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Slovenia News 2 November 2011
Editorial
Addressing the main ceremony ahead of Reformation Day in Krsko, Culture Minister Bostjan Zeks said the Reformation and Protestant movement laid the foundation for not only the Slovenian literature but also the Slovenian state.   "Slovenian Protestants did an enormous job, they gave us the first printed books in Slovenian and laid the foundations to present-day Slovenian cultural identity," stressed minister Žekš, adding that the Reformation period was a milestone in the development of the Slovenian nation, which eventually lead to independence twenty years ago.   The first book in Slovenian, "Cathecism", was written in 1550 by Primoz Trubar (1508-1586), the central figure of Slovenian Protestantism. A religious, political and cultural movement, Reformation also gave Slovenians the first translation of the Bible and the first spelling manual.
Domestic Policy
Prime Minister Pahor Presented Achievements of His Term
Ljubljana - Outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor takes it as the legacy of his term that Slovenia has not fallen behind or slipped into crisis, but has managed to keep and even strengthen its potential to go ahead. Slovenia is still in the group of EU countries that keep their public finances unde... More »
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Zbogar Identifies Arbitration Deal as Top Achievement of Term
New York - Slovenia's outgoing Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar identified the border arbitration agreement with Croatia and its endorsement in a referendum as the biggest achievement as he looked back at his record in office in an interview with the STA in New York on Monday. But his favourite projec... More »
Slovenia Gives Turkey EUR 30,000 Earthquake Relief Aid
Ljubljana - The government approved EUR 30,000-worth of aid to Turkey, which was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake Sunday that has claimed over 500 lives. Slovenia will donate equipment worth some EUR 30,000, including 100 sleeping bags and blankets, and two big tents, the Government Communicatio... More »
War Victims from Libya Arrive to Slovenia for Treatment
Ljubljana - A group of 28 victims of the eight-month fighting in Libya arrived to Slovenia in line with a humanitarian project established in cooperation between Slovenia and Qatar. The disabled will be treated in the Soca rehabilitation institute in Ljubljana, and in a spa resort in Lasko. The a... More »
Slovenia Backs Palestinians in UNESCO
Paris - Slovenia voted for Palestinians joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on Monday, backing Palestinian efforts for recognition of independence in the future, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. According to the ministry, UNE... More »
International Organisations
President Tuerk Praises Slovenia's UN Security Council Seat Bid
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk responded to Slovenia's withdrawal from the race for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council by congratulating and thanking Slovenia's diplomatic representatives for the effort invested in the candidacy. According to him, ceding to Azerbaijan after 16 round... More »
ITF to Clear Mine-Infested Areas Near Sarajevo
Ljubljana/Sarajevo - The head of the Slovenian-run International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) Dorijan Marsic signed a demining cooperation agreement with the Economy Minister of the Sarajevo Canton Rusmir Sendic. In line with agreement, the canton is earmarking around... More »
Economy & Finance
NLB Gets Green Light for Capital Raising
Ljubljana - The management of NLB bank got the overwhelming approval of shareholders Thursday to issue 5.5 million new shares over five years to raise new capital, but the much needed capital increase remains unclear due to failure of the main shareholders to agree on a deal. NLB has been seeking... More »
Study Shows Slovenia Ranking High in Economic Complexity
Boston - A study by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranks Slovenia 10th in terms of economic complexity, a gauge, the authors say, of countries' productive knowledge. The 128-country list is topped by Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Si... More »
Business
Biogas Plant Maker Keter Organica Starting Success Story
Maribor - Marjan Kolar, the co-owner of Keter Organica, the only Slovenian maker of biogas power plants on turnkey basis, has told the STA in an interview that the young company is only starting its success story, with production and sales increasing rapidly. The company generated EUR 16m in reve... More »
Krka Opens Two New Facilities
Novo mesto - Pharmaceutical company Krka officially opened two new production and research facilities as part of its Novo mesto complex on Thursday. According to CEO Joze Colaric, the investment is worth EUR 113m.
