Slovenia News 6 September 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Slovenia upon the invitation of Prime Minister, Borut Pahor. They agreed to strengthen cooperation, including in efforts related to the euro crisis and the Western Balkans. Pahor said that he wanted to establish a special relationship with Germany, while Merkel described Slovenia as a reliable EU partner.


Later in the conversation, Prime Minister Pahor confirmed that Slovenia has already adopted a series of measures aimed at meeting the commitments of the Euro Plus Pact, which will serve to increase competitiveness, promote employment and have a positive effect on fiscal sustainability and stability. "The current conditions, neither economic nor political, are favourable for the implementation of these measures," explained Prime Minister Pahor who went on to say that fiscal sustainability is of vital importance for Slovenia, which was the reason why the government, following the rejection of the pension reform in referendum, proposed that the budget be revised. The Prime Minister also added that the main focus for Slovenia is to increase competitiveness and to improve the business environment as part of the process for which the intended programme of measures is already being implemented.

Domestic Policy
Germic Elected New Speaker of the Parliament
Ljubljana - The National Assembly elected the 50-year-old Liberal Democrat MP Ljubo Germic the new speaker by 57 votes to 24 on Friday. He succeeds Pavel Gantar, who withdrew from the post after his Zares party moved to opposition. Only the opposition Democrats (SDS) and People's Party (SLS) announc... More »
Foreign Affairs
Merkel Describes Slovenia as Reliable European Partner
Ljubljana - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her host PM Borut Pahor agreed in Ljubljana to strengthen cooperation, including in efforts related to the euro crisis and the Western Balkans. Pahor said that he wanted to establish a special relationship with Germany, while Merkel described Slovenia ... More »
President Tuerk Says Montenegro to Follow Croatia as Next EU Member
Cetinje - President Danilo Tuerk expressed strong support to Montenegro's efforts for membership in Euro-Atlantic organisations as he began a two-day official visit to the country on Monday. Coming out of talks with counterpart Filip Vujanovic, Tuerk said Montenegro would be the first former Yu... More »
International Organisations
ITF Gets New Name and Mission
Ljubljana - In line with Thursday's government decision, the Slovenian-run International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) will change its name to ITF - Enhancing Human Security, and broaden its mission from demining activities to general post-war humanitarian and charity eff... More »
Bohinj Alpine Map Wins First Prize at Paris Exhibition
Paris - The expert commission of the 27th International Cartographic Association Conference has awarded a map of hiking paths in the area around the Slovenian lake of Bohinj the first prize in the topographic maps category. The Bohinj alpine map was chosen out of more than 500 maps displayed... More »
Social Affairs
PM Borut Pahor receives 2010 annual report on human rights
Ljubljana - Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik handed to PM Pahor the annual Human Rights Report, which draws attention to the inefficiency of the oversight institutions and to certain legislative shortcomings. The report is to be discussed at the government session in October. Cebasek... More »
Survey: Only 20% of Slovenian School Children Exercise Daily
Ljubljana - The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey for 2010 has shown that only around 20% of the young in Slovenia are physically active every day in the week, which is however slightly more in comparison to the previous survey in 2006. This share of the young meeting the rec... More »
Ljubljana Public Transportation Celebrates 110th Anniversary
Ljubljana - Exactly 110 years to this day, Ljubljana got its first tram, which replaced coaches. Buses took over from trams in 1928, but not for long - since buses operated with a loss, trams were reintroduced as means of public transportation in the capital in 1931. In 1958, trams were replaced by ... More »
Aerodrom Wouldn't Go Down if Adria Failed
Brnik - The operator of Ljubljana airport would not go down even if the flag carrier Adria Airways were to go bankrupt. "But I believe it would pay the banks, the state and all of us to keep the national airline," said the chairman of Aerodrom Ljubljana Zmago Skobir. Aerodrom Ljubljana ... More »
President Tuerk Opens Tallest Building in Slovenia
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk opened on Thursday evening the new tallest building in Slovenia. He labelled the 89-metre Crystal Palace located at Ljubljana's BTC shopping district a symbol of development, but underlined that measures more drastic than Slovenia was willing to take would be neede... More »
Schedule of events from 6 to 11 September

TUESDAY, 6 September

  • PODGORICA, Montenegro - President Danilo Tuerk will continue his official visit to Montenegro.
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Public Finance Oversight Commission will debate the government's supplementary budget bill for this year. The au... More »
Slovenia News 13 September 2011

The 6th Bled Strategic Forum, which focused on the global transition of power, ended on Saturday with a closing address by Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who praised the two days of debate on some of the world's key challenges. The forum, running under the title "The Power of the Future", was attended by 400 participants from the world of politics, business and academia. A total of nine panels dealt with issues ranging from the new order in the Mediterranean, EU-China relations, the situation in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, and energy and food security.


