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Slovenia News 1 February 2011
Editorial

The presidents of coalition parties and heads of deputy groups reached an agreement on the programme priorities of the government in a meeting on Friday. Progress is also said to have been reached in addressing tensions within the coalition. The coalition leaders moreover voiced their expectation that the measures planned would be adopted and enforced as soon as possible.<br><br>French Ambassador Nicole Michelangeli bestowed the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres of France on Trieste-based Slovenian author Boris Pahor in Ljubljana on Tuesday, honouring the 97-year-old for his literary talent and his ties to France, its language and culture. Pahor, who has received a series of honours in recent years, including the French Legion of Honour in 2007, said on the occasion that this was a recognition for the language he wrote in, a language that was once forbidden and reviled.

Domestic Policy
Coalition Consolidates Agreement on Priorities
Ljubljana - The presidents of coalition parties and heads of deputy groups reached agreement on the programme priorities of the government in a meeting on Friday. Progress is also said to have been reached in addressing tensions within the coalition. The coalition leaders moreover voiced their expec... More »
Foreign Affairs
Gantar Discusses Cooperation with Luxembourg PM
Luxembourg - Parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar met on the first day of his official visit to Luxembourg on Wednesday Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, discussing economic topics, cooperation of small countries in the EU and inter-parliamentary cooperation. Gantar told the STA he had presented to ... More »
Foreign Minister Attends African Union Meeting
Addis Ababa - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar attended a meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday and held meetings with a number of African counterparts to promote bilateral ties. Zbogar met with foreign ministers of Kenya, Libya, Zambia, Namibi... More »
Defence & NATO
Govt Timeline for Afghanistan Envisages OMLT Withdrawal in 2012
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Tuesday a timeline for Slovenia's strategy in Afghanistan, which however lacks concrete dates aside from an envisaged withdrawal of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) by the end of 2012. The timeline complements the strategy for Slovenia's future par... More »
EU Topics
EU Strategy for Danube Region Aiming to Boost Competition
Ljubljana - State Secretary at the Government Office for Development and European Affairs Andreja Jerina presented to the press on Wednesday the EU's new Strategy for the Danube Region. She said that the macro-regional strategy incorporating 14 countries was a development strategy aimed at boosting ... More »
Gaspari: Euro Rescue Fund Sufficient
Brussels - Minister for Development and EU Affairs Mitja Gaspari deems the size of the eurozone rescue fund sufficient to contain the potential spread of the crisis in the euro area. Even the EUR 250bn net that is currently available is "absolutely enough at the moment", Gaspari said in Br... More »
Economy & Finance
SID Bank to Spend EUR 800m on Economic Recovery in 2011
Ljubljana -  The state-owned SID export and development bank gave out around EUR 1bn, directly or through commercial banks, in 2010 to boost the economic recovery. It expects to earmark EUR 800m for the cause in 2011, while shifting the focus back on financing development, SID chairman Sibil Sv... More »
Environment
Ombudsman Hopes Cooperation on Environmental Issues Improving
Ljubljana - Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik, who sees environmental issues as one of the most poorly addressed problem fields in Slovenia, hosted a meeting with environmental NGOs and Environment Minister Roko Zarnic on Friday, coming out of the talks confident that cooperation between... More »
Justice
NBI Chief Happy with Bureau's First Year
Ljubljana - Chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Harij Furlan is happy with the work of the bureau in its first year of operation. Since 1 January 2010, the bureau dealt with 17 highly complex cases and charges were filed against 73 persons, Furlan said. Speaking at a press conference... More »
Education | Science & Technology
First Comprehensive Book on Slovenia's Geology Published
Ljubljana - The Geological Institute of Slovenia has published a 594-page bilingual monograph "Geologija Slovenije/The Geology of Slovenia", the first comprehensive summary of geological findings on Slovenia's territory. The book is a result of ten years of work by 32 Slovenian geologists.... More »
Minorities
Optimism Prevails as Minority Gears for Bilingual Signs Talks
Ljubljana - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks and a senior ethnic-Slovenian office holder in Austria expressed moderate optimism on Tuesday about negotiations on bilingual signposts in the province of Carinthia that are due to start on 3 February. "I'm optimistic. If both politici... More »
Culture & Media
PM Says Culture Capital Financial Plan Finalised
Maribor - Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced during a visit to the Podravje region in northeastern Slovenia on Wednesday that the financial plan for Maribor's stint as European capital in 2012 had been finalised. The budget for the project will stand at EUR 75m, with the state providing around EUR... More »
Boris Pahor Says French Title Recognition for Slovenian Language
Ljubljana - French Ambassador Nicole Michelangeli bestowed the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres of France on Trieste-based Slovenian author Boris Pahor in Ljubljana on Tuesday, honouring the 97-year-old for his literary talent and his ties to France, its language and culture. Pahor, who ha... More »
Clay Statues by Bratusa to Be Displayed at Venice Biennial
Ljubljana - Sculptor Mirko Bratusa will represent Slovenia at the 54th Venice Biennial later this year with a display of monumental baked-clay statues. The project has been selected by the Culture Ministry in a public competition. Eight galleries entered their projects for the competition. The proje... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Govt Happy with Economic Potential of Podravje
Maribor - Government officials voiced optimism about the economic potential of Podravje during a visit to this northeastern Slovenian region on Wednesday. Companies in the region have the products and the know-how to be successful, said Economy Minister Darja Radic at the conclusion of the visit. Ra... More »
Swiss-Sponsored Green Energy Project Launched in Kranj
Kranj - Local Government and Regional Development Minister Dusa Trobec Bucan launched with Swiss Ambassador Robert Reich in Kranj on Friday a EUR 4.13m green energy and development project organised as part of Switzerland's decision in 2006 to provide financial aid to new EU members. The contract fo... More »
Sport
Tennis: Srebotnik, Nestor Win Australia Open Mixed Doubles
Melbourne - Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik and Daniel Nestor of Canada won the mixed-doubles title at the Australia Open on Sunday in their first time playing together. The second-seeded pair beat Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan and Paul Hanley of Australia 6:3, 3:6, 10:7, and bagged EUR 99,000. This is t... More »
Events
Law Professor Ciril Ribicic Calls a Spade a Spade
Maribor - A statement about the poor quality of the nation's elected representatives has won ex-Constitutional Court judge Ciril Ribicic the Spade of the Year award. "Half-jokingly, I'd say that we would need a draw rather than an election to get quality state institutions," is what Vecer ... More »
Schedule of Events in the week for 2-6 February
TUESDAY, 1 February
  • DOHA, Qatar - President Danilo Tuerk will start a two-day working visit to Qatar, during which the two countries will sign a bilateral agreement on air traffic.
  • LJUBLJANA - Thailand Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will pay a visit to Slovenia, mee... More »
Memory of Holocaust Should Stay Alive as Reminder, Officials Say
Maribor/Ljubljana/Krsko - Slovenia marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday with a national ceremony and a documentary photo exhibition at the Maribor Synagogue. On the occasion, the exodus of Slovenians into German concentration camps was also remembered. Foreign Ministry State Se... More »
Slovenia News 9 February 2011
Editorial