  Colaric told the press before the opening that the new facility for the p... More »
Construction Sector Collapsing After Crisis
Ljubljana - Slovenia's construction sector has all but collapsed since the crisis hit the country in late 2008 and some 20,000 people have lost their jobs in the industry past three years. Two business groups have prepared a set of measures that they deem necessary for the sector's survival. Afte... More »
Culture & Media
Minister Zeks: Reformation Laid Foundations to Slovenian Nation
Krsko - Addressing the main ceremony ahead of Reformation Day in Krsko on Friday, Culture Minister Bostjan Zeks said the Reformation and Protestant movement laid the foundation for not only the Slovenian literature but also the Slovenian state. "Slovenian Protestants did an enormous job, the... More »
Transport
Slovenian A2 Motorway Completed
Brezje - The A2 motorway connecting the Karavanke Tunnel at the Austrian border via Ljubljana to the Obrezje border crossing near the Croatian capital of  Zagreb has been completed as the final, 2.44 km section Peracica-Podtabor was opened on Friday. The first national motorway constructio... More »
Society
Peace Institute Marks 20th Anniversary
Ljubljana - The Peace Institute marked its 20th anniversary in Ljubljana on Wednesday with the launch of the Cross Border Experience conference, dedicated to discussions on the enlargement of the EU. The event, which will also deal with breaking the stereotypes about SE European countries and Turkey... More »
Women Quota to Stand at 35% in Upcoming Election
Ljubljana - The 4 December election will be the first general election where the gender quota will be observed in full, which means that every list will need to feature at least 35% of female candidates. In the last general election in 2008, 78 male and 12 female MPs were elected. This put the sh... More »
State Officials Pay Respect to the Departed
Ljubljana/Maribor/Celje - President Danilo Tuerk and other high-ranking state officials laid wreaths at monuments at cemeteries and memorial sites around Slovenia as the country observes All Saints' Day on Tuesday. Accompanied by PM Borut Pahor, Speaker Blaz Kavcic, Police Commissioner Janko Gors... More »
Tourism
Slovenia Attracts 2.3M Tourists in Eight Months
Ljubljana - Slovenia registered 2.3 million tourists in the first eight months of this year, up 6.9% compared with the same period last year, among them 1.4 million foreign visitors, official statistics show. In August alone, over half a million arrivals by tourists were registered at accommodati... More »
Events
Schedule of events from 2 to 6 November

WEDNESDAY, 2 November

  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will take a revote on five pieces of legislation recently vetoed by the National Council, the upper chamber of parliament.
  • LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic will take stock of h... More »
Slovenia News 8 November 2011
Editorial
The Council of Europe (CoE) issued on Monday an opinion on Slovenia's implementation of the convention for the protection of minorities. The country was praised for efforts against the discrimination of Roma, the changes to the act regulating the legal status of former Yugoslavian citizens and the support to Hungarian and Italian minorities.   Slovenia's "Piran - Pirano", directed by Goran Vojnovic, and Macedonia's "Punk's not Dead" were awarded the Dialogue Prize at the 21st Film Festival of East European Cinema in Germany's Cottbus for showing that mutual respect was only possible when people respected others' life choices, the jury wrote.  
Foreign Affairs
Two Metrology Labs Opened in Bosnia with Slovenia's Aid
Sarajevo - Two metrology laboratories, set up as part of Slovenia's development aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina, were opened in Banja Luka and Sarajevo on Thursday. Slovenia provided 75% of the funds for the laboratories, contributing EUR 820,000. The laboratory for electric magnitude measurements in S... More »
FM Stresses Importance of Further EU Enlargement
Prague - Slovenia will support firmly the recommendations of the European Commission for Montenegro and Macedonia to get their accession talks dates, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said at a meeting of Visegrad Group and Western Balkans foreign ministers in Prague on Friday. Zbogar, who attended ... More »
CoE Praises Slovenia for Progress in Minority Policy
Strasbourg - The Council of Europe (CoE) issued on Monday an opinion on Slovenia's implementation of the convention for the protection of minorities. The country was praised for efforts against the discrimination of Roma, the changes to the act regulating the legal status of former Yugoslavian citiz... More »
Defence & NATO
Jelusic and Austrian Counterpart Talk Defence Cooperation, EU Battle Groups
Ljubljana - Outgoing Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and her Austrian counterpart Norbert Darabos praised defence cooperation between the two countries after a meeting in Ljubljana on Thursday, while also proposing the use of EU battle groups as operative reserves in Kosovo. Jelusic hailed joine... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Pavilion at Venice Biennial Attracts 125,500 Visitors