The need for change in Europe was the central point of opening addresses given by Slovenian PM Borut Pahor and President Danilo Tuerk. Tuerk urged solutions coming from within, while Pahor sees a solution in a United States of Europe.

Domestic Policy
PM Pahor's List of Ministerial Candidates Without Surprises
Ljubljana - PM Borut Pahor presented on Thursday the candidates to fill the five vacant ministerial posts, confirming unofficial information that Tomaz Oresic would take over as economy minister, Branka Janc as interior minister, Zdenka Vidovic as public administration minister, Tamara Lah Turnsek a... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Croatia to Fight Corruption Together
Zagreb - The Slovenian and Croatian corruption watchdogs signed a memorandum on cooperation in the prevention of corruption and conflict of interest, after the Slovenian side presented in Zagreb its project that allows a better insight into the workings of the public sector. "The signing of ... More »
Challenges of the Future Debated at Bled Strategic Forum
Bled - The increasing influence of non-state actors and online social networks, fear of necessary changes, and enduring stereotypes were highlighted as some of the key global challenges at a panel at the Bled Strategic Forum that examined the power of the future. Fu Ying, Chinese deputy foreign m... More »
EU Future Key for Western Balkans
Bled - Giving the Western Balkans a future in the EU is an essential part of promoting progress in the countries of the region, a panel held on the second day of the Bled Strategic Forum heard. Debating under the title "What Is Next for the Balkans? Responsibility, Power to Progress, Perspectiv... More »
Still Hope for Afghanistan Despite Mistakes
Bled - When Western power launched a campaign to bring down the Taliban regime in Afghanistan ten years ago, it rekindled hope a country which had lived with war for 20 years. The hope is almost extinguished, but participants of a panel held Saturday at the Bled Strategic Forum nevertheless remain o... More »
Economy & Finance
IMAD: Labour Market Stable, But Worse Off than Last Year
Ljubljana - Economic activity in Slovenia, which expanded by 0.1% in the first half of 2011, is still being propelled by exports and held back by construction, the government think-tank IMAD said on Thursday. It added that the situation on the labour market had stabili... More »
Japanese Tool Maker Makita Moving Regional Office to Ljubljana
Celje - The Japanese power tools maker Makita is moving its head office for Eastern Europe from Vienna to Ljubljana. The company decided to move because it wanted to be closer to its clients and its goal markets, Makita regional CEO Minoru Tanaka told the press at the 44th Trade Fair MOS in Celje. ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenian on MIT List of Most Successful Young Innovators
Ljubljana - Mathematician and computer scientist Jernej Barbic recently became the first Slovenian to be listed by the US magazine MIT Technology Review among the 35 most successful world innovators aged under 35. 34-year-old Barbic, who has lived and worked in the USA for the last ten years, acq... More »
Slovenian Researchers Helped Develop New Cancer Treatment
Ljubljana - A team of Slovenian, Russian, German and American scientists have developed a new method of treating cancer based on a new efficient drug-delivery system. Their work has been published in the renowned science magazine Nature Nanotechnology. Led by Olga Vasilijeva and Boris Turk, the r... More »
Social Affairs
Slovenia Signs CoE Convention Combating Violence Against Women
Ljubljana/Strasbourg - Slovenia's Ambassador to the Council of Europe Damjan Bergant signed in Strasbourg on behalf of Slovenia on Thursday the CoE Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The convention is the first binding document to determine at an ... More »
Roma House Project Aimed at Improving Life of Roma Community
Ljubljana - Center Europa presented on Tuesday Romano kher (Roma House), a project aimed at improving the situation of the Roma community. Head of the project Romeo Varga said that the Roma House would focus on improving employability, training Roma councillors and increasing the number of developme... More »
Roma Settlement Pusca Celebrates 100 Years of Existence
Murska Sobota - A ceremony was held in a village of Pusca near Murska Sobota (NE) on Friday to mark the centenary of the Roma settlement. Several projects were presented on the occasion, including the Village of Harmony. Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik said Pusca was not ideal, but cou... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Violinist Tanja Sonc Wins Brahms Competition in Austria
Celovec/Klagenfurt - Young Slovenian violinist Tanja Sonc, student of the Ljubljana Academy of Music, convincingly won the acclaimed 18th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria, excelling among 114 violinists from 24 countries from Europe, North America and Asia. The 19-... More »
Authors Weigh Pros and Cons of Live Readings at Vilenica
Lipica - Participants of a panel on literary readings, organised as part of the Vilenica literary festival, agreed on Thursday that live readings can give literature new dimensions, but that it depends on the interpretation whether the story will get new wings or the audience will decide to rather r... More »
Vilenica Festival Concludes with Award Ceremony
Stanjel - The traditional Vilenica literary festival concluded with an award ceremony Saturday evening at the oldest tourist cave in the world that gave the festival its name. Laureate, Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu, thanked in his acceptance speech to everybody and everything in his life. Ca... More »
Peter Kauzer World Champion in Canoe Slalom
Bratislava - Slovenian canoeist Peter Kauzer won gold at the ICF 2011 canoe slalom world championships in Bratislava on Sunday. With the medal, the new world champion in slalom also ensured himself a ticket to the 2012 Olympics in London. Silver went to Poland's Mateusz Polaczyk, who was 1.2... More »
Schedule of events from 13 to 18 September:

