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Slovenia News 1 March 2011
Editorial

Slovenia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.2% in real terms in 2010, outpacing analysts' expectations. In the final quarter, GDP expanded 2.1% year-on-year and 0.6% over the previous quarter.

 

Minister of the Economy Darja Radic announced in Brussels that natural gas had been found in Slovenia's north-eastern region of Pomurje. The find is very encouraging, especially in the light of supply interruptions caused by recent unrest in North Africa. "We have started drilling in Pomurje, research has been made and we already have the first find," Radic said about a find in Petisovci made by a British company.

 

Interior ministers from nine South-European European countries signed a memorandum of understanding in support of a Slovenian-Bulgarian initiative for the creation of joint investigation groups dedicated to fighting human trafficking in Ljubljana. The development comes after Slovenia and Bulgaria formed a joint cooperation project in fighting human trafficking by creating join investigation teams.

Foreign Affairs
SE Europe Countries Join Forces in Tackling Human Trafficking
Ljubljana - Interior ministers from nine SE European countries signed a memorandum of understanding in support of a Slovenian-Bulgarian initiative for the creation of joint investigation groups dedicated to fighting human trafficking in Ljubljana on Monday. The memorandum was signed by interior m... More »
EU Topics
EU to Give Slovenia EUR 7.5M in Floods Aid
Brussels - The European Commissions has proposed that Slovenia should get EUR 7.46m from the EU Solidarity Fund to cope with the consequences of the September 2010 floods, the Commission said on Thursday. The proposal needs approval from the European Parliament and the Council. This is to show ou... More »
Economy & Finance
Slovenia's Economy Expanded by 1.2% in 2010
Ljubljana - Propelled by exports, Slovenia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.2% in real terms in 2010, outpacing analysts' expectations. In the final quarter, GDP expanded 2.1% year-on-year and 0.6% over the previous quarter, the Statistics Office said on Monday... More »
Business
Riko Gets EUR 54M Engineering Deal in Belarus
Ljubljana - Engineering company Riko signed a contract in Belarus on Wednesday closing a EUR 54m deal for building and connecting two electrical substations, the company told the STA on Thursday. Riko plans to involve Slovenian power grid equipment companies in the project. According to Riko's sp... More »
Culture & Media
Biggest Laibach Exhibition Opens in Maribor Art Gallery
Maribor - Iconic Slovenian band Laibach is putting its visual art on display at the Maribor Art Gallery on Thursday. The exhibition, entitled "Ausstellung Laibach Kunst, Perspektive 1980-2011", is the biggest in the band's 30-year history and includes almost all of its visual artwork. T... More »
Carnival Festivities begin with Kurentovanje 2011
Ptuj - Shrovetide festivities have begun on Saturday in the northeastern town of Ptuj, the home to the most distinctive Slovenian costume, the kurent. The festivities, running for 11 days, will culminate on 6 March with an international carnival which is expected to attract some 200,000 people.... More »
Architect Andrej Hrausky: Slovenia Boasts Quality Architecture
Ljubljana - Slovenia has established itself in Europe as a small centre of advanced architecture, Andrej Hrausky, the head of the Association of Ljubljana Architects, said. Hrausky gave the interview after Association of Ljubljana Architects put on an exhibition entitled "Architecture-Stockt... More »
Swedish Composer is New Artistic Director of Perpetuum Jazzile
Ljubljana - Vocal jazz and a cappella pop choir Perpetuum Jazzile has chosen a new art director after former conductor Tomaz Kozlevcar left the choir in mid-January. One of the most popular Slovenian choirs will now be led by Swedish composer and singer Peder Karlsson, a founding member of the famou... More »
Energy
European Agency ACER to Open in Slovenia
Ljubljana, 28 February (STA) - The Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will be inaugurated in Ljubljana on Thursday as the first European agency to have its headquarters in Slovenia. ACER is one of the most important European agencies, which according to Andris Piebalgs, the former... More »
Minister Presents Natural Gas Find in Slovenia
Brussels - Economy Minister Darja Radic, who is attending an EU ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday, said that natural gas had been found in Slovenia's north-eastern region of Pomurje. The find is very encouraging, especially in the light of supply interruptions caused by recent unrest in Nort... More »
Events
Talent Show Runner-up Will Represent Slovenia at Eurovision
Ljubljana - Maja Keuc, best known as the runner-up in the first season of the "Slovenia's Got Talent" show, will represent Slovenia at this year's Eurovision song contest. The 19-year-old convinced the jury and the public with the soul ballad "Vanilija" (Vanilla). Keuc, someti... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 1 March-6 March:
TUESDAY, 1 March
  • BAKU, Azerbaijan - Defence Minster Ljubica Jelusic will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan.
  • LJUBLJANA - Parliament will debate a report on the work of the parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Commissi... More »
Slovenia News 8 March 2011
Editorial

The Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) was launched at a high-profile ceremony in Ljubljana on Thursday, 3 March, as an institution tasked to ensure the work of national energy regulators is in line with EU regulations. The ceremony saw the handover of a symbolic key at the TR3 office tower in the centre of Ljubljana, the headquarters of the first European agency seated in Slovenia. European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger hailed the agency's launch as a historic milestone in Europe's single energy market.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor started a two-day official visit to Turkey on Thursday, 3 March, by meeting his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss bilateral relations. The pair also signed a memorandum aimed at strengthening the already good economic ties between the countries. After the meeting, Pahor told the press that Slovenia will back Turkey's EU-accession bid if the country meets the union's terms. He said it is in Turkey's and the EU's interest that the leading country in the region joins the union.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed in Paris on Monday, 7 March, a strategic cooperation partnership agreement aimed to strengthen political, economic and other ties between the countries.

Domestic Policy
Pahor Acquaints MPs with Govt Priorities
Ljubljana - PM Borut Pahor presented to MPs on Wednesday the priorities of the government for the rest of its term, highlighting the consolidation of public finances, improving conditions for business, tackling payment default, securing a more effective labour market, the fight against white collar ... More »
Foreign Affairs
Pahor and Sarkozy Sign Strategic Partnership
Paris - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed in Paris on Monday a strategic cooperation partnership agreement aimed to strengthen political, economic and other ties between the countries. "I will do something I am not used to. I would like to say how importa... More »
Slovenia, Bulgarian FMs Urge Bosnia to Speed Up Efforts to Join EU
Sarajevo - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov visited Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday to urge the country to form a government as soon as possible. The FMs were also due to meet Republika Srpska leader Milorad Dodik, who, however, boycotted the meeti... More »
Trade and EU Accession Top PM's Talks in Turkey
Ankara - Prime Minister Borut Pahor started a two-day official visit to Turkey on Thursday by meeting his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss bilateral relations. The pair also signed a memorandum aimed at strengthening the already good economic ties between the countries. After the meeting,... More »
State Secretary Meets UN Deputy Secretary-General
New York - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dragoljuba Bencina met in New York on Tuesday UN deputy secretary-general Asha-Rose Migiro, who thanked Slovenia for supporting the priorities of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and for the country's efforts within the UN Women organisation, the Foreign M... More »
Zbogar Stresses Relevance of Disarmament Conference
Geneva - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who is taking part in the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, stressed the relevance of the Conference on Disarmament (CD), speaking at the meeting of the conference on Tuesday. He expressed Slovenia's full support for UN Secretary General Ba... More »
SE Europe Interior Ministers Happy With 2010 Border Security
Ljubljana - Interior ministers from SE Europe wrapped up on Tuesday their two-day meeting in Ljubljana with a review of border security cooperation in 2010. Slovenian Interior Minister Katarina Kresal said that visa liberalisation contributed a lot to what the ministers believe was a successful year... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenia, Azerbaijan Sign Defence Cooperation Agreement
Baku - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and her Azerbaijani counterpart, Col-Gen Safar Abiyev, signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement in Baku on Wednesday as Jelusic paid her first official visit to the country, the Slovenian Defence ministry said. Jelusic and Abiyev discussed the defence ... More »
Economy & Finance
Social Partners Welcome Plans for Improving Competitiveness
Ljubljana - The Economic and Social Council (ESS), the country's main industrial relations forum, met on Friday to focus on the measures the government has prepared to boost Slovenia's competitiveness. While the proposals earned general approval, reservations were expressed regarding the planne... More »
Business
Parliament Passes Payment Default-Busting Package
Ljubljana - Parliament passed a legislative package on Friday designed to tackle payment defaults. The bill to prevent late payments, and changes to the VAT act and the public procurement act dealing with defaults, were confirmed by the coalition whereas the opposition voted against. The government ... More »
Chamber of Commerce Awards Seven Outstanding Managers
Ljubljana - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) presented on Wednesday its 2010 award for outstanding business achievements to seven managers for their creativity, focus on development and social responsibility. The oldest and most prestigious business awards in Slovenia are given to director... More »
