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Slovenia News 29 July 2014
Editorial

 

Slovenian Government restarts the Privatisation Process. Acting as the general meeting of the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, the Government has modified its decision taken on 3 July 2014 2014 so that ongoing privatisation procedures would continue. A total of 15 companies have been earmarked for privatisation, of which two have already been sold: chemical group Helios and laser maker Fotona. Others on the list include Slovenia's second-largest bank Nova KBM, airport Aerodrom Ljubljana, telecom firm Telekom, food group Žito and building materials maker Cinkarna Celje.

 

The Government also approved the Partnership Agreement between Slovenia and the European Commission, a strategic document for cohesion policy, which will enable Slovenia to draw EU funds in the 2014-2020 framework.

 

Miro Cerar, the most likely new PM-designate, launches second round of coalition-building talks. The talks on a new a coalition government are expected to enter a make-or-break phase on Tuesday, as the parties start reviewing a draft coalition agreement. Cerar expects the first "reliable contours" of a new coalition to be visible by the inaugural session of parliament on 1 August.

 

The feel of summer leisure also touched the events in Slovenia. A few hints can be found in this last issue of Slovenia News before the summer break. We will be back a week before the Bled Strategic Forum (BFS 2014 – The Power of Trust) begins. Nevertheless, you can already find information on BFS 2014 at its official website: www.bledstrategicforum.org.

Domestic Policy
New Information Commissioner Indicates Cautious Approach
Ljubljana - Mojca Prelesnik, the new information commissioner, has indicated she would thread a cautious course as she takes over an institution that in a decade since its inception has become one of the most powerful public... More »
Coalition Talks Entering Decisive Phase
Ljubljana - Miro Cerar, the most likely new PM-designate, launches second round of coalition-building talks. The talks on a new a coalition governm... More »
Foreign Affairs
Absurdity of War, Good Relations Highlighted at Russian Chapel
Kranjska Gora - The absurdity of war and the good relations between Slovenia and Russia were underscored at this year's traditional ceremony at the Russian Chapel, which is held for the Russian PWOs who died there while build... More »
EU Topics
The Government approves Partnership Agreement between Slovenia and the European Commission for the 2014-2020 period
Ljubljana - At today’s session, Slovenia approved the Partnership Agreement between Slovenia and the European Commission, a strategic document for cohesion policy, which will enable Slovenia to draw EU funds in the 2014-202... More »
Economy & Finance
Consumer Confidence at Five-Year High
Ljubljana - Optimism about Slovenia's economic outlook and upbeat prospects for households led to a new improvement in Slovenia's consumer confidence in July to a five-year high.
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Slovenian Government Restarts Privatisation Process
Ljubljana - Acting as the general meeting of the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, the Government has modified its decision taken on 3 July 2014 2014 so that... More »
Business
Ducati Awards Slovenian Supplier Hidria for Consistent Quality
Idrija - Motorcycle maker Ducati has awarded Slovenian automotive parts maker Hidria for providing consistently outstanding quality and logistics. Hidria supplies the famous Italian company with motorcycle frames, licence pla... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Free Camp for Flood-Stricken Balkan Children
Ljubljana - Slovenia will enable 1,500 primary school students from several flood-stricken ex-Yugoslav countries to attend free camps in Slovenia in the next school year.
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Social Affairs
Youth Guarantee Shows Results Only Six Months In
Ljubljana - Only six months after the government introduced the Youth Guarantee to promote youth employment, visible results can be noticed, the Labour Ministry said in a press release, as unemployment dropped year-on-year f... More »
Culture & Media
Lojze Spacal's Home Opens to Visitors
Sežana - Art lovers will be able to visit the home of one of the most acclaimed Slovenian artists of the second half of the 20th century, Lojze Spacal (1907-2000). His house in Kras, the region he loved and which featured pr... More »
Society
Over Six Million Hours Spent On Volunteer Work in 2013
Ljubljana - Almost 47,000 volunteers put in a total of 6,161,795 hours of voluntary work in 2013, the government heard in a summary report on voluntary work on Thursday, which combined 194 organisations. The majority of volun... More »
Slovenians and the Great War
Ljubljana - The First World War, the war that was to end all wars, profoundly affected Slovenians, who at the time lived in and fought for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Historians put the number of Slovenians who died in WWI ... More »
Tourism
Museum Unveils Renovated Simončič Hayrack
Šentrupert - The renovated Simončič Hayrack, the only Slovenian hayrack declared a monument of national importance, was unveiled at the open-air hayrack museum "The Land of Hayracks" in the small town of Šentup... More »
Public Opinion
Poll Shows Public Divided on Longevity of New Government
Ljubljana- Slovenians appear to be divided about the fortunes of the new government. While 52% believe it will serve out its entire four-year term, 47% say it will not, according to an Episcenter survey released on Wednesday.More »
Cerar and His Party Dominate Post-Election Polls
Ljubljana - The Party of Miro Cerar (SMC) has enhanced its voter approval ratings with its leader dominating popularity rankings in the first opinion polls after they swept Slovenia's general election on 13 July.
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Events
Schedule of Events from 28 July to 3 August
TUESDAY, 29 July
        LJUBLJANA - Acclaimed painter Andrej Jemec, who will turn 80 later this year, will have his prints f... More »
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