
Ambassador Logar Believes Slovenia Could Be Reliable UN Security Council Partner
Ljubljana - Ambassador Andrej Logar said that the international community would get a reliable, trustworthy and politically correct partner in multilateral relations if Slovenia's bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council succeeded. Logar, who heads the foreign min... More »
Economy & Finance
Standard & Poor Preserves Slovenia Rating Despite Pension Reform Rejection
Madrid/London - Rating firm Standard & Poor's has preserved Slovenia's long-term and short-term credit ratings at AA and A-1+ despite the rejection of the government's pension reform in Sunday's referendum. While prospects remain negative, S&P argues future ratings for Slovenia will be linke... More »
Dun&Bradstreet Keeps Low Risk Rating for Slovenia
Ljubljana - International rating firm Dun&Bradstreet (D&B) preserved Slovenia's low risk rating and leading position in the region in its June report. While dismissing comparisons with Portugal as exaggerated, D&B says that the rejection of the pension reform will result in higher t... More »
Business
Slovenian-Russian Business Council Meets at Bled
Bled - The Slovenian-Russian business council met at Bled for the first time since its establishment in March. Business representatives and officials, who gathered at the meeting to bolster economic cooperation, see the most opportunities in connecting small ... More »
Agriculture
All Samples Test Negative to E. coli says Agriculture Minister Zidan
Ljubljana - Health and inspection services in Slovenia are doing everything in their power to ensure the highest degree of food safety in Slovenia, Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan told the press in Ljubljana on Friday in reference to the E. coli scare in Europe. So far, all samples tested negative ... More »
Culture & Media
Composer Award Conferred on Igor Stuhec
Ljubljana - The 2011 Kozina Award, conferred by the Society of Slovenian Composers, was bestowed on Igor Stuhec on Friday for his rich oeuvre, extending from New Romanticism to modern styles and from symphonic to electronic music. I have been composing for over 60 years, which were "sometime... More »
Slovenian Press Agency Celebrating 20th Anniversary
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Press Agency (STA) will mark its 20th anniversary on Wednesday with a ceremony at the Ljubljana City Museum featuring President Danilo Tuerk as the keynote speaker. The STA was set up on 3 June 1991 and published its first news report only days before Slovenia declared inde... More »
Film about Slovenian Women in Alexandria
Ljubljana - The Kinodvor cinema will on Monday evening screen a documentary by Metod Pevec about Alexandrinians, the women from the impoverished region of Primorsko who left for Egypt as wet nurses, governesses, chambermaids or cooks in the late 19th and early 20th century. "Aleksandrinke&qu... More »
Society
Gay Pride Parade Marked by Calls for Solidarity, Equal Rights
Ljubljana - The 11th annual Pride Parade took place in Ljubljana on Saturday under the slogan "We are Still Waiting!" and was dedicated to highlighting the need of the gay community to continue fighting for equal rights and solidarity following the failure of politics to equalise gay coupl... More »
Sport
Euro 2012 Qualifiers: Slovenia Beat Lowly Faroe Islands
Toftir - The Slovenian national football team defeated the Faroe Islands 2:0 (1:0) in Toftir on Friday in their game 7 in the qualifiers for the Euro 2012. Slovenia now has eleven points and holds the second place in Group C, trailing only Italy. The Slovenians had problems playing on the wet tur... More »
Events
President Tuerk Hails Struggle Against Nazism as He Remembers Slovenian Exiles
Brestanica - President Danilo Tuerk addressed on Saturday the central ceremony marking 70 years of the exile during WWII, stressing that the victory over Nazism and fascism was what made the EU possible in the first place. Tuerk told the event, which was organised by the Slovenian Exiles Society... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 7 to 11 June:

TUESDAY, 7 June

  • VIENNA, Austria - President Danilo Tuerk will take part in a two-day meeting of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia.
    LJUBLJANA - The trial against 17 persons charged with drug-trafficking after a massive regional stin... More »
Slovenia News 14 June 2011
Editorial

Laying the foundation stone for a new factory of the Slovenian calcium carbonate fillers producer Calcit in Croatia's Gospic, Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, agreed on Wednesday that economic relations between the two countries were improving significantly.

 

Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar welcomed on Friday the assessment of the European Commission that Croatia is ready to conclude its EU accession talks and enter the bloc on 1 July 2013. It is definitely in Slovenia's interest for Croatia to become the 28th EU member as soon as possible, Zbogar said.

