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Slovenia News 5 January 2010
Editorial
“It seems that the worst is over and 2010 will be a better year that will allow Slovenia to start demanding structural reforms and increase its competitiveness”, Prime Minister Borut Pahor has said in his New Year message.   A crisis exit strategy will be among the priorities of the Slovenian government in January. The strategy, which will include both measures to reduce the budget deficit and structural adjustments to enable long-term development, will be part of a wider stability programme to be submitted to the European Commission by the end of January.   Slovenia can boast a high share of power produced from renewables and substantial investments into making the Slovenian industry greener, but is falling behind when it comes to the Kyoto Protocol targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, shows a survey on environmental indicators.   Addressing on Monday the annual meeting of economic advisers from Slovenia's diplomatic missions, and heads of Slovenian business representation offices abroad, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said that following the country's successful integration into all important international organisations Slovenian diplomacy was entering a new era.
Domestic Policy
PM Optimistic about 2010
Ljubljana - It seems that the worst is over and 2010 will be a better year that will allow Slovenia to start demanding structural reforms and increase its competitiveness, Prime Minister Borut Pahor has said in his New Year message. Pahor noted that unlike in 2009, problems awaiting the country i... More »
President Tuerk: 2010 Opportunity for Changes
Ljubljana - Slovenia is leaving behind a year of trials, while the coming year is an opportunity for thorough changes and improvements that will ensure the wellbeing for the following generation, President Danilo Tuerk said in his New Year's message on Thursday. Tuerk is certain that the worst ec... More »
Foreign Affairs
Zbogar Announces New Era for Slovenian Diplomacy
Brdo pri Kranju - Addressing on Monday the annual meeting of economic advisers from Slovenia's diplomatic missions, and heads of Slovenian business representation offices abroad, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said that following the country's successful integration into all important international ... More »
Economy & Finance
PM Says 1% Growth Aim for 2010
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor said that the government's aims for 2010 included economic growth of 1% and survey-based unemployment of below 7.5% as well as a 0.5 percentage point cut in the budget deficit. He said the government's exit strategy would be tailored to achieving these goals. ... More »
Govt Busy Polishing Crisis Exit Strategy
Ljubljana - A crisis exit strategy will be among the priorities of the Slovenian government in January. The strategy, which will include both measures to reduce the budget deficit and structural adjustments to enable long-term development, will be part of a wider stability programme to be submitted ... More »
D&B Fears Another Economic Downturn in 2010
Ljubljana - The rating firm Dun&Bradstreet expects Slovenian economy to expand at a "healthy pace going into 2010", there is however a risk of a new slowdown during the year. D&B noted it its latest country credit rating report that the growth of Slovenian economy accelerated in the third quarter... More »
Environment
Slovenia Trying to Become Greener, Not on Track to Kyoto Goals
Ljubljana - Slovenia is falling behind when it comes to the Kyoto Protocol targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, but it can boast a high share of power produced from renewables and substantial investments into making the Slovenian industry greener, shows a survey on environmental indicators ... More »
Govt to Speed Up Damage Estimates after Floods
Ljubljana - The government decided at Wednesday's session that damage estimates for last week's floods should be concluded by the end of January. Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic told the press that the cabinet wants to discuss the damage reports at the beginning of February. The cabinet tasked t... More »
Slovenia Wins Most Climate Change Aware Country Competition
Ljubljana - Slovenia won an online competition of an EU environmental portal, becoming the most climate change aware country. The 489 registered users of www.ourclimate.eu from Slovenia won the title, ahead of 122 registered Belgian users and 81 Britons. The ... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Govt Sets Up Higher Education Quality Agency
Ljubljana - The government established on Wednesday an independent agency which is to boost quality in higher education. The agency is based on the amendments to the higher education act which the National Assembly passed in October. The agency will take over the tasks and powers of the Higher Ed... More »
Social Affairs
Preventing Long-Term Unemployment Top Priority, Finance Minister Says