Slovenian author from Trieste Miroslav Kosuta and conductor Anton Nanut were honoured with Preseren Awards, the highest recognition for cultural achievements in Slovenia at the state celebration on the eve of Slovenian Cultural Day, 8 February.

 

The Preseren Fund Awards for individual achievements were conferred to author Emil Filipčič, jazz musician Zlatko Kaucic, actress Janja Majzelj, designer Jure Miklavc, tenor Branko Robinsak and illustrator-author Lilijana Praprotnik Zupancic, known under the pen name Lila Prap.

 

While Nanut preferred to demonstrate his conducting skills instead of having a speech, Kosuta addressed the high-profile ceremony, also touching on Slovenia's attitude to its minorities in neighbouring countries. According to him, "a nation that does not protect and support its minorities beyond its borders because it trusts the European smile, is putting in danger itself, its integrity and its independence".

 

Speaking at the ceremony marking the day dedicated to Slovenia's greatest poet France Preseren (1800-1849) in front his birth house in Vrba, Speaker of the Parliament Pavel Gantar pointed to Preseren's use of Slovenian language to express deepest personal experiences and describe topical social issues. The poet had lifted Slovenian language to an "enviable cultural level and proven its high expressional value", the speaker told the people gathered.

 

Slovenians managed to preserve their identity also because of Preseren, who was encouraging the feeling for literary Slovenian as an integrational and identificational symbol. "Culture has secured us our space in this part of Europe," Gantar said.

 

Slovenians fought for their identity with words, books and poetry, which is why Slovenian culture is so important today and deserves a national holiday, he added.