 

Renown youth writer, poet, actor and illustrator Svetlana Makarovic has won this year's Levstik Award for lifetime achievement in youth literature. The lifetime achievement award for illustrations went to Kostja Gatnik.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Policy
President for Reshuffle or Snap Poll
Ljubljana - After the triple 'no' in Sunday's referendum, President Danilo Tuerk sees two alternatives: a through government reshuffle or a snap poll, while he believes the country also needs a different political culture. A thorough reshuffle needs to secure a government that will enjoy trust, w... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Bulgaria Keen to Boost Trade, Investment
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenia and Bulgaria are increasingly successful in their economic cooperation, but there is still a lot of room for improvement in ties between small businesses, trade and investment. Such was the message the presidents of the two countries conveyed as they addressed a business c... More »
Slovenian, Croatian PMs Praise Economic Cooperation
Zagreb - Laying the foundation stone for a new factory of the Slovenian calcium carbonate fillers producer Calcit in Croatia's Gospic, Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, agreed on Wednesday that economic relations between the two countries were improving signific... More »
FM Says Slovenia-Croatia Sea Cooperation Treaty Remains Valid
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar told MPs on Wednesday that the 1997 Slovenian-Croatian Border Transport and Cooperation Accord (SOPS) remains a valid international treaty. The agreement within Croatia's fisheries chapter in its membership negotiations with the EU does not change this. ... More »
FM Launches First Book in International Law Series
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar launched Wednesday a Slovenian translation of "Free Sea" by 17th century Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius as the first in the Foreign Ministry's new book series on international law. This key work in international law is also relevant in light of the upc... More »
Tuerk, Aliyev Discuss Cooperation, Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed at Brdo pri Kranju on Thursday that relations between Slovenia and Azerbaijan were very good and that economic cooperation was developing well. According to Tuerk, energy, IT and insurance are the areas offerin... More »
Slovenia Welcomes News of Croatia Becoming EU Member in July 2013
Trieste/Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar welcomed on Friday the assessment of the European Commission that Croatia is ready to conclude its EU accession talks and enter the bloc on 1 July 2013. It is definitely in Slovenia's interest for Croatia to become the 28th EU member as soon as poss... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenia Not Changing Position on Libya Operation
Brussels - Slovenia is not reversing its position that it will not make a military contribution to NATO operation in Libya, Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic said in Brussels in response to the secretary-general's call for broader support. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen today urged N... More »
Economy & Finance
OECD Says Slovenia Needs Deeper Pension Reform
Paris - Due to the costs related to ageing, Slovenia is faced with unsustainable public finances in the long term, which is why the pension system needs to be reformed, the OECD said on Tuesday, urging the authorities to draw up a new, deeper reform than the one rejected in Sunday's referendum. I... More »
Business
EUR 12M in EU Funds for IT Development Centre
Kranj - Economy Minister Darja Radic signed on Wednesday an contract with Andrej Polenc, head of the Kranj-based Development Centre for Information and Communication Technologies (RC IKT), providing the centre with some EUR 12m of EU regional development funds in the next three years. The RC IKT ... More »
Minorities
Slovenia Ready for Possible Formalisation of Succession to Austrian State Treaty
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar told the parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee on Wednesday that Slovenia already had all the documentation ready for possibly formalising its status as a successor to the Austrian State Treaty of 1955. Zbogar said that Slovenia considered itself as a s... More »
Culture & Media
Makarovic Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature
Ljubljana - Renown youth writer, poet, actor and illustrator Svetlana Makarovic has won this year's Levstik Award for lifetime achievement in youth literature. The lifetime achievement award for illustrations went to Kostja Gatnik. Makarovic (1939) has presented herself as a mature and confident ... More »
Slovenian Culture and Information Centre Opens in Vienna
Vienna - The government launched a Slovenian culture and information centre for Austria (SKICA) in Vienna on Thursday to promote Slovenian creativity in the Austrian capital. The centre is located in the Slovenian student dorm and hotel Korotan and will operate as part of the Slovenian Embassy in Au... More »
Health
Slovenia, Kazakhstan Sign Protocol on Cooperation in Health
Ljubljana - The two-day session of the Slovenian-Kazakh governmental commission for trade and economic cooperation concluded on Wednesday in Ljubljana when a protocol on cooperation in health was signed by Health Minister Dorijan Marusic and his Kazakh counterpart Salidat Kairbekova. Marusic said... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 13 to 19 June
MONDAY, 13 June
  • NEW DELHI, India - PM Borut Pahor will begin a four-day visit to India which will largely focus on business cooperation. Pahor will be accompanied by several ministers and a strong-business delegation.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Constitutional Court will announ... More »
Slovenia News 21 June 2011
Editorial

President Danilo Tuerk held a reception for the key players in Slovenia's 1991 independence efforts. He stressed in his address that Slovenians still shared the same values as two decades ago and should draw from them again today. Tuerk expressed gratitude to his guests for their efforts in the 1991 "historic event", underlining that independence was not handed on a silver platter to Slovenia and the country needed to fight for it.

