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Slovenia News 5 October 2010
Editorial
The government adopted on Tuesday the budget bills for 2011 and 2012, making cuts that are expected to bring the deficit from a projected 4.9% of GDP this year to 4.5% next year and 3.6% in 2012. Finance Minister Franc Krizanic broke down in greater detail on Wednesday the 2011 budget, suggesting that if the budget was not accompanied by a freeze of pensions, social transfers and public sector salaries, state investments would become completely dependent on EU funding.   Representatives of public sector trade unions and the government also failed to reach agreement in the ongoing strike over the pay freeze in the sector after 10 hours of talks on Monday. New negotiations are announced for today and are expected to feature Prime Minister Borut Pahor.   Mid-September floods caused around EUR 50m in damage to the Slovenian economy, data collected by the Economy Ministry show. The government earmarked EUR 5.63m on Thursday to help the affected businesses. Individual companies will be able to get up to EUR 200,000. The ministry expects the first aid to be paid out in December.   President Danilo Tuerk stressed the importance of the Lipica stud farm's tradition, as he addressed an event marking the 430th anniversary of what is Europe's oldest operational stud. Tuerk noted that Lipica was a part of a great history, underlining that Slovenia must not forget about it in the future.   The 13th Festival of Slovenian Film came to a close with an award ceremony in Portoroz dedicated to the best Slovenian productions of the last year.  
Domestic Policy
Govt Adopts Bill Freezing Public Sector Pay, Pensions, Social Transfers
Ljubljana - The government passed on Tuesday an intervention bill freezing pensions, social transfers and salaries in the public sector in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they will be adjusted if inflation tops 2%, Prime Minister Borut Pahor told the press after the government session. "We need a temporar... More »
Govt Rescinds Collective Agreement for Public Sector
Ljubljana - The government has decided to cancel the collective bargaining agreement for the public sector. It will now offer a new one to the unions to put off the rises to tackle pay disparities, while keeping wage brackets as agreed. Public Administration Minister Irma Pavlinic Krebs, who addr... More »
Public Sector Strike Talks Still Stuck, Breakthrough Expected Today
Ljubljana, 5 October (STA) - Representatives of public sector trade unions and the government also failed to reach agreement in the ongoing strike over the pay freeze in the sector after 10 hours of talks on Monday. New negotiations are announced for today and are expected to feature Prime Minister ... More »
EU Topics
Slovenia Supports Stricter EU Budget Discipline
Ljubljana - The Slovenian Finance Ministry has expressed support for the package of proposals for stricter budget discipline presented by the European Commission on Wednesday. The rules and fines however do not concern Slovenia, as the government plans to slash the excessive budget deficit by 2013, ... More »
EU Not Rushing Slovenia to Join Euro Stability Scheme, Official Says
Brussels - Finance Ministry State Secretary Mateja Vranicar said in Brussels on Friday following a meeting on the EUR 440bn eurozone stability fund that no criticism had been voiced against Slovenia whose participation in the scheme is still subject to a Constitutional Court review. Slovenia and ... More »
Economy & Finance
Government Adopts 2011, 2012 Austerity Budgets
Ljubljana - The government adopted on Tuesday the budget bills for 2011 and 2012, making cuts that are expected to bring the deficit from a projected 4.9% of GDP this year to 4.5% next year and 3.6% in 2012. "The budgets for 2011 and 2012 adhere to the fiscal rule that we will not spend more than... More »
Ministry Presents Detailed 2011 Budget, Insists on Strong Investments
Ljubljana - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic broke down in greater detail on Wednesday the 2011 budget adopted by the government on Tuesday, suggesting that if the budget was not accompanied by a freeze of pensions, social transfers and public sector salaries, state investments would become completel... More »
Floods Damage to Economy Estimated at EUR 50M
Ljubljana - Mid-September floods caused around EUR 50m in damage to the Slovenian economy, data collected by the Economy Ministry show. The government earmarked EUR 5.63m on Thursday to help the affected businesses. Individual companies will be able to get up to EUR 200,000. The ministry expects the... More »
Minister Outlines New Industrial Policy
Portoroz - Economy Minister Darja Radic presented the outlines of a new national industrial policy Thursday, saying that sectors which are already successful would be promoted, a concept she called "smart specialisation". "We can only achieve a breakthrough with companies and groups of companies ... More »
Business
Survey Suggests Slovenia Needs to Improve Business Environment
Maribor - A survey of the business environment in Slovenia conducted by the Maribor Faculty of Economics and Business has found a number of areas where the support environment in Slovenia is seriously lagging behind EU standards. The survey, presented in Maribor on Wednesday, shows that in terms ... More »
Forum Discusses Ways to Increase Trade with Egypt