Ljubljana - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic has told STA that adopting incentives that would allow those facing the prospect of long-term unemployment to get a job will be a priority of the government in the post-recession period. "In the near future, we will take measures to prevent a situation ... More »
2010 Brings Pension Reform
Ljubljana - Exactly ten years after the last overhaul, Slovenia faces a new reform of its pension system in 2010. The blueprint presented in September 2009 envisages among other things the raising of the full retirement age to 65 for both men and women, a measure unacceptable for trade unions. In... More »
Minorities
Govt Worried about Situation of Slovenian Minority in Italy
Ljubljana - The Office for Slovenians Abroad is concerned over the situation of the Slovenian minority in Italy. It also joined on Wednesday the calls of the minority organisations about Italy not fulfiling its legal obligations towards the minority and the cutting of its funding. The office fear... More »
Culture & Media
Renovated Ljubljana Opera House to Open in Autumn 2010
Ljubljana - Renovation works on the neo-classicist Opera and Ballet House are finally coming to an end, so its resident ensembles hope to return to their home in the centre of Ljubljana in autumn 2010 after having to stage their productions at other venues for four seasons. The Culture Ministry m... More »
Picasso Highlight in Ljubljana's Galleries This Year
Ljubljana - An exhibition of prints by the most famous 20th century artist, Pablo Picasso, will be one of the highlights on the calendar of Ljubljana museums and galleries this year. The show will run at the Ljubljana City Museum between 21 January and 4 April. Another highlight will be an exhibi... More »
Health
Health Reform Another Govt Priority in 2010
Ljubljana - Slovenia earmarked 7.8% of its GDP for health care in 2007, whereas the figure was as high as 8.7% even in 2003. Despite this, Health Minister Borut Miklavcic, whose ministry is working on health reform, remains optimistic. He believes "there will be no further drop this year". In an ... More »
Energy
Govt Passes Energy Savings Decree
Ljubljana - The government passed on Wednesday a decree on energy savings for consumers that will provide subsidies for renovations using energy-efficient equipment. Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik told the press that EUR 45m will be invested annually through 2013, mainly for subsidies from the e... More »
Society
Asuncion Names Street after Slovenian Anthropologist
Asuncion - The capital of Paraguay, Asuncion, named a street after Slovenian anthropologist Branislava Susnik (1920-1996), who led the country's main ethnographic museum for forty years. Her field work among South America's indigenous peoples represents an important contribution to the continent's l... More »
Sport
Jerman Wins World Cup Downhill in Bormio
Bormio - Slovenia's Andrej Jerman convincingly won Tuesday's World Cup downhill event for men in Italy's Bormio,for his and Slovenia's second downhill win in history. He finished ahead Didier Defago of Switzerland and Austrian Michael Walchhofer. Jerman covered the 3.2-mile piste in 2:00.32. Aust... More »
Majdic Bags Another Victory in Oberhof
Oberhof - Cross-country skier Petra Majdic won the classic sprint event at the third Tour de Ski series in Oberhof, Germany, on Sunday after winning the prologue to the Tour de Ski on Friday. The 30-year old Majdic, for whom this is her third World Cup victory this season, finished the 1.6 km eve... More »
Tourism
Slovenian Tourism Doing OK Despite Crisis
Ljubljana - The growth in Slovenian tourism was affected in 2009 by the global crisis and a change in tourism trends. However, while the number of foreign visitors was down, the number of Slovenian guests rose. Zero growth is expected in total number in 2010, although more and more "last-minute deal... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week from 4 to 10 January
MONDAY, 4 January
  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - Economic advisers from Slovenian diplomatic missions will meet for a two-day meeting organised by the Foreign Ministry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS).
TUESDAY, 5 January
  • LJUBLJANA - The first Kosovo Amba... More »
Slovenia News 12 January 2010
Editorial
Slovenia's crisis exit strategy 2010-2013 will focus on measures enabling a consolidation of public finances, as well on steps towards stronger flexicurity and structural and institutional adjustments.   Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar announced on Thursday that his ministry had drawn up a comprehensive strategy for the Western Balkans, which would take Slovenia's relations with the region to a new level.   Slovenian cross-country skiing star Petra Majdic won the second overall place in the ten-stage Tour de Ski series by finishing 2nd in the last, 10-kilometre race in Italy's Val di Fiemme. Starting at the first place, Majdic was overtaken by Pole Justyna Kowalczyk during a grueling climb towards the finish line.   After soaring to a victory at World Cup ski jumping event on Austria's Kulm hill on Saturday, Slovenia's Robert Kranjec followed it up with the second place in the same venue on Sunday.