Environment
Photo Exhibition Raising Awareness about Preservation of Land
Ljubljana - A series of 120 photographs and montages dubbed "Written on the Skin of the Earth" are on display in the main promenade of Ljubjana's Tivoli park as of Tuesday. The 150x180 prints of animals, plants and humans aim at raising awareness about the preservation of agricultural land... More »
Social Affairs
Parliament Passes Act Furthering Social Enterprises
Ljubljana - MPs passed unanimously on Monday an act that provides a legal framework for social enterprises, a concept so far neglected in Slovenia. The law makes it possible to set up enterprises whose primary motive is not profit but the rendering of socially useful services and employment of perso... More »
Slovenia with Highest Employment Rate for Mothers in EU
Brussels - Slovenia had the highest employment rate for mothers in the EU in 2009, Eurostat revealed in a statistics release ahead of this year's International Women's Day, 8 March. The employment rate for women aged 25 to 54 with one child in Slovenia was 84.8% and 89.1% for women with two children... More »
EU Report Shows Slovenia Has Strong Social Dialogue
Brussels - Slovenia is among the EU members where social dialogue is strongest, but talks have also failed at times, shows the European Commission's report on worker-employer relations, Industrial Relations in Europe 2010, released on Thursday. The quality of social dialogue is hard to gauge, but ba... More »
Culture & Media
Carnival Festivities Culminate with Processions, 60,000 Visit Ptuj
Ptuj/Cerknica/Cerkno - Carnival atmosphere gripped Slovenian towns on Sunday as shrovetide festivities culminated with processions of costumed figures that attracted record numbers of visitors this year. As every year, the biggest procession was held in Slovenia's oldest town of Ptuj (NE). Taking... More »
Picture of Destitute Workers Wins Slovenia Press Photo Award
Ljubljana - A picture portraying the workers of insolvent builder Vegrad taken by Matej Druznik of the daily Delo was selected for the Photo of the Year award at the conclusion of the Slovenia Press Photo 2011 (SPP) festival. "Delavci Vegrada" (Vegrad Workers), which portrays several worke... More »
Theatrical Adaptation of Lubitsch's Film Awarded in Celje
Celje - A theatre production of Ernst Lubitsch's two-reel silent comedy "Als Ich Tot War" (1916) won the best comedy award as the annual festival of comedy came to a close in Celje on Sunday. The production won Slovenia's leading theatre company, SNG Drama Ljubljana, the finest comedy... More »
Slovenian Culture to Be Promoted in France
Paris - French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand said that too little had been done to make Slovenian culture known in France as he met Minister Majda Sirca in Paris on Wednesday. So he proposed guidelines for cooperation, while an accord on cooperation in film industry is also in the pipeline, th... More »
Energy
EU Energy Agency ACER Launched in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - The Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) was launched at a high-profile ceremony in Ljubljana on Thursday as an institution tasked to ensure the work of national energy regulators is in line with EU regulations. The ceremony saw the handover of a symbolic key at the TR3 off... More »
Commissioner Argues Internal Energy Market Good for Consumers and Industry
Ljubljana - European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger spoke about the EU's energy market and the role of the Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) that was launched in Ljubljana on Thursday. He pointed to the benefits the new rules bring for consumers and indicated a possible expa... More »
Sport
Slovenia Win Bronze in Ski-Jumps at Nordic World Championships
Oslo - Slovenia's ski-jumping team won bronze (452.6 points) in Oslo on Saturday at the Nordic World Ski Championships, outperformed only by Austria (500.0) and Norway (456.4). The medal comes as a surprise after a relatively poor season for the Slovenian team, including at the earlier events in ... More »
Kranjska Gora Hosting Skiing World Cup for 50th Time
Kranjska Gora - The world's top skiers made their annual stop in Kranjska Gora this weekend for what was the 50th traditional Vitranc Cup. A World Cup giant slalom race for men took place on Saturday and was followed by a slalom on Sunday. Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the giant s... More »
Tourism
World's Oldest Vine Pruned in Maribor
Maribor - The world's oldest vine was pruned as a part of a traditional event in Maribor on Friday. The new city vine-dresser Stanislav Kocutar dealt the expert cut and distributed the wine grafts with the help of Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler and the Maribor Wine Queen. According to Kangler, the vine... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 7-13 March:
TUESDAY, 8 March
  • PARIS, France - PM Borut Pahor will meet French PM Francois Fillon and Minister of Industry, Energy and Digital Economy Eric Besson and President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher.
  • SKOPJE, Macedonia - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will pay a two-... More »
Slovenia News 15 March 2011
Editorial