Ljubljana - As an Egyptian business delegation is visiting Slovenia this week, the Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) and the Embassy of Egypt organised a Slovenian-Egyptian business forum at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) on Wednesday. For... More »
Manager of the Year Award Goes to Boss of Terme Olimia Spa
Portoroz - The director of the Terme Olimia spa Zdravko Pocivalsek has been declared Manager of the Year by the Manager Association. He will receive the award as part of the association's autumn meeting in the coastal resort of Portoroz on Thursday. Pocivalsek took over the Terme Olimia spa, loca... More »
Govt Designs Guarantee Scheme for Major Export Projects
Ljubljana - The government has drafted a special scheme to finance large export projects and support Slovenian companies in entering foreign markets. Solutions in the draft bill are currently pored over by the Foreign Ministry and the document should be sent to government committees next week, Finan... More »
2,174 Foreign Companies Operational in Slovenia in 2008
Ljubljana - Exactly 2,147 associated companies controlled by foreigners were active in Slovenia in 2008. Over a fifth of them, all dealing with non-financial activities, was owned by Austrians, while the best represented non-EU country was Croatia, the Statistics Office said on Friday. The share ... More »
Agriculture
Beekeepers' Meeting Starts in Ljubljana
Ljubljana - The international conference Apimedica & Apiquality, including the 3rd International Apimondia Forum on Apitherapy and the 2nd International Forum on Apiquality, opened its gates at Ljubljana's Gospodarsko razstavisce fairground on Tuesday under the auspices of the Slovenian Beekeepers' ... More »
Zidan and Luxembourg Counterpart Discuss New CAP
Ljubljana - Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Dejan Zidan met his Luxembourg counterpart Romain Schneider as part of a working visit to Luxembourg on Tuesday. The pair talked about the EU common agricultural policy after 2013, where they have similar interests, Zidan said after the meeting... More »
Census Lists 75,000 Agricultural Holdings in Slovenia
Ljubljana - Slovenia has a total of 74,432 agricultural holdings, which manage 466,941 hectares of farm land and 404,451 livestock units, a 2010 agriculture census presented on Thursday by the Statistics Office shows. An average agricultural holding uses 0.7 hectares m... More »
Environment
President Decorates Organisers of Clean-Up Campaign
Brdo pri Kranju - President Danilo Tuerk decorated Petra Matos and Ales Pevc of the organising team of the Clean Up Slovenia in One Day campaign with the Order for Services on Tuesday. The campaign motivated as many as 250,000 volunteers to help clean rubbish and illegal dumping sites around Sloveni... More »
Justice
Justice Minister Discuses Judicial Cooperation in Belgrade
Belgrade - Justice Minister Ales Zalar, who is attending in Belgrade a two-day conference on police and judicial cooperation in SE Europe, called for stronger regional and international cooperation in judicial affairs, while he also met his Serbian counterpart Snezana Malovic on Monday. Zalar par... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Govt Unveils Innovation-Oriented Research Plan for 2011-2020
Ljubljana - Economy Minister Darja Radic and Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Gregor Golobic presented on Monday a draft Research and Innovation Strategy (RISS) for 2011-2020, highlighting the conversion of know-how into money as one of the goals of the strategy. "The goal of RIS... More »
Social Affairs
Economists Say Pension Reform Will Suffice for Next 10 to 15 Years
Ljubljana - According to experts of the Ljubljana Economics Faculty and the Economic Research Institute, the planned pension reform will extend the years of service by some three years, while pensioners will receive the same or higher pensions. A new reform will be needed in ten to 15 years. Unde... More »
Minorities
Foreign Minister Hosts Minority Officials
Ljubljana - Slovenian minority officials from Austria expressed their expectation that Austria would implement its Constitutional Court's rulings on bilingual place names in the province of Carinthia as they met Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar in Ljubljana on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by... More »
Diaspora Minister Touring Australia
Canberra - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Bostjan Zeks, who is touring Australia this week, visited the new premises of the Slovenian Embassy in the capital Canberra on Thursday. He met Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley in Brisbane on Wednesday. The minister also met today Australian MP Paul N... More »
FM Visits Minority in Italy
Trieste/Monfalcone - Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar met in Trieste on Friday representatives of the Slovenian minority in Italy and representatives of a business forum of Slovenians in Italy. He also visited a new branch of Slovenian boat maker Seaway in Monfalcone. Zbogar discussed the pressing ... More »
Culture & Media
Kos's Photographs on Display at Moderna Galerija
Ljubljana - An exhibition of photographs by painter Gojmir Anton Kos (1896-1970), which are considered an important aspect of the 1930s Modernism in photography, will open at Moderna galerija on Tuesday evening. Zdenka Badovinac of the 20th century arts museum said at the presentation of the show... More »