Foreign Affairs
President Looks for Business Partnerships in Qatar
Doha - Following a meeting between Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk and Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Doha on Sunday, Slovenia and Qatar signed agreements on economic cooperation and the avoidance of double taxation, setting the foundations for business ties between the countries. The ... More »
Slovenia's Strategy for Western Balkans Ready
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar announced on Thursday that his ministry had drawn up a comprehensive strategy for the Western Balkans, which would take Slovenia's relations with the region to a new level. Slovenia's bilateral relations with all countries in the region are the best so ... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Helps Albania Fight Floods with Generators
Brussels - Slovenia has sent 13 mobile generators to Albania as part of a European aid action to help Albania fight against floods in the northern part of the country, the European Commission wrote in a press release on Monday. The generators arrived in the country on Saturday. Water from heavy r... More »
Economy & Finance
Exit Strategy Aiming at Less Public Spending, More Flexibility
Ljubljana - Slovenia's crisis exit strategy 2010-2013 will focus on measures enabling a consolidation of public finances, as well on steps towards stronger flexicurity and structural and institutional adjustments, suggests the blueprint of the strategy obtained by STA on Thursday. The strategy, w... More »
Business
Investment in Green Industry Key to Success
Maribor - Lumar IG, the maker of energy-efficient prefabricated houses, is one of the few companies to have posted growth in the crisis year of 2009. Sales director Marko Lukic has talked about the situation in the sector and expectations from the state, urging investment in green industry. Lumar... More »
Environment
Environment Commissioner Nominee Says Green Economy His Priority
Brussels - Janez Potocnik, who has been nominated for the European commissioner responsible for the environment, has said ahead of next week's hearing before the European Parliament's environment committee that his priorities are promoting a green economy, halting the loss of biodiversity and improv... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Gimnazija Kranj Starts International Baccalaureate Programme
Kranj - Gimnazija Kranj has become the third Slovenian school to offer an English-language curriculum of international recognition. By starting an international class in the next academic year, the school is joining two other Slovenian high schools that offer the International Baccalaureate, one in ... More »
Culture & Media
Slovenka to Hit US Cinemas in Spring
New York/Los Angeles - Damjan Kozole's "Slovenka" will be the first Slovenian film on general release in the US. The film will be screened in the second quarter of the year under the title "Call Girl". It will be distributed by Film Movement, Slovenian distribution company Cinemania group said on We... More »
Sport
Ski Jumping: Kranjec Takes Another Podium Finish in Kulm
Bad Mitterndorf - After soaring to a victory at World Cup ski jumping event on Austria's Kulm hill on Saturday, Slovenia's Robert Kranjec followed it up with the second place in the same venue on Sunday. Landing at 198.5 and 204.5 metres to score 392.6 points, Kranjec finished behind Austria's Gr... More »
Majdic Finishes Second Overall in Tour de Ski Circuit
Val di Fiemme - Slovenian cross-country skiing star Petra Majdic won the second overall place in the ten-stage Tour de Ski series by finishing 2nd in the last, 10-kilometre race in Italy's Val di Fiemme. Starting at the first place, Majdic was overtaken by Pole Justyna Kowalczyk during a grueling cl... More »
Cross-Border Ski Slopes Make Decades-Long Dream Come True
Bovec - The highest altitude Slovenian ski slopes of Kanin and Sella Nevea on the Italian side of the border have merged into one ski resort boasting more than 30 kilometres of ski trails. The aerial lift linking the two resorts opened before the Christmas holidays but it was inaugurated at Tuesd... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 11-17 January
Monday, 11 January
  • DOHA, Qatar/KUWAIT, Kuwait City - President Danilo Tuerk will wrap up his visit to Qatar and depart for a two-day official visit to Kuwait.
  • LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Bishop's Conference will vote on the appointment of the incoming Ljubljana Archbishop Anton... More »
Kresal Praises Women in WWII National Liberation Struggle
Zelezniki - Interior Minister Katarina Kresal gave special praise to women in the Slovenian resistance movement during the Second World War as she addressed the 68th anniversary of the battle of Drazgose, one of the key WWII battles in Slovenia in which Partisans defeated ten times stronger German f... More »
Slovenia News 19 January 2010
Editorial
The prime ministers of Slovenia and Croatia, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, agreed on the creation of a joint commission which will review and propose solutions for the remaining open issues between the countries, as they met informally in Kranjska Gora on Wednesday.   Prime Minister Borut Pahor emphasised Slovenia's readiness to offer Macedonia full support in its efforts to join the EU and NATO, as he paid a working visit to Skopje on Sunday. Pahor assessed that the time had come for Macedonia and Greece to resolve their dispute over the former Yugoslav country's name.   The government will have the exit strategy ready by the end of January, Development Minister Mitja Gaspari told the press after Friday's meeting of the government's crisis task force, adding that the strategy would not be just a package of measures to get out of the crisis, but also a kind of guidelines for the future work of the cabinet.   The Economy Ministry and the Slovenian Tourist Board have launched an interesting tourist campaign under the slogan "Slovenia...bet you'll love it", promising British guests in Slovenia between 25% to 100% refund depending on the result of the Slovenian national football team at the World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa in June.  
Foreign Affairs
PM Pledges Firm Support to Macedonia on EU Path
Skopje - Prime Minister Borut Pahor emphasised Slovenia's readiness to offer Macedonia full support in its efforts to join the EU and NATO, as he paid a working visit to Skopje on Sunday. Pahor assessed that the time had come for Macedonia and Greece to resolve their dispute over the former Yugoslav... More »
Slovenia, Switzerland to Boost Cooperation through Commission
Ljubljana - Slovenia and Switzerland will work on making bilateral relations even stronger, also through a joint commission tasked with encouraging and overseeing joint projects, the countries' foreign ministers, Samuel Zbogar and Micheline Calmy-Rey, told the press in Ljubljana on Friday. The mi... More »
Tuerk Stresses Importance of Relations with Croatia
Brdo pri Kranju - After meeting on Thursday in Brdo pri Kranju his Croatian counterpart Stipe Mesic, President Danilo Tuerk assessed Slovenian-Croatian relations as a very important part of Slovenia's foreign policy and its future. The countries are on the right track to solve the remaining open ... More »
Slovenia, Croatia to Set Up Joint Committee for Open Issues
Kranjska Gora - The prime ministers of Slovenia and Croatia, Borut Pahor and Jadranka Kosor, agreed on the creation of a joint commission which will review and propose solutions for the remaining open issues between the countries, as they met informally in Kranjska Gora on Wednesday. The Slovenia... More »
International Organisations
FM Welcomes Russia's Decision Allowing Reform of European Court
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar welcomed on Friday the decision of the Russian Duma to support the ratification of Protocol No 14 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights that will allow for a long-awaited reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The decision ... More »
Defence & NATO
NATO Admiral Presented Planned Reforms in Slovenian Army
Maribor - NATO Admiral Luciano Zappata, deputy supreme allied commander transformation, started a two-day visit to Slovenia on Thursday by meeting Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic and visiting the Maribor barracks, where he was acquainted with the planned future capacities and structure of the Slove... More »
Commander: Air Force Meeting Targets Despite Smaller Budget
Ljubljana - Commander of the Slovenian Army Force Command, Brigadier Alan Geder, told STA on Tuesday that the air force was achieving set goals despite a lower budget. Main goals this year include participation in a mission in Kosovo and preparations for an Afghanistan assignment. These will ... More »
EU Topics
Janez Potocnik Stresses Sustainability in Commissioner Hearing
Brussels  - The nominee for the European environment commissioner, Slovenia's Janez Potocnik, emphasised the principle of sustainability in the opening address at his hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. According to him, this principle has been and will be in the focus ... More »
Economy & Finance
Govt to Wrap Up Exit Strategy by End of January
Ljubljana - The government will have the exit strategy ready by the end of January, Development Minister Mitja Gaspari told the press after Friday's meeting of the government's crisis task force, adding that the strategy would not be just a package of measures to get out of the crisis, but also a ki... More »
IMAD Stresses Need for Financial Sustainability
