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Slovenia News 7 July 2009
Editorial

President Danilo Tuerk addressed the opening session of the 4th Summer University for Democracy organised by the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg. He underlined in his speech the main challenges, which democracies are facing today. He stressed that a democratic society must be fair and responsible, adding that social equality and development of welfare were of key importance for the future of democracy. The president stressed the significance of the rule of law, transparency and fight against white collar crime. He also touched on security and peace, but warned against excessive interference in human rights in the name of security.

 

Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced at the outset of a conference he is staging with the social partners that the government would unveil its package of structural reforms by the autumn. Slovenia requires structural changes to boost its competitiveness and give it a new development impetus so that it can emerge from the crisis stronger, Pahor stressed.

 

About 300 Slovenian expatriates gathered for their 16th jamboree in Smarjeske Toplice on Saturday. Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks said on the occasion that the purpose of such meetings was that Slovenians living abroad see at first hand what was going on in their homeland.

 

The Ljubljana Summer Festival, bringing around 2,500 performers from 20 countries to Slovenia's capital, opened on Monday evening with a ballet performance by the Milan-based La Scala featuring the music of the legendary band Pink Floyd.

 

Domestic Policy
PM Borut Pahor Says Government Safe from Frictions within Coalition
Crna na Koroskem - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the press on the sidelines of a traditional meeting of politicians in Crna na Koroskem on Saturday that the latest frictions among coalition partners did not influence on the work of the government. He added that he personally did not feel any speci... More »
Foreign Affairs
Most Slovenian Parties Surprised by Sanader's Resignation
Ljubljana - Slovenian political parties mostly expressed surprise in their response to the announcement of Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader on Wednesday that he is resigning as prime minister and leader of the ruling Democratic Union (HDZ). Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor meanwhile pointed o... More »
International Organisations
OECD: Slovenia Should Not Avoid Structural Reforms in Crisis
Brdo pri Kranju - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presented a report on the review of Slovenia's economy on Wednesday, which says that Slovenia should remove short-term crisis measures immediately when the economy starts recovering. The country should also enhance st... More »
President Tuerk Talks about Challenges of Democracy at CoE Event
Strasbourg - President Danilo Tuerk addressed on Monday the opening session of the 4th Summer University for Democracy organised by the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg. He underlined in his speech the main challenges which democracies are facing today, according to a press release from the pre... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Promotes Thorough Reform of EU Budget
Ljubljana - The government has drafted a non-paper with its positions on the reform of the EU budget, which is expected to raise heated debate among EU member states. Slovenia is in favour of a comprehensive and thorough reform of the budget and of the bloc's funding system, believing that the syste... More »
Economy & Finance
PM Promises Reform Package by Autumn
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced at the outset of a conference he is staging with the social partners on Tuesday that the government would unveil its package of structural reforms by the autumn. Slovenia requires structural changes to boost its competitiveness and give it a new de... More »
Business
President Tuerk Opens New Hidria Production Line
Tolmin - President Danilo Tuerk Opened on Wednesday a new production line in the Tolmin-based maker of automotive components Hidria AET. He pointed out that the future of Slovenia lies in linking innovation and environment-friendly solutions, as "the Slovenian development will not be able to remain ... More »
Culture & Media
Two Finnish Exhibitions to Open at Ethnographic Museum
Ljubljana - Two Finnish travelling exhibitions will open to the public Wednesday night at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. Marimekko, an exhibition on the history of this revolutionary Finnish designing outfit, and Three Northern Views, a photographic exhibition portraying the North, will be opene... More »
Minister Sirca Opens Slovenian Reading Room at Regensburg University
Regensburg - Slovenian Culture Minister Majda Sirca opened a Slovenian reading room in the Bavarian city of Regensburg on Wednesday. The opening of this reading room comes nearly 15 years after a German reading room was founded in Ljubljana. It is intended for native speakers and learners of Slov... More »
Traditional Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival Starts
Ljubljana - The traditional Ana Desetnica street theatre festival will kick off in Ljubljana on Thursday. The festival, which turns Ljubljana's streets into open air theatres, will run until Sunday featuring some 80 performances. This year it will feature three bigger venues with individual themes i... More »
Slovenia Joins Initiative for Integration of Western Balkans
Ljubljana - The government decided to join an international programme aimed at boosting cultural activities in Western Balkans called "The Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture". The fund operates within the European Cultural Foundation, a non-profit institution from the Netherlands, the Gover... More »
Ljubljana Festival to Open with Pink Floyd Ballet
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana Summer Festival, bringing around 2,500 performers from 20 countries to Slovenia's capital, will open on Monday evening with a ballet performance by the Milan-based La Scala featuring the music of the legendary band Pink Floyd. The first week of the festival will bring a ... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 6-12 July
MONDAY, 6 July
  • STRASBOURG, France - President Danilo Tuerk will take part in the opening session of the 4th Summer University for Democracy organised by the Council of Europe. He will meet for talks with CoE Secretary-General Terry Davis and Lluis Marie de Puig, president of the Co... More »
Minister Zeks Stresses Importance of Meetings of Slovenian Expatriates
Smarjeske Toplice/ Nova Gorica - About 300 Slovenian expatriates gathered for their 16th jamboree in Smarjeske Toplice on Saturday. Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks said on the occasion that the purpose of such meetings was that Slovenians living abroad see at first hand what was going on... More »
Slovenia News 14 July 2009
Editorial

Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik announced ahead of Monday's EU Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels that Slovenia would propose that bees, featured in large numbers in Slovenia, be given the status of animals needing special care and protection. Pogacnik pointed out that Slovenia's efforts in this respect are not surprising, given that the density of the bee population in Slovenia comes second only to Greece.

 

Pepa's Karst Garden of the Slovenian designer Borut Benedejcic was awarded gold medal in the category of Best Small Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 7-12 July 2009, organised by Royal Horticultural Society.

 

Perpetuum Jazzile Hit YouTube with Toto's Africa. When they published their video on YouTube six weeks ago, they certainly didn’t imagine they could achieve such success. The video was made during their concert last year in Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre; the author of the arrangement is Tomaž Kozlevčar, the artistic manager of the group. And let’s be honest, the arrangement makes your hair stand on end.

Foreign Affairs
Police Arrest Man Suspected of Trying to Assassinate PM Borut Pahor
Ljubljana - Police arrested a man on Friday evening suspected of plotting to assassinate Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor, acting Police Commissioner Janko Gorsek told the press on Saturday.

According to Gorsek, the man's intention was to activate bombs in front of important state ins... More »
Foreign Ministry Calls on Croatia to Return to Border Talks
Slovenia wants Croatia to return to the negotiation process brokeraged by the European Commission which would lead to the withdrawal of the documents that prejudge the border and conclusion of a border agreement, Balazic said. This in turn would be followed by a withdrawal of the Slovenia's veto,... More »
Ambassador Veronika Stabej appointed President of the Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation
Brussels – The Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), at a meeting in Brussels today, appointed Ambassador Veronika Stabej its new President for the next three years. The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures was established in Alexandria on 20 April 2005. The Foundation functions as a catalyst for all initiatives aimed at enhancing dialogue and general understanding between cultures, and promotes bringing Mediterranean countries and nations closer in the field of culture. More »
International Organisations
Director Veronika Stabej appointed President of the Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation
Brussels – The Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), at a meeting in Brussels appointed Ambassador Veronika Stabej its new President for the next three years. The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures was established in Alexandria on 20 April 2005.... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenian Soldiers Join NATO Rapid Deployable Corps
Ljubljana - The Commander of the Force Command of the Slovenian army Alan Geder and Italian Brigadier General Mauro Scaccia have signed a deal under which a Slovenian light battalion is to join the Italy-led NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-IT), the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Geder... More »
EU Topics
Gabrijelcic Remains Slovenian Representative at Eurojust
Ljubljana - The National Assembly elected on Thursday Malci Gabrijelcic as Slovenian representative to the office for European judicial cooperation Eurojust. Gabrijelcic has been holding the post since 2005. President Danilo Tuerk has put forward two candidates for the vote: Gabrielcic and higher... More »
Slovenian MEP Jelko Kacin Awarded for Srebrenica Initiative
Srebrenica - Slovenian MEP Jelko Kacin and his ALDE colleague Dinana Wallis received in Srebrenica on Friday the Srebrenica 1995 award for their initiative to make 11 June Remembrance Day of the Srebrenica Genocide in the EU. "I am proud to receive the Srebrenica 1995 award: it is an honour that ... More »
Economy & Finance
Successors to Yugoslavia Reach Consensus on Clearing Accounts
Sarajevo, 8 July (STA) - Representatives of successors to the former Yugoslavia agreed at a meeting in Sarajevo on Wednesday on the settlement of the former business relations through clearing accounts for seven countries, according to Slovenia's representative France Arhar. The countries are Alb... More »
Minister Krizanic: Slovenia at Disadvantage With New EU Stability Model
Brussels - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic said Slovenia was at a disadvantage with the new model for gauging financial stability as EU finance ministers, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, called on Slovenia to improve sustainability of its public finances in the light of rising costs related to popul... More »
