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Slovenia News 2 November 2010
Editorial
The reformation movement shook Slovenians with protestant reforms, but also united them in their language and raised them to the level of other cultured European nations, Culture Minister Majda Sirca said as she addressed the main ceremony marking Reformation Day in Maribor on Friday. With "Cathecism" and "Abecedarium", the central figure of Protestantism Primož Trubar (1508-1586) enabled the development of Slovenia's reading culture and the Slovenian language. “By giving the written word to the people, he triggered cultural, social and political changes”, emphasized the Culture Minister.   EU integration of the Western Balkans was high on the agenda as Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met his Greek counterpart Dimitris Droutsas as part of a three-day visit to Athens on Saturday. "Slovenia borders on the Western Balkans from the north and Greece from the south, which is why it is in the interest of both countries to ensure that this internal EU courtyard becomes a part of the EU as soon as possible," Zbogar is quoted by the Foreign Ministry as saying after the meeting.   Prime Minister Borut Pahor rejected on Thursday a proposal by the European Parliament for a 6% budget increase for next year. He believes the maximum acceptable increase would be 2.9% and that the bloc should fill its budget by downsising its bureaucratic apparatus.   Slovenia's pavilion at the Shanghai Expo won a gold medal for creativity as the world show came to an end on Monday. The Open Book, as the Slovenian pavilion is called, attracted more than three million visitors.
Domestic Policy
Prime Minister Announces More Reforms
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced on Thursday that the government would "expand the reform front" and start before the end of 2010 an agricultural reform, which will be followed by a health care reform and a reform of the public sector pay system in 2011. The government is currentl... More »
Foreign Affairs
Zbogar Meets Russia Communications and Mass Media Minister
Brdo pri Kranju - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Igor Olegovich Shchyogolev at Brdo pri Kranju on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the eighth meeting of the Slovenian-Russian commission dealing with trade, scientific, technological and economi... More »
Govt Appoints New Balkans Coordinator
Ljubljana - The government appointed Mitja Strukelj the new Foreign Ministry coordinator for the Western Balkans on Thursday. In line with the guidelines for Slovenia's role in the region, members of a coordinating committee were also appointed, according to the Government Communication Office. S... More »
Greece, Slovenia Discuss Balkans Cooperation
Athens - EU integration of the Western Balkans was high on the agenda as Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met his Greek counterpart Dimitris Droutsas as part of a three-day visit to Athens on Saturday. "Slovenia borders on the Western Balkans from the north and Greece from the south, which is why i... More »
Defence & NATO
Germany Contributes Funds for Demining
Ljubljana - Germany made a donation of EUR 300,900 to the Slovenian-run International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) on Thursday. The second German donation this year will be spent on demining operations and technical surveys in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The ITF expects 18... More »
EU Topics
PM Wants Slovenia to Join Germany, France in Eurozone Reform
Brussels - Prime Minister told the press in Brussels on Friday following the EU summit that he would like Slovenia to join Germany and France in their initiative to reform the eurozone. He added he would seek consensus from the leaders of all parliamentary parties and President Danilo Tuerk. Paho... More »
Pahor Opposes Proposed EU Budget Increase
Brussels - Prime Minister Borut Pahor rejected on Thursday a proposal by the European Parliament for a 6% budget increase for next year. He believes the maximum acceptable increase would be 2.9% and that the bloc should fill its budget by downsising its bureaucratic apparatus. Pahor said that all... More »
Economy & Finance
IMAD Says Slovenia Must Boost Its Competitiveness
Otocec - Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) Bostjan Vasle said on Wednesday that while a modest growth of about 1% is expected in Slovenia by the end of the year, the key issue that requires more attention in the country was a drop in competitiveness. Vario... More »
Survey Suggests Slovenians Feeling Pinch of Recession
Ljubljana - The impact of the recession on everyday life was felt in October by 66% of Slovenians, a two percentage point increase on March and up three percentage points on the same month last year. While the share of people who feel the impact has not changed much, the reasons have, a survey by th... More »
EIB Provides EUR 150m in Fresh Loans for Car Makers, Gas Supplier
Ljubljana - The state-owned SID export and development bank and gas pipeline operator Geoplin plinovodi sign loan contracts with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on Thursday worth EUR 50m and EUR 100m respectively. SID will use the funds to provide loans to the country's automotive cluster and Geo... More »
Central Bank Calls for More Powers in Protecting Consumers
Ljubljana - Banka Slovenije, the country's central bank, responded to criticism that it did not do enough to prevent banks charging illegal fees by saying that it had limited powers in dealing with issues of competition. It urged legislative changes which would give it greater leverage in protecting... More »
Krizanic Says State to Give EUR 125M for NLB Capital Increase
Ljubljana - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic has told Saturday's supplement of daily Delo that the state will contribute half of the planned EUR 250m in fresh capital for Slovenia's largest bank NLB. "More than that would constitute state aid," he told Sobotna priloga. Final decisions on the amoun... More »
Business
Strategic Investor Sought for Elan
Begunje na Gorenjskem - The state-owned PDP asset management company will soon launch procedures to find a strategic investor for sports goods maker Elan willing to provide a capital increase that would reduce the state's stake in the company, PDP boss Matej Golob Matzele told the STA on Wednesday. ... More »
Pahor Announces Measures over Vegrad
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said after a government session on Thursday that measures would be introduced to prevent a repeat of cases similar to that of builder Vegrad, where workers were left without pay and contributions as the company went bankrupt. Pahor did not specify what these... More »
Education | Science & Technology
1.86% of GDP Spent on R&D in 2009
Ljubljana - Last year Slovenia earmarked 1.86% of its GDP or EUR 656.9m for research and development, a rise of 6 percentage points over 2008, according to figures released by the Statistics Office (SURS). The biggest rises were witnessed in the higher education and business sectors, those of 15 ... More »
Social Affairs
Govt Adopts Volunteering Bill
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a bill on volunteering, defining for the first time on a systemic level the relationship between a volunteer and a volunteer organisation, and the role of the state in boosting voluntarism, Public Administration Minister Irma Pavlinic Krebs said after t... More »