Venice - The Slovenian pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial attracted some 125,500 visitors with the "Heaters for Hot Feelings" exhibition by sculptor Mirko Bratusa since it opened on 2 June. The exhibition was on display until 31 October at the A+A Gallery in the centre of Venice, disloca... More »
Slovenian Film Awarded Dialogue Prize at Cottbus Festival
Cottbus - Slovenia's "Piran - Pirano", directed by Goran Vojnovic, and Macedonia's "Punk's not Dead" were awarded the Dialogue Prize at the 21st Film Festival of East European Cinema in Germany's Cottbus for showing that mutual respect was only possible when people respected othe... More »
Slovenian Journalists Honoured for Book on Arms Dealing
Belgrade - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), honoured in Belgrade on Thursday Slovenians Matej Surc and Blaz Zgaga for their investigative journalist work on a book about arms trade in Slovenia in the 1990. The two journalis... More »
Anja Bukovec Performs In Beijing

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the world renowned violinist Ms Anja Bukovec and pianist Mr Igor Vićentić performed at the sold-out Beijing Tianqiao Theatre with almost 1,200 guests in attendance, including local Chinese audience as well as representatives of diplomatic corps. <... More »

Society
Slovenia Relatively High on UN Development Ranking
Ljubljana - Slovenia ranked 21st on the list of 187 countries in the 2011 UN Human Development Report published on Wednesday. The countries were ranked based on their performance in health, education and income per capita. Slovenia fared the best in the area of health services. The report entitle... More »
Teleshopping Guru Slovenia's New Richest Man
Ljubljana - Sandi Cesko, who has made his fortune through a group of home shopping companies Studio Moderna, has dethroned retail magnate Mirko Tus as the richest Slovenian, a survey published annually by the Manager magazine shows. Cesko more than doubled his fortune to an estimated EUR 205m to ... More »
Tourism
Slovenian Julian Alps Presented in London
London - The Slovenian Julian Alps will be in focus of the country's presentation at the 2011 World Trade Market (WTM) in London, running from Monday until Thursday. The stall hosted by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) will feature 17 tourism-oriented exhibitors under the motto Green, Active, Healt... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 7-13 November
MONDAY, 7 November
  • LJUBLJANA - Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan will host his Serbian counterpart Miroslav Milanovic
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - The finance ministers of the eurozone, including Slovenia's Franc Krizanic, will hold a meeting.
  • RADEN... More »
Slovenia News 15 November 2011
Editorial
Twenty-one parties submitted their lists of candidates for the December general election by the midnight deadline with 16 of them planning to run in all eight electoral units, the National Electoral Commission said on Thursday. A total of 1,376 candidates appear on the lists. If their lists are confirmed, all of the incumbent parliamentary parties will be running in the eight electoral units. Acclaimed Slovenian writer, essayist and editor Drago Jancar is the recipient of this year's European Prize for Literature conferred by the European Literary Association (ACEL) of Strasbourg, announced publishing house Modrijan.  
Domestic Policy
21 Parties Submit Lists, 16 to Run in All Electoral Units
Ljubljana - Twenty-one parties submitted their lists of candidates for the December general election by the midnight deadline with 16 of them planning to run in all eight electoral units, the National Electoral Commission said on Thursday. A total of 1,376 candidates appear on the lists. If their li... More »
Foreign Affairs
FM Mostly Discussing Economic Coop During Romania Visit
Bucharest - Outgoing Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met on Wednesday his Romanian counterpart Teodor Baconschi as part of his working visit to Romania. The ministers discussed especially economic cooperation, but also touched on the situation in the eurozone, EU enlargement and the Danube Strat... More »
Slovenia Puts Together Legal Team for Border Arbitration
Ljubljana, 9 November (STA) - Slovenia has put together a four-member team of lawyers that will represent it in the arbitration tribunal determining the border with Croatia. Led by Allain Pellet of France, the team comprises Slovenian law expert Vasilka Sancin, English... More »
Slovenia Concerned about IAEA Report on Iran
Ljubljana - Slovenia is concerned about the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Iran nuclear programme, which "contains additional and, in the IAEA's opinion, credible information on the potential military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear programme," the Foreign... More »
International Organisations
ITF Happy with Achievements So Far, Sees Much Work Ahead
Ig - The board of advisers of the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) met in Ig near Ljubljana on Tuesday to present to the public the fund's activities in 2011 and plans for the future. Kenneth R. Rutherford, one of the most prominent activists in demining, prese... More »
Minister Says UNESCO Conference Successful for Slovenia