IMAD: Economy Shrank 8.5% Y/Y in Q1
Ljubljana - Slovenia's GDP shrank by 6.4% in the first quarter of 2009, while the year-on-year drop was 8.5%. The main reasons for that are a decline in exports and investment, according to a report by the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD). Exports fell by 21.1% in the fi... More »
Agriculture
Slovenia Pushing for Additional Protection for Bees
Brussels - Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik announced ahead of Monday's EU Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels that Slovenia would propose that bees, featured in large numbers in Slovenia, be given the status of animals needing special care and protection. Pogacnik pointed out that Sloveni... More »
Environment
Minister Erjavec Believes Slovenia Should Cut Waste
Ljubljana - Basic concern in waste management should not be how to go about it but how to cut the amount of waste produced, Environment Minister Karel Erjavec told a seminar on waste management held in Ljubljana on Wednesday. Municipal waste in Slovenia comprise more than 84% of all waste, while ... More »
A Rare Meteorite Found Near Jesenice
Ljubljana - German Thomas Grau reported a rare 2.35 kilo meteorite had been found in a forest near Jesenice (NW) in May. The Slovenian Museum of Natural History confirmed that the meteorite had indeed enlighten the sky over Slovenia on 9 April. Scientists from several European countries would examin... More »
Replanting of Storm-Hit Forests from 2008 Underway
Gornji Grad - Nearly a year after a severe storm hit Slovenia last summer, tearing down hectares of forests, the worst hit area of Crnivec hills, some 20 kilometres NW of Celje, sees trees slowly being planted back. This year, 56,000 new trees were planted and EUR 55,000 were spent for reforestation... More »
Social Affairs
Trade Union Criticises OECD Recommendations
Ljubljana - Slovenia's biggest union confederation, the ZSSS, criticised on Friday several recommendations put forward by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its review of Slovenia's economy earlier this week. These included the reduction of the minimum wage and of th... More »
Culture & Media
Two Weeks of Early Music in Radovljica in August
Radovljica - The town of Radovljica will host the 27th Early Music Festival between 8 and 23 August. Ten concerts at four venues in Radovljica, Velesovo and Ljubljana will host 45 musicians from 16 different countries. The festival will open with a concert by the first lady of early music, Emma Kirk... More »
Perpetuum Jazzile Hits YouTube with Toto's Africa
A million and a half and the number keeps growing. This isn’t the jackpot lottery fund, but the number of YouTube visitors who have watched the arrangement of Toto's Africa performed by Perpetuum Jazzile. And this within six weeks only! The success has taken everyone by surprise and Perpetuum Jazz... More »
Slovenian Artists Successful at Croatian Theatre Festival
Umag, Croatia - Several Slovenian theatre artists have received awards at the 10th annual festival of chamber theatre Zlatni Lav in Umag, Croatia. SLG Celje theatre received the festival's Golden Lion for the best theatre play as a whole, while Jernej Lorenci bagged a Golden Lion for best director. ... More »
Society
UK Gold Medal for Best Small Garden Goes to Slovenia
Pepa's Karst Garden of the Slovenian designer Borut Benedejcic was awarded gold medal in the category of Best Small Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 7-12 July 2009, organised by Royal Horticultural Society. This garden represents the entrance and courtyard of a typical farmhouse i... More »
Local & Regional Topics
International Police Inquiry Uncovers Smuggling Groups
Trieste/Trst - A year and a half long international investigation which uncovered several criminal groups that smuggled drugs and arms from the Balkans to the western Europe was presented to the press in Trieste on Tuesday. The investigation included Slovenian, Italian and Kosovar police forces and ... More »
Sport
Athletics: Roman Breaks National Record in Women's 1500 M
Rome - Sonja Roman set a new Slovenian record in the 1,500 competition run at the AF Golden League event in Rome on Friday, covering the distance in 4:02.13. She improved 0.31 seconds on the previous Slovenian record set by Jolanda Ceplak six years ago in Eugene, US. Slovenia's only representativ... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 13-19 July
MONDAY, 13 July
  • LJUBLJANA - Lawmakers are to debate changes to crisis measures and to several acts, including to the international protection act and the societies act. Followed by a Q&A session.
  • LJUBLJANA - Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik is to present her ... More »
Slovenia News 21 July 2009
Editorial