 

At another event, President Tuerk praised the role of the media in the independence struggle 20 years ago in a ceremony held at one of the country's main TV transmission towers. Remembering efforts to defend the broadcast tower on Mt. Kum, in central Slovenia, from Yugoslav aerial bombardment on 28 June 1991, Tuerk said the events there "represent a fight for the media, the truth and the right to know". He said that fight between Slovenian aerial defences and Yugoslav planes was one of the key battles in the ten-day independence war, since media had to get the word out about what was happening in Slovenia.

Domestic Policy
National Assembly Adopts New Family Law Bill
Ljubljana - Parliament endorsed on Thursday in a 43:38 vote the family law bill, the first comprehensive update of family legislation after 35 years. While shying away from initial announcements of gay marriage and adoption, the bill introduces additional rights for homosexuals, while notably also s... More »
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Zbogar Discusses Recognition of Palestine in New York
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who is lobbying in New York for Slovenia's bid for the non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council, told the press on Tuesday that it is probably time for serious thought and first steps in international recognition of Palestine. Zbogar said that... More »
Pahor and Singh Commit to Double Trade Between Slovenia and India
Bangalore - Prime Minister Borut Pahor discussed ways to boost trade and investment with India as he visited its high-tech capital Bangalore on Wednesday. In a meeting with his counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi the day before, a pledge was made to double bilateral trade. Pahor met a group o... More »
PM Pahor Concludes Four-Day Visit to India
Bangalore, 16 June (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor wrapped up his four-day visit to India on Thursday, visiting two hi-tech companies in Bangalore, the country's IT capital, as well as the Narayana hospital and the parliament of the state of Karnataka, the prime minister's office said in a press ... More »
Slovenia to Send Medical Supplies to Libya and Tunisia
Ljubljana - Slovenia will send EUR 35,000 worth of medical supplies to Libya and Tunisia, and offer EUR 200,000 in scholarships to students from Egypt and Tunisia who want to study in Slovenia, in line with a decision the government adopted on Thursday. The government Communications Office s... More »
International Organisations
Foreign Minister Zbogar Lobbying for Slovenia's Security Council Bid at UN
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar is finishing his two-day visit to New York on Tuesday, aimed mainly at lobbying with African ambassadors for Slovenia's candidacy for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in the 2012-2013 term. Zbogar met UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacek... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia to Pay EUR 342M in New Euro Mechanism
Luxembourg - Slovenia will pay EUR 342m in the new permanent mechanism to help indebted euro countries, Finance Minister Franc Krizanic said after EU finance ministers reached agreement on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Luxembourg on Monday. Slovenia will pay the money by five installm... More »
Minister Krizanic Surprised over EU Banking Recommendation to Slovenia
Luxembourg - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic expressed on Monday surprise over the European Commission's recommendation that Slovenia introduce further measures to ensure sufficient loan loss recognition and cleaning of balance sheets across the banking sector. The recommendation was a part of th... More »
Economy & Finance
Social Partners against Sale of State Assets
Ljubljana - The Economic and Social Council (ESS), the country's main industrial relations forum, discussed on Friday the draft version of the strategy on the management of state-owned companies that envisages the privatisation of key state holdings. Both the unions and employers oppose the sale of ... More »
Business
Air India to Stop in Ljubljana on North America Flights
New Delhi - Ljubljana airport will serve as a stop over for North America flights of India's flag carrier under a memorandum of understanding that Air India signed with airport operator Aerodrom Ljubljana and Slovenia's airline Adria Airways in New Delhi. The main point of the document, signed as... More »
JAPTI Receives Award at Real Estate Fair in Italy
Milan - The Public Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) was conferred the International Country Award 2011 for its presentation of Slovenia at this year's EIRE real estate fair in the Italian city of Milan. Slovenia's showroom featured four investment projects this year - t... More »
Justice
Croatia Hands Over Cadastre of Slovenian Village
Koper - Croatia handed Slovenia a diplomatic note on Tuesday allowing the transfer of the cadastral register of the Slovenian border village of Pregara from Croatia's Buzet to the Koper Local Court. Justice Minister Ales Zalar visited Koper and Pregara on Wednesday to ensure that taking over the reg... More »
Minorities
Carinthians Endorse Bilingual Signs Deal in Postal Referendum, Slovenian Government Pleased with Results