 

Foreign Affairs
Slovenian Officials Discuss Foreign Investment in US
Washington - PM Borut Pahor, Finance Minister Franc Krizanic and Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met US business officials as part of a working visit to Washington on Tuesday, focusing on possibilities to encourage US investment in Slovenia. PM Pahor, who is also expected to meet Secretary of the Tre... More »
EU Topics
Slovenians Account for Nearly 1% of EU Commission Employees
Brussels - There are 223 Slovenians working for the European Commission, accounting for 0.9% of all 23,980 European Commission employees, according to a report on the employment of EU officials from the countries that joined the bloc in 2004. Although no Slovenian has been appointed the top post ... More »
Economy & Finance
Bank of Slovenia Worried over Price Hikes
Ljubljana - In the light of recent food price hikes, the council of Bank of Slovenia expressed concern that inflation rising above set boundaries would seriously damage Slovenia's long-term economic competitiveness. Inflation exceeding the rate set by the European Central Bank (ECB) as a stabilisati... More »
Economy Ministry Will Award EUR 180M for Development Centre Projects
Ljubljana - The Economy Ministry will provide EUR 179.58m in co-funding to 17 projects related to the establishment of development centres in Slovenia, estimated at a total of EUR 425.48m, Minister Darja Radic told the press on Wednesday. Presenting the results of a call for project applications for... More »
Business
Businesses Happy with Economic Diplomacy
Ljubljana - Slovenia's economic diplomacy received praise on Thursday for becoming a true "service" for businesses expanding to foreign markets, but businessmen and diplomats gathered at a discussion of the Manager Association also said there was ample space for improvement. The main pr... More »
Environment
Idrija Becomes Alpine Town of 2011
Idrija - The oldest Slovenian mining town, Idrija, which is situated in the Alpine foothills, assumed the title of the Alpine Town of 2011, becoming the 14th town from the eight Alpine countries to receive the title since its induction in 1995. The title is conferred by an association of Alpine coun... More »
Commissioner Hedegaard: Slovenia on Track to Attain Climate Goals
Brussels - European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard visited Slovenia for the first time where she had talks with President Danilo Tuerk, Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic, director of the Office for Climate Change Jernej Stritih and members of several parliamenta... More »
Minorities
Negotiators Happy with Start of Austria Minority Talks
Klagenfurt - A new round of talks on the burning issues of the Slovenian minority in Austria started in Klagenfurt on Thursday, "putting down guidelines in a good atmosphere", according to Carinthian Governor Gerhard Doerfler. The solution that is expected for the end of the year is to tac... More »
President Tuerk and Slovenian Minorities Feel Situation Improving Despite Problems
Ljubljana - President Tuerk hosted on Monday a traditional meeting with representatives of the Slovenian minorities in Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. While the general impression is that the situation has improved, the representatives highlighted some of the problems the minorities are still f... More »
Culture & Media
Preseren Awards for Poet Miroslav Kosuta and Conductor Anton Nanut
Ljubljana - At the celebration marking Slovenian cultural day entitled 'L’ART POUR L’ARTISTE', Preseren Awards, the highest recognition for cultural achievements in Slovenia, were conferred to Slovenian author from Trieste Miroslav Košuta and conductor Anton Nanut. The Preseren Fund Awards for ... More »
Preseren Award Laureate: Anton Nanut's Conducting Career Stretching from Moscow to Buenos Aires
Ljubljana - Anton Nanut, one of the two Preseren Award laureates this year, is the best known Slovenian conductor abroad. He has conducted more than 200 orchestras, from Moscow to New York and Buenos Aires, and recorded at least as many records. One of the highlights for him is conducting the Sloven... More »
Preseren Award Laureate: Poet Miroslav Kosuta Celebrates Language, Fears for Minority in Italy
Trieste - Poet Miroslav Kosuta is a member of the Slovenian minority in Italy, who has been honoured with the highest commendation for lifetime achievement, the Preseren Award this year. Kosuta looked back on his poetic oeuvre and his years at the minority theatre in Trieste, which helped preserve t... More »
Health
Health Minister to Strive for Health Equality
Brdo pri Kranju - Health Minister Dorjan Marusic called for equality in health as part on an international panel held at Brdo pri Kranju. He pointed out that social and economic factors should not determine people's health and life expectancy. In terms of health equality, Slovenia is comparable to W... More »
Society
National Assembly Passes Volunteering Act
Ljubljana - Deputies unanimously passed the volunteering act on Thursday, defining for the first time at a systemic level the relationship between volunteers and volunteer organisations. The act, adopted in consensus with Slovenian NGOs, also defines volunteering as community service. Presenting ... More »
Sport
Boxing: US Fighter Delgado Zavec's Next Challenger for IBF Title
Ljubljana - Reigning IBF welterweight champion Dejan Zavec announced on Tuesday that 34-year-old US boxer Paul Delgado will be the one to challenge him at Ljubljana's Stozice Arena on 18 February. Delgado, whose record lists 25 wins (4 by KO) and 9 losses, will be Zavec's third challenger since he b... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 9-13 February:
WEDNESDAY, 9 February
  • WASHINGTON, US - On the last day of his visit to the US, PM Borut Pahor will meet President Barack Obama, and his host, Vice-President Joseph Biden.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Statistics Office is to release the latest inflation figure.
  • LJ... More »
Slovenia News 15 February 2011
Editorial

Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor concluded his three-day working visit to Washington D.C. on Wednesday with a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. PM Borut Pahor said that talks in Washington had strengthened US trust in Slovenia as a credible partner that can be relied on. 

Pahor concluded that he and Finance Minister Franc Krizanic and Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who accompanied him, had done a good job for Slovenia in Washington.

 

A house of Slovenian poetry was opened in Tinqueux, France by the Centre Culturel de Tinqueux on 8 February, Slovenian Culture Day. The house will offer all French translations of Slovenian poetry along with the originals and host Slovenian poets.

 

 

Foreign Affairs
Work by Leading Slovenian Graphic Designer on Show at National Gallery
Ljubljana - The work of Slovenia's leading graphic designer, Miljenko Licul (1946-2009), was put on display at the National Gallery on Thursday with President Danilo Tuerk highlighting Licul's contribution to Slovenian identity. Licul designed the former Slovenian national currency, the tolar, th... More »
Pahor Meeting Obama, Biden in Washington
Washington - Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor will conclude his three-day working visit to the US on Wednesday with a meeting with his host, US Vice President Joseph Biden, which will be followed by a short meeting with President Barack Obama. According to the PM's office, the visit will focu... More »
Kucan Presents Bosnia Report to EU President
Brussels - The Slovenian government's envoy to Bosnia and Herzegovina Milan Kucan has presented his report on the country to the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, Van Rompuy's press office has confirmed. The details of Kucan's meeting in Brussels on Monday have not been disclos... More »
Pahor and Krizanic Meet US Secretary of Treasury
Washington - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Finance Minister Franc Krizanic met in Washington on Wednesday US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, with their talks focusing on economic recovery in the EU and US. The Slovenian officials also presented to Geithner Slovenia's competitiveness-boo... More »
PM Meets US President and Vice-President
Washington - Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor concluded his three-day working visit to Washington D.C. on Wednesday with a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. Biden said that Slovenia had taken the lead role in the region. The meeting at the White House focused o... More »
FM Discusses Intl. Issues with UN Secretary General
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar was received by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday for talks on international issues such as Sudan, the Middle East, Western Balkans and the International Criminal Court (ICC). "I did an overview of the situation from Bosnia to ... More »
Pahor Ends US Visit Confident, Argues US Trust in Slovenia Strengthened
Washington - Concluding his three-day visit to the US with a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden on Wednesday, PM Borut Pahor said that talks in Washington had strengthened US trust in Slovenia as a credible partner that can be relied on, even if it is not an economic, p... More »
FM Confident Slovenia to Become Member of UN Security Council
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar expressed late on Friday his belief that Slovenia will become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in January. Zbogar remained in the US after accompanying Prime Minister Borut Pahor to Washington earlier this week to lobby for Slovenia's 201... More »
Slovenia Joins Celebrations of 20th Anniversary of Visegrad Group
Ljubljana - Slovenia will host a part of celebrations on Monday of the 20th anniversary of the Visegrad Group, an informal alliance bringing together the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. In the morning a panel with guests from the four countries will be held at the Slovenian Academy ... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Poetry House Opens in France
Paris - A house of Slovenian poetry was opened in Tinqueux, France by the Centre Culturel de Tinqueux on 8 February, Slovenian Culture Day. The house will offer all French translations of Slovenian poetry along with the originals and host Slovenian poets, house manager Mateja Bizjak Petit told the S... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 14-20 February
MONDAY, 14 February
  • LJUBLJANA - PM Borut Pahor and Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan will meet representatives of agricultural organisations to debate current issues.
  • LJUBLJANA - Several legal experts will debate ways to overcome the political deadlock in Slovenia at... More »
Slovenia News 22 February 2011
Editorial

The cabinet adopted a legislative package which it hopes will curb widespread defaults on payments on Thursday. Finance Minister Franc Krizanic believes the measures contain strong incentives for companies to make prompt payments of liabilities as well as tighter regulations to prevent abuse. The package includes a brand new bill on preventing late payments, as well as changes to the VAT act and public procurement act dealing with defaults.