Prime Minister Borut Pahor discussed French investments in Slovenia with French PM Francois Fillon in Paris on Tuesday, coming out of the talks by speaking of the possibility of several billion euros worth of investments which could be decisive for Slovenia's long-term competitiveness.

 

As celebrations of the 100th International Women's Day get under way on 8 March, women everywhere may take pride in what they have achieved. But there are still goals to pursue in improving gender equality, Slovenian officials point out.

 

The 20th anniversary of the Alpine Convention was celebrated as representatives of the signatories gathered at Brdo pri Kranju Tuesday for the annual conference and Slovenia wrapped up its two-year presidency of the group.

 

 

 

Domestic Policy
Court Allows Pension Reform Referendum
Ljubljana - Slovenia's highest court has turned down a constitutional challenge to the referendum proposed by trade unions on pension reform, ruling that the referendum cannot bring immediate unconstitutional consequences. The referendum motion can go ahead. Examining a request made by parliament... More »
Foreign Affairs
Pahor Invites France to Bid for Billions-Worth of Deals in Slovenia
Paris - Prime Minister Borut Pahor discussed French investments in Slovenia with French PM Francois Fillon in Paris on Tuesday, coming out of the talks by speaking of the possibility of several billion euros worth of investments which could be decisive for Slovenia's long-term competitiveness. &q... More »
Zbogar Starts Visit to Macedonia
Skopje - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar visited two construction projects carried out by Slovenian companies in Macedonia on Tuesday, as a part of a two-day official visit to the country. The minister will also attend a two-day session of Slovenian ambassadors to the Western Balkans later today, sai... More »
Zbogar Calls for Solution in Row over Macedonia's Name
Skopje - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar has urged a speedy solution of the Macedonian-Greek dispute over Macedonia's name so that the country could move on in its bid to join the EU and NATO. "The solution would enable resolution of all other issues," Zbogar said after talks with his Maced... More »
Business
Bisol to Supply Photovoltaic Modules to French Giant GDF Suez
Paris - Slovenian photovoltaic modules producer Bisol signed in Paris on Tuesday a contract on the supply of its modules to French energy company GDF Suez. The contract, reportedly worth millions, was signed during Prime Minister Borut Pahor's official visit to Paris. "GDF Suez entering the ... More »
JAPTI Signs Cooperation Agreement with Russian-Balkans Portal
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Public Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian-Balkans information agency RusBalkanInform, which manages the business portal www.tradeportal.si, aimed at boosting ... More »
Govt Adopts Bills to Protect Small Creditors
Ljubljana - The government adopted two reform bills for increasing protection for small creditors on Thursday as part of a package of measures aimed at meeting demands of small businesses, who are nevertheless expected to start a campaign of civil disobedience on Friday. The proposed changes to t... More »
Slovenian-Russian Business Council to Be Launched Soon
Ljubljana - Slovenian companies seeking to enter the Russian market will be able to join forces in a Slovenian-Russian business council, which is to be formally established as Russian PM Vladimir Putin visits Slovenia on 22 March. The preparatory meeting was held in Ljubljana on Friday. The meeti... More »
Agriculture
Slovenian, Austrian Ministers Discuss Positions on CAP Changes
Ljubljana - Slovenian Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan hosted on Wednesday his Austrian counterpart Nikolaus Berlakovich for talks about the planned changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Zidan told the press after the meeting that the countries had similar position... More »
Environment
Twenty Years of Alpine Convention Celebrated in Slovenia
Brdo pri Kranju - The 20th anniversary of the Alpine Convention was celebrated as representatives of the signatories gathered at Brdo pri Kranju Tuesday for the annual conference and Slovenia wrapped up its two-year presidency of the group. During Slovenia's stint as president the goal was to enh... More »
