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Slovenia News 3 January 2012
Editorial
The Constitutional Court announced on 27 December it had rejected the parliament's request to stay a referendum on the controversial family law. The proponents will resume collecting the requisite 40,000 signatures and the referendum is slated to be held in early March.   Political crisis and snap election were the buzzwords on the Slovenian political scene in 2011, which saw the government crumble and a new party emerge as the election winner.In what will be a busy 2012, Slovenia will get its tenth government, which will immediately have to adopt structural reforms and stabilise public finances and voters will head to the polls in the second half of the year for the presidential election.   Throughout the year Maribor will be the European Capital of Culture. Project, which formally starts on 1 January but will be launched with a high-profile opening event in Maribor on 14 January. Maribor, Murska Sobota, Slovenj Gradec, Velenje, Novo Mesto and Ptuj have put together a programme featuring 412 projects that are divided into four sections.
Domestic Policy
PM Pahor Urges Formation of Govt in New Year's Message
Outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor called for the immediate formation of a new government in his New Year's message on Friday, saying that Slovenia was at a standstill because of the current political situation. The state administration has been working with limited powers for three months, and th... More »
Coalition Talks Resume after Holidays
After Slovenia entered the new year without an operational government, coalition talks are expected to resume after the holidays. Although President Danilo Türk is not planning to launch the second round of talks with parliamentary party leaders this week, talks and negotiations on other levels wil... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Welcomes Deal to Form Government in Bosnia
The Foreign Ministry has welcomed the agreement on the establishment of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was reached on Wednesday by the leaders of the parliamentary parties more than a year after the general election in the country. The deal on a new government in Bosnia is on... More »
Defence & NATO
Tuerk Wishes Happy Holidays to Slovenian Soldiers Abroad
President Danilo Tuerk and Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic wished Slovenian soldiers serving in international missions in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lebanon and Kosovo a merry Christmas and a happy New Year via videoconference on Wednesday, wishing them above all a lot of safety. At the trad... More »
Economy & Finance
Half a Decade of the Euro in Slovenia
Five years ago to this day Slovenia adopted the euro as the first among the new EU member states to do so. At the same time Europe is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the introduction of euro bank notes and coins. Both anniversaries come amid the most serious crisis in the 13-year history of the... More »
Govt Confirms EUR 6M Capital Injection for Peko
The government confirmed on Thursday a EUR 6m capital injection for the state-owned footwear maker Peko, which is to be executed if the company finds a private investor and strikes a deal by the end of February with creditor banks to extend at least EUR 1.6m of Peko's short-term debt for at least th... More »
Central Bank Official Says 2012 to Bring Turn for the Better
Slovenian banks will end 2011 in the red overall and similar results are expected in 2012. However, 2012 is expected to bring a change for the better unless there are negative surprises on international financial markets, Tomaz Kosak, the head of the central bank's financial stability department, ha... More »
Business
Business Sentiment Unchanged in December
The business sentiment in Slovenia remained flat at -10 points in December for the second month in a row. The sentiment was two points lower year-on-year and ten points below the long-term average, the Statistics Office said on Wednesday. The confidence indicator in manufacturing rose by two points... More »
Luka Koper Takes Out EUR 37M Long-Term Loan
Port operator Luka Koper has signed with three commercial banks a deal on a long-term EUR 37m loan which will be used to repay a short-term loan, the operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port said in a press release on Friday. The seven-year loan will enable the company to extend the average maturi... More »
Slovenian Businesses Enter 2012 Apprehensively
Slovenian companies are apprehensive about 2012, as 2011 was worse than expected. Construction in particular was hit hard, affecting the entire chain of suppliers and subcontractors. GDP growth hinges on exports, but with continued uncertainty on global markets, the prospects for growth look bleak. ... More »
Social Affairs
Record Payouts to Redundant Workers in 2011
The Public Guarantee and Maintenance Fund, which covers unpaid wages and severance of redundant workers that their companies were unable to pay, paid out a record amount in 2011 as bankruptcies surged. The fund paid 7,205 workers of 162 insolvent companies a total of EUR 20.6m, or an average of EUR... More »
Trade Unions Ready to Talk about Pension Reform
Presenting their expectations of the new government on Tuesday, representatives of Slovenia's biggest trade union confederation, the ZSSS, said they were ready to discuss a pension reform, but it has to be just. "We are ready to talk about changes, but in a different way than with the outgoing... More »
Minorities
Slovenian-Austrian Relations Marked by Agreement on Minority Rights in 2011
Slovenian-Austrian relations in 2011 were marked by an agreement on bilingual city limits and other Slovenian minority rights in the province of Carinthia, an achievement that Slovenia's Ambassador in Vienna, Aleksander Gerzina, hails as one of the highlights of 20 years of diplomatic relations betw... More »