TUESDAY, 13 September

  • LJUBLJANA - Economy minister nominee Tomaz Oresic, public administration minister nominee Zdenka Vidovic and culture minister nominee Samo Bevk will be interviewed by the relevant parliamentary committees.
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliame... More »
Slovenia News 20 September 2011

The government adopted on Wednesday a bill that is says should bring more clarity into the country's body of strategic development plans. Alongside the public finance bill, which was - contrary to announcements - not adopted today, the development plans bill is to systematically regulate the field of national planning. "Both documents will be a good way to launch the next cycle of Slovenia's medium-term planning in a more modern, ordered and transparent manner," Development and EU Affairs Minister Mitja Gaspari told the press after a government session.


Glassworks Steklarna Rogaska and US businessman Donald Trump officially launched the sale of a line of crystal products at Macy's department store in New York on Wednesday. The collection of Rogaska's crystalware has been on sale there for the Trump Home brand since May. Trump said in October, when the cooperation was presented to the media, that his wife Melania, who comes from Slovenia, loved the products and that he did not have much choice in this respect. He added that the line of crystal products was bound to reach "fantastic success".

Foreign Affairs
President Starts Working Visit to New York
New York - President Danilo Tuerk held talks in New York on Monday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the Arab League Nabil el- Araby at the outset of his visit to New York. Held in the run-up to the 66th UN General Assembly, the meetings were dominated by the Palestinians' bid to... More »
Izola Hosts Regatta of Diplomats
Izola - The 9th annual regatta of diplomats attracted representatives 46 countries to the sea at the town of Izola in lovely summer weather on Saturday. The honorary patron of the event, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar pointed to the uniting role of the event that brings together athletes, diplomats,... More »
Slovenian, Georgian Speakers Call for Stronger Ties
Ljubljana - Georgian parliamentary Speaker David Bakradze met his Slovenian counterpart Ljubo Germic on Wednesday, with the officials confirming the good and friendly relations between the countries and calling for even closer ties. Bakradze also thanked Slovenia for supporting Georgia in its EU and... More »
PM Wants Israel and Palestinians to Resume Peace Talks
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said after a government session on Wednesday that a long-term solution to the Palestinian issue could not be reached through unilateral actions of either of the parties involved. He believes the time is ripe for an intensive dialogue between Israel and the Pale... More »
FM Quizzed about Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar identified flaws in the mission in Afghanistan and explained why Slovenia was not yet making its position on the recognition of a Palestinian state public, as he took questions from MPs in the Foreign Policy Committee on Wednesday. Commenting on the straine... More »
Defence & NATO
Yugoslav-Era Submarine on Public Display in Pivka
Pivka - An overhauled Yugoslav-era submarine was opened for public display in the town of Pivka (SW) on Sunday as part of the 5th Festival of Military History. The event was attended by Slovenian Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and her Montenegro counterpart Boro Vucinic. The P-913 submarine dubbed... More »
Jelusic Discusses Role of Women in Power at Belgrade Forum
Belgrade - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic took part in a panel on women in power as part of the Belgrade Security Forum on Friday, presenting Slovenia's experience and stressing that women needed more incentives than men as it was harder for them to make it to top posts. Addressing the panel "... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Wants Equality in Collateral for Loans to Greece
Wroclaw - Slovenia aspires to be grated equal conditions as Finland in the matter of security for fresh loans to Greece, Finance Minister Franc Krizanic said in Wroclaw on Saturday. "We want the same treatment as Finland, and six other countries are explicitly demanding this," Slovenia's m... More »
Economy & Finance
MPs Back Supplementary Budget for 2011
Ljubljana - Parliament endorsed in a 45:10 vote on Friday the supplementary budget for 2011, which responds to an expected EUR 365m drop in revenues with an equal spending cut to preserve the budget deficit at 4.6% of GDP. The proposed budget, which envisages EUR 7.96bn in revenues and EUR 9.65bn in... More »