Slovenia Passes Alpine Convention Presidency to Switzerland
Brdo pri Kranju - Slovenia handed over the presidency baton of the Alpine Convention to Switzerland on Wednesday, as its two-year spell at the helm comes to an end. Environment Minister Roko Zarnic expressed satisfaction with the work in the past two years, especially regarding the expansion of the ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenia and Croatia Share Goals in Higher Education, Minister Says
Zagreb - Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic met his Croatian counterpart Radovan Fuchs in Zagreb on Monday. The pair discussed Slovenia's development and innovation strategy for 2011-2020, the national higher education programme and Croatia's bill on university studies,... More »
Govt Adopts Higher Education Programme and Innovation Strategy
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday two strategic resolutions until 2020. The national higher education programme and the research and innovation strategy are ambitious and envisage an increase in funding for the two areas, Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic ... More »
Social Affairs
Govt Overhauls Scholarships System
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a new bill on scholarships which excludes students under 18 from the national scholarships scheme while introducing three new scholarships and raising the bar for acquiring scholarship for talented students. Apart from the existing state scholarship ... More »
Mini Jobs Referendum Campaign Gets Under Way
Ljubljana - Campaigning ahead of the 10 April referendum on the mini jobs act officially starts on Friday. The government-sponsored act, aimed among other things at cracking down on abuse of the existing system of student work, was passed by the National Assembly on 16 November 2010, upon which the ... More »
Events
Women Celebrate 100th International Women's Day
Ljubljana - As celebrations of the 100th International Women's Day get under way on 8 March, women everywhere may take pride in what they have achieved. But there are still goals to pursue in improving gender equality, Slovenian officials point out. "Rights that we take for granted did not e... More »
Tuerk Opens Construction Fair, Urges Prudent Use of Forests
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk opened in Ljubljana on Tuesday the 50th fair of construction business and interior design, "Dom", stressing the need to make good use of Slovenia's wealth in forests in construction as well as energy security. "I have the impression that we are makin... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 14-20 March
MONDAY, 14 March
  • LJUBLJANA - The Constitutional Court will present its ruling on the government's challenge of the motion for a referendum on the pension reform. Slovenian media have reported that the court will allow the referendum to take place.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium ... More »
Slovenia News 22 March 2011
Editorial

PM Borut Pahor stated that he was in favour of nuclear energy, but stressed that safety of the people and the environment was essential when discussing further investments at Slovenia's only nuclear power plant, as the country is deciding whether to build a second reactor at Krsko. "We need the best possible technology and the best possible safety. Only under these conditions am I willing to make decisions," Pahor said after the weekly government session in face of the Japanese nuclear crisis, expressing his belief that nuclear energy was needed.

 

According to Minister of the Economy Darja Radic, nuclear energy represents 30% of the energy produced in Europe and a quarter in Slovenia; it is neither possible nor sensible to give it up “just like that”. She said the aftermath of the events in Japan required keeping cool heads and refraining from taking rushed decisions.

 

One of the biggest Slovenian solar power plants was built in Ljubljana. A 13,000 square metre photovoltaic array with the maximum output of 900 kilowatts was launched on top of two buildings in the logistics and retail BTC Centre. The solar power plant is expected to produce 1m kWh of electricity a year.