Culture & Media
Maribor Takes Baton as European Culture Capital
Maribor and its partner cities will host thousands of events as part of the 2012 European Culture Capital (EPK) project, which formally starts on 1 January but will be launched with a high-profile opening event in Maribor on 14 January. Maribor, Murska Sobota, Slovenj Gradec, Velenje, Novo Mesto ... More »
Slovenia to Honour Prolific Music Writer Adamič in 2012
Slovenia will remember in 2012 one of its most significant post-World War II composers and conductors Bojan Adamič (1912-1995), marking 100th anniversary of his birth with a number of events to honour this prolific music writer and photographer. Many of the events will take place as part of the Cap... More »
Dozens of Books from 15th Century on Display Near Nova Gorica
An impressive library in Kostanjevica near Nova Gorica (W) containing more than 10,000 titles, including 30 printed in the 15th century, has been completely renovated and opened to the general public. A part of the the Franciscan monastery in Kostanjevica, the library is named after the most impo... More »
Slovenia to Mark 140th Birth Anniversary of Architect Plecnik
Slovenia will honour the 140th birth anniversary of its most acclaimed architect, Joze Plecnik (1872-1957), in 2012 with a series of events hosted by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MOA). The acclaimed architect left a distinct mark not only on Ljubljana, but also on Vienna and Prague, and m... More »
Galleries and Museums Promise Diverse Programme for 2012
Major Slovenian galleries and museums promise a number of interesting exhibitions in 2012, ranging from the history of Slovenian chivalry and new archaeological finds, to contemporary arts and design. Ljubljana's Museum of Modern Art will host retrospective exhibitions on painters Metka Krašovec a... More »
Pipistrel Owner Named Delo's Person of the Year
Ivo Boscarol, the co-owner and boss of the ultralight plane maker Pipistrel, was named the person of the year by Slovenia's leading daily Delo on Tuesday. Born in 1956, Boscarol founded what is today Pipistrel, the first privately-owned aviation company in the former Yugoslavia, in 1987 and went on... More »
Transport
Railway Operator Confirms Strategy through 2020
The supervisory board of national railway operator Slovenske zeleznice confirmed on Thursday the company's strategy through 2020. The operator is planning to make a turnaround in 2012 which would enable it to operate in the black in 2013, general manager Igor Blejec told the press after the session.... More »
Energy
Energy Sector Expects Adoption of National Programme This Year
Energy executives believe that a new generator at the Šoštanj coal-fired power plant and a second reactor at the Krško Nuclear Power Plant will be in the focus in 2012 as they expect a final decision on the long-awaited national energy programme, which was unveiled in June but was shelved due to ... More »
Society
Number of People with Higher Education Rising Fast, Women Doing Better
One is six people living in Slovenia older than 15 has finished at least a higher vocational school, data released by the Statistics Office show. The number of women with higher education exceeds that of men by a third. According to the data on tertiary education in Slovenia, released on Thursday, ... More »
Thousands Hit Streets to Usher in 2012
Crowds of people hit the streets and squares of cities and towns around Slovenia on New Year's Eve to welcome 2012 at traditional open-air celebrations. Some 50,000 people are estimated to have awaited the coming of the new year outside in the centre of Ljubljana and over 20,000 in Maribor. Ljublja... More »
150 Take a New Year's Dip in Portorož
Around 150 brave people from around Slovenia - a number surprising even the organisers - took part in the 8th traditional New Year's jump in the sea in Portorož on Sunday. The swimmers were cheered by a crowd of passers-by and were also greeted by Piran Mayor Peter Bossman. The nice weather and re... More »
Gap Between Working Men and Women in Slovenia at 95,000
The number of working men in Slovenia exceeded by nearly 95,000 the number of working women on 1 January 2011, according to data released by the Statistics Office at the end of the year. The gap between the sexes comes from the trend of women entering the labour market later than their male peers an... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 2-8 January
Schedule of events in the week from 3 to 8 January: TUESDAY, 3 January
        LJUBLJANA - The collecting of signatures in support of a referendum on the new family law will resume.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia bigges... More »
Slovenia News 10 January 2012
Editorial
President Danilo Türk named Zoran Janković, leader of the biggest party in parliament after the 4 December general election, Positive Slovenia (PS), PM-designate on Thursday.   Slovenian adventurer Matevž Lenarčič took off from the Ljubljana airport in direction Morocco on Sunday morning to begin his second solo flight around the world in an ultralight airplane without a copilot or additional air support. Lenarčič is flying a Virus SW 914, a 290-kilo plane built by Slovenian company Pipistrel. He will fly westwards, flying over the Equator six times as well as crossing the Antarctic, Mt Everest, 120 national parks and three oceans. The adventure is expected to last between two to three months, while the total distance covered is estimated at 100,000 kilometres. The cost of the project is estimated at EUR 2m.   Climate expert Lučka Kajfež Bogataj is featured in the 2012 Women Inspiring Europe calendar published by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), presenting 12 "remarkable women", their achievements and success stories.