Ljubljana - Education and Sport Minister Igor Luksic has assessed the 36th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as a success for Slovenia as a Slovenian institute has been granted the special status of a regional centre for library infor... More »
EU Topics
Krizanic Hopes Capital Increase to Banks Will Boost Lending
Brussels - Outgoing Finance Minister Franc Krizanic said after a meeting of the EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council on Tuesday that the expectation was the planned coordinated capital increase at systemic banks in Europe would be followed by increased lending activity. Krizanic said tha... More »
Economy & Finance
Brussels Forecasts Growing Deficit, Low Growth for Slovenia
<inssc></inssc> Brussels - The European Commission projects Slovenia's GDP to grow by 1% in 2012 and by 1.5% in 2013. The general government deficit is to widen from 5.3% of GDP next year to 5.7% in 2013. The latest economic forecast, issued on Thursday, marks a downgrade compared to sp... More »
Krizanic Calm Despite Slovenia's Rising Bond Yield
Brdo pri Kranju - Outgoing Finance Minister Franc Krizanic told the annual Days of Slovenian Bankers that Slovenia is relatively well supplied as far as financial resources go, which is why he does not expect any "major shocks" at least until 2014. His address in Brdo pri Kranju came as th... More »
Slovenia's R&D Spending at 2.1% of GDP in 2010
Ljubljana - Investments in research and development in Slovenia amounted to 2.1% of GDP in 2010, reaching EUR 745.9m, up 14 percentage points compared to 2009, the Statistics Office has said. Businesses spent EUR 435.5m on R&D, or 58% of the total. The second biggest investor was the state, w... More »
Business
Govt Grants Revoz EUR 45m Subsidy
Ljubljana - The government earmarked on Thursday EUR 45.5m to the Novo mesto-based car maker Revoz. The Renault-owned assembly plant will get the funds pending EU approval, the Government Communications Office said. The subsidy funds are to be awarded for a project, worth an estimated EUR 326m, to a... More »
GZS Presents Netherlands as Market of Opportunity
Ljubljana - The Netherlands is a market of opportunity, with the country being the 10th richest in terms of purchasing power, Ales Cantarutti, who heads the Centre for Competitiveness at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) told a seminar in Ljubljana on Friday. The opportunities for Sloven... More »
Agriculture
Slovenia to Help Balkans Craft EU-Compatible Farm Regulations
Skopje - Slovenia pledged expert assistance in drafting laws and setting up institutions in the field of agriculture as Agriculture Ministry State Secretary Tanja Strnisa attended a meeting of the standing working group for rural development in SE Europe in Skopje on Friday. The debate focused on... More »
Culture & Media
Curtain Rising on Ljubljana Film Festival
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), Slovenia's biggest film event, will get under way on Wednesday, bringing 12 days packed with more than 100 films and accompanying events. The 22nd LIFFe, whose programming director Simon Popek promises will satisfy a variety of tastes, w... More »
25th Frankfurt after Frankfurt Opens in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - The biggest book store in Ljubljana, Konzorcij, will launch its traditional Frankfurt after Frankfurt publishing event on Monday. The 25th annual exhibition will feature some 10,000 new books that were presented by publishers from around the world at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. ... More »
Jancar to Receive This Year's ACEL Literary Prize
Strasbourg - Acclaimed Slovenian writer, essayist and editor Drago Jancar is the recipient of this year's European Prize for Literature conferred by the European Literary Association (ACEL) of Strasbourg, announced publishing house Modrijan. Jancar, the winner of three Slovenian literary prizes K... More »
Slovenian Films in Focus of Film Festival in Skopje
Skopje - The 10th Cinedays film festival in Skopje, Macedonia, will put a special focus on Slovenia's film production with a number of Slovenian films in the festival programme, a special retrospective of Slovenian films over the past 20 years and an exhibition of film posters. "Izlet&q... More »
Slovenian-Owned Company Makes World's Biggest Quran
Gorizia - ARC Group, a Gorizia-based company owned by two Slovenians, has made the world's biggest Quran. The book ornamented with more than a hundred precious stones will be transported to its destination, one of the biggest mosques in Russia's Kazan, on Friday. The book measures 200x150 centime... More »
Slovenia's First Cultural Centre Abroad to Open in Vienna
Vienna - Slovenia will open its first cultural centre abroad, called Skica, in Vienna. The centre is to be launched by the end of the year and will be dedicated to the promotion of Slovenian innovation and creativity in Austria, Skica head Ana Novak has told the STA. The centre will be located at... More »
Events
Schedule of Events in the week for 14-20 November
MONDAY, 14 November
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU foreign ministers, including Slovenia's Samuel Zbogar, will be in session.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan will take part in a session of the EU's agriculture ministers.