Klagenfurt/ Ljubljana - The people of Carinthia, the southwestern Austrian province, have endorsed the deal on German-Slovenian town signs reached in April between the Slovenian minority and provincial and federal authorities in a non-binding postal referendum, a top Carinthian official said on Satu... More »
Culture & Media
Graphic Artist Berko Receives Jakopic Award for Fine Arts
Ljubljana - Painter and graphic artist Berko was conferred the 2010 Jakopic Award, the highest national award for achievements in fine arts, on Wednesday. The award has been conferred annually since 1969 as life achievement award or to artists who made a considerable contribution to fine arts in the... More »
Mahler's Monumental Symphony to Open Ljubljana Festival
Ljubljana - This year's Ljubljana Summer Festival, the most prestigious festival in Slovenia, will be opened on 3 July with Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), performed by more than a thousand musicians and singers. Festival director Darko Brlek promises the opening to be spectacular ... More »
Sovre Award Goes to Translators Skrusny and Groselj
Ljubljana - The Association of Literary Translators has conferred this year's Sovre Award for achievements in translation on Jaroslav Skrusny for his translation of a Stendhal's autobiography and on Nada Groselj for her translations of Plautus', Ovidius' and Oscar Wilde's works. Skrusny approache... More »
52nd Ljubljana Jazz Festival to Focus on Portuguese Label
Ljubljana - A Portuguese label will be in the focus of the 52nd Ljubljana Jazz Festival, which will run between 29 June and 2 July. Festival director Bogdan Benigar highlighted at a presentation of the festival the "Clean Feed" festival-within-festival, which is named after the record labe... More »
Society
President Tuerk: Slovenia Should Draw Strength from Independence Values
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk held a reception for the key players in Slovenia's 1991 independence efforts on Tuesday. He stressed in his address that Slovenians still shared the same values as two decades ago and should draw from them again today. Tuerk expressed gratitude to his guests for... More »
20 Years of Independent Slovenia - 1991 Events
Ljubljana - Slovenia will mark 20 years since it declared independence on 25 June. The major events in 1991 were as folllows: 20th February: As part of its independence efforts, Slovenia, a socialist republic within the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, leaves Yugoslavia's legal system... More »
Four Religious Communities Highlight Common Values
Ljubljana - The leaders of four major religious communities in the country signed a joint statement marking the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence on Monday in which they identify people's dignity, family life and religious freedom as Slovenia's fundamental values. The Slovenian Catholic... More »
Events
Key Players of Independence Remember the Process in Debate
Ljubljana - The Hungarian Embassy hosted a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence, bringing together the most important political players of that time who looked back at the events in 1991. The event was addressed by Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Szent-Ivanyi. Slove... More »
US Senate Congratulates Slovenia on 20th Birthday
Ljubljana - The US Senate unanimously adopted on Wednesday a resolution congratulating Slovenia on its 20th anniversary of independence. The resolution was proposed by Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa. "The Republic of Slovenia has been an important ally to the ... More »
President Tuerk Praises Role of Media in Independence
Trbovlje - President Danilo Tuerk praised the role of the media in the independence struggle 20 years ago in a ceremony held at one of the country's main TV transmission towers on Saturday. Remembering efforts to defend the broadcast tower on Mt. Kum, in central Slovenia, from Yugoslav aerial bom... More »
Slovenia Marking UN World Refugee Day
Ljubljana - Slovenia marked on Monday World Refugee Day with a ceremony organised by the Interior Ministry at the asylum centre in Ljubljana. The event was addressed by Nina Gregori, the head of the Interior Ministry's Migration and Integration Directorate. She underlined that Slovenia cared, changi... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 21-26 June:

TUESDAY, 21 June

  • BELGRADE, Serbia - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will pay a return two-day official visit to Serbia.
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will continue its regular plenary session with a questions and answers round with the membe... More »
Slovenia News 28 June 2011
Editorial

President Danilo Tuerk received the presidents of Slovenia's four neighbouring countries - Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy - at Ljubljana Castle on Friday for a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence. Tuerk, Austria's Heinz Fischer, Croatia's Ivo Josipovic, Hungary's Pal Schmitt and Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who will also attend the main National Day ceremony in the evening, were moreover joined by Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Jankovic and Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar.