Ljubljana - The Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) has proposed that the labour and financial markets and the consolidation of public finances should be in the focus of the government's crisis exit strategy. "The short-term crisis exit measures of the government, which will h... More »
Business
Tuerk Opens Slovenia-Kuwait Business Forum
Kuwait - President Danilo Tuerk continued his visit to Kuwait on Tuesday by opening a business conference in Kuwait City, pointing in his address to Slovenia's good geo-strategic position in the middle of Europe and its stability stemming from its eurozone membership. Turning to the areas of poss... More »
Agriculture
Minister Says Agriculture Vulnerable Because of Climate
Berlin - Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik stressed that agriculture was one of the sectors most susceptible to the changes in climate, as he took part in a meeting of his counterparts from around the world during the International Green Week in Berlin. Pogacnik highlighted that Slovenia's agri... More »
Idrijski zlikrofi Get Special EU Status
Brussels - The European Commission has registered idrijski zlikrofi, a type of ravioli from the western Slovenian town of Idrija, as a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG). The status highlights characteristic composition and preparation of the foodstuff, rather its geographical origin. Apart ... More »
Environment
Mass Clean-Up Campaign Scheduled for 17 April
Ljubljana - An environmental group has announced it would stage on 17 April the biggest voluntary clean-up campaign ever in Slovenia. The goal of the Environmentalists Society is to remove most of the illegal dumps and clear popular hiking paths all in one day. Support for the campaign has been b... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Survey: Ljubljana University Best in Ex Yugoslavia
Ljubljana - The University of Ljubljana has emerged the best ranked university in the countries of the former Yugoslavia in a global survey of tertiary education institutions by a Spanish institute. The university was ranked 201st of 6,000 universities reviewed in the July 2009 survey by the Span... More »
Social Affairs
Slovenia among EU Members with Lowest At-Risk-of-Poverty Rate
Luxembourg - The at-risk-of-poverty rate in Slovenia stood at 12% in 2008, which puts Slovenia among the eight countries in the EU with the smallest relative number of people whose income after social transfers was below the poverty threshold, Eurostat figures released on Monday suggest. The surv... More »
Minister Says State Has to Keep People Above Poverty Line
Ljubljana - No citizen of Slovenia should be poor and their material existence has to be ensured, Labour Minister Ivan Svetlik has told Saturday's daily Dnevnik. While saying that individuals are the most responsible for their situation, he added that the state has to jump in eventually to prevent t... More »
Slovenia Retains Top Marks in Freedom House Report
Washington - Slovenia retained top marks in the Freedom in the World report released on Tuesday by Freedom House, a US-based human rights and democracy watchdog. While the global situation has been growing worse for the fourth year in a row, improvements are seen throughout the Balkans, accordin... More »
Minorities
Acclaimed Minority Author Denied Title of Honorary Citizen of Trieste
Trieste - Acclaimed writer Boris Pahor, a member of the Slovenian minority in Italy, will not become a citizen of merit of Trieste after he asked for his suffering under Fascism, not only in Nazi camps, to be included in the justification of the title. In September 2008, the Trieste city council dec... More »
Transport
No Body Scanners at Slovenian Airports For Now
Ljubljana/Maribor - Slovenia's main international airport will not be introducing full-body scanners for the time being. Despite this, the head of security at Joze Pucnik Airport Ljubljana believes that such scanners will become commonplace in the near future. Dusan Sofric, who heads the security... More »
Society
Slovenian Charities and Government Join Global Effort to Aid Haiti
Ljubljana - Slovenian humanitarian organisations are joining the global effort to help Haiti after a massive earthquake that is feared to cause deaths of hundreds of thousands. Slovenian branches of worldwide charities Caritas, Red Cross and UNICEF have opened donation accounts and are raising mo... More »
Minister Kresal Chosen Woman of the Year
Ljubljana - The readers of women's magazine Jana have chosen Liberal Democrats (LDS) president and Interior Minister Katarina Kresal the Woman of the Year 2009, Jana announced on Tuesday. A total of 13 women had been shortlisted for the award, all of which were received before the evening ceremon... More »
Sport
Handball: Slovenia Kick Off European Championships
Innsbruck - The Slovenian national men's handball team will play Sweden on Tuesday evening as it opens its campaign at the European Handball Championships, to be played until 31 January in Austria. Slovenia are also to face Germany and Poland in the tough group C, which plays in Innsbruck. Follow... More »
Golden Fox: Maze Second in Slalom
Maribor - Following Saturday's giant slalom World Cup race in Maribor, won by Austria's Kathrin Zettel, the 46th Golden Fox skiing festival ended on Sunday with a slalom. Kathrin Zettel of Austria capitalised on an error from her compatriot Marlies Schield in the second run to take first place in... More »