MPs passed on Thursday in a 53:22 vote the second supplementary budget for 2009, which among other things raises the budget deficit to 5% of GDP. The coalition insisted that the redistribution of expenditure was optimal, given the circumstances, while the opposition criticised it for failing to give enough incentive to the troubled economy.

 

The National Institute of Public Health (IVZ) confirmed on Sunday that 15 among a group of pupils who have returned from a school trip to the Greek island of Ios have tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus. This brings the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in Slovenia to 63.

Domestic Policy
Anti-Graft Office Lodges Complaints in Mercator Case
Ljubljana - The Corruption Prevention Commission has filed complaints against four people after it found elements of corruption in an investigation into what is thought to be the controversial 2005 transaction involving around a third of retailer Mercator.
In announcing the news on Friday, the ... More »
Foreign Affairs
Minister Welcomes Children Holidaying in Slovenia
Koper - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar visited on Thursday 55 children from Bosnia-Herzegovina who are spending their holidays at the Slovenian seaside resort of Debeli Rtic as part of a humanitarian project 'Podari nasmeh' (Bestow a Smile) organised by humanitarian organisation Zavod Krog from Kope... More »
Resolution Sparks Protest Outside Slovenian Embassy in Russia
Ljubljana – A group of some 20 people staged in front of the Slovenian embassy in Moscow on Thursday a protest against a resolution equating Stalinism with Nazism.
The resolution was proposed by Slovenia and Lithuania and was passed by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe ... More »
New Slovenian Ambassador Hands Credentials to Obama
Washington - Slovenia's Ambassador to the US Roman Kirn handed his credentials to US President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday. Kirn was appointed to the post by President Danilo Tuerk on 6 May. According to Kirn, Obama turned the formal event into a very pleasant meeting. Also present were Ki... More »
Minister Welcomes Children Holidaying in Slovenia
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EU Topics
Slovenian MEPs Optimistic about Their Work in Parliament
Strasbourg - Slovenian MEPs, four newcomers and three representatives who are resuming their second term in Strasbourg and Brussels, have outlined to the STA their view of an MEP's role and revealed their first impressions as the European Parliament met for its maiden session in Strasbourg. ... More »
Energy Commissioner Critical of Slovenia's Gas Supply
Energy Commissioner Critical of Slovenia's Gas Supply Brussels - Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs noted in Brussels on Thursday that Slovenia was among the EU members who were the least prepared for a potential gas crisis. Slovenia must increase its investments into gas supply infrastructure, Pi... More »
Economy & Finance
Government Approves Subsidy for New Renault Model
Ljubljana - The Slovenian cabinet approved on Wednesday a subsidy of EUR 14.3m for the investment by Renault-owned car maker Revoz into the development of a new car. Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik said that the production of the new car in the Novo mesto plant will involve extensive high-tech proc... More »
Wages Slightly Down in May
Ljubljana - The average net wage in Slovenia stood at EUR 917.56 in May, which is 0.3% less that the month earlier and 3.9% more than in May 2008, the Statistics Office said on Wednesday. The average gross wage decreased by 0.5% to EUR 1,415.38 in May compared to April, but was up by 4.1% year-on-y... More »
IMAD: Fiscal Policy Must Boost Public Finances
IMAD: Fiscal Policy Must Boost Public Finances
Ljubljana - The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD), a government think-tank, says in its latest report that Slovenia's fiscal policy must boost the responsiveness and flexibility of public finances. The institute also predic... More »
Parliament Passes Second Supplementary Budget
Ljubljana - MPs passed on Thursday in a 53:22 vote the second supplementary budget for 2009, which among other things raises the budget deficit to 5% of GDP. The coalition insisted that the redistribution of expenditure was optimal, given the circumstances, while the opposition criticised it for fai... More »
MPs Pass Guarantee Scheme for Loans for Individuals
Ljubljana - The National Assembly passed almost unanimously the government-sponsored bill for guarantees for loans to individuals at the extraordinary session on Friday. The bill envisages guarantees for loans to individuals who are on fixed-term contracts or have lost their jobs due to the crisis.<... More »