Slovenia to Present 12 Authors at Frankfurt Book Fair
Ljubljana - Thirty Slovenian publishers with 12 books each plus 12 authors will be presented at the Slovenian stall at the Frankfurt Book Fair between 6 and 10 October, but no author will be presented in person. The presentation is organised by the Public Agency for the Book, whose officials told... More »
Cultural Centre Opens at Old Tobacco Factory
Ljubljana - A new cultural centre opened on Thursday evening in the renovated Ljubljana tobacco factory. Tobacna 001, which is a part of the developing Tobacna City complex, will also boast a renovated tobacco museum as of 2011. Along with the opening of the cultural centre, the foundation stone ... More »
"Circus Fantasticus" Big Winner of Festival of Slovenian Film
Portoroz - Feature film "Circus Fantasticus" by Janez Burger is the absolute winner of the 2010 Festival of Slovenian Film. The film received six Vesna Awards at the closing ceremony on Sunday evening, including the Vesnas for the best feature film, for best director, make-up, music, and supporting ... More »
Health
Ministry Wants to Simplify Licence Procedure for Foreign Docs
Ljubljana - As Slovenia is facing a shortage in doctors, the Health Ministry is making efforts to simplify the procedure under which foreign doctors are granted licences. According to Health Minister Dorjan Marusic, around 250 foreign doctors are currently waiting to get the green light to start wor... More »
Energy
Slovenia's Energy Consumption, Dependence Down in 2009
Ljubljana - Slovenia's energy consumption dropped in 2009 compared to 2008, which also reduced the country's energy dependence. Consumption was down 11%, while energy dependence stood at 49%, the lowest in the last 10 years, the Statistics Office said Monday. Compared to 2008, the biggest drop wa... More »
Society
Slovenia Marks International Day Dedicated to Elderly
Ljubljana - The world populations is aging quickly, and Slovenia is no exception, as its 80+ generation is the fastest growing age group in the country, expanding by 3.8% every year, data from the national Statistics Office show. For the tenth consecutive year, Slovenia organised the Festival for... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Mahatma Gandhi Statue Unveiled in Slovenj Gradec
Slovenj Gradec - Mayor Matjaz Zanoskar unveiled a statue of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi in Slovenj Gradec on Friday, saying that the city was committed to efforts to promote world peace. The statue to Gandhi (1869-1948), designed Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, is a gift of... More »
Tuerk and Josipovic Inaugurate New Bridge over Sotla River
Rogatec/Krapina - Slovenian and Croatian presidents, Danilo Tuerk and Ivo Josipovic, opened on Saturday a bridge over the Sotla river linking the Slovenian town of Rogatec and Croatia's Hum na Sutli, with Tuerk labelling the event as deeply symbolic. The bridge also links the plant of Croatian gl... More »
Public Opinion
Poll Projects Local Lists Winners in Local Elections
Nova Gorica - A public opinion poll by the Nova Gorica School of Advanced Social Studies (FUDS) on the 10 October local elections projects a solid turnout, up to 70%, while the biggest winners of the elections are expected to be local candidate lists rather than national parties. Local lists are pro... More »
Events
Children's Week to Focus on Effects of Media on Children
Ljubljana/Maribor/Koper - Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik marked the start of a week dedicated to children on Monday with a call for actions that would prevent children from being helplessly exposed to media forces. In a joint statement with the children support organisation ZPMS, w... More »
National Museum Hosts Alvar Aalto Exhibition
Ljubljana - An exhibition on acclaimed Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) opened at the National Museum in Ljubljana on Monday evening in the run-up to the 22nd Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO). Running until 31 December, the show "Timeless Expressions" highlights Aalto's o... More »
Ljubljana Hosting Slavic Congress
Ljubljana - The 21st Slovenian Slavic Congress, featuring linguists from Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and France, will open in Ljubljana on Thursday. Until Saturday, the congress will host numerous lectures and a round table debate on teaching of Slovenian. This ... More »
President Stresses Importance of Lipica Horse Breeding Tradition
Lipica - President Danilo Tuerk stressed the importance of the Lipica stud farm's tradition, as he addressed an event marking the 430th anniversary of what is Europe's oldest operational stud. Tuerk noted that Lipica was a part of a great history, underlining that Slovenia must not forget about it i... More »
Cankarjev Dom Opens Renovated Reception Hall
Ljubljana - The Cankarjev dom arts and congress centre opened on Monday a renovated main reception hall. A good EUR 1m went for the facelift of the hall as part of a larger-scale gradual renewal of Slovenia's leading cultural institution, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. According... More »
Schedule of events for the week of 4 - 10 October
MONDAY, 4 October
  • LJUBLJANA - The government and the group of public sector trade unions that is on strike will resume their negotiations after failing to reach an agreement last week.