 

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in its 2011 Economy Survey for Slovenia, presented on Friday, that the country is recovering gradually following the financial and economic crisis, but added that swift measures for establishing balance in the economy and boosting competitiveness are necessary.

 

Development Minister Mitja Gaspari outlined on Monday five sets of measures with which the government plans to address Slovenia's deteriorating competitiveness and propel it among countries with dynamic development. Addressing the press Gaspari said Slovenia was still in a position to choose between dynamic decline and dynamic development.

 

Slovenian ski star Tina Maze overcame a string of near misses to take her first gold medal in major competitions by winning the giant slalom at the World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Thursday. Coming into the race on a streak of four silvers at major competitions, Maze never let go of first place this time around, starting with bib no. 1 and holding the lead after the first run.

Foreign Affairs
President Tuerk Promises Support for Macedonia's EU, NATO Aspirations
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk ensured Slovenia's support for Macedonia's efforts to join the EU and NATO, as he welcomed on Tuesday his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov on an official visit in Slovenia. "Macedonia becoming a member of the EU and NATO is in the interest of the ent... More »
Slovenia Opens Consulate in Duesseldorf
Düsseldorf - To boost economic cooperation, tourism promotion as well as represent Slovenian interests in the region, Slovenia opened a consulate in Duesseldorf, capital of German North Rhine-Westphalia state on Tuesday, according to Wednesday's press release from the Foreign Ministry. One of the p... More »
Meeting in Rome Brings Good News for Minority
Rome - The Italian government will create a permanent body this spring to discuss open issues directly with the Slovenian minority. This was agreed at Thursday's meeting between Slovenian and Italian government officials in Rome. Much attention was dedicated to economic cooperation. The Italian g... More »
PM Pahor Meets Republika Srpska President Dodik
Ljubljana, 21 February  - Prime Minister Borut Pahor held an informal meeting with Milorad Dodik, the president of Republika Srpska, in Ljubljana on Monday. The officials were due to discuss the situation in Bosnia, EU enlargement, and the strengthening of Slovenian-Bosnian business ties, Pahor... More »
Gantar Discusses Role of Parliaments with Commons Speaker
Ljubljana - Speaker of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, John Bercow, was received by his Slovenian opposite number Pavel Gantar as he started a two-day visit to Slovenia on Monday. The officials discussed the role of parliaments in both countries and pointed to the crisis of legitimac... More »
EU Topics
Minister: Slovenia for "Sufficient Mix" of Permanent and Temporary Crisis Mechanism
Brussels - Slovenia supports a "sufficient mix" of a temporary and permanent mechanism for euro stability, Slovenian Finance Minister Franc Krizanic said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. Krizanic's comments come after eurozone ministers announce... More »
Commissioner Barnier Says Slovenia Doing Well in Internal Market
Strasbourg - European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier has told the STA that Slovenia is doing well and working hard in the area of internal market, but there are however some problems. He highlighted among the most problematic areas the directive on services, public proc... More »
Barnier: Slovenia Will Benefit from Enhanced EU Single Market
Ljubljana - Further strengthening of EU's single market is particularly important for Slovenia as a small and open economy with strong ties with the bloc, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier and Slovenian Economy Minister Darja Radic agreed in Ljubljana on Friday. R... More »
Slovenia Joins Initiative for Better EU Policy towards Southern Neighbours
Brussels - In the light of recent developments in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the region, Slovenia along with five other EU countries urged the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, on Friday to enhance the role of the EU in the region and support the people there. In a letter addre... More »
Economy & Finance
PM Tells Upper Chamber Govt Working Hard on Priorities
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said consolidating public finances, creating a more business-friendly environment and upgrading the fight on white-collar crime would be the priorities of his government for the remainder of the term as he addressed the National Council on Wednesday. Speaking i... More »
Govt Adopts Default-Busting Legislation
Ljubljana - The cabinet adopted a legislative package which it hopes will curb widespread defaults on payments on Thursday. Finance Minister Franc Krizanic believes the measures contain strong incentives for companies to make prompt payments of liabilities as well as tighter regulations to prevent a... More »
OECD Says Slovenia Needs Swift Competitiveness-Boosting Action
