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Slovenia News 6 July 2010
Editorial

Slovenians living abroad gathered at the 10th annual meeting in the National Assembly, discussing the ties among Slovenians at the cultural, economic and scientific levels. They stressed the importance of cooperation with Slovenian scientists living abroad, of identity and the role of the youth. According to the Speaker of the Parliament Pavel Gantar, the task and goal of Slovenia to preserve its identity, language and culture and to boost cooperation between Slovenians abroad and in the homeland will surely be easier to achieve with a synergy of cultural, scientific, educational and economic space.

 

Festival Ljubljana 2010, one of the leading festivals in Slovenia, will kick-off on Monday with a concert "Mahler in Ljubljana" opening the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Gustav Mahler, who lived and worked in Ljubljana in 1881-1882. Mahler's second symphony under conductor Emmanuel Villaume will be performed by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Chamber Choir, the choir Consortium musicum, the Slovenian army orchestra and soloists Sabina Cvilak and Martina Gojceta Silic.

Press release
I feel Slovenia for Slovenian Football Fans in South Africa
The Football World Cup has indeed been a special event for Slovenia, not least because of the excellent performance of our national team. The Government Communication Office (GCO) recognised the unique opportunity to promote Slovenia, and supported our fans by designing a series of fan accessories. ... More »
Domestic Policy
Govt Regulates Status of Voluntary Rescuers
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday changes to the protection against natural and other disasters act, which equalise all types of rescuers and regulate the relationship between employers and voluntary rescuers who work for them. According to Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic, a group of... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenian and Bosnian Foreign Ministers Visit Bosnian Children on Vacation in Slovenia
Debeli rtic - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his visiting Bosnian counterpart Sven Alkalaj visited on Monday a group of 56 children from Bosnia-Herzegovina who are spending a week of their holiday vacation at Debeli Rtic children's resort on the Slovenian coast. This week, the children, who c... More »
EU Topics
PM Borut Pahor hosted President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy
Brdo pri Kranju - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and EU President Herman Van Rompuy focused on the Western Balkans as they met at Brdo pri Kranju on Monday ahead of Van Rompuy's tour of the region. The officials expressed concern over the escalation of violence in northern Kosovo. Van Rompuy told the pr... More »
EU Clears Extension of Slovenia's Bank Support Measures
Brussels - The European Commission has extended its approval of the Slovenian bank guarantee scheme until the end of the year. However, banks will have to pay higher premiums for state guarantees, officials in Brussels said on Wednesday. In addition, banks which will continue to rely heavily on tho... More »
Economy & Finance
Government Adopts Euro Stability Bill
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a bill on state guarantees for securing financial stability in the eurozone, which sets up a legal framework for Slovenia's participation in mechanisms of financial aid to eurozone countries which are not able to secure enough funds on the financial mar... More »
Supplementary Budget Gets Committee Nod Despite Opposition Doubts
Ljubljana - Despite a heated debate between the government and opposition the supplementary budget proposed by the government passed its final hurdle in the parliamentary committees ahead of a plenary debate that starts on Friday. The debate in the parliamentary Finance and Monetary Committee on We... More »
Business
New Chairman Takes Over at Hardware Retailer Merkur
Naklo - The debt-ridden hardware retailer Merkur will get a new boss on Thursday as Bojan Knuplez, the boss of Merkur's home entertainment division Big Bang, takes over from long-time chairman Bine Kordez, who was at the helm of the Naklo-based company since 1998. Kordez resigned on 23 June as Merk... More »
Mercator Signs Deal to Buy Montenegrin Grocery Chain