Foreign Affairs
Government Approves EUR 150,000 Aid to Japan
Ljubljana - Slovenia will donate EUR 150,000 in aid to Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March, PM Borut Pahor announced after Thursday's government session. According to Pahor Slovenia expects a decision on aid for Japan will also be taken ... More »
Slovenia Welcomes UN Resolution on Libya
Ljubljana - Slovenia welcomed the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on Libya authorising a no-fly zone over the country and other forms of action against Libya. The Foreign Ministry said in a press release that the resolution presented a "clear message to Colonel Gaddafi with the r... More »
Slovenian Embassy Staying in Tokyo
Ljubljana - The Slovenian embassy in Japan will remain in Tokyo and is not moving to Osaka as indicated on Friday. The Foreign Ministry's assessment remains that the embassy is needed the most in Tokyo, where it can best help Slovenian nationals with information and logistics, the ministry stated on... More »
EU Topics
Slovenian FM Hopes for Peaceful Solution of Libya Crisis
Brussels - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, who is attending a session of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday, expressed hope that the military intervention in Libya would as soon as possible lead to a situation which would enable a peaceful solution of the crisis in the country. "... More »
Minister Zbogar Says Kucan's Bosnia Report a Factor in EU Strategy
Brussels - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said on Monday that former Slovenian President Milan Kucan's report on Bosnia-Herzegovina had been taken into consideration in the creation of the EU's strategy for Bosnia. "His advice and recommendations are helpful," Zbogar said in Brussels ahead... More »
MEP Zoran Thaler Steps Down, But Insists on His Innocence
Ljubljana - Zoran Thaler stepped down as a member of the European Parliament on Monday after The Sunday Times has accused him of corruption. Thaler nonetheless continues to deny having done anything illegal. Thaler (SD/S&D), whom British reporters posing as lobbyists recorded accepting the pr... More »
Economy & Finance
IMF Warns No to Pension Reform Would Decelerate Growth
Ljubljana - Antonio Spilimbergo, head of the IMF mission visiting Slovenia, said in Ljubljana on Monday that Slovenia needs to implement the pension reform if it wants to have stable public finances. Without the pension reform, economic growth would be probably lower, because costs of borrowing will... More »
Environment
Slovenia Rich in Water Resources, Average in Consumption
Ljubljana - With nearly four times the European average, Slovenia is rich in water resources, while its annual consumption of 60 cubic metres of water per person puts it in the EU average, the Statistics Office said ahead of the 2011 World Water Day marked on 22 March. As water quality is key in ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenians Sent Well Over 1bn Text Messages in 2010
Ljubljana - The number of text messages sent via mobile phones nearly doubled in the last two years and passed the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2010, the Statistics Office said on Monday. In 2010 Slovenian mobile users sent 1.277 billion text messages. Multimedia messages (MMS) are also i... More »
Culture & Media
Writers' Association Marks Poetry Day with Literary Evening
Ljubljana - Numerous events dedicated to poetry were organised thought Slovenia on Monday, World Poetry Day. The Slovenian Writers' Association honoured the occasion with a poetry reading in 14 languages at the Ljubljana City Hall. In cooperation with UNESCO, the Public Book Agency and the munici... More »
Ljubljana Joins International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana City Council unanimously decided late on Monday that the Slovenian capital is joining the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) providing refuge for writers persecuted in their countries. The membership agreement lasts two years and is automatically extended. L... More »
Energy
One of Biggest Slovenian Solar Power Plants Opens in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - A 13,000 square metre photovoltaic array with the maximum output of 900 kilowatts was launched on top of two buildings in the logistics and retail centre BTC in Ljubljana on Wednesday. One of the biggest Slovenian solar power plants is expected to produce 1m kWh of electricity a year. ... More »
PM: Safety First in Decision on Second Nuclear Reactor
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the press that he was in favour of nuclear energy, but stressed that safety of the people and the environment was essential when discussing further investments at Slovenia's only nuclear power plant, as the country is deciding whether to build a second rea... More »
Minister Radic Adamant Slovenia Will Not Give up Nuclear Energy
Brussels - Slovenian Economy Minister Darja Radic came out of Monday's meeting of EU ministers in charge of energy adamant that Slovenia will not give up nuclear energy in the face of the nuclear accident in Japan. "Slovenia is not considering any drastic measures. We will push ahead with our i... More »
Sport
Slovenia's Ski Jumping Champion Primoz Peterka Retires
Planica - Slovenia's best ski jumper of all time, Primoz Peterka, confirmed on Thursday he was retiring from professional ski jumping. "This is it, this is definitely the end," the two-time overall World Cup winner told reporters after making a farewell jump at Planica. Peterka announce... More »
Slovenia's Best Cross-Country Skier Petra Majdic Retires
Falun - Slovenia's best ever cross-country skier Petra Majdic confirmed reports that she is retiring from professional sport after finishing the last race of the current season of the World Cup in Sweden's Falun on Sunday. While it has been speculated in the Slovenian media for months that Majdic... More »
Gymnastics World Cup: Mitja Petkovsek Wins on Parallel Bars
Paris - Slovenian gymnast Mitja Petkovsek won the parallel bar event at Sunday's World Cup meet in Paris, a feat that was rounded off by his team colleague Saso Bertoncelj, who took second place on the pommel horse. The 34-year-old veteran Petkovsek, a finalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was s... More »
Cross-Country Skiing: Majdic Secures World Cup Sprint Victory
Stockholm - Slovenia's best woman cross-country skier Petra Majdic won the classic sprint event in Stockholm on Wednesday, securing her overall victory in the sprint competition in the World Cup. Coming in second in the race was Marit Bjoergen of Norway, while third place went to her compatriot M... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 21-27 March:

TUESDAY, 22 March


  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Slovenia, hosted by PM Borut Pahor. He will also meet separately with President Danilo Tuerk and Speaker Pavel Gantar.
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary L... More »
Slovenia News 29 March 2011
Editorial

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Slovenia on Tuesday in what was billed as a new chapter in bilateral relations. Energy was in the focus as an accord on a joint venture in charge of building the Slovenian section of the South Stream gas pipeline was signed, but the two countries are also seeking to expand ties in other fields.

 

Slovenian president Danilo Tuerk met his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic in Otocec on Wednesday for talks focusing on Croatia's EU accession. The pair highlighted the positive spirit in bilateral ties.

 

The government adopted on Thursday a draft set of measures it says it is willing to take as part of the pact for the euro. The measures touch on four fields: promotion of competitiveness and employment, improving the sustainability of public finances and strengthening financial stability.

 

Slovenia will provide 342.4m of paid-in capital to the permanent euro stability mechanism, while its total contribution including guarantees and committed callable capital will amount to almost EUR 3bn, Prime Minister Borut Pahor said in Brussels on Friday. Pahor said after the summit of EU leaders that Slovenia's relative share was one of the highest among the eurozone countries, which he believes is a sign of the country's financial stability.

Foreign Affairs
Putin's Visit Sees Slovenia, Russia Bolster Ties
Brdo pri Kranju - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Slovenia on Tuesday in what was billed as a new chapter in bilateral relations. Energy was in the focus as an accord on a joint venture in charge of building the Slovenian section of the South Stream gas pipeline was signed, but the two... More »
Tuerk, Josipovic Discuss Croatia's EU Prospects
Otocec - Slovenian president Danilo Tuerk met his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic in Otocec on Wednesday for talks focusing on Croatia's EU accession. The pair highlighted the positive spirit in bilateral ties. According to Tuerk, the pair discussed the current situation in Slovenia and C... More »
EU Topics
Social Partners to Reach Consensus on Euro Pact in Two Months
Ljubljana - Social partners meeting as part of the Economic and Social Council on Wednesday, agreed they will try to reach a consensus on Slovenia's measures as part of the French-German model for Europe's competitiveness within two months. Slovenia is to send the proposal reached in consensus with ... More »
Govt Lays Out Euro Pact Commitments, Pahor Welcomes the Passing of Pact for Euro
Ljubljana, Brussels - The government adopted on Thursday a draft set of measures it says it is willing to take as part of the pact for the euro. This marks the start of bipartisan consultations that are expected to result in a national development pact in two months, Prime Minister Borut Pahor ... More »
Slovenia to Contribute EUR 342M to Stability Mechanism
Brussels - Slovenia will provide 342.4m of paid-in capital to the permanent euro stability mechanism, while its total contribution including guarantees and committed callable capital will amount to almost EUR 3bn, Prime Minister Borut Pahor said in Brussels on Friday. Pahor said after the summit of ... More »
Debate Urges Clear European Prospects for Western Balkans
Ljubljana - Participants in a debate on the impact of the economic crisis on EU enlargement agreed in Ljubljana on Friday that enlargement has ceased to be a priority for the EU, which is a problem since countries in the Western Balkans are in serious need of clear EU membership prospects. MEP Tanja... More »
Agriculture
Slovenia Takes Part in Celebrations of Intl Year of Forests
Gornji Grad - Slovenia will host and take part in numerous celebrations marking the UN's International Year of Forests 2011. The key to successful forestry is the realization that forests will remain important in the future, Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan said Friday as he prese... More »