  • BRUSSELS, Belgium - Prime Minister Borut Pahor will attend the two-day ASEM 8 Asia-Europe M... More »
Slovenia News 12 October 2010
Editorial
Independent candidates took the most mayoral seats of those decided in the first round of local elections on Sunday. The People's Party (SLS), a small party at national level with only five seats in the National Assembly, meanwhile won the most mayoral terms among parties.   Independent candidates and those running with the endorsement of local lists took as many as 48 of the 134 seats decided in the first round. The most high-profile independent candidate was incumbent Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic, who was reelected in a landslide.   A further 48 independent candidates will stand in the 74 run-offs scheduled for 24 October, which means that their number could even exceed the 67 independent mayors elected four years ago.   Among established parties, SLS, which traditionally fares well in local elections, secured 32 mayoral seats. It is followed by the Democrats (SDS) with 21 seats. The SocDems won 10 seats and the LibDems 8, while the non-parliamentary New Slovenia (NSi) took 3. Independent local lists also emerged victorious in the number of terms won on municipal councils, winning 21.93% of the vote at the national level. This is nearly 2 percentage points more than four years ago.
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia and Armenia to Enhance Cooperation
Yerevan - Slovenian and Armenian presidents, Danilo Tuerk and Serzh Sargsyan, highlighted at a joint press conference held in Yerevan on Monday as part of Tuerk's official visit to the country that cooperation between their countries should be enhanced, especially in economy and culture. Tuerk under... More »
Two Slovenians Get Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic
Ljubljana - Two Slovenian state secretaries were awarded the Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic for their efforts to promote Spanish-Slovenian relations, especially during the Spanish EU presidency in the first half of 2010. Spanish Ambassador Anunciada Fernandez de Cordova presented the order t... More »
Slovenia and Belarus Sign Tax Agreement
Minsk - Slovenia and Belarus signed in Minsk on Wednesday a convention on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of evasion of income and property tax, the Slovenian Embassy in Moscow said in a press release. The document is an important step towards further development of the economic rel... More »
EU Topics
MEP Fajon Welcomes Visa Liberalisation for Bosnia and Albania
Brussels - Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD) welcomed Thursday's decision of the European Parliament to back Schengen visa liberalisation for Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania, saying it was about time for the EU to break visa walls which had been dividing friends and families in the Western Balkans f... More »
Slovenian Meat Dish Tünka with Special EU Status
Brussels - Tünka, a meat dish originating from the northeastern Slovenian region of Prlekija, has become the fourth Slovenian dish on the EU list of traditional dishes whose recipe and traditional way of making are protected. Tünka is ham soaked in pork fat, where it can stay preserved for up to a... More »
Economy & Finance
PM Pahor and Finance Minister Krizanic Urge Restraint in Public Spending
Ljubljana - PM Borut Pahor and Finance Minister Franc Krizanic presented the budgets for 2011 and 2012 in the National Assembly, saying that although the crisis is over, restraint in public spending is needed at this stage. "These are documents for an immediate stabilisation of public finances and t... More »
IMF Downgrades Slovenia's Economic Growth for 2010
Washington - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded on Wednesday its projections for Slovenia's economic growth for this year by 0.3 percentage points to 0.8%. It meanwhile improved its projections for 2011 from 2% to 2.4%. The IMF predicted a 1.1% growth for Slovenia for 2010 and a 2% ... More »
Environment
Potocnik Calls for Better Implementation of EU Environment Laws
Ljubljana - Commenting on the recent toxic aluminium sludge spill in Hungary, European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik pointed to the frequent imbalance between the strict EU environmental legislation and its implementation at the national levels. The latter should be boosted, he believes. P... More »
Slovenia Sending an Expert to Help with Hungary's Toxic Spill
Ljubljana - The government decided to offer expert help to Hungary in the aftermath of Tuesday's toxic spill from an aluminium plant. Help will be provided through EU's civil protection mechanism. Slovenia will send an expert in the field of protection and rescue missions like the one running around... More »
Justice
Ernest Petric Elected Constitutional Court President
Ljubljana - Constitutional Court judges elected their colleague Ernest Petric Constitutional Court president. He will take over on 10 November, a day after the term of the incumbent president Joze Tratnik runs out, the Constitutional Court said in a press release. Petric was elected in a secret ball... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Biennial of Industrial Design Opens