Cross Country: Majdic Second in Estonia
Otepaeae - Slovenian cross country star Petra Majdic had to settle for second place in the women's World Cup sprint event in Otepaeae on Sunday, after a late challenge by Hanna Falk of Sweden. Falk powered past Majdic in the final metres of the event to prevent the 30-year-old Slovenian's 21st vi... More »
Over 1,000 Slovenian Football Fans Bought Tickets for World Cup
Ljubljana - More than 1,000 Slovenians will cheer the Slovenian football team at the World Cup in South Africa, the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) said on Wednesday. Out of over 3,000 tickets for the matches with Algeria and England and over 5,000 for the match with the US that were reserved b... More »
Tourism
Slovenian Health Resorts Optimistic About 2010
Podcetrtek - Slovenian health resorts registered a 1% increase in the numbers of visitors and overnight stays in 2009 over 2008. In the last months of 2009, the ratio between foreign and domestic visitors tipped in favour of the former, which gives an encouraging forecast for this year, the Associat... More »
Slovenia Makes Use of FIFA World Cup to Promote Tourism
Ljubljana - The Economy Ministry and the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) have launched an interesting tourist campaign, promising British guests in Slovenia between 25% to 100% refund depending on the result of the Slovenian national football team at the World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa in J... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week from 18 to 24 January
MONDAY, 18 January
  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - President Danilo Tuerk and Prime Minister Borut Pahor will hold a traditional reception for the diplomatic corps.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik is due to take part in a meeting of EU agriculture ministers... More »
Slovenia News 26 January 2010
Editorial
Minister Gregor Golobic signed the Agreement of a Participating European Country concluded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Republic of Slovenia, on 22 January in Noordwijk in the Netherlands. The status thus acquired by Slovenia will enable Slovenian companies, researchers and students to co-operate with ESA on concrete projects.   MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD) was named on Tuesday the vice-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Media, which will be dedicated to quality journalism in digital Europe.   Ana Marija Kozlevcar, former primary school teacher, has compiled a Romany-Slovenian and Slovenian-Romany dictionary to help Roma children who are facing difficulties at school because they are being educated in a foreign language. Ana Marija Kozlevcar said that her wish behind the project was to encourage Roma children to learning.   Camping Bled, a camp in the picturesque Alpine lake resort of Bled (NW), was awarded the best active holiday camp by the acclaimed Alan Rogers Campsite Guides.
Foreign Affairs
Minister Zbogar Discusses Macedonia-Greece Dispute with Macedonian Counterpart
Ljubljana - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar stressed in a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milososki Slovenia's wish that Macedonia and Greece resolved their dispute as soon as possible and that progress would be made as early as during the Spanish EU presidency. The pair focused on Ma... More »
Kouchner and Zbogar Talk Strategic Partnership and Balkans
Paris - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met French counterpart Bernard Kouchner in Paris on Thursday, highlighting after the meeting talks on strategic partnership between the two countries. A declaration is expected to be penned soon at the highest level, which could be an opportunity for the first ... More »
International Organisations
OECD Secretary General: Slovenia Could Join OECD in May
Paris - Slovenia could become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in May, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said in Paris on Thursday after meeting Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar. The negotiations are running very smoothly and all formalities cou... More »
EU Topics
Minister Svetlik Says EU Strategy Will Focus on Social Issues
Madrid - Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ivan Svetlik, who took part in the opening conference of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in Madrid on Thursday, said that the EU 2020 strategy would focus on social issues rather than on economic growth alone. Both P... More »
MEP Tanja Fajon Becomes Vice-Chair of Intergroup on Media
Strasbourg - Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD) was named on Tuesday the vice-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Media, which will be dedicated to quality journalism in digital Europe. Fajon, a former RTV Slovenija correspondent from Brussels, said in a press release that she will str... More »
Economy & Finance
Fitch Preserves AA credit Rating for Slovenia
Ljubljana - International credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Slovenia's issuer default ratings at "AA" with a stable outlook, the Finance Ministry said on Monday. Fitch also confirmed for 2010 the short-term foreign currency rating at "F1+". The rating for Slovenia continues to be ba... More »