  • LJUBLJANA - The supervis... More »
Slovenia News 22 November 2011
Editorial
A new national encyclopaedia, Slovenika, was launched at the headquarters of the University of Ljubljana on Friday. The concise, two-volume encyclopaedia, published by Mladinska knjiga, was compiled in cooperation with over 100 established Slovenian experts and a number of top Slovenian institutions. The new national encyclopaedia features 7,961 entries, 1,118 photographs, 991 portraits, 207 tables and 68 maps.   Between 19 November 2011 and 19 February 2012, the Leone da Perego Palace in Legnano, near Milan, will host an anthological exhibition of the works of Zoran Mušič entitled If this is a Man. The exhibition is to serve as an introduction to an extensive cultural, tourist, economic and political presentation of Slovenia, which is scheduled to take place in Milan in February 2012.   The exhibition on the famous exhibition premises of the S.A.Le (Spazi Espositivi della cittá di Legnano), which last year hosted the Auguste Rodin exhibition, features more than 90 paintings by Mušič, most of which are paintings on canvas. There are also some examples of his drawings and watercolours. The exhibition is another tribute to one of the most distinctive painters and figurists of his time.
Press release
Exhibition of the works of Zoran Mušič to serve as an introduction to an extensive presentation of Slovenia in Italy
Between 19 November 2011 and 19 February 2012, the Leone da Perego Palace in Legnano, near Milan, will host an anthological exhibition of the works of Zoran Mušič entitled If this is a Man. The exhibition is to serve as an introduction to an extensive cultural, tourist, economic and politi... More »
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Ministers Agree Slovenia-Kosovo Relations Excellent
Ljubljana - The Slovenian and Kosovo foreign ministers, Samuel Zbogar and Enver Hoxhaj, agreed in Ljubljana on Monday that the relations between their countries were excellent, which was attested by frequent political contacts and Slovenia's role as on of the top investors in the country. Coming ... More »
Defence & NATO
Three Countries Join Slovenian Mountain Combat Centre
Bohinjska Bela - Representatives of Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Italy signed on Tuesday an agreement on cooperation as part of Slovenia's centre of excellence in mountain combat in Bohinjska Bela. The centre is to be joined by more countries, and it is expected to become a NATO excellence centre ... More »
Environment
Eco Campaign to Raise Awareness about Plastic Waste
Ljubljana - An adult Slovenian uses between 130 and 150 plastic bags every year on average, and only 4% of them get recycled, ecologists warned on Friday, a day before launching a week-long campaign against plastic bags. Natasa Zuljan pointed out that the practical, light, cheap, waterproof, dura... More »
Education | Science & Technology
New Chancellor of Primorska University Inaugurated
Koper - Dragan Marusic, formerly the dean of the Koper Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and IT, was inaugurated as the new chancellor of the University of Primorska. He said in his speech that university space must be open to those who desire to create and do research in order to compete wit... More »
Minorities
Slovenian Minority in Italy Protests against Italy's Plan to Cut Media Funds
Trieste - The two umbrella organisations of the Slovenian minority in Italy have sent a letter to Italy's PM designate Mario Monti, protesting against planned budget cuts that are to take away a third of the funds earmarked for the minority's TV and radio programmes in Slovenian produced by public b... More »
Culture & Media
Exhibition Remembers Jewish Soldiers Killed on WWI Isonzo Front
Maribor - The Maribor synagogue, serving as a cultural centre of Jewish heritage, will host until 3 February, an exhibition dedicated to Jewish soldiers in the Austro-Hungarian army who fell on the Isonzo Front of WWI. The exhibition, entitled "Forgive Us, Forgive Us, Oh You, the Dead",... More »
Slovenia Gets New National Encyclopaedia
Ljubljana - A new national encyclopaedia, Slovenika, was launched at the headquarters of the University of Ljubljana on Friday. The concise, two-volume encyclopaedia, published by Mladinska knjiga, was compiled in cooperation with over 100 established Slovenian experts and a number of top Slovenian ... More »
Energy
Slovenia Makes Progress in Energy Efficiency
Ljubljana - Slovenia has made good progress in efficient use of energy since 2008, saving 2.8% of energy in 2008-2010, which is 0.3 percentage points above plans, head of the Energy Directorate Janez Kopac said. The progress is the product of various measures, mainly counselling for households, p... More »
Society
Movement 15o Marks One Month of Protest
Ljubljana - Around 50 protesters affiliated with the 15o movement staged a march through Ljubljana on Tuesday to mark one month of protest as part of the global Occupy movement. The group marched through the city centre and held a symbolic general assembly in front of the parliament building. The... More »
Events
Schedule of events from 22 to 26 November

TUESDAY, 22 November

  • LJUBLJANA - The two-day Slovenian Innovation Forum, organised by the Public Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI), will open.