Minorities
Minister Concerned Over Slovenian Minority Budget Cut in Italy
Ljubljana - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks on Tuesday expressed concern over reports that the Italian government has proposed a EUR 2.4m cut in the funds for the Slovenian minority for 2011. "If this information is true, this is completely unacceptable for Slovenia. It would endanger... More »
Foreign Ministry Condemns Attack on Trieste Culture Centre
Ljubljana/Trieste - The Slovenian Foreign Ministry and the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad condemned on Friday a vandalism attack on the Slovenian cultural centre in Trieste. The ministry also called in the Italian ambassador to Slovenia. Unknown perpetrators covered the cultural centre o... More »
Minority Funding in Focus as Italian, Slovenian Officials Meet
Ljubljana - State Secretary at the Office for Slovenians Abroad Boris Jesih met Coordinator for Minorities at the Italian Foreign Ministry Daniele Verga in Ljubljana on Friday to discuss Italy's plans to cut funding for the Slovenian minority next year. The meeting comes after the Italian governm... More »
Culture & Media
Mining Heritage in Idrija to Be Protected
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday a set of guidelines for the protection of mining heritage in Idrija, home to the world-famous mercury mine, which was closed in 1977. The guidelines are planned to result in a comprehensive plan for the protection of cultural heritage in and around t... More »
Sculpture Dedicated to Founders of Slovenian Literature Unveiled in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - A sculpture dedicated to 16th century Slovenian protestant writers, made by Lujo Vodopivec, was unveiled at the Slovenian Reformation Park in Ljubljana on Thursday. The sculpture represents a human head resting on a grass-covered mound, with books and random capital letters mounted on... More »
Ambitious Centre of Performing Arts to Position Maribor Abroad
Maribor - As Maribor is gearing up to assume the title of European Capital of Culture in 2012, Slovenian culture managers are divided over a new centre of performing arts, an ambitious idea promulgated by unconventional theatre director Tomaz Pandur and upheld by the city of Maribor. The centre w... More »
Gold Medal for Slovenian Pavilion at Expo
Beijing - Slovenia's pavilion at the Shanghai Expo won a gold medal for creativity as the world show came to an end on Monday. The Open Book, as the Slovenian pavilion is called, attracted more than three million visitors. The 1,000 square-metre pavilion whose concept was prompted by Ljubljana's ... More »
Minister Praises Trubar's Legacy at Reformation Day Ceremony
Maribor - The reformation movement shook Slovenians with protestant reforms, but also united them in their language and raised them to the level of other cultured European nations, Culture Minister Majda Sirca said as she addressed the main ceremony marking Reformation Day in Maribor on Friday. "... More »
Transport
More Countries Interested in Cargo 10 Rail Project
Dobrovo - Slovenian, Serbian and Croatian national railway operators, which established a joint company named Cargo 10 in early September, were joined by Macedonia in October. Bulgaria, Austria and Italy are also interested in the project, Robert Vuga of Slovenske zeleznice said on Wednesday. "Th... More »
Society
Slovenia's Top-Level Domain among Safest in the World
Ljubljana - Slovenia's country code top-level domain .si is among the safest domains on the internet, according to the annual report on the risk exposure of national and generic top-level domains published by US computer security company McAfee. According to the report by McAfee, the Slovenian na... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Govt Adopts Bill on Balanced Regional Development
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Thursday the bill promoting balanced regional development, which according to Local Government Minister Henrik Gjerkes is aimed at improving development in regions which have not fully realised their potential. The minister told the press after the government... More »
Sport
Slovenia Only Candidate for Host of 2013 Eurobasket
Ljubljana - Slovenia is the only candidate to host the 2013 European Basketball Championship, as the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) confirmed this week that Italy, which was the only other bidder, had officially withdrawn. The FIBA Europe executive committee will take a decision on th... More »
Osovnikar to Prepare for Olympics Under Christie
Ljubljana - Slovenia's top male sprinter Matic Osovnikar has enrolled the services of British athletics legend Linford Christie as he starts his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics. Osovnikar, the Slovenian record holder in the 100 and 200 metres, will train under the mentorship of the 1992... More »
Events
Speaker Addresses Remembrance Ceremony at Trieste's Rizarna
Trieste - Parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar laid a wreath at Trieste's Rizarna, a former WWII prison, ahead of All Saints Day on Saturday, paying respects to victims of Fascist violence in the Second World War. He pointed in his address to the importance of knowledge of history. "Rizarna was and... More »
State Officials Pay Respects to Those Who Died for the Country
Ljubljana/Maribor - President Danilo Tuerk, accompanied by a strong government delegation, laid wreaths at several monuments at the Zale cemetery in Ljubljana on Monday as the country observes All Saints' Day. Tuerk was accompanied by PM Borut Pahor, Speaker Pavel Gantar, National Council Preside... More »
Schedule of events for 1-7 November
MONDAY, 1 November
  • LJUBLJANA - Slovenia will observe All Saints Day, a national holiday. As part of the holiday, officials will lay wreaths at cemetaries around the country and special masses will be held.
TUESDAY, 2 November
  • BELGRADE, Serbia - PM Borut Pah... More »
Slovenia News 9 November 2010
Editorial
Prime Minister Borut Pahor paid a working visit to Serbia, where he had talks with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkvic. The Prime Ministers assessed that the relations between their countries were on the rise. Cvetkovic thanked Slovenia for supporting Serbia in its bid to join the EU, noting that Slovenia was a leading investor in Serbia.   The government appointed the first Slovenian president, Milan Kucan, a special envoy for Bosnia and Herzegovina. At a press conference, Mr Kucan said that his job as the PM's special rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina will not involve dispensing advice on constitutional reforms to BiH but only checking the possibilities of such a reform taking place there. BiH will have to reach an agreement on the reforms itself, Slovenia can only assist in this, said Kucan, who served as Slovenia's president from 1992 to 2002.   Slovenia is an attractive environment for settlements in international economic disputes due to its location and because it is a good link between Western and Eastern Europe, Justice Minister Ales Zalar said at an international conference on alternative solutions to economic disputes in Ljubljana. "Slovenia is a valuable regional player," the minister said, adding that Slovenia has a good reputation in the region which could help make it the economic arbitration centre.