 

President Danilo Tuerk hailed Slovenia's achievements in the 20 years since independence while urging Slovenians to show readiness for change needed to face modern challenges, in an address at the main National Day ceremony in Ljubljana on Friday. "We are justly proud of our many achievements during our first two decades," said Tuerk at the ceremony featuring around 2,500 invited guests and a crowd of several thousand.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Interior Minister Katarina Kresal have agreed to work for early elections, but only after trying to get through key government proposals in the coming months, as they met to discuss the future of the coalition between their parties. Kresal told the press after a meeting with Pahor on the future of the coalition following the exit of the Zares party that the government would try to push through key laws before moving to enable a snap poll.

Domestic Policy
Pahor Determined to Stay on as Long He is Backed by Parliament
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor reiterated on Tuesday that he would stay on as PM as long as enjoys the trust of the National Assembly and as long as he is certain that his work is in the interest of the citizens. Pahor said this a day after Zares made a fi... More »
Pahor Ready to Lead Minority Government
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told reporters after Thursday's cabinet session that he was willing to lead a minority government until early or regular elections to avoid a political crisis following the departure of two parties from the coalition. He remains confident that his government is... More »
Slovenian Police Awarded High National Decoration
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk conferred on Thursday one of the top state decoration, the Golden Order for Services, on the Slovenian police for its extraordinary contribution to the safety of Slovenia's inhabitants. The explanation said the police was honoured for establishing the national secu... More »
PM as Optimistic About Future as 20 Years Ago
Ljubljana, 24 June (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor underlined in his message for the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence on Friday that he was looking into the future with the same optimism he felt two decades ago. In the message, posted on the government web-site a day before Slovenia's ... More »
Tuerk and Neighbouring Counterparts Toast to Slovenia's Independence"
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk received the presidents of Slovenia's four neighbouring countries - Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy - at Ljubljana Castle on Friday for a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence. Tuerk, Austria's Heinz Fischer, Croatia's Ivo Josipovic... More »
Speaker Calls for New Social Deal in Anniversary Ceremony
Ljubljana - National Assembly Speaker Pavel Gantar said Slovenia was in need of a new social deal as he addressed a ceremonial session of parliament dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence on Friday. The new deal must be based on values that guided Slovenians at the time of inde... More »
Pahor and Kresal Agree to Work for Snap Poll
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Interior Minister Katarina Kresal have agreed to work for early elections, but only after trying to get through key government proposals in the coming months, as they met to discuss the future of the coalition between their parties. Kresal told the press af... More »
Foreign Affairs
Zbogar: Slovenia in Favour of Setting EU Negotiations Date for Serbia
Belgrade, 22 June (STA) - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who paid a working visit to Serbia on Wednesday, expressed his conviction that the European Commission would propose in October that Serbia be awarded EU membership candidate status. Slovenia will also support the launch of membership talks w... More »
Minister Celebrates Independence Anniversary in Washington
Washington - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks started his six-day visit to the US and Canada with a stop in Washington D.C., where he attended a ceremony marking Slovenia's 20 years of independence hosted by the Slovenian embassy. "The US and Canadian Slovenians have contributed enor... More »
Tuerk Receives Cardinal Angel Sodano
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk received on Saturday the Dean of the Holy See's College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angel Sodano, who is visiting Slovenia on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its independence. Tuerk and Solano spoke about the importance that moral ... More »
Josipovic Thanks Slovenia for EU Support
Zagreb - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic thanked his Slovenian counterpart Danilo Tuerk for Slovenian support in Croatia's efforts to join the EU, as the pair met on the sidelines of Croatia's National Day celebrations in Zagreb on Saturday. Josipovic assessed that the arbitration agreement aimed a... More »
Speaker and Defence Minister China Visits Focus on Cooperation
Beijing - Parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar and Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic started their separate visits to China on Monday. Gantar met Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Jelusic met General Xu Caihou, vice-chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission. The talks of both focused on c... More »
International Organisations
Tuerk Discusses UN Reform, Lobbies for Security Council Seat
New York - President Danilo Tuerk discussed ways to preserve the UN's relevance in the changing world as he met President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss in New York on Monday. Tuerk also celebrated Slovenia's 20th anniversary and discussed its bid for a non-permanent sea... More »
Defence & NATO