Ljubljana - The 22nd Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) opened at the Slovenian Museum of Architecture and Design on Thursday with ceremony at which awards were presented to best among the 132 design solutions from 24 countries on display. One of the three BIO Gold Medals, went to Pipistrel, the Sl... More »
Minorities
Inzko Says Focus on Quality Will Secure Bright Future for Carinthia
Klagenfurt/Celovec - Valentin Inzko, a Slovenian minority leader, was the keynote speaker at a ceremony in Klagenfurt on Friday marking the 90th anniversary of the plebiscite in the Austrian province of Carinthia which left it with a sizeable Slovenian-speaking community. Inzko called for a "success... More »
Culture & Media
"9:06" Slovenian Candidate for Foreign Language Oscar
Ljubljana - "9:06", a 2009 drama about a suicide investigation by Igor Sterk, has been chosen as Slovenian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Only five of the candidates coming from around the globe will eventually be nominated for the foreign language Oscar. The Slov... More »
Natasa Kramberger Gets EU Literature Prize
Frankfurt - Slovenian writer Natasa Kramberger will receive the European Union Prize for Literature for her 2007 book "Nebesa v robidah" (Heaven in Blackberries). The 11 winners were announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, while the EUR 5,000 prizes will be conferred in Brussels on 18 Nov... More »
Opening of the project "United Growing Books of the World"
Ljubljana - A project entitled "United Growing Books of the World" opened in Ljubljana's Northern park, known for its statue of a girl with a book. Books from Finland, Norway, India, Ireland and Russia will be on presented as part of the display. The girl with the growing book, erected five years ag... More »
Photo Competition Launched to Mark 20 Years of Independence
Ljubljana - The Government Communication Office launched on Wednesday a photo competition for amateur and professional photographers as part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence in 2011. The photos running in the competition "Poslikajmo Slovenijo - 20 let" (Pictur... More »
Transport
Slovenia Elected to ICAO Council
Montreal - Slovenia was elected to the council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal on Tuesday, in what Transport Ministry State Secretary Igor Jakomin labelled as of Slovenia's biggest international achievements in civil aviation. The ICAO assembly elected Slovenia... More »
Local & Regional Topics
Local Elections: Major Cities Vote for Incumbents
Ljubljana - Voters in major cities went for tried-and-tested names in Sunday's local elections, according to early unofficial results. In the most closely-watched race, independent Zoran Jankovic won the capital Ljubljana, cementing his position with a majority in the city council. Maribor incumbent... More »
Local Elections Show Slight Shift to the Right
Ljubljana - Though incomparable to the general election, local elections 2010 were seen at least partially as a test of the ruling coalition and its economic policies. But although the opposition gained some ground at the national level, the results fell short of an outright vote of no confidence fo... More »
Independent Candidates Dominate Mayoral Races
Ljubljana - Independent candidates took the most mayoral seats of those decided in the first round of local elections on Sunday. The People's Party (SLS), a small party at national level with only five seats in the National Assembly, meanwhile won the most mayoral terms among parties. Independen... More »
Sport
Extreme Cyclist Baloh Sets New World Records
Brescia - Slovenian ultra-marathon cyclist Marko Baloh set new records in the 24-hour track and 1000 km cycling categories in an indoor velodrome near Italy's Brescia. The 43-year-old covered 903.765 km in 24 hours and passed the 1,000-km mark in 27 hours, 31 minutes and 9 seconds. Baloh achieved bo... More »
Events
Schedule of events in the week for 11-17 October
TUESDAY, 12 October
  • LJUBLJANA - The Economic and Social Council will meet behind closed door to debate a new labour relations bill and a bill on the employment of foreign workers.
  • LJUBLJANA - General Carter Ham, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe, will pay a wo... More »
Slovenia News 19 October 2010
Editorial
Two major events marked previous week in Slovenia: end of strike in public sector and announcement that Slovenia and Croatia are on the way to resolve one of the latest (and biggest) bilateral issues.   Prime Minister Pahor told the press on Thursday that Croatia was willing to discuss the issue of Croatian savers of Slovenia's LB bank under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel. Return to negotiations is a long-held Slovenian position in the dispute, whereas Croatia had insisted it was a bilateral issue since it concerns the commercial relationship between a bank and its savers. As a result, the government gave the official approval for the closure of the chapter on the free movement of capital in Croatia's EU.   In the the forthcoming days Slovenia will follow closely a discussion on pension reform at the National Assembly.