   
Press release
GreenLight WorldFlight to fly around the world again
New story
On January 8th, Matevž Lenarčič has embarked on another lonely round-the-world flight, this time he is flying from East to West. He is flying a ultralight aircraft - weighing only 290 kg - manufactured by Pipistrel, a globally renowned manufacturer... More »
Domestic Policy
President Names Janković PM-Designate
Ljubljana - President Danilo Türk named Zoran Janković, leader of the biggest party in parliament after the 4 December general election, Positive Slovenia (PS), PM-designate on Thursday. Making the announcement at a press conference in Ljubljana, Türk said that he already formally submitted th... More »
Janković Hopes Coalition Agreement Finalized Friday
Ljubljana - The freshly-appointed PM-designate Zoran Janković assessed on Thursday that positions on the coalition agreement could be reconciled as early as Friday, while he appealed on all parties for support. Speaking just hours after President Danilo Türk named his PM-designate, Janković ur... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Concerned about Implementation of Arbitration Accord
Ljubljana - Since the European Commission has failed to present a list of arbiters for the arbitral tribunal when Croatia signed the EU Accession Treaty as was expected, it is now unclear whether the deadlines from the border arbitration agreement are running or not. While Croatia argues they are no... More »
Environment
Slovenian Climate Expert Listed among Women Who Inspire Europe
Ljubljana - Climate expert Lučka Kajfež Bogataj is featured in the 2012 Women Inspiring Europe calendar published by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), presenting 12 "remarkable women", their achievements and success stories. The EIGE aims to pay homage to some of Euro... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenian Ska Punk Band Bags Two British Awards
London - Slovenian band Elvis Jackson has received two awards handed out by the British magazine and radio Somojo. Shortlisted together with mostly new British bands, the ska punk group has won the titles of the Band of the Year 2011 and Rock Artist of the Year, according to the group's press releas... More »
EPK Web Portal Overhaul Brings New Interactive Platform
Maribor - The web portal of the European Capital of Culture (EPK) project is getting an overhaul with a new platform dubbed LifeTouch that is to present and reflect the nature of the year-long project. Apart from presenting the contents of the programme, LifeTouch will feature a number of other mult... More »
Society
Enough Signatures Gathered for Family Law Referendum
Ljubljana - A pro-family group opposing the new family law has gathered the 40,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on the law. The initiators of the motion intend to file a request for parliament to call the referendum by the end of next week. The news was confirmed for the STA on Friday b... More »
Events
Lenarčič Takes Off, Flight Around Globe Begins
Ljubljana - Slovenian adventurer Matevž Lenarčič took off from the Ljubljana airport in direction Morocco on Sunday morning to begin his second solo flight around the world in an ultralight airplane without a copilot or additional air support. Lenarčič, who had to postpone the start of the f... More »
Schedule of events in the week from 9 to 15 January
MONDAY, 9 January
  • LJUBLJANA - The college of deputy group leaders will be in session to decide on the date of an emergency session of parliament.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Patria bribery trial, featuring ex-PM Janez Janša as one of the defendants, will continue.