Ljubljana - Slovenia's top retailer Mercator has acquired the grocery business of Montenegrin company Panto Group in a deal that will make Mercator the leading grocer in Montenegro. Under the deal, whose financial details are unknown, Mercator will assume the grocery activities of Pantomarket and P... More »
Istrabenz Sells Food Company to Croatia's Atlantic Grupa
Koper - The insolvent Istrabenz holding has sold its food subsidiary Droga Kolinska to Croatian company Atlantic Grupa in a deal worth EUR 382m less debts aimed at slashing its debts. The contract on the sale of 95% in the Slovenian food company, whose product line ranges from soft drinks to snacks... More »
Minorities
Slovenians Abroad Discuss Common Cultural and Economic Space
Ljubljana - Slovenians living abroad gathered at the 10th annual meeting in the National Assembly on Thursday, discussing the ties among Slovenians at the cultural, economic and scientific levels. They stressed the importance of cooperation with Slovenian scientists living abroad, of identity and th... More »
Culture & Media
Drago Jancar's Novel about Obsessed Lover to Be Published in German and Croatian
Ljubljana - A novel about an obsessed lover absorbed into the past by Slovenian writer Drago Jancar will soon be published in German and Croatian, the publisher Modrijan has announced. The German version of "A Tree Without a Name" (Der Baum ohne Namen) was translated by Daniela Kocmut and will be pu... More »
Ljubljana Festival 2010 Opens Mahler Year in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - Festival Ljubljana 2010, one of the leading festivals in Slovenia, will kick-off on Monday with a concert "Mahler in Ljubljana" opening the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Gustav Mahler, who lived and worked in Ljubljana in 1881-1882. Mahler's second symp... More »
Collection of Slovenian Literature in Irish Published in Dublin
Dublin - The first anthology of contemporary Slovenian literature in the Irish language is to be launched in Dublin on Tuesday. "Dva: Diolaim de Nua-Litriocht na Sloveine" features more than 60 Slovenian poets and writers, ranging from modern day to the late 19th century. The launch, hosted by ... More »
Contemporary Croatian Sculptors on Display in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - Culture Minister Majda Sirca and her Croatian counterpart Bozo Biskupic opened at the Jakopic Gallery in Ljubljana on Tuesday an exhibition featuring more than 50 pieces by 17 contemporary Croatian sculptors. Biskupic said on the occasion that the exhibition was a project of the Croati... More »
Events
Slovenians from Abroad Met at Traditional Jamboree
Metlika/ Dolenjske Toplice - Slovenians living around the world met for the 54th annual gathering dubbed "Get-Together in My Homeland" on Saturday in the southeastern town of Metlika. Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks said that in the future these gatherings should exceed all pol... More »
Rainbow Flags Fill Ljubljana Streets
Ljubljana - A crowd of over 200 people marched through the streets of Ljubljana on Saturday waving rainbow fags and carrying colourful balloons in what was the 10th annual gay pride parade. Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar said in his address that the price for freedom of expression cannot be intoler... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 5 - 11 July
MONDAY, 5 July
  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will pay a working visit to Slovenia as a prelude to his whirlwind tour of the Western Balkans.
  • LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina Sven Alkalaj will pay a working visit to S... More »
Slovenia News 13 July 2010
Editorial

Prime Minister Borut Pahor has travelled to Croatia on Friday to attend a two-day conference on SE Europe. He was expected to discuss the issue of liabilities of a defunct Slovenian bank, LB, to Croatian clients with his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor. Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers decided in Dubrovnik on Saturday that they would meet on 31 July in the Slovenian lake resort of Bohinj to discuss the only big open issue between the two countries left - the liabilities of defunct LB bank toward Croatian clients.

 

Slovenian and Croatian presidents, Danilo Tuerk and Ivo Josipovic, met on Tuesday for the first time following Slovenia's 6 June referendum on border arbitration treaty with Croatia, agreeing that the atmosphere between the countries was positive and that the two countries should tackle more issues in a neighbourly spirit.