Think Tank Expects Moderate GDP Growth without Major Improvements
Ljubljana - Government think-tank IMAD published on Friday the details of its autumn economic forecast, which downgrades GDP growth for Slovenia in 2011 from 2.2% to 1.5%, while forecasting a growth of up to 2% in 2012 and of 2.5% in 2013. The latest forecast, whose basic points were already unveile... More »
FM Says Europe Must Face Reversed Economic Roles of East, West
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said that it was necessary to face the challenge of reversed economic roles between East and West, as he opened in Ljubljana on Wednesday an international conference on the impact of the crisis on regional economy and financial ties in Asia and Europe. It i... More »
Govt Moves to Coordinate Development Documents
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Wednesday a bill that is says should bring more clarity into the country's body of strategic development plans. Alongside the public finance bill, which was - contrary to announcements - not adopted today, the development plans bill is to systematically regulate... More »
State Selling Majority Stake in Fotona
Ljubljana - The state-owned PDP asset management firm put up for sale on Friday its 70.48% stake in high-tech company Fotona. The call for bids, published in the business daily Finance, is open until 10 October. PDP is selling 463,570 Fotona shares, entailing 70.48% of voting rights, in a package. T... More »
Car Lights Maker Hella Saturnus Celebrates 90th Anniversary
Ljubljana - Motor vehicles lights maker Hella Saturnus Slovenija marked its 90th anniversary on Thursday with a ceremony addressed by Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, the company's managing director Christof Droste and Franz Josef Klegraf representing the German owner Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. The... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Author Blatnik Presented in New York
New York- A collection of short stories by Slovenian author Andrej Blatnik was presented in New York this week as part of this year's Slovenian reading session at the European Book Club. The presentation took place at the residence of the Slovenian consul general. An English translation of the colle... More »
Slovenian Minority Theatre in Trieste Presents Its Programme
Trieste - The Slovenian-minority theatre house in Trieste (SSG) will put on stage 14 plays in the basic, "the super classic", "the super modern" and the mega programmes for the season ticket holders in the 2011-2012 theatre season, the SSG said in a press release on Tuesday. ... More »
Slovenian Violinist Tanja Sonc Wins Brahms Competition in Austria
Celovec/Klagenfurt - Young Slovenian violinist Tanja Sonc, student of the Ljubljana Academy of Music, convincingly won the acclaimed 18th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria, excelling among 114 violinists from 24 countries from Europe, North America and Asia. The 19-... More »
Slovenian, Croatian Carriers Forge Closer Ties
Brnik - The Slovenian and Croatian flag carriers, Adria Airways and Croatia Airlines, have agreed to cooperate in jet leasing as a means of improving efficiency and streamlining fleet utilisation, Adria said on Monday. The carriers, both of them members of the airline alliance Star Alliance, op... More »
Transport Ministry Outlines Its Mobility Plan
Ljubljana - The Transport Ministry outlined its new mobility plan on the first day of the European Mobility Week. Minister Patrick Vlacic said that the "soft" measures aimed at promoting alternative means of transport and ultimately changing people's transportation habits would not require... More »
Slovenia's Eurobasket 2013 Project Presented in Lithuania
Kaunas - The project of the 2013 European Basketball Championship, which will be the biggest sporting event ever in the independent Slovenia, was presented on Sunday in Lithuania's Kaunas, the host city of the knock-out stage of this year's Eurobasket. Around 100 European journalists saw the video p... More »
Schedule of events in the week from 19 to 25 September:
TUESDAY, 20 September
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will resume its session to take a vote on five minister nominees as a vote of confidence in the government of Borut Pahor.
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Credentials and Privileges Commission will discuss the 20... More »
President Unveils Memorial to World War II POWs
Maribor - President Danilo Tuerk unveiled in Maribor on Thursday a memorial dedicated to the thousands of World War II POWs imprisoned by Germans at Stalag XVIII-D in Maribor. "Today we remember their agony and death with respect and with the belief that such horrors may never happen again,&quo... More »
Slovenia News 27 September 2011