  • SARA... More »
Slovenia News 17 January 2012
Editorial
Maribor 2012 - The European Capital of Culture, the biggest cultural project in Slovenia's history, was inaugurated on Saturday in Maribor with a ceremony showcasing its partner towns (Ptuj, Slovenj Gradec, Murska Sobota, Velenje and Novo mesto) in the project and a cultural programme featuring some of Slovenia's biggest names in music and theatre.   "We are witness tonight to a moment with which Maribor is entering a new phase in its development," President Danilo Türk, a native of Maribor, said in his keynote address to a crowd of several thousand gathered in the central Maribor square. President also Türk pointed to the importance of culture in dealing with the effects of the crisis in Europe. Culture will provide answers to some of the burning question of our time, he said.   The President quoted Slovenian writer Louis Adamič (1898-1951) saying that culture was the strongest industry of the Slovenian nation. "That was true in the past and that is true today and it will be true in the future, because our development is not only dependent on material wealth but foremost on the development of our culture." he stressed.
Domestic Policy
Janković Loses Vote for PM-Elect
Ljubljana - Zoran Janković failed to be appointed prime minister-elect, mustering 42 votes, four short of the needed absolute majority in Wednesday's vote in the National Assembly, leaving Slovenia without clear prospects for a government six weeks after the general election. Having been promise... More »
Foreign Affairs
MFA: Slovenia Wants to Remain Active Member of Intl Community
Ljubljana - Marking the 20 years since Slovenia's international recognition, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that Slovenia, which today has diplomatic contacts with more than 180 countries, wants to remain an active member of the international community and a strong advocate of its national inte... More »
EU Topics
EU to Table List for Arbitration Tribunal Members in 2nd Half of January
Brussels - The EU Commission will present Slovenia and Croatia with a list of 15 international law experts, candidates for the border arbitration tribunal, in the second half of January, European Commissioner for Enlargement Štefan Füle told the countries' foreign ministers in Brussels. After r... More »
Economy & Finance
Suspension of Budget Implementation Extended
Ljubljana - The outgoing cabinet has extended the suspension of implementation of the state budget for 2012, effective since 1 January, until a supplementary budget, to be drawn up by the new government, takes effect. "We are currently keeping public finances under control with the freeze on... More »
Business
Slovenia Invested EUR 1.6BN in Serbia in 10 Years
Ljubljana - Slovenia has invested EUR 1.6bn in Serbia over the past ten years, which makes it one of the top five investors in the country. Slovenian Ambassador to Serbia Franc But has already announced new investments for this year. He said that considering Slovenia's size, the country was the bigg... More »
Environment
Slovenia to Repeat Mass Clean-Up, Focus on Raising Awareness
Ljubljana - Slovenia will repeat the mass clean-up campaign from 2010 on 24 March. The organisers of Clean Up Slovenia 2012, whose aim is to activate at least 250,000 volunteers and 1,000 organisations, stressed at the launch of the project on Tuesday that one of the priorities would be raising awar... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Scientists Develop Robot to Monitor Water Quality
Tolmin - Slovenian scientists in cooperation with their colleagues from Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Russia have developed a satellite-guided floating robot for monitoring water pollution in standing waters. The robot was developed at the Jožef Štefan institute as part of an international pro... More »
Culture & Media
Commissioner Vasiliu Sees Culture as Crucial for European Integration
Maribor - European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassilou, who is visiting Maribor as part of the European Capital of Culture project (EPK), said during Sunday's debate with Slovenian author Aleš Debeljak that culture was not a luxury but a basic necessity... More »
Slovenian Papers Erect National Paywall