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Zbogar Discusses Economy and Peace Talks in Israel
Tel Aviv/Jerusalem - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman as part of a visit to Israel on Monday. Cooperation in science and economy dominated the talks, as did Middle East peace talks, which was also on the agenda of a meeti... More »
Former President Kucan appointed PM's special rapporteur for Bosnia-Herzegovina
Ljubljana -  The government had appointed Slovenia's first president, Milan Kucan, special envoy for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kucan has said that his job as the PM's special rapporteur for Bosnia-Herzegovina will not involve dispensing advice on constitutional reforms to BiH but only checking th... More »
Foreign Minister Zbogar Discussed Bilateral Relations with Egyptian Counterpart
Cairo - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul-Gheit discussed strengthening bilateral relations in Cairo on Wednesday. They also touched on the situation in the Middle East, notably the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and called for a new moratorium on Jewis... More »
Romanian and Slovenian Presidents Discuss Topical EU Issues and Roma Minority
Brdo pri Kranju - Bilateral relations and topical EU issues, including crisis recovery measures and the Roma issue, topped the agenda of a meeting between Romanian President Traian Basescu and his Slovenian counterpart Danilo Tuerk on Wednesday in Brdo pri Kranju. Noting the French dismantling of th... More »
Foreign Minister Zbogar Debates Peace Process with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa
Cairo - The Middle East peace process was in the focus as Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa late on Tuesday as part of his oficial visit to Egypt. Zbogar hailed the efforts of the Arab League in resolving the Middle East conflict and present... More »
Serbia to Hand Over Rome Residence and Milan Consulate by September 2011
Belgrade - Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who paid a working visit to Serbia, said that the primary motive behind his working visit to Serbia today was the friendship between the two countries, which he said were taking big steps in economic cooperation. He also announced that Serbia would hand ov... More »
Defence & NATO
Defence Minister: Slovenian Troops Likely in Afghanistan Through 2012
Washington - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic said Slovenian troops would likely remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2012 at least, as she met US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrook in Washington. Minister's talks with Holbrook and his assistant Daniel Feldman focused on r... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Welcomes EU's Visa Abolition for Bosnia and Albania
Brussels - Slovenian officials hailed the decision of EU interior ministers who unanimously confirmed the abolition of visas for citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania on Monday. Interior Minister Katarina Kresal pointed out after the session that Slovenia has been supportive of this initiative ... More »
Economy & Finance
IMAD Says Economy Recovering, But Slowly
Ljubljana - Slovenia's economy keeps growing, as all key areas bar the construction sector show positive trends, the Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) said on Wednesday. "If exports are boosting economic growth, construction is holding it back," its director Bostjan Vasle s... More »
Business
Slovenian Diplomacy Opening Doors to Business Coop with Russia
Ljubljana - Russia is one of the key markets for the Slovenian economy and the already good cooperation could be upgraded, also by means of diplomacy, agreed participants in Monday's seminar on development opportunities for Slovenia's economy in Russia, organised a little more than a week before Pre... More »
Pipistrel to Build Factory in Italy
Ajdovscina - Pipistrel, a maker of light aircraft, will manufacture aircraft in Italy, near the border with Slovenia. The company got a 30-year licence to build a factory next to the Gorizia airport and expects to get a building permit in six months, Pipistrel director and owner Ivo Boscarol said. ... More »
Environment
Commissioner Potocnik Hails Nagoya Accord on Biodiversity
Brussels - The agreement to protect biodiversity that almost 200 countries reached in Japan's Nagoya last weekend is "a big step forward" and could become an important milestone for our planet, European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said on Wednesday. "I hope that future generations wil... More »
Justice
Slovenia Could Become Economic Arbitration Centre
Ljubljana - Slovenia is an attractive environment for settlements in international economic disputes due to its location and because it is a good link between Western and Eastern Europe, Justice Minister Ales Zalar said at an international conference on alternative solutions to economic disputes on ... More »
Minorities
Minister Zeks Again Urges Austria to Secure Proper Conditions for Minority
Klagenfurt - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks scolded in a talk held in Austria's Carinthia on Thursday Austria for its attitude to the Slovenian minority, expressing his expectation that Austria will respect its own legal norms and enable the minority to function normally. Speaking in Ta... More »
Culture & Media
24th Frankfurt after Frankfurt Book Fair Opens in Konzorcij Bookshop
Ljubljana - Thousands of foreign books from the Frankfurt Book Fair will be displayed at Ljubljana's biggest bookshop, Konzorcij, on 15 November. On the occasion, an extra 200 sq. metre shopping area will be inaugurated there. After being hosted by the Cankarjev dom arts and convention centre for ye... More »
International Symposium Svetlana Makarovič – Modern Classics
Svetlana Makarovic is a widely read author but her creativity is not being reflected on enough, literary scientist Gasper Troha summed up the motto of Wednesday's whole-day symposium on Makarovic. The event, organised by publisher Arsem, brings in-debt analyses of various aspects of her work by nine... More »
More Visits to Slovenian Culture Institutions
Ljubljana - Slovenian galleries and museums as well as cinemas were visited by more people in 2009 compared to the year before. Meanwhile, the number of published new books dropped by 3.4% last year, although there was an increase in fiction books, according to the Statistics Office. There were 6... More »
RTV Slovenija Referendum to Be Held on 12 December
Ljubljana - A referendum on the act which reforms the institutional framework of public broadcaster RTV Slovenija will be held on 12 December, parliament decided late on Tuesday after a protracted debate that saw the opposition stonewalling its own request. The decision was supposed to be a mere fo... More »
Sport
Petkovsek Makes Golden Comeback
Osijek - After almost a year of absence due to injury, Slovenian gymnast Mitja Petkovsek made the best possible comeback in the Gymnastics World Cup on Sunday. In what was his first performance this season, he managed to sweep away gold with 15.150 points on the parallel bars in Croatia's Osijek. Pe... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 8-14 November:
TUESDAY, 9 November
  • LJUBLJANA - President Danilo Tuerk will receive credentials from Iranian Ambassador Mohammed Rahim Agheipur, Swedish Ambassador Hans Lundbor and Syrian Ambassador Basam al Sabaga.
  • LJUBLJANA - A session of the National Electoral Commission (DVK) dedicated... More »
Slovenia News 16 November 2010
Editorial
A consortium of eight Slovenian car companies was formed in Ljubljana on Tuesday 9 October to reduce R&D investment risks and follow the trends in the global car industry. The SiEVA consortium includes companies Hidria, Cimos, Kolektor, Iskra Avtoelektrika, Iskra Mehanizmi, MLM, Polycom and TPV. The companies invested some EUR 20m in the project and are hoping to get the same amount from the state through a public call for applications for development centres. They also committed to investing over EUR 250m in industrialisation in the next three to five years.   Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his Hungarian counterpart Pal Schmitt praised good relations between the two countries as they met in Budapest on Wednesday, 10 October. They discussed national minorities, Hungarian EU presidency and the environmental catastrophe at the Ajka plant. The two presidents discussed the environmental catastrophe at the aluminium plant in Ajka, with Tuerk offering any kind of help that was needed.   Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the National Assembly on Monday 15 october that he was happy with the performance of the government in the first half of its term. "If I was choosing the direction of the government again today, I wouldn't choose a very different path," he said in response to a question from a coalition MP. Pahor finds support for his position in the results after two years in power. "We are comparable with countries we want to be comparable with, and have all the chances, provided we adopt some unpopular but inevitable measures, to get Slovenia on board the so called German-French wagon."