Domestic Policy
Public Sector Strike Ended
Ljubljana - The public sector strike that was suspended for a week last Tuesday was finally called off on Wednesday after the government and the unions reached a tentative agreement that will be put into effect in a week's time. The agreement on the resolution of demands is an achievement for bot... More »
Foreign Affairs
Slovenia, Croatia provisionally remove Final Major Bilateral Issue
Slovenia and Croatia appear to have removed the last major open issue which has been weighing on bilateral issues for 20 years and blocking Croatia's EU entry, as Croatia said on 14 October it was willing to discuss the issue of Croatian savers of Slovenia's LB bank under the auspices of the Bank fo... More »
Prodi Becomes Freeman of Nova Gorica
Nova Gorica - Nova Gorica Mayor Mirko Brulc received former Italian prime minister and European Commission president Romano Prodi on Friday to officially declare him the freeman of this city on the Slovenian-Italian border. Prodi, who was already awarded the title by the Nova Gorica city councill... More »
Iran Opens Ljubljana Embassy
Ljubljana - The Islamic Republic of Iran has appointed its first residential ambassador to Slovenia. Mohammed Rahim Agheipur presented his credentials at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. The Iranian embassy will initially be housed at the Austria Trend Hotel in the northern Ljubljana borough of ... More »
Agreement on the unemployment insurance of cross-border workers between Slovenia and Croatia
Ljubljana The Government approved the proposal to sign the Agreement between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia on the Unemployment Insurance of Frontier Workers. The Agreement between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia on the Unemployment Insurance of Frontie... More »
Tuerk at the Slovenian Development Days: Development Aid Should Be Integrated in Foreign Policy
Ljubljana - Slovenia needs to integrate development aid in its foreign policy, human rights protection and humanitarian activities to make it truly effective, President Danilo Tuerk said at Wednesday's opening of the 2nd Slovenian Development Days, a three-day event designed to raise public awarenes... More »
Tuerk Advocating Economic Cooperation with Cyprus
Nicosia - Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk promoted the strengthening of economic cooperation with Cyprus, as he started a two-day official visit to the country on Tuesday. Accompanied by a business delegation, Tuerk welcomed the signing of an accord on the avoidance of double taxation and met his C... More »
Business
Tuerk Decorates Krka With Golden Order for Services
Novo mesto - President Danilo Tuerk decorated the pharmaceuticals company Krka with the Golden Order for Services at the 40th annual Krka awards ceremony on Friday. The company received the decoration for its significant contribution to a successful advancement of Slovenian society. The Novo mest... More »
Rogaska Crystal Launches Cooperation With Trump
New York - Rogaska Crystal, the US branch of Slovenian glassworks Steklarna Rogaska, officially launched cooperation with the American billionaire Donald Trump at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 2010 New York Tabletop Show on Wednesday. The ceremony marked the start of sale and marketing of crys... More »
Agriculture
Aid to agricultural holdings due to financial and economic crises
Ljubljana - The Government issued the Decree on a Temporary Scheme of Limited Assistance with regard to Financial and Economic Crisis in Agriculture in 2009. The draft Decree on a Temporary Scheme of Limited Assistance with regard to Financial and Economic Crisis in Agriculture in 2009 proposes g... More »
Education | Science & Technology
Slovenia and Kosovo Sign Agreement on Culture, Education and Science
Ljubljana - Slovenian Education and Sports Minister Igor Luksic and Kosovo Culture, Sport and Youth Minister Lufti Haziri, who is visiting Slovenia, signed an agreement on Friday on cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science. Slovenia and Kosovo have a number of common interests,... More »
Social Affairs
Debate on Pension Reform in the Assembly
Ljubljana - A general debate of a new pension legislation will be in the focus of the parliament's plenary session which begins on Monday. A bill on pension and disability insurance, to be debated in first reading on Tuesday, will tighten retirement conditions in a bid to shore up the pension purse,... More »
Agreement on the unemployment insurance of cross-border workers between Slovenia and Croatia
Ljubljana The Government approved the proposal to sign the Agreement between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia on the Unemployment Insurance of Frontier Workers. The Agreement between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia on the Unemployment Insurance of Frontie... More »
PM Promises Extension to Dob Prison Ready by Summer
Mirna - Prime Minister Borut Pahor promised his government would see to it that the EUR 12m-worth extension to Slovenia's biggest prison would open by next summer, as he visited the overcrowded Dob facility near Mirna. The achieve the goal, the government will have to find the missing EUR 2m in cons... More »
Culture & Media
45th Borstnik theatre festival opens in Maribor.