Ljubljana - Nine publishers who own 12 newspaper brands and websites, including the major daily newspapers, started phasing in a national paywall on Monday in a bid to charge for web content as readers continue to abandon print in favour of online news. The publishers of newspapers Delo, Slovensk... More »
Spanish Embassy Honours Young Translator with EUR 2,000 Prize
Ljubljana - The Spanish embassy conferred in Ljubljana on Monday its traditional ESASI prize for the best translation of Spanish literature to Slovenian to Ignac Fock for his translation of "El paracaidista" by Juan Bonilla. The goal of the EUR 2,000 prize is to encourage young transl... More »
Illustrations by Lila Prap on Display at Town Hall
Ljubljana - An exhibition of illustrations from the latest picture book by internationally acclaimed author and illustrator Lila Prap will open at the glass atrium of the Ljubljana Town Hall on Wednesday evening. The illustrations from the book presenting the world of insects to children will be on ... More »
Maribor 2012 - European Capital of Culture
In 2012, the second largest city of Slovenia, Maribor, proudly bears the title of European Capital of Culture. Together with its partner towns – Ptuj, Slovenj Gradec, Murska Sobota, Velenje and Novo mesto – Maribor hosts a unique cultural programme that covers a great variety of art forms. T... More »
Sport
Slovenian Basketball Association Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Basketball Association (KZS) marked its 20th anniversary, receiving on the occasion the president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Yvan Mainini. The official wished the KZS all the best in the future, including regarding the 2013 Eurobasket. KZS head Rom... More »
Tourism
Lonely Planet: Maribor Among Top Ten Things to Do in 2012
Maribor - The tourist guide publisher Lonely Planet ranked a visit to Maribor among the top ten things to do in the world in 2012 because of its stint as the European Culture Capital, which promises a colourful cultural programme. Lonely Planet says on its website that Slovenia's second largest c... More »
Events
Schedule of events from 17 to 22 January

TUESDAY, 17 January

  • LJUBLJANA - Outgoing PM Borut Pahor will hold a meeting of all leaders of parliamentary parties to discuss Slovenia's economic situation and the border arbitration agreement with Croatia.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Austrian Embassy in Ljubljana will... More »
Slovenia News 24 January 2012
Editorial
Last week was marked by three important facts. Slovenia and Croatia agreed on 17 January on the president and the remaining two members of the tribunal which will arbitrate on the border between the countries, based on a list compiled by the European Commission. The president of the tribunal will be Gilbert Guillaume of France, an ad hoc judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), while the other two members will be German Bruno Simma, a judge on the International Court of Justice since 2003, and Vaughan Lowe, a leading British barrister and professor of public international law at the University of Oxford. The European Commission welcomed "the successful launch of the arbitration process between Slovenia and Croatia".   Slovenia also praised the outcome of the Croatian EU referendum on Sunday. President Danilo Türk stressed that it was good news both for Croatia and the EU, and outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the Croatian public broadcaster HTV that it was "the decision of the millennium".   Readers of Slovenia's oldest women's magazine, Jana, have selected painter and illustrator Jelka Reichman the Slovenian Woman of the Year 2011. After the ceremony in Ljubljana, which also marked the 40th anniversary of the magazine Jana, Reichman said she saw the award as a recognition coming from women, as she believes women were the ones who voted for her. She also believes that her work for children brought her the award.   The first Slovenian cultural centre abroad, dubbed Skica, opened on Tuesday in Vienna, with the head of the centre Ana Novak stressing for the STA that Slovenia joined other European countries by opening Skica, which presents the opportunity for a greater recognition of Slovenian creativity. Skica will promote Slovenian culture, innovation and creativity in Austria, focusing on contemporary trends and the promotion of cooperation between Slovenian and Austria-based individuals and institutions in these areas.