Pahor Praises Slovenian Troops Abroad Via Video Link
Ljubljana - PM Borut Pahor addressed Slovenian troops serving in missions abroad via video link on Wednesday, telling them they were doing an important job for Slovenia as well as the international community. Speaking to members of the Slovenian Armed Forces serving in... More »
Govt Decides to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the press after the government session on Thursday that Slovenia will start harmonising its plans to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan with other allies. The PM added that the withdrawal could happen soon, presumably already with the return of the ... More »
EU Topics
Pahor Says EU Leaders Confirmed Croatia's EU Membership in 2013
Brussels - PM Borut Pahor said after the EU summit in Brussels that EU leaders had in fact adopted the decision on Friday that Croatia would become the 28th member of the bloc in 2013. "This is not an important decision, it is a very important decision - for Croat... More »
Economy & Finance
Juncker Urges Immediate and Brutal Measures in Slovenia
Brussels - Head of the group of eurozone finance ministers Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his disappointment with the rejection of the pension reform in Slovenia after the first day of the EU summit on Thursday, urging the Slovenian government to adopt "immediate and brutal" measures to add... More »
SE Europe Forum Urges Structural Reform for More Competitiveness
Ljubljana - A regional forum organised by the Centre for Excellence in Finance (CEF) agreed on Friday that countries in SE Europe need to become more competitive, carry out structural reforms and consolidate their finances if they are to succeed in a changed global environment where fast growing cou... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Tuerk Lays Foundation Stone for New Maribor Medical Faculty
Maribor - President Danilo Tuerk laid the foundation stone for the new building of the Maribor Faculty of Medicine on Tuesday. Tuerk said in his address at the construction site on the Drava river bank that the currently biggest construction project in the country would provide a new developmen... More »
Social Affairs
Slovenia, Bosnia Sign Workers Accord
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina signed an accord on the employment of Bosnian workers in Slovenia at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday. Slovenian Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Ivan Svetlik and Bosnian Civil Affairs Minister Sredoje Novic agreed workers would now be better p... More »
Culture & Media
Translation of Work by Boris Pahor Launched in Moscow
Moscow - A Russian translation of a novel by acclaimed Trieste-based Slovenian author Boris Pahor was presented in Moscow on Tuesday. The 97-year old author, who attended the launch, said he wished the young would read more works dealing with historical events. Pahor, who was deported to four con... More »
Traditional Lent Festival Bringing 450 Events
Maribor - Slovenia's biggest open-air festival, Lent, will kick off in Maribor on Friday, hosting some 450 events until 9 July along the namesake Drava river bank. The list of performers includes names like reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, stoner rock band Monster Magnet, el... More »
Novelist Jancar Wins His Third Kresnik Prize
Ljubljana - The newspaper publisher Delo conferred on Thursday evening the Kresnik Prize for best novel of the year to Drago Jancar. The novel "To noc sem jo videl" (I Saw Her That Night) earned Jancar his third Kresnik, making him the fist Slovenian novelist to win the prize three times i... More »
Energy
Ministry Presents New Energy Bill
Ljubljana - The Economy Ministry opened on Friday a 30-day public debate on a new energy bill, which according to Minister Darja Radic introduces a number of changes related to the implementation of EU directives and regulations. The bill introduces in the Slovenian legislation nine EU directives an... More »
Events
Independence Anniversary Marked in Brussels
Brussels - The seven Slovenian members of the European Parliament organised a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence at the parliament building in Brussels on Tuesday, while another ceremony was hosted by the Slovenian embassies to Belgium and the EU. The event organised by... More »
Slovenia Planting Lindens to Mark its 20th Anniversary
Ljubljana - Slovenians will have planted hundreds of linden trees across the country by National Day, 25 June, to mark 20 years of independence, according to the Government Communication Office (UKOM). The campaign of planting lindens, which are regarded as a Slovenian symbol, was launched by the UK... More »
Be Proud of Achievements, Show Readiness for Change, Tuerk Tells Nation (adds)
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk hailed Slovenia's achievements in the 20 years since independence while urging Slovenians to show readiness for change needed to face modern challenges, in an address at the main National Day ceremony in Ljubljana on Friday. "We are justly proud of our many ac... More »
PM Says Bravery Needed 20 Years Ago, More Needed Now
Holmec - Prime Minister Borut Pahor called for bravery in dealing with modern challenges as he addressed Monday's ceremony remembering one of the key battles during Slovenia's ten-day independence war at the Holmec border crossing. The idea for independence and associated changes came from brave ind... More »
Schedule of Events in the week for 28 June-3 July
TUESDAY, 28 June
  • ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will take part in a meeting of foreign ministers from members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference; through 30 June.
  • LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - State Secretary at the Agriculture Ministry Ta... More »
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