Slovenia Up Seven Spots on Economic Freedom Index
Washington - After gaining seven spots in 2009, Slovenia was up another seven places in the Index of Economic Freedom for 2010 to rank 61st among the 179 countries included in the survey conducted by the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think-tank, and the Wall Street Journal. Earning an overall... More »
Business
Trimo CEO Deems Added Value Key Factor
Ljubljana - The key question for Slovenia's economy is how to generate added value that would enable good pay, social security and development of the company and the country. Tatjana Fink, CEO of Trimo, believes added value should be raised to EUR 50,000 as soon as possible. "Those companies who spe... More »
Business Sentiment Up in January
Ljubljana - The seasonally-adjusted business sentiment indicator for Slovenia in January was four percentage points higher compared to December and 17 percentage points up year-on-year, according to Statistics Office. Compared to the long-term average, the indicator was down 14 percentage points. Ex... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenia Signs Participation Agreement with ESA
Amsterdam - Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic signed on Friday in Noordwijk an agreement allowing Slovenia to become a participating state in the European Space Agency (ESA), his ministry said in a press release on Saturday. The deal will allow Slovenian companies, res... More »
Minorities
Dictionary to Help Roma Children in Education
Novo mesto - A retired primary school teacher has compiled a Romany-Slovenian and Slovenian-Romany dictionary to help Roma children who are facing difficulties at school because they are being educated in a foreign language. Ana Marija Kozlevcar said that her wish behind the project was to encourage... More »
Culture & Media
Picasso Exhibition Opens in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - An exhibition of prints by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) opened in the Ljubljana City Museum on Wednesday. The "Pablo Picasso: Bullfighting. Myth. Eros." exhibit featuring some 90 prints will run until 4 April. The showcased prints come from 12 cycles, some are also individual. The artist cr... More »
Tischler Award Goes to Singer Bernarda Fink
Klagenfurt - World acclaimed mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is to receive this year's Tischler Award, which is conferred on ethnic Slovenians or Slovenian institutions credited with promoting the cause of the Slovenian minority in Austria's province of Carinthia. The 31st Tischler Award will be hand... More »
Society
Slovenia Sending Tents to Haiti
Ljubljana - Slovenia's Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief on Thursday sent 25 tents worth some EUR 70,000 to Haiti to provide shelter for some 300 people who were left homeless in a devastating earthquake that hit the island on 12 January. Slovenia decided not to send experts bu... More »
Tourism
Slovenian Tourism Board Fairly Satisfied with 2009
Ljubljana - Last year was difficult for the Slovenian tourism industry, but turned out better than expected, according to the Slovenian Tourism Board (STO). "The results were good owning to domestic visitors," STO director Dimitrij Piciga said on Tuesday, hoping for better foreign visitor turnout ... More »
Number of Tourists in 2009 Down 1% Y/Y
Ljubljana - Around 2.7 million of tourists visited Slovenia in 2009, 1% less than the year before, according to the preliminary data of the Statistics Office. In December, the number of guests amounted to 160,000, down 2% compared to the same month in 2008. The fall in December figures is the r... More »
Camp at Lake Bled Awarded Best Active Holiday Camp in Europe
Bled - Camping Bled, a camp in the picturesque Alpine lake resort of Bled (NW), was awarded the best active holiday camp by the acclaimed Alan Rogers Campsite Guides, the camp's parent company Sava Hoteli Bled wrote in a press release on Saturday. According to the campsite guide's website, Camping B... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week between 25 and 31 January
MONDAY, 25 January
  • LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Borut Pahor will be answering deputies' questions as the National Assembly starts a regular session.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar will take part in a session of the EU General Affairs and External Relations C... More »
Afgan Red Crescent Official Gailani Talks about Afghanistan in Ljubljana
Ljubljana- The President of the Afghan Red Crescent, Fatima Gailani, said at an NGO conference on Afghanistan in Ljubljana on Thursday that poverty, unemployment, and lack of education - especially among women - were the main problems alongside war in this Persian country. The conference was hosted ... More »
Cross-Country Skier Petra Majdic Slovenian of 2009
Litija - Cross-country skier Petra Majdic was voted the most popular Slovenian of 2009 by the readers of Nedeljski dnevnik, the most widely read weekly in the country. Majdic was the first woman to win the title in 22-year-long tradition of the campaign. Majdic, who could not attend the ceremony, be... More »
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