Domestic Policy
President Türk Proposes Banker Voljč as Possible Alternative PM
President Danilo Türk proposed to parties on Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of supporting former NLB bank chairman Marko Voljč as a candidate for PM-designate. He said Voljč was ready to stand, however only if a consensus among parties is secured beforehand. Türk, whose first candidate... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Croatia Agree on Border Arbiters
Slovenia and Croatia have agreed on the president and the remaining two members of the tribunal which will arbitrate on the border between the countries, based on a list compiled by the European Commission, Brussels said on Tuesday. The president of the tribunal will be Gilbert Guillaume of Franc... More »
Slovenia Congratulates Croatia on EU Referendum Outcome
Slovenia praised the outcome of the Croatian EU referendum on Sunday. President Danilo Türk stressed that it was good news both for Croatia and the EU, and outgoing Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the Croatian public broadcaster HTV that it was "the decision of the millennium". Türk b... More »
Economy & Finance
EBRD Advises Slovenia to Take Care of Banking Sector
Ensuring the health of the banking sector will be one of the main jobs for transition economies, including Slovenia, which also needs to implement pension reform and have the state withdraw from the economy, according to a report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The... More »
Business
Frutarom to Bid for All Etol Shares in a Month
After signing a deal to acquire a majority in Slovenia's flavouring producer Etol, Israel's Frutarom Industries on Wednesday announced a bid for the takeover of all of Etol's shares within 30 days. The takeover bid will be published by the Frutarom Swiss subsidiary Frutarom Schweiz, follows from ... More »
Car Parts Maker TPV Gets Business Excellence Award
President Danilo Türk on Wednesday conferred the Slovenian Business Excellence Award for 2011 to the Novo mesto-based car parts maker TPV. Excellence means being bold, courageous and open for changes and new challenges, but also remaining just, the president said at the award ceremony in Brdo pri K... More »
Mercator Abandons Plans to Take over Laško
The management of Mercator, Slovenia's biggest retailer, has decided against publishing a takeover bid for beverage company Pivovarna Laško, citing risks related to the upcoming meeting of Laško shareholders as the reason. The proposals for the 30 January meeting are a selection of "bitter p... More »
Slovenia and Italy Launch Innovation Project for SMEs
Slovenia and Italy have launched a joint project aiming at boosting sustainable development of small and medium-sized companies in five strategically important fields on both sides of the border dubbed Know Us. The project focusing on five sectors - construction, wood and furniture manufacture, a... More »
Revoz's Production Down Y/Y due to Japan Quake
Revoz, the Novo mesto-based subsidiary of French car maker Renault, produced 174,127 cars in 2011, CEO Aleš Bratož told the press on Monday. The figure is bellow that of 2010 mostly due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which forced the company to scrap one shift between May and August. &... More »
Environment
Minister Žarnić Says Environment Ministry Should Keep Current Form
Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Žarnić presented to the press on Monday a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Slovenia's environmental and spatial policies, stressing that the two should stay under a single ministry in the future. His sta... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Cross-Lingual Knowledge Extraction Project Launched at Bled
XLike, an ambitious project aimed at developing technology to monitor and aggregate knowledge that is currently spread across global mainstream and social media and at enabling cross-lingual services, was launched with a three-day meeting at Bled that concluded on Friday. Featuring Ljubljana-base... More »
Social Affairs
Government Tweaking Employment Law towards More Flexicurity
The outgoing government is drawing up changes to the employment relationship act in order to introduce more fexicurity in the Slovenian labour market, Labour Minister Ivan Svetlik told the press on Thursday. The proposal, tweaking about a third of the articles, is soon to be discussed by the social ... More »
Minorities
Carinthia Minority Honour Lawyer for Promoting Their Rights
Rudi Vouk, the lawyer who successfully petitioned the Austrian Constitutional Court for the Slovenian ethnic minority's rights, has won the Tischler Award, the highest accolade for ethnic Slovenians in Carinthia. Vouk received the prize at Monday's ceremony in Klagenfurt, the capital of the south... More »
Culture & Media
Week of Slovenian Drama to Feature Various Genres
The competition and accompanying programme of the 42nd annual Week of Slovenian Drama at the end of March will bring a rich genre and aesthetic diversity, the festival selector Amelia Kraigher announced on Wednesday. Eight plays will be competing for the Šeligo Award for the best overall production... More »
House of Science Opened as Part of Culture Capital
A new science house was opened in Maribor on Wednesday as part of the city's stint as the European Capital of Culture. The House of Science and Experiment Centre was set up in cooperation with the University of Maribor and the European Cultural and Technological Centre (EKTC) in a bid to bring scien... More »
