Slovenia News 15 April 2014


The government adopted on Thursday a package of measures aimed at boosting economic growth and creating jobs in 2014 and 2015. The measures are divided in ten sets, of which some are already being carried out.









Economy & Finance
Central Bank Upgrades Forecast to 0.6% Growth for 2014
Ljubljana - Banka Slovenije has upgraded its forecast for the Slovenian economy for this year to 0.6% growth from 0.7% contraction projected in the autumn. Growth is projected to accelerate to 1.4% in 2015 and 1.7% the year later, revised figures released by the central bank on Tuesday show. The pr... More »
Measures to balance the national budget in 2014
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PM Promoting Economic Cooperation in Norway
Oslo - Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek met her Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg and took part in a business conference in Oslo on Wednesday as part of a two-day visit designed to boost economic cooperation between the nations and raise Norwegian investors' interest in the ongoing privatisation in ... More »
Eleven Slovenian Partners Join Smart Communities Project
Ljubljana - Eleven Slovenian hi-tech companies and research institutions have joined a consortium that will work on a Slovenian-Japanese "smart communities" project worth EUR 50m, the Technological Platform for Smart Grids said. Slovenia and Japan will each finance about half of the pro... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Share of Slovenians with Finished Tertiary Education at 40.1%
Brussels - Slovenia has met two Europe 2020 goals regarding education - 40.1% of people aged between 30 and 34 have completed tertiary education, compared to 20.7% in 2002 and only 3.9% of those aged between 18 and 24 have left schools early, placing Slovenia second among EU countries, according to ... More »
Social Affairs
Labour Reform Analysis Shows Modest Positive Trends
Ljubljana - A government analysis of the 2013 labour market reform shows the measures have gone some way towards achieving the stated goal of reducing labour market segmentation and improving job flexibility, but the document, released on Friday, acknowledges the effects are modest and it is too ear... More »
PM Hails Industrial Relations Forum as it Celebrates 20th Birthday
Ljubljana - The Economic and Social Council (ESS), the country's main industrial relations forum, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday. PM Alenka Bratušek spoke on the occasion of social dialogue as a historic gain of the European model of development and of the council as its central point. ... More »
Culture & Media
Exhibition on Old Sugar Factory Opens in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - One of Ljubljana's first industrial complexes Cukrarna, now a shabby building that was once a successful sugar refinery, themes an exhibition dubbed "Cukrarna - from a sugar factory to an art factory", which will open on Wednesday evening at the K... More »
Book Centre to Replace Slovenian Bookshop in Trieste
Trieste - After the only Slovenian bookshop in Trieste was closed down on 1 April due to business failure, an accord was signed on Wednesday to launch a new book centre in the Italian border city by November. Under the deal, signed at the Slovenian Consulate in Trieste, EUR 30,000 for the booksho... More »
Picture Book Celebrates Slovenian-Born Chinese Astronomer Hallerstein
Ljubljana - Publisher Mladinska knjiga launched on Thursday a unique picture book celebrating 18th century Slovenian-born Chinese astronomer Ferdinand Avguštin Hallerstein. The author is Huiqin Wang, a Chinese painter living in Slovenia, who used an ancient technique involving a special type of Chi... More »
Plečnik Award Goes to High-End Residential Development
Ljubljana - Architects Matija Bevk, Vasa Perović and Andrej Ukmar are the recipients of this year's Plečnik Award for the Situla, a luxurious residential complex in the centre of Slovenia's capital. Situla is a top architectural creation, the jury selecting this year's Plečnik Award winners, t... More »
Literary Festival Kicks Off in Eleven Towns Around Slovenia
Ljubljana - The annual Slovenian Book Days will kick off in eleven towns around the country on Monday. This year, the festival will feature more than 150 events, from literary evenings to workshops for the young. Festival events running until Friday will be held in Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Kope... More »
Slovenian Tourism Presented in Emerging Chinese Market
Beijing - Slovenia is presenting its tourist destinations in China as the country is becoming an emerging market for Slovenian travel agencies. A workshop on Slovenian tourism was held in Shanghai on Tuesday, attracting representatives of more than 100 Chinese travel agencies and media outlets speci... More »
Schedule of events for 14 to 20 April
MONDAY, 14 April
  • LJUBLJANA - PM Alenka Bratušek, the leader of the ruling Positive Slovenia (PS), and Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković, the party founder, are expected to announce if they would run for party president at the 25 April congress.
  • LJUBLJANA - The cou... More »
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