The National Assembly voted out the cabinet led by Borut Pahor in a 36-51 confidence vote on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely snap poll in Slovenia in the winter. The outcome of the confidence vote had largely been expected as Pahor, who has been leading a minority government since June, struggled to find votes for a necessary cabinet overhaul following the departure of two of the four coalition partners. But the majority opinion in the parliamentary benches was that the minority government was already paralysed and that Slovenia needs a strong government formed based on the outcome of fresh elections.

The National Assembly appointed Jernej Sekolec Slovenian arbiter at the tribunal to determine the border with Croatia in a 54-22 vote on Friday.

The 29th international Biennial of Graphic Arts kicked off in Ljubljana on Friday, with its theme, "the Art Event", highlighted the expansion of the original theme of the event, which now encompasses performances, installations and other artistic events.



Press release
Exhibition of Contemporary Slovenian Design Silent Revolutions to open in London on 23rd September
The exhibition Silent Revolutions – Contemporary Design in Slovenia, prepared by the Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with government institutions, will be on show at the Dray Walk Gallery from 22 to 25 September as a part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition wi... More »
Presentation of Slovenian wines during the celebration of design in London

The power of creativity and the pleasure of taste. Presentation of Slovenian wines during the celebration of design in London.

For the exhibition of contemporary Slovenian design ‘Silent Revolutions in London’, the Government Communication Office i... More »
Domestic Policy
MPs Vote Out Pahor Govt, Open Door to Early Elections
Ljubljana - The National Assembly voted out the cabinet led by Borut Pahor in a 36-51 confidence vote on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely snap poll in Slovenia in the winter. The outcome of the confidence vote had largely been expected as Pahor, who has been leading a minority government sinc... More »
No Confidence Vote Good News for Economists
Ljubljana - Economists Janez Sustersic and Saso Polanec have welcomed Tuesday's no confidence vote in the Borut Pahor minority government as positive news for the Slovenian economy in as much it opens up a way for a new government that will carry out reforms. They do not think the vote will negative... More »
Brussels Not Concerned by Govt Ousting
Brussels - The European Commission has "full confidence in the democratic institutions of Slovenia", spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said in the European Commission's first reaction to the no confidence vote for the Slovenian government on Tuesday. The comment came in response to a qu... More »
Ministry: No Confidence Vote Not to Affect Passage of Euro Stability Law
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Finance Ministry rushed to reassure financial markets Tuesday that the fall of the Slovenian cabinet would not halt the parliamentary passage of a law providing expanded guarantees for the euro stability mechanism. In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the ministry expr... More »
Foreign Affairs
Sekolec Gets Parliament's Nod for Slovenian Arbiter
Ljubljana - The National Assembly appointed Jernej Sekolec Slovenian arbiter at the tribunal to determine the border with Croatia in a 54-22 vote on Friday. Support for Sekolec had been voiced by all deputy groups bar the opposition Democrats (SDS), which denied him support. The opposition People... More »
Zbogar Says Palestinians' Bid for UN Membership Legitimate
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who is in New York for the session of the UN General Assembly, told the press on Friday that the Palestinians chose a legitimate path by submitting the bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state and full membership of the UN. Zbogar added however ... More »
FM Optimistic About Slovenia's UN Security Council Bid
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who is attending the session of the UN General Assembly in New York, said on Friday he had a good feeling about Slovenia's bid for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in the 2012-2013 term. Zbogar stressed that he and President Danilo Tue... More »
Slovenia and South Sudan Establish Diplomatic Relations
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his South Sudanese counterpart Nhial Deng Nhial signed a statement on the setting up of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and South Sudan in New York on Friday. South Sudan, which declared independence on 9 July, joined the UN on 14 July. Zbogar, ... More »
Zbogar Meets Head of Libyan Transitional Council
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met on Saturday Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), on the margins of the UN General Assembly session in New York. The pair spoke about the current situation in Libya and ways Slovenia can help with rebuilding efforts.... More »
International Organisations
Zbogar Discusses Slovenian UN Security Council Bid in New York