Plečnik's 140th Birth Anniversary Kicks off a Year of Events
Monday marks the 140th birth anniversary of Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), Slovenia's most acclaimed architect, whose life and work will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of events hosted by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MOA). No major events are scheduled for today but search... More »
Designers' Association Celebrates 60th Anniversary
The Association of Designers of Slovenia (DOS) celebrated its 60th anniversary with a ceremonial academy in Ljubljana's Cankarjev dom on Monday, which discussed the profession of designer and the history of the association. The event was also addressed by President Danilo Türk. DOS president Rob... More »
Works by Best Spanish Photographers Showcased in Ljubljana
The National Gallery will host for the next two months an exhibition showcasing a total of 76 works by 14 of the best Spanish photographers who have received the national photography award. The exhibition, which has been set up in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy in Ljubljana, will be launched o... More »
First Slovenian Cultural Centre Abroad Opens in Vienna
The first Slovenian cultural centre abroad, dubbed Skica, opened on Tuesday in Vienna, with the head of the centre Ana Novak stressing for the STA that Slovenia joined other European countries by opening Skica, which presents the opportunity for a greater recognition of Slovenian creativity. Toda... More »
Slovenj Gradec, Velenje Launch Their Part of EPK Programme
Slovenj Gradec and Velenje, two of the five partner towns to Maribor's stint as the European Capital of Culture (EPK) in 2012, launched their programmes at ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, respectively, which follows the main inaugural ceremony held Maribor on 14 January. Slovenj Gradec, which ... More »
Culture Capital to Feature a Series of New Documentaries
More than ten new documentaries will be screened in Maribor during its stint as the European Capital of Culture. The series includes portraits of the likes of writer Drago Jančar and footballer Zlatko Zahovič, and documentaries on the history of Jews in Maribor, the sounds of the city and on the r... More »
Transport
First Tube of Markovec Tunnel Broken Through
A key tunnel on the Slovenian coast that will link Koper and Izola with an expressway is one step closer to completion as of Tuesday, as workers broke through the first tube of the two-tube Markovec tunnel. The contractor, Austria's Alpine Bau, has about 500 metres of drilling left in the second ... More »
Police Launch Don't Phone and Drive Campaign
The police launched on Monday a five-day preventive campaign aimed at decreasing the number of drivers who use mobile phones while driving as well as raising awareness about the dangers of the practice, Vesna Marinko of the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency told the press. The campaign was launched... More »
Society
Illustrator Jelka Reichman Becomes Slovenian Woman of the Year
Readers of Slovenia's oldest women's magazine, Jana, have selected painter and illustrator Jelka Reichman the Slovenian Woman of the Year 2011. In her speech at Tuesday's ceremony, Reichman said that every recognition came with a bit of doubt on whether it was justified, stressing that all the nomin... More »
Slovenian IT Centre Honoured by FBI for Help in Botnet Sting
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has decorated two members of Slovenian internet security incident research centre SI-CERT for their contribution in an investigation of a botnet attack on several US media websites in 2007. Tadej Hren and Gorazd Božič were honoured by Steven L. Pauls... More »
Public Opinion
Poll: Support for Most Parties Dropping
The popularity of most parliamentary parties is dropping, according to the Vox Populi survey commissioned by commercial broadcaster POP TV and the daily Dnevnik. While Positive Slovenia (PS) remains at the top, followed by the Democrats (SDS) and the Social Democrats (SD), the Virant List fell under... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 24-29 January
Schedule of events in the week from 24 to 29 January: TUESDAY, 24 January
        LJUBLJANA - The People's Party (SLS), Virant List and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) are expected to decide on whether to enter a right-leaning coalition.
   &n... More »
Slovenia News 31 January 2012
Editorial
Slovenia is one step closer to get a full-fledged government.
The National Assembly endorsed Janez Janša on Saturday, 28 January as new prime minister. He was nominated few days earlier after the leaders of the five parties signed the coalition agreement. According to the coaliton the new government line-up would be completed on Thursday or Friday this week.   In the face of the economical crises, representatives of Slovenian businesses expressed hope that the government of Janez Janša, who was confirmed as PM-elect in parliament, will be a good social partner and will lend an ear to requests and problems. The Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS) is convinced that the new government will be understanding enough to all problems faced by small businesses in Slovenia. Sonja Šmuc, the head of the Manager Association, said that the new government would have to take immediate measures in the field of taxes and identify what in the tax legislation encourages and what hampers economic development.