  • LJUBLJANA - The business daily Finance will host the Environmental Meeting 2011.
  • ... More »
Slovenia News 29 November 2011
Editorial
Slovenians are an innovative nation, but lack the appropriate conditions for further development and use of innovations, agreed speakers at opening of the Slovenian Innovation Forum on Tuesday. According to President Danilo Tuerk, being innovative is an imperative of the present. He was happy to see a growing number of people in Slovenia proving themselves with new innovations.   Slovenians see the financial and economic crisis as the biggest threat to European security and corruption as the biggest threat to the security of Slovenian citizens, shows a Eurobarometer survey published on Friday.   Skocjanske jame, arguably the most spectacular of the karst caves in Slovenia, marked the 25th anniversary of its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site on Friday with the inauguration of a new promotion and convention centre.
   
Domestic Policy
Ministry Says Violence Against Women General Problem
Ljubljana - The Interior Ministry is marking this year's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with an awareness-raising campaign on the problem of domestic violence, addressing both the victims and the general public. The main message is that domestic violence is a problem... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Concerned About Situation in Egypt
Ljubljana - Slovenia expressed concern on Thursday about the situation in Egypt and condemned the use of violence against protesters, while backing the continuation of dialogue between the interim military government and the protesters. The Foreign Ministry urged both sides to refrain from furthe... More »
Government Appoints Delegation to Holocaust Task Force
Ljubljana - The government appointed on Friday a Slovenian delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation in Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. The delegation will be responsible for active participation in the task force and for carrying out of its activities in Slovenia. ... More »
Slovenia Opens Consulate in Novi Sad
Novi Sad - Slovenia opened its first honorary consulate in Serbia in Novi Sad on Friday. It is headed by Honorary Consul Rajko Maric, an acclaimed lawyer and chairman of Kredarica, the Slovenian association that has been operating in Novi Sad since 1997. The consulate was inaugurated by Slovenian... More »
International Organisations
ITF to Help Develop Telemedicine in Cape Verde
Praia - The Slovenian-run International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) will help develop a comprehensive national programme of telemedicine and e-health for Cape Verde, the ITF said in a press release on Thursday. The ITF and Cape Verde Health Minister Maria Cristina Lo... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenia to Donate Decommissioned Military Gear to Afghanistan
Ljubljana - Slovenia will donate 800 pieces of decommissioned military gear, including blankets, clothing, cutlery and footwear, worth around EUR 73,000 to the Afghan National Army, the government told the press on Thursday. Slovenia will register this contribution with NATO, the Government Commu... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia in Favour of Euro Bonds, Says Debt Must Be Sustainable
Ljubljana - Slovenia is in favour of an introduction of common bonds for the eurozone, but these are only another way of financing public debt, while the main effort should be focused on ensuring debt sustainability, the Finance Ministry told the STA on Wednesday in repose to the European Commission... More »
Slovenia Against Penalising EU Members By Freezing Cohesion Funds
Poznan - Slovenia voiced opposition at Friday's informal meeting of the EU's ministers responsible for cohesion policy and regional development against the idea of punishing members states in breach of public finance rules by withholding EU cohesion funds. Commenting on this idea, mentioned as pa... More »
Business
Forum: Slovenians Innovative Nation But Lack Good Conditions
Ljubljana - Slovenians are an innovative nation, but lack the appropriate conditions for further development and use of innovations, agreed speakers at opening of the Slovenian Innovation Forum on Tuesday. According to President Danilo Tuerk, being innovative is an imperative of the present. He w... More »
Mercator Bags European Business Award for Corporate Sustainability