Domestic Policy
Pahor Happy with First Two Years in Power
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the National Assembly on Monday that he was happy with the performance of the government in the first half of its term. "If I was choosing the direction of the government again today, I wouldn't choose a very different path," he said in response to a quest... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenian Students in Trieste Stage Sit-In against Reform
Trieste - Students of Slovenian secondary schools in Trieste have staged a sit-in in the buildings of two Trieste schools in protest against education reforms in Italy which they believe might also hurt schools in which lessons are conducted in Slovenian. The students from the four Slovenian seconda... More »
Gantar Talks Parliament Work with Finnish Officials
Helsinki - Slovenian parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar held in Helsinki on Wednesday a series of talks with representatives of the Finnish Parliament as part of his two-day visit to the country. He said talks focused on organisation and internal work of the countries' parliaments. Gantar and MPs Ja... More »
Slovenian, Hungarian Presidents Discuss Relations and Minorities
Budapest - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and his Hungarian counterpart Pal Schmitt praised good relations between the two countries as they met in Budapest on Wednesday. They discussed national minorities, Hungarian EU presidency and the environmental catastrophe at the Ajka plant. The two presid... More »
Slovenian Science Institutes in Austria to Be Denied State Aid
Vienna - The two Slovenian science institutes in Klagenfurt and Vienna are facing funding cuts as the Austrian government has decided to gradually abolish the financial support to all non-university scientific institutes in the country by 2012 as part of austerity measures. Daily Wiener Zeitung r... More »
New US Ambassador Arrives in Slovenia
Ljubljana - The new US Ambassador to Slovenia Joseph Adamo Mussomeli arrived in Ljubljana on Friday after the US was without an ambassador for almost two years. Mussomeli told reporters at Ljubljana Airport that he did not know much about Slovenia, but he promised that he would learn. Mussomeli said... More »
Education Ministry Concerned Over Italian Education Budget Cut
Ljubljana - Education Minister Igor Luksic met representatives of the Slovenian minority in Italy in Ljubljana on Monday to discuss the state of minority education in Italy following a protest by the Slovenian minority and Italian secondary students against education reforms and budget cuts in ... More »
Slovenians in Italy Demand Funding Solution
Trieste - Responding to the Italian government's proposal for a near 50% cut in funds for the Slovenian minority in budget documents for 2011-2013, the Slovenian minority representatives in Italy called for a systematic solution for funding of the minority on Monday. The minority representatives war... More »
Austrian Journalist Gets Slovenian Minority Award
Klagenfurt - Two Slovenian minority organisations in Carinthia handed out the Einspieler Award to journalist, writer and translator Bertram Karl Steiner in Klagenfurt on Monday evening. He was awarded for his fight against prejudice and contribution to the cultural development of the Slovenian ... More »
Defence & NATO
FM Presents Slovenia's Positions ahead of NATO Summit
Ljubljana - FM Samuel Zbogar presented on Wednesday to the parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee Slovenia's positions on NATO's new strategic concept ahead of next week's summit of the alliance in Lisbon, saying that Slovenia insisted on compliance with the UN Charter and put an emphasis on nuclear... More »
Afghani Veterinarians Learning From Slovenia
Ljubljana - Five veterinarians from Afghanistan are on a two-week visit to Slovenia to gather experience they can use at home. Their study visit is part of Slovenia's civil and development projects in Afghanistan alongside the NATO-led ISAF military training mission. Some of the veterinarians f... More »
Syren, Jelusic Discuss Intl Operations
Ljubljana - The chair of the European Union Military Committee, Gen Hakan Syren, began a two-day visit to Slovenia on Thursday meeting Chief-of-Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Maj-Gen Alojz Steiner, and Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic to discuss the role of the Slovenian Armed Forces in missio... More »
Jelusic Discusses Military Cooperation with Slovak Ministers
Kobarid - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic met her Slovak counterpart Lubomir Galko and Slovak Interior Minister Daniel Lipsic in Kobarid on Monday to discuss defence cooperation between the two countries. Jelusic pointed out after the meeting that Slovenia and Slovakia were cooperating well in... More »
EU Topics
PM Urges Opposition Not to Hamper Necessary Reforms
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor addressed the press on Tuesday ahead of Friday's meeting of the country's highest political officials over his proposal to join the Franco-German eurozone reform initiative, saying that Slovenia would have to through tough reforms if it wanted to join in. He ca... More »
Slovenian MEPs Back Enlargement Report, Slovenia Supports the EU Prospects
Brussels - Slovenian members of the European Parliament urged candidate countries to step up their efforts after the European Commission released a report showing that Montenegro is ready for candidate status but Albania will have to wait. Shadow rapporteur for Montenegro and Croatia Ivo Vajgl (A... More »
Zidan and Belgian Counterpart Discuss CAP Reform
Ljubljana - Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan met Belgian colleague Sabine Laurelle in Ljubljana on Thursday for talks focusing on the EU's Common Agriculture Policy for the 2014-2020 period.When it comes to the reform of the CAP, Slovenia is stressing the need for direct payments,... More »
Slovenia Joins Visegrad Group in Discussion on EU Cohesion Policy
Bratislava - Local Government and Regional Development Minister Henrik Gjerkes presented Slovenia's views on the future cohesion policy of the EU in Bratislava on Monday where he attended an informal meeting of the extended Visegrad Group. Gjerkes stressed that cohesion policy was important for boos... More »
Economy & Finance
Slovenia's Exports Grow at Double-Digit Rates
Ljubljana - Slovenia exported goods worth EUR 13.44bn in the first nine months of 2010, which is 13.6% more than in the same period last year, while imports rose 12.9% to EUR 14.16bn, the Statistics Office said on Tuesday.Trade deficit through September amounted to EUR 715.3m and the export-import r... More »
Industrial Output up 5.1% Y/Y, Inventories Down
Ljubljana - Slovenia's industrial production rose 5.1% year-on-year in September although it fell 2.1% at the monthly level, the Statistics Office said on Wednesday. At the annual level output rose in mining (22.5%), manufacturing (3.9%) and electricity, gas and steam supply (13.7%). At the monthly ... More »
Development Minister Says State to Demand More Transparency from Banks
Brdo pri Kranju - The state will demand more transparency and accountability from the banks it owns in return for providing them with fresh capital, Development Minister Mitja Gaspari told a meeting of bankers on Friday. Speaking at the Days of Slovenian Bankers at Brdo pri Kranju, Gaspari said the ... More »