 

 

 

 

Foreign Affairs
Zbogar Discusses Western Balkans with UN Secretary-General
New York/Washington - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met on Monday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, discussing primarily the situation in the Western Balkans. Zbogar announced this would also be the main topic of his talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinto... More »
Tuerk in Srebrenica: We'll Do Everything to Prevent Genocide
Srebrenica - Our commitment to prevent genocide is sincere and strong, and nobody should doubt this, Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk said as he addressed a commemoration marking 15 years since the Srebrenica massacre on Sunday. "Today we solemnly pledge to do everything to prevent any threat, an... More »
President Expresses Support for Slovenian, Croatian PMs on Bilateral Issues
Dubrovnik - President Danilo Tuerk told the press in Dubrovnik on Saturday that he and his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic are willing to offer their help with bilateral issues if PMs Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor might need it. He arrived in Dubrovnik upon invitation of Josipovic to attend the ... More »
Pahor and Kosor Take More Time Before Deciding on LB Issue
Dubrovnik - Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, decided in Dubrovnik on Saturday that they would meet on 31 July in the Slovenian lake resort of Bohinj to discuss the only big open issue between the two countries left - the liabilities of defunct LB bank toward Cr... More »
Govt Adopts Slovenia's W Balkans Strategy
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday guidelines for Slovenia's activities in the Western Balkans in order to strengthen the country's activities in the region. The guidelines define Slovenia's priorities and measures needed to reinforce Slovenia's role there. The Government Communicatio... More »
Slovenian, Croatian Presidents Upbeat about Future of Relations
Pazin - Slovenian and Croatian presidents, Danilo Tuerk and Ivo Josipovic, met on Tuesday for the first time following Slovenia's 6 June referendum on border arbitration treaty with Croatia, agreeing that the atmosphere between the countries was positive and that the two countries should tackle more... More »
Children from Kosovo on Vacation in Slovenia
Piran - A group of 30 children from Kosovo arrived at the Slovenian coast on Wednesday where they will spend a week of their summer vacation with workshops, trips and a swimming lessons organised for children from socially deprived families, who have lost one or both their parents and have been vict... More »
International Organisations
Slovenia to Open Office at OECD
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday the opening of Slovenia's permanent representative office at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Slovenia was invited to join the organisation in May, after requesting for membership in March 1996. So far, the... More »
Environment
Barje Waste Disposal Site Gets New Effluent Treatment Facility
Ljubljana - A new effluent treatment facility was opened at the waste disposal site at Barje outside Ljubljana on Tuesday, marking the first phase of a EUR 144m investment that will also bring a facility for mechanical biological treatment of waste and a sorting facility by 2014. The effluent tre... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Cross-Border Scientific Project Launched in Nova Gorica
Ajdovscina - The University of Nova Gorica will set up an interregional centre for ultrafast photonic technique in spectroscopy as part of the cross-border initiative Interreg Slovenia-Italy 2007-2013. The EUR 2.8m Citius project is to start operating in the next three years. Gvido Bratina of the... More »
Minorities
New Bilingual Signposts Placed in Province of Carinthia
Klagenfurt - Local authorities erected three new bilingual signposts in the Austrian province of Carinthia on Tuesday in a move implementing a recent ruling of the Austrian Constitutional Court. The towns with the new German-Slovenian signposts are Bleiburg (Pliberk), Ebersdorf (Drvesa vas) and Schw... More »
Culture & Media
Peroci's Legendary Children's Book Translated to French
Ljubljana - French publisher Circonflexe has published a French translation of the legendary Slovenian children's book "My Flying Umbrella" by popular author Ela Peroci (1922-2001). The story was published in the collection "Aux couleurs de l'Europe" (In the Colours of Europe) which the French pu... More »
Children's Literature Critic Wins Stritar Award
Ljubljana - The 13th annual award for the best up-and-coming young critic, the Stritar Award, goes to Gaja Kos for her literary criticism of children's and youth literature. The Slovenian Writers' Association will hand out the award at a ceremony on Thursday. The jury said Kos has earned the awar... More »
Transport
Minister Vlacic: Slovenia to Build Korosko Expressway by 2017
Mezica - Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic took part in a working meeting of nine mayors from the Slovenian and Austrian bordering regions of Korosko and Carinthia on Wednesday, announcing that Slovenia is planning to build an expressway connecting the two countries in this part by 2017. The mini... More »
Brdo Process Countries Pledge to Develop Transport Infrastructure
Zagreb - Representatives of transport ministries from countries participating in the Western Balkans Brdo Process met in Zagreb on Tuesday to sign a joint statement committing themselves to developing transport infrastructure in the region in a way that implements EU plans in this field. The sign... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 12-18 July
MONDAY, 12 July
  • NEW YORK, US - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will begin a three-day working visit the US, with his first stop at the UN headquarters.
  • LJUBLJANA - Parliament will continue its plenary session with a debate on two new bill on social benefits and a Q&A sessi... More »
Slovenia News 20 July 2010
Editorial