Ljubljana - Retailer group Mercator on Tuesday received the European Business Award for Environment and Corporate Sustainability for its participation in the social, cultural, economic and environmental areas. Along with Mercator, the companies short-listed for the award were French company VEJA,... More »
Environment
Slovenia Commended in Interim EU Report on N-Plant Stress Tests
Brussels/Ljubljana - The head of the Nuclear Safety Administration, Andrej Stritar said that Slovenia was among the three countries highlighted as exemplary in the interim report of the European Commission on the progress of nuclear stress tests in the EU published on ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Particle Physicist and Inorganic Chemist Win Top Science Prize
Ljubljana - The highest national award given out annually to scientists and scholars for lifetime achievements, the Zois Prize, was conferred on particle physicist Gabrijel Kernel and inorganic chemist Boris Zemva at a ceremony in the Cankarjev dom arts centre on Thursday evening. Kernel is the f... More »
Culture & Media
Second Book Out By Author of "Cefurji Raus"
Ljubljana - Author Goran Vojnovic, whose debut novel "Cefurji Raus" attracted a massive readership while also delighting critics, launched his second book on Tuesday. "Jugoslavija, moja dezela" (Yugoslavia, My Country) is about how the war in Yugoslavia in the late 20th century w... More »
Several Awards Conferred at Book Fair Opening Ceremony
Ljubljana - The 27th Slovenian Book Fair kicked off in Ljubljana's Cankarjev dom arts centre on Tuesday with a gala opening ceremony, at which several awards for achievements in publishing, printing, translation, design and literary debut were presented. The ceremony was addressed by President Da... More »
Minister Zeks Opens Ljubljana Museum of Contemporary Art
Ljubljana - Interim Culture Minister Bostjan Zeks opened on Saturday evening the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM), an extension of the Moderna galerija gallery, saying at the event that it was important that Slovenia was getting new cultural investments also in the time of economic crisis. T... More »
Energy
Plan for New Chain of Hydro Plants on Sava River Confirmed
Trbovlje - State-owned power utilities HSE, Gen energija and Savske elektrarne Ljubljana confirmed on Friday with another document the planned joint construction of a EUR 1.3bn chain of hydro plants on the Sava river in central Slovenia. The agreement on the project envisages ten plants on the Sa... More »
Sport
FIBA Europe Satisfied with First Visit to Slovenia
Ljubljana - Representatives of FIBA Europe wrapped up on Wednesday their first official visit to the Slovenian cities which will host the 2013 European Basketball Championship, with FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin saying that the impression was very positive, and that only details were mis... More »
Tourism
25th Years marked Since Skocjan Caves UNESCO Listing
Divaca - Skocjanske jame, arguably the most spectacular of the karst caves in Slovenia, marked the 25th anniversary of its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site on Friday with the inauguration of a new promotion and convention centre. The ceremony at a primary school in the nearby Divaca was ad... More »
Public Opinion
Slovenians See Crisis As Biggest Threat in EU, Corruption at Home
Brussels - Slovenians see the financial and economic crisis as the biggest threat to European security and corruption as the biggest threat to the security of Slovenian citizens, shows a Eurobarometer survey published on Friday. The crisis was picked as the biggest threat in Europe by 43% of the ... More »
Events
President Praises General Meister's Contribution to Slovenia
Slovenska Bistrica - President Danilo Tuerk addressed in Slovenska Bistrica on Wednesday the national ceremony marking Rudolf Maister Day, praising General Meister's ability to pave the way for territorial integrity of Slovenia during tough times in the wake of the end of World War I. His credit ... More »
Schedule of Events in the week for 28 Nov-4 Dec
MONDAY, 28 November
  • ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - President Danilo Tuerk will begin a two-day visit to the Netherlands.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Economic and Social Council, the highest industrial relations forum in the country, will be in session to debate employment policies th... More »
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