Business
Technology Agency Ready to Distribute EUR 110M in EU Funds
The Technology Agency of Slovenia will distribute EUR 109.5m in EU funding for 45 projects registered as part of a government call to applications for development funding. The call was published by the Economy Ministry in March as part of efforts to kick start Slovenia's economy in time of crisis. ... More »
Anti-Graft Office Lodges Complaints in Mercator Case
Ljubljana - The Corruption Prevention Commission has filed complaints against four people after it found elements of corruption in an investigation into what is thought to be the controversial 2005 transaction involving around a third of retailer Mercator.
In announcing the news on Friday, the ... More »
Biggest Owner of Mura Not Giving Up On Company Yet
Maribor - The boss of the financial firm NFD Holding, the biggest owner of the troubled apparel maker Mura, told Saturday's issue of daily Vecer that he is not giving up on Mura yet, because there are still possible solutions. He added however that the tempo of the company's restructuring and reduct... More »
Agriculture
Wheat Farmers to Call on Govt to Declare Natural Disaster
Ljubljana - Representatives of Slovenian wheat farmers decided on Monday to call on the Agriculture Ministry to declare the three weeks of rainy weather, which has considerably decreased the quality of wheat, a natural disaster. The rain in Pomurje region alone is thought to have caused a damage of ... More »
Environment
Italy Pledges to Consider Slovenia's Views on Trieste Terminals
Ljubljana - Representatives of the Italian Environment Ministry visited the Slovenian Environment Ministry, assuring their colleagues that Italy would take into account Slovenia's remarks in its final decision regarding the gas terminals that it wants to build in the Gulf of Trieste. The Italian ... More »
Justice
Finnish Journalist Faces Charges over Patria Report
Finnish Journalist Faces Charges over Patria Report Ljubljana/Helsinki - Slovenian prosecutors have filed a request for a formal investigation against a Finnish journalist over a report alleging that Slovenia's former prime minister received bribes in a large defence deal. In response to the news,... More »
Parliament Extends Rights of Asylum Seekers
Ljubljana - The MPs endorsed late on Wednesday changes to the international protection act, bringing it in line with a decision of the Constitutional Court and extending the rights of asylum seekers and members of ethnic communities. According to Interior Minister Katarina Kresal, the main goal of ... More »
Anti-Graft Office Lodges Complaints in Mercator Case
Ljubljana - The Corruption Prevention Commission has filed complaints against four people after it found elements of corruption in an investigation into what is thought to be the controversial 2005 transaction involving around a third of retailer Mercator.
In announcing the news on Friday, the ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Technology Agency Ready to Distribute EUR 110M in EU Funds
The Technology Agency of Slovenia will distribute EUR 109.5m in EU funding for 45 projects registered as part of a government call to applications for development funding. The call was published by the Economy Ministry in March as part of efforts to kick start Slovenia's economy in time of crisis. ... More »
Social Affairs
MPs Unanimously Pass Bill on Bonuses for the Poorest
Ljubljana - Lawmakers unanimously passed on Wednesday a bill on bonuses for the poorest, which envisages the state paying out a total of EUR 15m in bonuses to 120,000 persons. The opposition Democrats' (SDS) argued that the sum was too small to make any difference to those most affected by the finan... More »
Parliament Extends Rights of Asylum Seekers
Ljubljana - The MPs endorsed late on Wednesday changes to the international protection act, bringing it in line with a decision of the Constitutional Court and extending the rights of asylum seekers and members of ethnic communities. According to Interior Minister Katarina Kresal, the main goal of ... More »
Minister Welcomes Children Holidaying in Slovenia
Koper - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar visited on Thursday 55 children from Bosnia-Herzegovina who are spending their holidays at the Slovenian seaside resort of Debeli Rtic as part of a humanitarian project 'Podari nasmeh' (Bestow a Smile) organised by humanitarian organisation Zavod Krog from Kope... More »
MPs Pass Guarantee Scheme for Loans for Individuals