Domestic Policy
Parliament cuts no. of ministreis amidst protests against mergers
In the first move after signing the coalition agreement, the parties set to form the next government confirmed on 26 January a bill in parliament cutting the number of ministries from 15 to 11. The move prompted protests from a number of groups, with the biggest points of dispute being the merger of... More »
Parliament Endorses Janša for PM
The National Assembly endorsed Janez Janša, leader of the centre-right Democrats (SDS), for prime minister-elect by 51 votes to 39, opening the door for Slovenia to get a full-fledged government after weeks of political deadlock in the wake of early elections. Janša, who was sworn in immediate... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Officially Notifies EU, Croatia of Its Border Arbiter
Ljubljana - Slovenia officially informed the European Commission and Croatia on Monday that its representative in the five-member border arbitration tribunal will be international mediation expert Jernej Sekolec, who was appointed by the National Assembly in September 2011.  Like Slovenia, C... More »
ITF Gets New Name and Image
Ljubljana - The International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) has undergone an image overhaul as part of which it was renamed ITF Enhancing Human Security. According to ITF officials, the upgrade follows the fund's constant development through its 13 years of existence.... More »
Foreign Affairs Council appoints Minister Žbogar as EU Special Representative in Kosovo
Brussels – Foreign Affairs Council appointed Samuel Žbogar, current Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, as the EU Special Representative in Kosovo (EUSR). Mr Žbogar will take on his additional role as head of the EU office in Kosovo from 1 February 2012 to 30 June 2013, ... More »
EU Topics
Brussels Closes Environmental Proceedings Against Slovenia
Ljubljana - The European Commission closed last week the proceedings against Slovenia over the country's failure to report the measures it had taken to implement the EU provisions laying down sanctions for environmental pollution in its legislation, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.  
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Economy & Finance
Number of Tourists in Slovenia Up 7% in 2011
Ljubljana - The number of tourists in Slovenia increased by 7% and overnight stays by 5% in 2011, according to preliminary data released by the Statistics Office on Tuesday. The growth was fuelled by an increasing number of foreign guests visiting Slovenia.  
The number of arrivals by for... More »
IMAD downgrade growth projections to stagnation
The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) significantly lowered in its winter forecast presented on 26 January the projection for Slovenia's economic growth to 0.2% for 2012 (down from 2%) and 1.3% for 2013.
IMAD also downgraded its estimate for 2011 by a whole percentage... More »
Business
Slovenia and Serbia Joining Construction Capacities on Third Markets
Ljubljana/Belgrade - Feniks, a Slovenian-Serbian construction consortium of more than 40 companies that is focused on a joint foray into third markets, will be officially launched with a ceremony in Belgrade on Wednesday.  
The project, initiated by Slovenian industrial conglomerate Hidri... More »
Environment
Brussels Closes Environmental Proceedings Against Slovenia
Ljubljana - The European Commission closed last week the proceedings against Slovenia over the country's failure to report the measures it had taken to implement the EU provisions laying down sanctions for environmental pollution in its legislation, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.  
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Culture & Media
Snow White Kicks Off EPK Project in Novo Mesto
NOVO MESTO - A musical and dance performance of Snow White launched the series of events in Novo mesto as one of Maribor's five partner cities in the 2012 European Culture Capital project. Culture Capital programme director Mitja Čander said in his address of the launch that Novo mesto held an impo... More »
Comic on Slovenian Cop-Turned-Bike-Thief Translated to Slovenian
The Slovenian translation of a Canadian comic telling the story of a former Slovenian police officer who stole thousands of bikes in Canada has been published by Cankarjeva založba as part of the 2012 European Culture Capital project. Dubbed "Kenk: A Graphic Portrait" and based on true ev... More »
Slovenian Documentary Wins Award at Trieste Film Festival
Trieste - A documentary about Slovenian women who left for Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th century by Metod Pevec was chosen the best in the documentary films section of the 23rd Trieste Film Festival, Primorski dnevnik, a Trieste-based paper of the Slovenian minority in Italy, reported on Wed... More »
Society
Slovenian civil society joined protests against ACTA
LJUBLJANA - The civil society in Slovenia joined worldwide protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which aims at protecting intellectual property and curbing on-line piracy.
Anonymous has meanwhile published on Youtube on Saturday a video accompanied by a text condemn... More »
Tourism
Number of Tourists in Slovenia Up 7% in 2011
Ljubljana - The number of tourists in Slovenia increased by 7% and overnight stays by 5% in 2011, according to preliminary data released by the Statistics Office on Tuesday. The growth was fuelled by an increasing number of foreign guests visiting Slovenia.  
The number of arrivals by for... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 31 January to 5 February
Ljubljana - Schedule of events in the week from 31 January to 5 February: TUESDAY, 31 January:
LJUBLJANA - President Danilo Türk will receive the credentials of incoming ambassadors from Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Norway and Azerbaijan. LJUBLJANA - The shareholders of drinks produ... More »
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