Environment
Ministry Hosts Conference on Water and Energy Challenges
Ljubljana - Marking World Water Day, the Foreign Ministry hosted in Ljubljana on Tuesday an international conference on the link between water management and renewable energy sources in the view of the transition to a green, low-carbon economy. Addressing the "Water for Energy, Energy for Water... More »
Justice
Slovenia, Russia Exchange Best Practice in Justice
Ljubljana - Slovenian Justice Minister Ales Zalar and Russian Supreme Court President Vyacheslav Lebedev, who is visiting Slovenia, exchanged best practices in justice and spoke about the importance of court independence on Monday. Good cooperation between the judiciary systems will improve the alre... More »
Minorities
Italian Official Says Italy Needs Coordinator for Slovenian Minority
Trieste, 24 March (STA) - The Italian government should sort out its relations with the Slovenian minority and needs a person in charge of dialogue with the minority, Italian Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Alfredo Mantica told Thursday's issue of the Trieste-based paper Primorski dnevnik. Manti... More »
Zeks Visiting Bosnia, Discussing Minorities
Sarajevo - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks began a three-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday to discuss Bosnia's minority legislation with its officials as well as to meet representatives of the Slovenian minority. Visiting Bosnia's parliament, Zeks met representatives of the ... More »
Culture & Media
Finds Push Kranj's Roots 3,000 Years Deeper into the Past
Kranj - Archaeological finds from the Neolithic Age were presented in Kranj on Thursday that date the start of human settlement in what is today Slovenia's fourth largest city to between 4,900 and 4,300 B.C. This is more than 3,000 years earlier than believed so far. Head of the excavation project R... More »
Druga Godba Makes Top 25 International Festivals List
Ljubljana - British music magazine Songlines has selected Druga godba, Ljubljana's world music festival, one of the top 25 international summer festivals for the second year in a row. Druga godba, usually held in May, stands along popular festivals such as the Serbian Guca festival and the Hungarian... More »
Award-Winning Authors to Be Showcased at Children's Book Fair
Bologna - Over a dozen of Slovenian writers and illustrators of children's literature will be promoted at the Children's Book Fair in the Italian city of Bologna, a leading global fair for books for the young, from Monday to Thursday. The promotion is organised by Slovenia's Public Book Agency, whic... More »
"Necropolis" to Kick Off Leading Theatre Festival on Wednesday
Kranj - The 41st Week of Slovenian Drama will open with a play based on Boris Pahor's novel "Necropolis" staged by the Mestno gledalisce ljubljansko (MGL) theatre on Wednesday evening in the city of Kranj. Running until 6 April, the festival will feature 13 plays, 7 of which will compete f... More »
Overhauled Tobacco Museum Opens as Tobacna Marks 140 Yrs
Ljubljana - Ljubljana's Tobacco Museum will reopen on Thursday evening, its exhibition overhauled, as tobacco company Tobacna Ljubljana celebrates 140 years. The exhibition was moved from the company's main offices to an independent unit within the large complex which has long ago given way to galle... More »
Events
Legendary WWII Commander Remembered Amidst Controversy
Ljubljana - A legendary WWII Patrisan resistance movement commander, General Franc Rozman Stane (1911-1944), was remembered at a ceremony in his home village just outside Ljubljana on Saturday amidst a controversy following the issue of a two-euro commemorative coin bearing his image. The coin will ... More »
Schedule of events in the week for 29 March to 3 April
TUESDAY, 29 March
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is expected to pass the bills on foreign workers and on undeclared work, and changes to the act establishing an independent competition protection agency. MPs will also decide whether to call a referendum on the constructi... More »
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