The presidents of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, Danilo Tuerk, Giorgio Napolitano and Ivo Josipovic, met in Trieste on 13 July in an effort to heal historical wounds between the countries.

 

Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar visited the United States between 12 and 14 July for talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

 

Representatives of journalists in Slovenian media outlets addressed a request to Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Culture Minister Majda Sirca on 14 July urging legislative change to tackle what they believe is a "disastrous situation in the Slovenian media".

 

And, Darja Radic was appointed new economy minister in parliament on 16 July, just eight days after the previous minister, Matej Lahovnik, resigned. The 44-year-old economist who has so far served as Economy Ministry state secretary.

 

Foreign Affairs
Western Balkans dominate Žbogar's talks in the US
WASHINGTON - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar visited the United States between 12 and 14 July for talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. These focused on the Western Balkans, in particular developments between Serbia and Kosovo, the situation in Bosnia... More »
Three Presidents hold historic meeting in Trieste
The presidents of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, Danilo Tuerk, Giorgio Napolitano and Ivo Josipovic, met in Trieste on 13 July in an effort to heal historical wounds between the countries. The trio honoured the victims of Italian and Yugoslav regimes before, during and after WWII. The three preside... More »
President Firmly Supports Turkey's EU Bid
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk pledged Slovenia's unwavering support for Turkey's efforts to join the EU after meeting Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday. The pair also called for stronger economic ties at a joint press conference. "We believe ... More »
Parliament Adopts Western Balkans Declaration
Ljubljana - The National Assembly adopted on Thursday a Declaration on the Western Balkans, which defines the Western Balkans as a priority region for Slovenia and sets the guidelines for Slovenia's future actions aimed to strengthen cooperation with and among the countries in the region in all... More »
Foreign Minister Attending Afghanistan Conference
Kabul - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar attends an international conference on Afghanistan which will build on commitments from the January international conference in London. The event will be chaired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main topic will be the t... More »
Defence & NATO
Foreign Minister Attending Afghanistan Conference
Kabul - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar attends an international conference on Afghanistan which will build on commitments from the January international conference in London. The event will be chaired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main topic will be the t... More »
Economy & Finance
D&B Says Decline in Slovenia's GDP Slowing Down
Ljubljana - The rating firm Dun&Bradstreet (D&B) has established in its June report for Slovenia that the decline in the country's GDP at the annual level is slowing down, but that economic activity is also dropping. D&B is also concerned that too rapid fiscal measures could dampen economic activity... More »
Parliament Supports Mini Jobs Bill at First Reading
Ljubljana - The coalition majority backed the bill on mini jobs on Wednesday's first reading in parliament as one of three key pieces of legislation in the government-sponsored labour reform. The opposition opposes the bill, as do the trade unions and student organisations. One of the aims b... More »
President Firmly Supports Turkey's EU Bid
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk pledged Slovenia's unwavering support for Turkey's efforts to join the EU after meeting Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday. The pair also called for stronger economic ties at a joint press conference. "We believe ... More »
Darja Radić appointed new Economy Minister
Ljubljana - Darja Radic was appointed new economy minister in parliament on 16 July, just eight days after the previous minister, Matej Lahovnik, resigned. The 44-year-old economist who has so far served as Economy Ministry state secretary was supported by 47 deputies, while 9 voted against her. ... More »
Social Partners Fail to Find Common Ground on Pension Reform
Brdo pri Kranju - Social partners failed to reach consensus on the retirement age and the number of years of service necessary for full pension at a meeting on Friday. Negotiations on the pension reform will resume on Wednesday (21 July), Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Ivan Svetlik said ... More »
Ministers Discuss Boosting of Trade between EU and Canada
Ljubljana - Development and European Affairs Minister Mitja Gaspari met in Ljubljana on Monday Canadian Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan. The pair discussed the ways to boost bilateral economic ties and the talks on expansion of the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada as a f... More »
Business
Plan for Logistics Holding In for More Debate
Koper - Ex-Deutsche Bahn boss Hartmut Mehdorn and Slovenian Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic discussed Mehdorn's vision of a new Slovenian logistics holding with supervisors of port operator Luka Koper on Friday. Information on the meeting and the supervisors' opinion on the project was scarce. ... More »