Business
Slovenian and Turkish Chambers of Commerce Sign Cooperation Agreement
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and its Turkish counterpart from Izmir signed a cooperation agreement at the "Business ties between Slovenia and Turkey are based on information and good knowledge of the economies, culture, available opportunities and current developm... More »
Slovenian Car Companies Form Consortium for Development
Ljubljana - A consortium of eight Slovenian car companies was formed in Ljubljana on Tuesday to reduce R&D investment risks and follow the trends in the global car industry. The SiEVA consortium includes companies Hidria, Cimos, Kolektor, Iskra Avtoelektrika, Iskra Mehanizmi, MLM, Polycom and TPV. T... More »
Agency Funds Slovenian Participation at Fairs Abroad
Ljubljana - The Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) will help fund individual appearances of Slovenian companies at fairs abroad. A public call to this effect, as part of which EUR 600,000 will be distributed, was published on Monday. This i... More »
Environment
Beekeepers Want Bees to Be Declared Endangered Species
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Beekeepers' Association has collected 30,000 signatures in support of a petition to list the Carniolian honey bee as an endangered species. The petition was handed to the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Dejan Zidan on Wednesday. The minister signed the petition as a... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Seven Consortia to Get EUR 45M to Set Up Competence Centres
Ljubljana - Seven consortia out of 22 that applied in a competition for development of competence centres in 2010-2013 have been chosen to receive a total of EUR 44.7m to start setting up their centres at the end of the year, Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic said on W... More »
Culture & Media
Distributors Most Successful in EU's MEDIA Calls
Ljubljana - Thirty-five Slovenian projects won a combined EUR 340,307 in funding from the MEDIA programme, which supports the EU's audiouvisual industry, last year, a record figure so far in terms of the number of projects. The funding was slightly up on the year before, mainly on account of support... More »
Perpetuum Jazzile Take Vocal Show to Vienna
Vienna - Perpetuum Jazzile, one of Slovenia's most popular choirs which enjoys a near cult following at home, will perform at the Vienna a capella festival Voice Mania on 28 November. The 50-member jazz choir will take its show to the Austrian capital after selling out three concerts at Ljubljana's ... More »
Cvitkovic Presents Documentary Dedicated to Chess Grandmaster Planinc
Venice Film Festival laureate Jan Cvitkovic presented in Ljubljana on Monday his latest film, a documentary dedicated to Slovenian chess grandmaster Albin Planinc, who died in 2008. "Total Gambit" is the title of Cvitkovic's foray into the world of documentary film and of Planinc, whose life is pres... More »
Ljubljana International Film Festival Begins
Ljubljana - The 21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFE) will once again lure film-goers into the capital's dark cinema halls between 10 to 20 November. The 45,000-50,000 visitors annually and 27,000 tickets already sold this year bear witness to the festival's increasing popularity. ... More »
Experts Debating Contemporary Slovenian Literature
Ljubljana - A three-day international symposium on contemporary Slovenian literature featuring over 60 domestic and foreign experts started at Ljubljana University on Thursday. University Vice-Chancellor Ales Valic said that debating literature from the past 30 years might be the biggest challe... More »
"Let's Go Our Own Way" to Get the Golden Roll Award
Ljubljana - The latest Slovenian film by Miha Hocevar "Gremo mi po svoje" (Let's Go Our Own Way) turned out to be an immediate hit. It has already attracted a cinema audience of more than 30,000 since its release last week to become eligible for the Golden Roll Award. The award is given to Slov... More »
Vinko Moederndorfer Wins 2010 Jezek Award
Ljubljana - Vinko Moederndorfer's oeuvre as TV director and screenwriter has won him this year's Jezek Award, which is traditionally given out by public broadcaster RTV Slovenija to promote the best in radio and television production. Ever since when he created his first play for TV Slovenija in 199... More »
French-Slovenian Meetings on Books Draw to a Close
Ljubljana - A series of French-Slovenian meetings dubbed "The Book and Digitalisation" drew to a close on Monday evening with a ceremony in Ljubljana's Cankarjev dom featuring President Danilo Tuerk and Slovenian minority author Boris Pahor. Tuerk pointed out in his address that the special cultu... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Slovenia Successful in Phasing of EU Cohesion Funds
Ljubljana - The parliamentary Local Government Committee discussed on Wednesday a report on the phasing of EU cohesion policy funds in the 2007-2013 period. A total of EUR 3.2bn of projects were confirmed by August, which represents 136% of the expenditure rights for the 2007-2010 period and 31.1% g... More »
Sport
Gymnastics: Petkovsek Makes it Two in a Row
Stuttgart - Slovenian gymnast Mitja Petkovsek bagged his second parallel bars win in as many appearances in the ongoing World Cup season in Stuttgart on Saturday. The two wins for Petkovsek come after almost a year of absence due to injury. Another Slovenian top gymnast, Saso Bertoncelj, com... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 16-21 November:
TUESDAY, 16 November
  • MOSCOW, Russia - President Danilo Tuerk will leave for Russia for his first official visit there to meet President Dmitriy Medvedev and PM Vladimir Putin. He will also visit St. Petersburg and Samara; through 19 Nov.
  • LJUBLJANA - Parliament will debate cha... More »
Slovenia News 23 November 2010
Editorial
Slovenian best-known pianist, Dubravka Tomsic Srebotnjak, is celebrating 65 years since her first performance with a recital at the Cankarjev dom arts centre in Ljubljana. Dubravka Tomsic Srebotnjak, who performed for the first time at age five, will mark the milestone with a solo performance of works by Beethoven and Chopin.   Translator, literary historian, critic and editor Ales Berger was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters for his achievements in literary work. According to French Ambassador Nicole Michelangeli, France wanted to recognise his lifetime literary work, which has contributed to strong relations between France and Slovenia.   Art cinema Kinodvor in Ljubljana received the Best Young Audience Activities Award 2010 for its children's programme "Kinobalon" (Cinemabaloon). The award was conferred at the 15th Europa Cinemas conference in Paris.   Light sports aircraft maker Pipistrel has been selected by the European Business Awards (EBA) jury as the most innovative company in Europe. Pipistrel was selected the winner among 10 companies short-listed in the innovation category.   Director of the Government Communication Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Darijan Kosir, and the Ambassador of the Italian Republic, Alessandro Petromarchi, signed a Declaration of Intention on participation of the Republic of Slovenia at EXPO Milano 2015. With this, Slovenia expressed its readiness for participation at this prestigious international exhibition under the meaningful title of »Feeding the planet, energy for life«.  