New York - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar began a working visit to New York on Wednesday to attend the session of the UN General Assembly. He also already held several bilateral meetings, including to discuss Slovenia' bid for membership on the UN Security Council in 2012 and 2013. While Presiden... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia against Limiting National Powers in Border Controls
Brussels - Slovenia opposes limiting EU member states' powers in deciding to reinstate internal borders in the Schengen zone, Ambassador to the EU Rado Genorio said in Brussels on Thursday. Today's intensive debate has shown that "this will be a hard nut to crack yet in the coming months&quo... More »
Economy & Finance
Moody's downgrades Slovenia's government bond ratings to Aa3
Ljubljana – Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded Slovenia's local- and foreign-currency government bond ratings by one notch from Aa2 to Aa3. The agency has also confirmed the existing Prime-1 rating for short-term debt obligations.
The main drivers for the one-notch downgrade an... More »
Slovenia Strives for Preservation of EU Food Aid Scheme
Brussels - Slovenia will strive for the preservation of the EU's scheme for distributing free food to the most deprived people, which faces major budget cuts, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Dejan Zidan said in Brussels on Tuesday. If necessary, Slovenia will chip in the necessary funds t... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Defence Ministry Signs Agreement with Universities
Maribor - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and the chancellors of all four Slovenian universities signed on Wednesday an agreement to boost cooperation in education and research. Instead of having an agreement only with the University of Ljubljana, the ministry can now have a "firm relationship... More »
Culture & Media
Ljubo Struna to Be Awarded for Lifetime Dedicated to Film
Ljubljana - Ljubo Struna, a 81-year old filmmaker who dedicated his whole life to film, is the winner of the year's Metod Badjura Award for lifetime achievement in film, to be presented at the outset of the Festival of Slovenian Film next week. A judging panel headed by world-renowned director Ma... More »
Slovenia's Biggest Book Store Celebrates 50th Jubilee
Ljubljana - Slovenia's biggest book store, Konzorcij, is marking its 50th anniversary on Thursday with a number of activities. Memories of the 50 years of the store in the centre of Ljubljana were presented at a press conference and in the evening a number of notable Slovenians will assume the roles... More »
Biennial of Graphic Arts Expands Its Scope
Ljubljana - The 29th international Biennial of Graphic Arts will kick off in Ljubljana on Friday, with its theme, "the Art Event", highlighting the expansion of the original theme of the event, which now encompasses performances, installations and other artistic events. The biennial, wh... More »
Maribor Harvests World's Oldest Vine
Maribor - The world's oldest vine, growing in Maribor, was harvested on Sunday for the 25th time at a special festivity that attracted many tourists from Slovenia and abroad. Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler, who was the first to try this year's fruit of the over-450-year-old vine, said the grapes were e... More »
European Heritage Days in Slovenia to Focus on Volunteering
Ljubljana - Slovenia will join 50 European countries hosting European Heritage Days (EHD) in September with more than 120 events organised in 70 towns across the country between 24 September and 1 October. In Slovenia, this year's EHD will be dedicated to heritage communities and volunteering. U... More »
Maribor Airport Launching Regular Route After Long Pause
Maribor - Slovenia's second largest airport in Maribor will get a regular route after more than three years in October. The Golden Air airline confirmed on Friday that it would be operating a route to London's Stansted via Vienna five times a week as of 6 October. While representatives of Aerodro... More »
Slovenian Boat Show Opens
Izola - The international exhibition Slovenian Boat Show, which opened on Wednesday in the coastal town Izola, will feature around 70 boats and 45 exhibitors. The event is expected to revive the entire town, not just the marine, said the honorary sponsor of the show Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic... More »
Lipica Stud Farm to Host World Pony Driving Championship
Lipica - Slovenian equestrian centre Lipica will host this year's World Pony Driving Championship organised by International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). The single, pair and four-in-hand pony drivers from 17 different countries will compete between 21 and 25 September. The championshi... More »
Number of Tourists Rising, Summer Sees Substantial Improvement
Ljubljana - This year has been successful for Slovenian tourism, as the first seven months saw a 6% rise in the number of arrivals and a 5% increase in the number of overnight stays. According to data from the central bank, the January-July period brought a 8.3% rise in revenues from tourism. The... More »
Schedule of Events in the week from 26 Sept to 2 Oct
MONDAY, 26 September
  • LJUBLJANA - President Danilo Tuerk will hold talks with leaders of parliamentary parties on the political situation in the country following the fall of the Borut Pahor cabinet.
  • LJUBLJANA - The outgoing government will hold consultations on its ... More »
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