Pipistrel to Build Bobsleighs aside of Planes
Ajdovščina - Pipistrel, the Ajdovščina-based maker of ultra-light planes, is set to expand into new lines of business. For a start, it will venture into building bobsleighs. The boss and owner of the company, Ivo Boscarol, says the reason behind this bold decision is the high price of the p... More »
Elan 350 Yacht Aiming at European Best Yacht Title
Begunje na Gorenjskem - The Elan 350 sailing boat has been shortlisted for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year 2010 award in performance range. The yacht is competing with two other boats, the French First 30 and the German Dehler 32. The winner will be announced at the German Boote 2011 boat... More »
Postojna Cave to Get Back Its Former Glory
Postojna - Marjan Batagelj, the businessman who bought the operator of the Postojna Cave last week, plans to increase the number of visitors to Slovenia's biggest tourist attraction from the current half a million to one million a year. Batagelj revealed his plans after his company Batagel & Co. bou... More »
Education | Science & Technology
91% of High School Leavers Graduate
Ljubljana - The Ministry of Education and Sport presented in Wednesday the results of this year's matura, the national high school leaving exams. The results show that the number of high-scorers from gimnazija general high schools has dropped compared to last year, while their number increased in vo... More »
Social Affairs
Parliament Supports Mini Jobs Bill at First Reading
Ljubljana - The coalition majority backed the bill on mini jobs on Wednesday's first reading in parliament as one of three key pieces of legislation in the government-sponsored labour reform. The opposition opposes the bill, as do the trade unions and student organisations. One of the aims b... More »
Welfare Eligibility Bill Passed
Ljubljana - The National Assembly passed in a 49:3 vote the welfare eligibility bill aimed at making the welfare system fairer, simpler and more transparent. Under the new law, all incomes and assets will count in eligibility assessment, including real estate. The welfare eligibility bill is crea... More »
Social Partners Fail to Find Common Ground on Pension Reform
Brdo pri Kranju - Social partners failed to reach consensus on the retirement age and the number of years of service necessary for full pension at a meeting on Friday. Negotiations on the pension reform will resume on Wednesday (21 July), Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Ivan Svetlik said ... More »
Minorities
MEP Peterle Calls for Support for Slovenian Schools in Italy
Brussels - Slovenian MEP Lojze Peterle (EPP/Nsi) and his colleague from the South Tyrolean People's Party Herbert Dorfmann signed in Brussels on Friday a letter of support to education in the Slovenian language in Italy and sent it to more than 600 media houses in Europe, including Italy. The MEP... More »
Culture & Media
Chinese National Library Gets Copy of "Iconoteca Valvasoriana"
Beijing - The Chinese National Library in Beijing has received the collection "Iconotheca Valvasoriana" by the Slovenian 17th century scholar Janez Vajkard Valvasor. The first of the 17 books was symbolically handed to Chinese PM Wen Jiabao from his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor during his visit... More »
Journalists action against "disastrous" media situation
LJUBLJANA - Coming out of a meeting with journalist representatives over their call for a change of legislation on media ownership and appointment of editors, PM Borut Pahor said on Monday that the government will react to their concerns with appropriate legislative changes. The government will amen... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Geological Park to Be Established on Slovenia-Austria Border
Mezica - A geopark is to be established in the border area between Slovenia and Austria under the mountains of Peca and Obir in what its partners hope could become another park within the European Geopark Network under the auspices of UNESCO, which includes 53 geoparks in 17 countries. The geogra... More »
Sport
Slovenia Make Top 20 in FIFA Rankings
Ljubljana - One win and a draw out of three matches at the World Cup in South Africa propelled the Slovenian national football team to the 19th place in FIFA's latest world rankings, the highest ranking ever for Slovenia. Their previous high was the 23th spot in April.... More »
Tourism
Geological Park to Be Established on Slovenia-Austria Border
Mezica - A geopark is to be established in the border area between Slovenia and Austria under the mountains of Peca and Obir in what its partners hope could become another park within the European Geopark Network under the auspices of UNESCO, which includes 53 geoparks in 17 countries. The geogra... More »
Postojna Cave to Get Back Its Former Glory
Postojna - Marjan Batagelj, the businessman who bought the operator of the Postojna Cave last week, plans to increase the number of visitors to Slovenia's biggest tourist attraction from the current half a million to one million a year. Batagelj revealed his plans after his company Batagel & Co. bou... More »
Events
Schedule of the events for 20 - 25 July
TUESDAY, 20 July LJUBLJANA - Qatari Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will pay a two-day visit to Slovenia upon an invitation from Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk. KABUL, Afghanistan - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will take part in a two-day international conference on Afghanistan. ... More »
Slovenia News 27 July 2010
Editorial