Domestic Policy
The Parilament Endorses Mini Jobs Bill in Revote
Ljubljana - The National Assembly mustered sufficient votes to overturn an upper chamber veto of the controversial mini jobs bill. The bill dealing with temporary work of up to 720 hours a year was backed by 47 MPs, one more than the required absolute majority needed to overturn the 5 November veto ... More »
Foreign Affairs
President Tuerk Concludes Russia Visit in Samara
Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk visited Samara on Friday as the last stop on his three-day official visit to Russia. The visit to the Russian automotive capital was dedicated to economic cooperation between the two countries. During the visit, the Slovenian Economy Ministry and the government ... More »
President Tuerk Debates Economic Cooperation with St. Petersburg Leaders
Saint Petersburg - President Danilo Tuerk, who is visiting Russia with a strong delegation of ministers and business representatives this week, attended a Russian-Slovenian business conference in St. Petersburg on Thursday and met the governors of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region to discuss w... More »
Presidents Tuerk and Medvedev Underline Importance of South Stream
Moscow - President Danilo Tuerk met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on Wednesday with the talks focusing on bilateral relations and international topics. The pair underlined the importance of the South Stream pipeline. The presidents shared a view that the South Stream, which enjoy... More »
International Organisations
Slovenian Ambassador to OECD Unveils Country's Priorities
Paris - Slovenian short-term priority within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to implement its commitments from the accession talks, according to Slovenian Ambassador at the OECD Andrej Rant. These include the fight against corruption and the management of state a... More »
Defence & NATO
Slovenia Pleased with New NATO Strategy
Lisbon - Slovenia is pleased with the new NATO strategy, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said after NATO leaders adopted a strategic concept at the Lisbon summit, adding that the upcoming meeting with Russia would be a truly new step for the alliance. "It is important and we are happy that Russia is ... More »
Defence Minister Welcomes New Patrol Boat 'Triglav' to Slovenia
Koper - A new Slovenian multi-purpose patrol boat was welcomed to the port of Koper on Sunday with a ceremony featuring Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic, who said that "the Triglav is one of the most state-of-the-art and certainly one of the youngest ships in the Adriatic Sea." The boat, which Russi... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia to Secure Up to EUR 250M in Loan Guarantees for Ireland
Ljubljana - Slovenia will help Ireland with loan guarantees of between EUR 200m and 250m, Prime Minister Borut Pahor announced after the Irish government accepted an EU-led bailout. "This is a guarantee for the euro's stability," Pahor told a press conference in Ljubljana on Monday, reiterating that... More »
Minister Gaspari Says Slovenia Not Capable of Backing Its EU Guarantee
Ljubljana, 18 November (STA) - Development and European Affairs Minister Mitja Gaspari told the press on Thursday that Slovenia would not be able to meet its debt obligations if borrowers who resort to the the euro stability mechanism default. The money from this fund should be treated as a reserve ... More »
Government to Ask for Flood Aid from EU Solidarity Fund
Ljubljana - The government decided on Thursday to ask for money from the EU Solidarity Fund to repair the damage of the September floods, which has been estimated at more than EUR 251m, Local Government and Regional Development Minister Henrik Gjerkes told the press. The amount of damage reported to... More »
Economy & Finance
OECD Downgrades Slovenia's Growth Forecast for 2011 to 2%
Paris - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has projected in its latest economic outlook for OECD member states 2% growth of Slovenia's economy in 2011, a drop of 0.4 percentage points from its May forecast. The forecast, released on Thursday, projects that Slovenia's e... More »
Parliament Endorses Budgets for 2011 and 2012
Ljubljana - The National Assembly passed budget documents for the coming two years on Wednesday despite uncertainty about how a small coalition partner unhappy about plans to save on pensions would vote. The budget bills for 2011 and 2012 were passed with an absolute majority of votes even though th... More »
Business
Pipistrel Crowned Most Innovative Company in Europe
Paris - Light sports aircraft maker Pipistrel has been selected by the European Business Awards (EBA) jury as the most innovative company in Europe. The award for innovation is one of ten EBA awards handed out for this year at a ceremony held in Paris on Tuesday. Pipistrel was selected the winn... More »
Environment
Survey: Awareness about Efficient Use of Electricity Still Low
Maribor - Businesses, which account for 70% of all electricity consumption in Slovenia, are aware of the importance of efficient use of electricity, but do little to act in line with this, a survey shows. The survey also established that while electricity accounted for 76% of all operating costs in ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Broadband and VoIP Connections on the Rise
Ljubljana - The number of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) connections in Slovenia is growing along with broadband internet access, according to Statistics Office's report on the development of electronic communication services in Slovenia in 2009. In the past two years, the number of VoIP connec... More »
Social Affairs
Carmina Slovenica to Perform Sounds of Asia
Maribor - Carmina Slovenica, the internationally acclaimed concert choir from Maribor, is ready to take a new programme, entitled "Sounds of Asia", to Singapore and Malaysia. The dress rehearsal will take place before a home audience at the Union theatre hall in Maribor tonight. A slide-show... More »
National Survey Shows One in Two Women Victim of Violence
Ljubljana - More than half of women in Slovenia have experienced some form of violence after reaching the age of 15, shows a survey presented in Ljubljana on Monday to mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The first national survey of its kind, which was ... More »
Culture & Media
Art Cinema Kinodvor Awarded for Children's Programme
Ljubljana - Art cinema Kinodvor in Ljubljana received the Best Young Audience Activities Award 2010 for its children's programme "Kinobalon" (Cinemabaloon). The award was conferred at the 15th Europa Cinemas conference running in Paris from 18 to 21 November. Europa Cinemas is an international ... More »
Slovenia’s participation at EXPO Milano 2015
Today, the Director of the Government Communication Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Darijan Košir, and the Ambassador of the Italian Republic, Alessandro Petromarchi, signed a Declaration of Intention on participation of the Republic of Slovenia at EXPO Milano 2015. With this, Slovenia expresse... More »
Greek drama "Dogtooth" Wins Top Award at LIFFe
Ljubljana - Greek family drama "Dogtooth" by Yorgos Lanthimos won the top award at the 21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), the Kingfisher Award. The jury described the film as creating a "uniquely depressive atmosphere" but all the while remaining brutally on message. The film tel... More »
Translator Ales Berger Receives French Order of Arts and Letters
Ljubljana - Slovenian translator, literary historian, critic and editor Ales Berger was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters for his achievements in literary work. French Ambassador Nicole Michelangeli presented the award to Berger at her residence in Ljubljana on Thursday. According to A... More »
Maribor will be European Youth Capital 2013
Kiev/Maribor - The City of Maribor has been chosen the European Youth Capital 2013 in what Mayor Franc Kangler hailed as yet another opportunity to realise the city's strategic decision to develop into a youth-friendly city. The title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to encourage cities to dev... More »
Pianist Dubravka Tomsic Srebotnjak Celebrates 65 Years of Performing
Ljubljana - Slovenia's best-known pianist, Dubravka Tomsic Srebotnjak, is celebrating 65 years since her first performance with a recital at the Cankarjev dom arts centre in Ljubljana.  Dubravka Tomsic Srebotnjak, who performed for the first time at age five, will mark the milestone with a solo... More »
Illustrator Melita Vovk Stih Gets Lifetime Achievement Award
Ljubljana - Melita Vovk Stih received the lifetime achievement award in illustration at the 9th Slovenian Biennial of Illustration that began gets at the Cankarjev dom Congress Sentre centre on Wednesday. The 12-week event promotes illustration as an art form which has often been neglected comp... More »
Transport
Cargo Helps Boost Nine-Month Results of Railways Operator
Ljubljana - Slovenian railways operator Slovenske zeleznice reported better-than-expected results for the first nine months to the supervisory board on Monday. The net loss at the state-owned company stood at EUR 8.7m, down from EUR 23.5m in the same period last year. The result is also nearly EUR 1... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Chinese Community Donates for Flood Repairs
Ljubljana - Members of the Chinese community in Slovenia have donated EUR 10,000 to efforts to repair the damage caused by massive flooding in September. A cheque was presented to Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic by Qui Xiajun, the head of the Association for Sino-Slovenian Economic Cooperation. Th... More »
Sport
Slovenian Gymnasts Excel in World Cup
Glasgow - Slovenian gymnasts left quite a mark on this year's World Cup season, which ended with the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday, as Mitja Petkovsek is the overall winner on the parallel bars and Saso Betoncelj finished third on the pommel horse. Petkovsek won the Glasgow event with 15.450 poi... More »
Croatian Biathlete Gets Green Light to Compete for Slovenia
Ljubljana - Croatian biathlete Jakov Fak, a bronze medalist at the Vancouver Olympics, has been cleared by the Croatian Biathlon Association of competing for Slovenia after a lengthy tug-of-war with the Slovenian association. The two associations have argued over what should have been a mere formali... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 22-28 November:
TUESDAY, 23 November
  • LJUBLJANA - Parliament will take a vote on the appointment of Branko Maslesa as the president of the Supreme Court.