Ljubljana - The National Assembly passed almost unanimously the government-sponsored bill for guarantees for loans to individuals at the extraordinary session on Friday. The bill envisages guarantees for loans to individuals who are on fixed-term contracts or have lost their jobs due to the crisis.<... More »
Households Spend Most on Food and Transport
Ljubljana - Slovenian households spent most on food/soft drinks (15.2%) and transport (14.9%) in 2007. The costs in these two categories slightly decreased compared to 2006, while housing costs increased a little, the National Statistics Office said this week.
Housing expenditures, including th... More »
Minorities
Parliament Speaker Meets Minority Reps from Austria
Ljubljana - Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar discussed on Monday the situation of Slovenian minority in Austria's Carinthia with representatives of two minority organisations, the Association of Slovenian Organisations (ZSO) and the Association of Carinthian Slovenians (SKS). President of the ZSO, M... More »
Health
15 Secondary School Students Return from Greece with Swine Flu
Ljubljana - The National Institute of Public Health (IVZ) confirmed on Sunday that 15 among a group of pupils who have returned from a school trip to the Greek island of Ios have tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus. This brings the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in Slovenia to 63. All... More »
Transport
Slovenia Brings Railway Legislation in Line with EU Directives
Ljubljana - The National Assembly passed on Wednesday changes to the railway transport act that transpose two EU directives from the field of railway transport in the Slovenian legislation, and also transfer collection of railway infrastructure charge from the national railway operator Slovenske zel... More »
New Motorway Section Opens between Maribor and Ptuj
Maribor - Transport Minister Patrick Vlacic opened on Thursday a 20 kilometre motorway section between Slovenia's second largest city of Maribor and the Mediaeval town of Ptuj. The section will above all relieve the main local road of commuter and holiday traffic during the summer.
The construc... More »
Energy
Energy Commissioner Critical of Slovenia's Gas Supply
Energy Commissioner Critical of Slovenia's Gas Supply Brussels - Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs noted in Brussels on Thursday that Slovenia was among the EU members who were the least prepared for a potential gas crisis. Slovenia must increase its investments into gas supply infrastructure, Pi... More »
Society
Households Spend Most on Food and Transport
Ljubljana - Slovenian households spent most on food/soft drinks (15.2%) and transport (14.9%) in 2007. The costs in these two categories slightly decreased compared to 2006, while housing costs increased a little, the National Statistics Office said this week.
Housing expenditures, including th... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Pohorje Gondola Lift Tower Collapses, Nobody Seriously Injured
Maribor - One of the ten towers of the gondola lift at the Pohorje hills ski resort near Maribor collapsed on Sunday morning. Two of the 13 people using the lift at the time of the accident sustained mild injuries.
According to Maribor police, the tower collapsed at around 10:30 AM, with three ... More »
Sport
Ceplak Counting Down Days to Comeback
Ljubljana - Slovenia's track athlete Jolanda Ceplak, whose doping-related two-year competition ban ends in the coming days, possibly already at a 28 July meeting in Maribor. The 800m specialist, who won bronze in the 2004 Olympics, tested positive for blood booster erythropoietine (EPO) in June 200... More »
Tennis Fever Grips Portoroz
Portoroz - The hard courts in the coastal resort of Portoroz will be abuzz with action in this week as Slovenia's biggest tennis tournament, the Slovenia Open, comes to town. The top draw at the US$ 220,000 women's tournament this year is world No. 1 Dinara Safina. The 23-year-old Russian, who is t... More »
Tourism
Pohorje Gondola Lift Tower Collapses, Nobody Seriously Injured
Maribor - One of the ten towers of the gondola lift at the Pohorje hills ski resort near Maribor collapsed on Sunday morning. Two of the 13 people using the lift at the time of the accident sustained mild injuries.
According to Maribor police, the tower collapsed at around 10:30 AM, with three ... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week of 20-26 July
MONDAY, 20 July
  • LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Economy Committee is to debate the situation of the troubled apparel maker Mura.
  • LJUBLJANA - Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar and Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks are to receive representatives of two organisations of th... More »
Slovenia News 28 July 2009
Editorial