Slovenia's NLB bank passed a stress test of EU banks designed to assess the resilience of the banking system to possible adverse economic developments in the period 2010-2011, but the results suggest that the bank needs to shore up its core capital.

 

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia acknowledges and accepts the outcome of the EU-wide stress test and welcomes the enhanced transparency that has been achieved with the publication of these results.

 

With the aim of ensuring the highest possible degree of robustness and financial stability, Government of the Republic of Slovenia commits to enhance the solvency of Nova Ljubljanska banka, d.d., should private funding sources not be sufficient, in line with EC state aid rules.

Domestic Policy
Government Replaces Intelligence and Security Agency Boss
Ljubljana - The government on Thursday dismissed the Head of the Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) Andrej Rupnik and appointed Sebastjan Selan in his place, who will start his five-year term on Friday. In announcing the decision, Prime Minister Borut Pahor said that Rupn... More »
Speaker of the Parliament Calls Local Elections for 10 October
Ljubljana - Speaker of the National Assembly Pavel Gantar on Friday called this year's local elections for Sunday, 10 October. "Today I can say, let the game begin," Gantar said as he called the election. This means that 9 August is the date for the official launch of election-related activities, in... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Qatar Sign Several Accords to Boost Ties
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenia and Qatar signed seven agreements to enhance bilateral relations as Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani visited Slovenia on Tuesday. President Danilo Tuerk said the countries were developing intensive and promising relations. Addressing reporters at Brdo pri Kranju after ta... More »
Foreign Minister Zbogar Urges Retreat Timeline for Afghanistan
Kabul - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar attended an international conference on Afghanistan in Kabul on Tuesday, a follow-up to the January international conference in London. He told public broadcaster RTV Slovenia on the sidelines of the event that the transformation of Afghanistan into an independ... More »
Tuerk and Peres Call for Cooperation, Especially in Science
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk and his Israeli counterpart Simon Peres called for a strengthening of cooperation, especially in science and technology, as they met at Brdo pri Kranju on Thursday. They also touched on the situation in the Middle East and Slovenia's rehabilitation project fo... More »
Slovenia Hopes ICJ Opinion Will Improve Serbia-Kosovo Relations
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Foreign Ministry on Thursday welcomed the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Kosovo's declaration of independence was legal, saying it was a step which would enable a positive shift in the relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Slovenia sees the indep... More »
Germany and Slovenia Stress Commitment to Stronger Ties
Ljubljana - The German and Slovenian foreign ministers, Guido Westerwelle and Samuel Zbogar, stressed the commitment of both countries to stronger cooperation, especially economic ties, as they met in Ljubljana today. Addressing a press conference after the first half of their talks, the pair emphas... More »