  • OXFORD/LONDON, UK - President Danilo Tuerk will begin a two-day working visit to the UK.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Advertising w... More »
Slovenia News 30 November 2010
Editorial
Slovenia and Croatia exchanged diplomatic notes on the ratification of the Arbitration Agreement signed in Stockholm on 4 November 2009. The Agreement has thus entered into force today on Monday, 29 November 2010. PM Borut Pahor announced that a group of legal experts that will prepare Slovenia's case have already been appointed.   Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dragoljuba Bencina attended the third EU conference of women ministers and state secretaries on violence against women on Wednesday, to mark the 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is alarming that "every fifth woman in Slovenia has suffered a form of violence", either physical, sexual or economical, Ljubica Jelusic said after the Brussels meeting. Action against violence must be taken in all government sectors and international organisations; cooperation with NGOs is necessary, Jelusic said at the discussion. "The number of women in politics needs to increase so that women may change it instead of being changed by it," the minister added.   TV Slovenija commentator and journalist Blanka Dobersek has received the lifetime achievement award Consortium Veritatis (Fellowship of Truth) conferred annually by the Slovenian Association of Journalists. An Asia expert, Dobersek received the award for her outstanding reports that have not become outdated through time, but remain relevant to the present.  
Domestic Policy
Tuerk Proposes Eurozone Policy Group, Urges Civilised Debate
Ljubljana - President Danilo Tuerk reiterated on Thursday his call for a special working group that would follow developments in the eurozone to provide advice to the government. Holding a special meeting with journalists, he also urged more tolerance in dialogue and respect for state institutions, ... More »
New Asylum Legislation Passed
Ljubljana - Parliament passed on Tuesday changes to the international protection act designed to expand the scope of rights of asylum seekers and refugees and to speed up procedures. Most notably, the deadline for appeals to fast-tracked decisions will be extended from three to eight days. Applic... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Accepts Eight Refugees From Malta
Ljubljana - Slovenia accepted eight African refugees from Malta on Monday as a part of a European Commission pilot programme aimed at helping EU member states to disperse migration pressure and promote solidarity. The eight refugees - four from Sudan and four from Somalia - will be staying at an int... More »
PM and Foreign Ministry Deny Obama for Guantanamo Prisoner Pressure
Ljubljana - The office of PM Borut Pahor and the Foreign Ministry said on Monday they had no information about Slovenia being told in a cable by the US administration that it would need to take a Guantanamo Bay prisoner if its prime minister wanted to meet President Barack Obama. Responding to news ... More »
Slovenia Appoints Advocates for Arbitration Procedure
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said on Friday he was "very happy" that Slovenia and Croatia had exchanged notes on the agreement with which they take their border dispute to binding international arbitration. He announced that a group of legal experts who will draw up Slovenia's case had alr... More »
Slovenia Opens Consulates in India, Bulgaria and Romania
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday the opening of two new consulates in India, one in Bulgaria and one in Romania. The consulates are aimed especially at finding business opportunities for Slovenian companies, the Government Communication Office wrote in a press release. The new cons... More »
Slovenia-Croatia Border Arbitration Accord Taking Effect
Ljubljana - Slovenia and Croatia have exchanged notes on the ratification of the agreement with which they take their border dispute to binding international arbitration, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The long-awaited exchange notably does not contain Croatia's controversial unila... More »
Slovenian and Austrian FMs Seek More Cooperation
Vienna - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger in Vienna on Thursday. The pair voiced interest in boosting political cooperation and trade between the two countries, while they also discussed European issues and the issues of the Slovenian minorit... More »
Gantar Congratulates Montenegro on EU Progress
Ljubljana - Parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar congratulated Montenegro on its progress towards EU membership as he met Montenegrin counterpart Ranko Krivokapic on Thursday in Ljubljana. "We are happy that Montenegro is taking important steps forward," he said in reference to the recommendation that... More »
Ministry Denies Reports Slovenia Blocking Croatia EU Talks
Ljubljana/Zagreb - The Slovenian Foreign Ministry rejected on Thursday reports in the Croatian media that Slovenia is again blocking Croatia's EU accession negotiations. "There is no blocking of negotiations," the ministry's spokesman Milan Balatic told the STA. Croatian daily Jutarnji list said ... More »
Kucan Meets Republika Srpska PM
Banja Luka - The prime minister's envoy for Bosnia Milan Kucan met Republika Srpska PM Milorad Dodik behind closed doors in Banja Luka on Wednesday to discuss the views of Bosnian Serbs on the most important issues in Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to the website of the Republika Srpska PM. "Views... More »
President Starts UK Visit With Lecture at Oxford
Oxford - President Danilo Tuerk started on Tuesday his two-day visit to the United Kingdom by speaking at the Oxford Union about the future and the role of the United Nations (UN). He said that the role of the UN as the core world organisation is not questionable. In the lecture, entitled "What K... More »
International Organisations
OECD Sec-Gen Gurria Confident that Crisis Made Europe Stronger
Brdo pri Kranju - The crisis has made Europe more resilient and stronger than ever. It has also raised the awareness that fiscal stability and structural changes are a must, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told the press at the sidelines of the panel on social development and welfare at Brdo pri... More »
Defence & NATO
National Assembly Passes Armed Forces Strategy Until 2025
Ljubljana - Deputies passed the resolution on the general long-term development of the Slovenian Armed Forces until 2025 in a 73:1 vote on Thursday. According to Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic, the document, adopted by the government in June, sets much more modest goals than those laid out in the ... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Most Concerned For Small Farmers in the new CAP
Brussels - The EU must not overlook small farmers as it works to adopt a new common agriculture policy, Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan said after a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels. Zidan said that the newest proposal for the CAP put forward by the European Commission was ... More »
ACER Director Says Agency Fully Operational in March
Brussels - Alberto Pototschnig, the executive director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), the first EU agency to be based in Slovenia, has told the STA that the new agency's top oficials would arrive in Slovenia by February 2011 and the agency would be formally launched o... More »
Economy & Finance
Brussels Projects 1.9% Growth for Slovenia in 2011