The government decided to cap the 2010 and 2011 national budgets to EUR 8.956bn each. The budget deficit in 2010 is to stand at 4.8%, while in 2011 it is expected to be lower, at 3.5% of GDP.

 

Over a hundred of people, including high-level Russian and Slovenian officials, gathered at the Russian Chapel below the Vrsic mountain pass on Sunday in what has become a traditional ceremony to commemorate the deaths of Russian prisoners of war who died while building the pass during World War I.

 

The seasonally-adjusted business sentiment indicator in Slovenia remained at minus 24 percentage points in July, just like in June, the National Statistics Office reported on Monday. The indicator stands 27 percentage points lower year-on-year and 27 percentage points below the long-term average.

 

The government decided that Slovenia will become an active partner of the European Space Agency (ESA). This way, the country will be able to boost the development of its own R&D capacities for participation in EU space projects.

 

The next newsletter will be issued on 1 September 2009.

 

We wish you a nice summer holiday.

 

Domestic Policy
Speaker of the Parliament Gantar Takes Stock of Parliament's Work Until Summer Recess
Ljubljana - Speaker of the Parliament Pavel Gantar on Wednesday took stock of the work of the National Assembly in the first nine months of its term, saying that the term had been marked by discussions on the financial and economic crisis and a strong opposition. The National Assembly held 19 ses... More »
Foreign Affairs
President of Italian Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Renzo Tondo paid a visit to Slovenia
Ljubljana - Renzo Tondo, the President of Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region visited Slovenia on Tuesday. He discussed cross-border cooperation with Local Government Minister Zlata Plostajner, and talked about the Slovenian minority in Italy with Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks. He als... More »
Officials Say Chapel Testimony to Slovenian-Russian Friendship
Kranjska Gora - Over a hundred of people, including high-level Russian and Slovenian officials, gathered at the Russian Chapel below the Vrsic mountain pass on Sunday in what has become a traditional ceremony to commemorate the deaths of Russian prisoners of war who died while building the pass duri... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenia Gets Military Airlift Capability in Hungary
Szekesfehervar - A strategic NATO airlift unit was opened in the Papa air base in Western Hungary on Monday with the arrival of the first of the three carrier planes shared by the 12 members of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) initiative, including Slovenia, which has a 1.89% stake in the vent... More »
EU Topics
Iceland's EU Fast Track No A Bad Signal for Western Balkans
Brussels - Iceland's application for EU membership should not be understood as a bad signal for the Western Balkans, said Slovenian Ambassador to the EU Igor Sencar after a meeting of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council on Monday. Slovenia welcomes Iceland's bid but the Western Bal... More »
Slovenia Reserved About Another Croatian EU Accession Chapter
Brussels - Slovenia confirmed in Brussels on Friday its reservations about another Croatian EU accession chapter, bringing the number of chapters where Slovenia believes Croatia is trying to prejudge the border between the two countries to 14. A diplomatic source explained that the chapter in que... More »
Economy & Finance
Government Caps 2010, 2011 Budgets at EUR 9bn
Ljubljana - The government decided on Monday to cap the 2010 and 2011 national budgets to EUR 8.956bn each. The budget deficit in 2010 is to stand at 4.8%, while in 2011 it is expected to be lower, at 3.5% of GDP. Development Minister Mitja Gaspari explained after the government session that the mov... More »
Business
Business Sentiment Still Unchanged in July
Ljubljana - The seasonally-adjusted business sentiment indicator in Slovenia remained at minus 24 percentage points in July, just like in June, the National Statistics Office reported on Monday. The indicator stands 27 percentage points lower year-on-year and 27 percentage points below the long-term... More »
Environment
Slovenia Waiting for Gas Terminal Documents from Italy
Ljubljana - Slovenia is waiting for complete technical documentation of a land-based gas terminal in Aquilinia (Zavlje) near Trieste planned by Italy, said Zoran Kus, state secretary at the Environment Ministry and head of a technical commission tasked with forming Slovenia's position on the planned... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenia to Become Full Member of European Space Agency