Maribor - The annual festival of Slovenian theatre, the 45th Borstnik Meeting, opened in Maribor on Friday with a ceremony at which Culture Minister Majda Sirca praised the prolific Slovenian theatre production. The ten-day festival offers an overview of the country's theatre production and the b... More »
Slovenia and Kosovo Sign Agreement on Culture, Education and Science
Ljubljana - Slovenian Education and Sports Minister Igor Luksic and Kosovo Culture, Sport and Youth Minister Lufti Haziri, who is visiting Slovenia, signed an agreement on Friday on cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science. Slovenia and Kosovo have a number of common interests,... More »
Symposium Dedicated to Boris Pahor Underway in Koper
Koper/Ljubljana - A two-day symposium entitled Boris Pahor: Man and Author got underway in Koper on Thursday to bring an extensive discussion on what this Trieste-based Slovenian writer means in contemporary European and Slovenian cultural space. What is the first academic event at this level dedic... More »
Health
Minister Marušič: Health Insurance Reform Needed by 2014
Ljubljana - A reform of the health insurance system in Slovenia is needed before 2014, when an EU directive on patients' rights and on cross-border health care steps into force, Health Minister Dorjan Marusic pointed out at a business breakfast hosted by AmCham on Friday. Along with the health in... More »
Slovenia among Best in EU in Heart Transplants
Ljubljana - Slovenia was at the top of the EU in heart transplants, but well below EU average in waiting periods for kidney and liver transplants. Slovenia's heart transplant programme gave new hearts to more patients per capita than anywhere in the EU. "There were 17 donors per million people. ... More »
Transport
Government Adops Legislation to Overhaul Railway Sector
Ljubljana - The government endorsed a bill on railway transport and bill on the railways operator Slovenske zeleznice, radically chaning the railway sector. Plans for restructuring of Slovenske zeleznice involve the establishment of holding company Holding Slovenske zeleznice which will combine ... More »
Slovenia, Italy Sign Deal on Cross-Border Rail Link
Trieste - Slovenia and Italy signed in Trieste on Tuesday an agreement on financing preliminary studies for the rail link between the Italian port city of Trieste and the Slovenian railway hub Divaca in the southwest, the Slovenian Transport Ministry said. The accord was signed by Slovenian Transpo... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 19 - 24 October
TUESDAY, 19 October
  • BRDO PRI KRANJU - A regional conference will take place focussing on illegal migration, organised crime, corruption and terrorism. 
  • LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Finance Minister Franc Krizanic will take part in a session of the EU Council for Economic a... More »
Slovenia News 26 October 2010
Editorial
Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Jadranka met in Lovran on Saturday. They agreed that Slovenia and Croatia should enhance economic cooperation and enter third markets together. They also stressed that the open issues on succession to former Yugoslavia should be tackled in a package.   All but two of the 74 municipalities where mayoral run-offs were held on Sunday have got new mayors.   The winner of the 2010 Borstnik Ring, the country's highest award for lifetime achievement in acting, is theatre actor Janez Hocevar - Rifle. He received the award at the closing ceremony of the 45th Borstnik Meeting, Slovenia's biggest theatre festival, in Maribor on Sunday.
Foreign Affairs
Pahor and Kosor Agree to Enter Foreign Markets Together
Opatija - Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor agreed as they met in Lovran on Saturday that Slovenia and Croatia should enhance economic cooperation and enter third markets together. They also stressed that the open issues on succession to former Yugoslav... More »
Slovenia to Contribute to EDF in 2011
Brussels - Slovenia will contribute money to the European Development Fund (EDF) for the first time in 2011. In the next six years, the total amount will stand at nearly EUR 41m, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dragoljuba Bencina said after a meeting in Brussels on Friday. Bencina, attending an ... More »
Foreign Minister Hosts His Serbian Counterpart
Ljubljana - Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic will pay a working visit to Slovenia on Wednesday for talks with his counterpart Samuel Zbogar which will focus on regional issues and bilateral relations. According to the Foreign Ministry, the pair will discuss efforts to boost bilateral ties, es... More »
Hungarian PM Paying Working Visit to Slovenia
Ljubljana - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be in Slovenia on Wednesday for a working visit, his first trip to Slovenia since becoming the prime minister for the second time in May. He will meet his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor to discuss Hungary's preparations for its stint as EU pr... More »
EU President Meeting PM on a Stopover in Slovenia
Ljubljana - The President of the EU Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will meet Prime Minister Borut Pahor on Wednesday afternoon as he makes a brief stopover in Ljubljana on return from his tour of the Western Balkans. This is Van Rompuy's second tour of the region after his July trip to the Western B... More »
President Talks Education, Bilinguality with Italian Minority