Ljubljana - Slovenia's economy will grow by 1.1% this year, expand by 1.9% next year and a more robust 2.6% in 2012, according to the autumn economic forecast released by the European Commission. The projection shows Slovenia's general government deficit will stand at 5.8% of GDP this year, but will... More »
Ministry Signs Agreements on Funding Venture Capital Funds
Ljubljana - The Economy Ministry signed the first of four agreements for funding of venture capital funds which support innovation at fast-growing companies on Monday. The state will earmark a total of EUR 21m as part of the project. The agreement signed by Economy Minister Darja Radic and the Prvi ... More »
NLB Shareholders Confirm EUR 250m Capital Increase
Ljubljana - Shareholders of Slovenia's largest bank, NLB, confirmed on Thursday a EUR 250m capital increase designed to bolster the bank's capital and help it meet new regulatory requirements. The proposal was confirmed despite opposition by the second-largest shareholder, Belgian banking group K... More »
PM Urges Business to Do Its Part, Execs Want More Govt Action
Brdo pri Kranju - Prime Minister Borut Pahor urged executives on Wednesday in Brdo pri Kranju to do their part in helping Slovenia overcome the crisis, but businesses insist that the government should also do more. Government measures cannot replace corporate efforts to improve products. "The gov... More »
Business
Electroindustry to Set Up Joint Development Centre
Zelezniki - Ten leading Slovenian companies from the electroindustry have formed a consortium to set up a EUR 41m worth joint development centre in order to compete for a share of the global market. The companies aim at securing EUR 20m of EU funds, contributing the rest alone. NELA as the centre... More »
Environment
Conference Urges Restructuring of Construction Sector
Ljubljana - The need to restructure the troubled construction sector in Slovenia was highlighted at a conference in Ljubljana on Tuesday, with Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic explaining that plans to this effect have already been drawn up. Zarnic called for less home ownership ... More »
Justice
Branko Maslesa Appointed Supreme Court President
Ljubljana - Parliament appointed Branko Maslesa the Supreme Court president in a 47:32 vote on Tuesday. Maslesa will fill the top post at the court after two failed attempts to find a suitable candidate have left it vacant since end-February. Maslesa's appointment comes despite the controversy su... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Classical Philologist Kajetan Gantar Wins Zois Prize
Ljubljana - The Zois Prize, the highest national award given out annually to scientists and scholars for lifetime achievements, was conferred on classical philologist, translator and literary historian Kajetan Gantar at a ceremony in the Cankarjev dom arts centre on Tuesday evening. Born in 1930,... More »
Social Affairs
Slovenia Actively Involved in Global Promotion of Gender Equality
Ljubljana - The Foreign Ministry presented the activities of Slovenia and its international development policy in the field of gender equality on Monday. The presentation follows several events and anniversaries dedicated to women in recent days, said Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dragoljuba Benc... More »
European Women Ministers Discuss Violence Against Women
Brussels - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dragoljuba Bencina attended the third EU conference of women ministers and state secretaries on violence against women on Wednesday, to mark the 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Wome... More »
Conference Discusses How to Fight Sexual Abuse of Children
Ljubljana/Tacen - One of the most dreadful forms of abuse is sexual abuse of children, said Deputy Police Commissioner Tatjana Bobnar as she opened a conference on the protection of children from sexual abuse in Tacen near Ljubljana on Monday. On the sidelines of the event, the Human Rights Ombudsma... More »
Culture & Media
World Festival of Slovenian Literature
Ljubljana - The World Festival of Slovenian Literature will take place at 57 universities worldwide where the Slovenian language is taught. Running from Monday to Friday the festival will feature literary evenings and translation workshops. Literary evenings will feature readings of Slovenian liter... More »
Journalist Blanka Dobersek Gets Lifetime Achievement Award
Ankaran - TV Slovenija commentator and journalist Blanka Dobersek has received the lifetime achievement award Consortium Veritatis (Fellowship of Truth) conferred annually by the Slovenian Association of Journalists. An Asia expert, Dobersek has been the public broadcaster's foreign desk editor for ... More »
Health
Govt Simplifies Hiring of Foreign Doctors
Ljubljana - The government endorsed on Thursday a bill on recognition of professional qualifications of doctors, making it easier to hire doctors from non-EU countries, as it deals with a gaping shortage of doctors. Doctors with guarantee letters from health institutions indicating that they have... More »
Sport
Slovenian Swimmers excel at European Short-Course Swimming Championships
Eindhoven - Slovenian swimmer Peter Mankoc won bronze in the 100 metres butterfly event at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships in Eindhoven on Friday, 26 November, finishing the race in 50.92 seconds. Gold went to Germany's Steffen Deibler (49.95) and silver to Dutch swimmer Joeri Verli... More »
Cross-Country Skiing: Majdic Second in Kuusamo
Kuusamo, Finland - Slovenia cross-country star Petra Majdic bagged second place in the World Cup classic sprint event in Finland's Kuusamo on Friday. She was 1.4 seconds behind the winner, Marit Bjoergen of Norway (3:08.3), while third place went to Bjoergen's compatriot Astrid Jacobssen (+8.1). ... More »
Govt to Give Only EUR 1.2M for 2013 Eurobasket Bid
Ljubljana - The government decided on Thursday to provide EUR 1.16m for the bid of the Slovenian Basketball Association (KZS) to host the 2013 European Basketball Championship. The association has to pay a total of EUR 6.5m for the tournament fee to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). ... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week between 29 November and 5 December

TUESDAY, 30 November

  • LJUBLJANA/LONDON - Beverage group Pivovarna Lasko will put wholly-owned newspaper publisher Delo up for sale with a call for bids published in dailies Delo and Financial Times.
  • LJUBLJANA - The coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) will decide whether to... More »
Ljubljana and Belgrade Become Twin Cities
Ljubljana - The Ljubljana and Belgrade mayors, Zoran Jankovic and Dragan Djilas, signed in Ljubljana on Wednesday an agreement making the Serbian and Slovenian capitals twin cities. The mayors expressed belief that the agreement would improve the already excellent cooperation between the cities. ... More »
Minister Praises Values Promoted by General Maister
Ljubljana - Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic addressed in Ljubljana on Tuesday a ceremony marking Rudolf Maister Day, which honours Slovenian WWI General Rudolf Maister, saying that the values of the military profession from his time were still cherished today. Commitment to one's homeland, coura... More »
Slovenian Armed Forces culinary team wins bronze medal at the 11th culinary world cup
Luxembourg - On Saturday, 20 November, a 12-member culinary team of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), who is attending the 11th culinary world cup EXPOGAST 2010 in Luxembourg, won a bronze medal in exhibiting seven three-course menus prepared as warm and exhibited as cold on a selected table setting... More »
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