Brdo pri Kranju - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in its 2011 Economy Survey for Slovenia, presented on Friday, that the country is recovering gradually following the financial and economic crisis, but added that swift measures for establishing balance in the e... More »
Gaspari Says Government Addressing Competitiveness Problems
Ljubljana - Development Minister Mitja Gaspari outlined on Monday five sets of measures with which the government plans to address Slovenia's deteriorating competitiveness and propel it among countries with dynamic development. Addressing the press along with the head of the Institute of Macroeconom... More »
Business
Slovenia and Russia to Launch 31 Economic Cooperation Projects
Moscow - A Slovenian and Russian intergovernmental commission responsible for cooperation in trade, economy and science decided in Moscow on Wednesday that the two countries would launch 31 projects, many of them related to the planned South Stream pipe line. The Slovenian delegation was headed by F... More »
Environment
Minister: Water Is Slovenia's Only Green Energy Potential
Ljubljana - Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic spoke about limitations in implementing green technologies in Slovenia at a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia (AmCham) in Ljubljana on Wednesday. Given Slovenia's weather, the only true renewable energy potential... More »
Education | Science & Technology
OECD Calls for Restructuring of Slovenia's Educational System
Brdo pri Kranju - Representatives of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said at a conference at Brdo pri Kranju on Friday that Slovenia was producing good results in primary and secondary education, though at high costs. This is why the OECD believes that mandatory educ... More »
Slovenian Scholar Oto Luthar Decorated by Austria
Ljubljana - Oto Luthar, the director of the Science and Research Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Science (ZRC SAZU), was conferred the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art on Thursday for his contribution to mutual understanding and to the improvement of relations between Slov... More »
Social Affairs
Minister Says Govt Committed to Developing Social Entrepreneurship
Ljubljana - Labour Minister Ivan Svetlik expressed the government's commitment to the development of social entrepreneurship as a seminar and panel debate on the topic were held in Ljubljana on Thursday. Also present was Antonella Noya of the OECD, who stressed the importance of cooperation with soc... More »
Govt Allocates EUR 300,000 for Foreign Vegrad, SCT Workers
Ljubljana - The government will provide EUR 300,000 for immigrant workers who are left with nothing after the companies they worked for failed. The money is intended for workers of construction companies Vegrad and SCT who are not eligible for social benefits, head of the Government Communication Of... More »
Minorities
Minority and Majority in Carinthia Wide Apart on Place Names
Klagenfurt - Organisations representing the Slovenian minority in the southern Austrian province of Carinthia have proposed new bilingual place names be set in 273 localities, a proposal that has been slammed by regional and federal officials in Austria. The National Council of Carinthian Slovenians... More »
Culture & Media
International Show Brings Ministers from Ex-Yugoslav Countries to Maribor
Maribor - A premiere of a high-profile international production put together by artists from the countries of former Yugoslavia brought to Maribor on Wednesday ministers responsible for culture from Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnian-Herzegovina. "Europe Today" is based on a namesake... More »
Health
Govt Proposes Single Health Insurance Scheme as Debate Opens on Reform
Ljubljana - The Health Ministry launched a public debate on a package of guidelines for reforming health care on Wednesday. Among the proposals is the merger of obligatory and top-up cover into one state-run health insurance scheme. The overhaul of health insurance is a key component of the health r... More »
Transport
Slovenia Gets EUR 8.8m from EU for TEN-T Infrastructure
Brussels - The European Commission will allocate EUR 8.8m for the financing of five Slovenian infrastructural projects on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the Commission said in a press release on Monday. The projects that will receive EU funding based on a call to projects for 2010 are... More »
Society
President and Bishops Discuss Topical Issues, Priorities
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk received representatives of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday, discussing with them the topic of secularity and reviewing the overall situation in society and common priorities. Tuerk reminisced his address at the Ljubljana Fac... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 14-20 February
TUESDAY, 22 February
  • LJUBLJANA - Transparency in politics will be discussed as the British Chamber of Commerce hosts a working breakfast with Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. Bercow is then scheduled to meet PM Borut Pahor.
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary ... More »
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