Qatari Amir Visits Gaza Children on Rehabilitation in Slovenia
Ljubljana - Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani concluded his two-day visit to Slovenia on Wednesday with a visit to Soca Rehabilitation Institute in Ljubljana treating a group of Palestinian children, who suffered severe injuries in Gaza. During the visit, Qatar donated EUR 100,000 for the proje... More »
Economy & Finance
NLB Passes Bank Stress Test
London/Ljubljana - Slovenia's NLB bank passed a stress test of EU banks designed to check their resilience to a further economic or sovereign-debt crisis, but the results suggest that the bank needs to shore up its core capital. The exercise was carried out by the Committee of European Banking ... More »
Social Affairs
Ministry of the Interior Issues Info Brochure for the Erased
Ljubljana - As amendments to the act on the erased retroactively reinstating permanent resident status to all of around 26,000 nationals of former Yugoslav republics erased from the permanent residence register in 1992 enter into force Saturday, the Interior Ministry has published a brochure to info... More »
Culture & Media
President Tuerk decorates composer Mojmir Sepe for contribution to pop music
Ljubljana - A composer who wrote some of the most memorable Slovenian pop songs of the past decade, Mojmir Sepe has been awarded by President Danilo Tuerk the Golden Order for Services for his contribution to Slovenian pop and the development of Slovenian musical culture. Sepe's works are "in t... More »
Iron Age Grave Site Discovered Near Novo mesto
Novo mesto - A dual grave from the 4th century BC was discovered at an archaeological site near the city of Novo mesto in the Dolenjsko region (SE) on Monday. The archaeologists assume a man and a woman were buried together. Since there were no skeletal remains in the grave the scientists had to ma... More »
Demolition Group to Open Trnfest Festival
Ljubljana - The traditional Trnfest international summer festival will kick off today in the evening with Slovenian rock band Demolition group and will end on 29 August with a performance by conceptual band Laibach, offering a variety of admission-free concerts, performances, workshops and film scre... More »
Society
PM Pahor and Archbishop Stres Honour Victims of Communist and Nazi Executions
Lasko/Celje - PM Borut Pahor and Archbishop of Ljubljana Anton Stres visited the Huda jama mass grave near Lasko on Saturday to honour jointly for the first time the victims of post-WWII Communist reprisals at this site, discovered in March 2008. The pair also visited the site of Nazi executions at ... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 26 July - 1 August
MONDAY, 26 July
  • LJUBLJANA - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who is also eurozone president, will visit Slovenia upon the invitation by his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor.
  • LJUBLJANA - Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik will present Speaker Pavel Gantar with the... More »
Slovenia and Russia Commemorate WWI Russian POWs
Kranjska Gora - Culture Minister Majda Sirca, who addressed on Sunday a ceremony commemorating the death of over 300 WWI Russian POWs, said that sometimes death can be the reason for a new beginning: the new friendship between Slovenia and Russia. Sirca said that the annual commemoration of POWs who... More »
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