Ljubljana - The government decided in its Thursday session that Slovenia will become an active partner of the European Space Agency (ESA). This way, the country will be able to boost the development of its own R&D capacities for participation in EU space projects. Slovenia gained observer status ... More »
Social Affairs
Ministry Already Busy Implementing OECD Recommendations
Ljubljana - The Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ministry assessed on Wednesday an OECD report on the labour market and welfare policies in Slovenia as "positive". The ministry agrees with most of the OECD's comments but rejects the possibility of reducing the minimum wage. Commenting on the rep... More »
Tuerk and Pahor Say Human Rights Report Calls for Stronger Effort
Ljubljana - Human rights issues are being tackled too slowly in Slovenia, President Danilo Tuerk said upon receiving the annual report for 2008 by Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik on Tuesday. In a separate meeting with the ombudsman, Prime Minister Borut Pahor also said the situation wa... More »
Pension Reform Aimed at Sustainability, Risk Distribution
Ljubljana - Peter Pogacar, Director General of the Direcotrate for Labour Relations and Labour Rights at Labour Ministry, has told in an interview that the reform will be aimed at creating a sustainable pension system by encouraging people to remain in employment longer and by making voluntary suppl... More »
Culture & Media
Drums to Open 18th Traditional Trnfest
Ljubljana - The 18th traditional Trnfest summer festival, which will feature 34 admission-free evenings of music, theatrical and dance performances, exhibitions and film screenings, is to kick off on Tuesday with a performance of the drummer group Les Freres Burkinabes from Burkina Faso in Ljubljana... More »
Health
Slovenia to Buy EUR 14m Worth of New Flu Drugs
Ljubljana - The government has decided that Slovenia is to purchase EUR 1.3m doses of vaccine against new flu and 140,000 units of the anti-influenza drug Relenza, Health Minister Borut Miklavcic told the press after Thursday's session of the cabinet. The measure will cost Slovenia slightly over EUR... More »
Energy
Economy Ministry: Slovenia Not Second Least Prepared for Gas Shortages
Ljubljana - The Economy Ministry responded on Thursday to last week's statement by European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs, who listed Slovenia as the second least prepared for possible gas shortages among EU members. The ministry said in a press release that a mistake must have occurred.More »
Sport
Athlete Ceplak Gets Green Light for Comeback
Ljubljana - The doping-related two-year competition ban for Slovenia's track athlete Jolanda Ceplak ended on Friday. The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) said that the results of all four doping tests taken on Ceplak in the recent months had been negative. The Slovenian Athletics Associa... More »
Tourism
Number of Guests in Slovenian Spas Rose in 1st Half of 2009
Celje - The number of guests in Slovenian spas in the first half of 2009 grew by 1% compared to the same period last year, amounting to some 304,000, according to the Slovenian Spas Association. The number of overnight stays meanwhile increased by 2% to almost 1.26 million.

The majority o... More »
Number of Half-Year Overnight Stays Drops by 5% Y/Y
Ljubljana - Almost 1.12 million tourists visited Slovenia in the first half of 2009, generating almost 3.36m overnight stays, which is 5% less than in the same period last year, according to the Statistics Office. In June, some 243,000 tourists visited Slovenia, down 11% year-on-year. Slovenian tour... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week of 27 July-2 August
MONDAY, 27 July
  • LJUBLJANA - The government is to discuss a proposal of expenditures for the 2010 and 2011 national budgets.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenian Ambassador to the EU Igor Sencar is to attend a session of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council.
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President Tuerk Decorates Police Officer Who Prevented Bomb Attack on PM Pahor
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk decorated on Wednesday police officer Ales Cesar who arrested a man plotting to assassinate Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor. Cesar prevented a bomb explosion during the arrest at a border crossing with Croatia. Cesar was decorated Medal for Valour which is con... More »
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