Piran - President Danilo Tuerk met representatives of the Italian minority in Slovenia on Wednesday to discus education in Italian and other issues concerning the minority. Tuerk stressed the need for a faster solving of open issues and a more consistent use of bilinguality. This was Tuerk's thir... More »
Parliament Ratifies Serbian Stabilisation and Accession Agreement
Ljubljana - The National Assembly ratified unanimously Serbia's Stabilisation and Accession Agreement (SAA) with the EU on Wednesday. Today is a big day for Serbian-Slovenian relations, stressed Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, who is currently visiting Slovenia. Serbia signed the SAA alread... More »
Slovenian, Hungarian PMs Announce Joint Govt Session for 2011
Ljubljana - Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban agreed in Ljubljana on Wednesday that the third joint session of the two governments would take place after Hungary's stint at the helm of the EU in the first half of 2011. Ahead of the government session, a meeting... More »
FM Expects Serbian Bid to be Forwarded to Commission Next Week
Ljubljana - Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said he expected EU foreign ministers to agree to forward Serbia's bid for EU membership to the European Commission when they meet on Monday. "Now is the right time for this," he said after meeting Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic in Ljubljana on W... More »
International Organisations
Zbogar Highlights Slovenia's Role in the UN
Slovenj Gradec - Slovenia is not among the biggest members of the United Nations (UN), but it has built a reputation in the organisation, Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar said at a ceremony ahead of UN Day in Slovenj Gradec on Thursday. At the sidelines of the event, Zbogar downplayed his statement... More »
Business
Three Foreign Investors Awarded
Bled - Knauf Insulation, Hella Saturnus and Carthago were declared the best foreign investors in Slovenia at the FDI Summit 2010, a two-day conference on foreign direct investment, in Bled on Thursday. The winners, who received the awards from Economy Minister Darja Radic, were selected by The Sl... More »
Krka Receives Award for Fastest Growing Company in 2010
Ljubljana - Drug maker Krka received the 2010 Golden Gazelle award for the fastest growing company in Slovenia on Wednesday. The Novo mesto-based company was handed the award by Economy Minister Darja Radic at a ceremony in Ljubljana organised by publisher Dnevnik. The commission determining the ... More »
Justice
Conference Discusses Crime, Illegal Migration, Corruption
Brdo pri Kranju - A regional ministerial on organised crime, corruption, illegal migrations and terrorism was held at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday, focusing on fight against on human trafficking. Interior Minister Katarina Kresal stressed in her keynote that the regional forum had contributed a lot ... More »
Social Affairs
Pension Reform Clears First Hurdle
Ljubljana - The much-vaunted pension reform bill cleared the first reading in parliament in a 38:17 vote on Tuesday, but although outright opposition was voiced by only one small opposition party, the legislation looks set to undergo many changes as it winds its way through parliament. Only the o... More »
Culture & Media
Borstnik Ring for Lifetime Achievement Goes to Janez Hocevar
Maribor - The winner of the 2010 Borstnik Ring, the country's highest award for lifetime achievement in acting, is theatre actor Janez Hocevar - Rifle. He will receive the award at the closing ceremony of the 45th Borstnik Meeting, Slovenia's biggest theatre festival, in Maribor on Sunday. The ju... More »
Ljubljana Will Grow "Labyrinth of Art"
Ljubljana - A "Labyrinth of Art" park consisting of nearly 300 trees will be planted in the Ljubljana borough of Fuzine as part of the Ljubljana World Book Capital project. The planting of the trees will begin after 17 November, head of Exodos Ljubljana centre Natasa Zavolovsek told the press on Thu... More »
Documentary on Boris Pahor Gets Erasmus EuroMedia Award
Vienna - A documentary on Trieste-based Slovenian writer Boris Pahor, entitled "Stubborn Memory", has received an Erasmus EuroMedia award and a medal of excellence, the public broadcaster RTV Slovenia said on Monday. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Vienna city hall on Friday. The d... More »
Energy
Study Shows Huge Biogas Potential in Slovenia
Ljubljana - Slovenia has the potential to produce biogas sufficient for the generation of over 1,200 GWh of electricity and an equal amount of heat energy, shows a study conducted by the Agriculture and Forestry Institute Celje. Over 60% of the biogas potential is located in the heavily agricultu... More »
Tourism
Slovenia, Croatia Sign Tourism Coop Agreement
Pula - The economy ministers of Slovenia and Croatia signed a protocol on cooperation in tourism between their ministries in a bid to bolster ties in this area, as they met in Rovinj on Friday. Slovenia's Darja Radic, who visited the Croatian Tourism Days in Rovinj today, and her Croatian counter... More »
Events
Schedule of Events for 25 - 31 October
TUESDAY, 26 October
  • LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will resume its session.
  • LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan will attend a meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers.
  • LJUBLJANA - The New York Philharmonics will perform under the bato... More »
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