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Slovenia: President Pahor calls for meeting of party leaders

Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s initiative for a meeting with party leaders struck a chord early after two parliamentary parties, Marijan Šarec List (LMŠ) and the Left, refused to respond to the invitation. The purpose of the meeting is to reach a consensus on the need for the country to focus on epidemics, a post-pandemic recovery…

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Slovenia: Tourist overnight stays in 2020 fall 42% Years

Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, in December 2020, the influx of tourists to Slovenia was hampered. Tourist accommodation institutions recorded about 70,000 overnight stays, accounting for only 9% of overnight stays recorded in December 2019, based on an analysis by the Slovenian Statistics Office. In December 2020, overnight emergency tourist stays…

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Slovenia: Parents call for reopening of schools

Rallies were held across the country on Sunday as parents protested the closure of schools after two regions re-entered the red zone last week. The government decided that schools should be turned to distance learning and kindergartens should be closed on Monday in both regions, as students in grades one to three were allowed to…

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Slovenia: Last year’s state budget reaches high deficit

According to preliminary data, the Slovenian state budget recorded about 9.08 billion euros in revenues last year, or 10.4% less than in 2019, while expenditures increased by 26.8% to approximately 12.57 billion. The budget deficit was recorded at just under 3.49 billion euros last year, which is mainly due to declining economic activity as a…

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Slovenia: Europe’s green and digital recovery is possible only through effective co-operation and co-ordination, Logar says

Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar addressed the participants of the 5th EU Strategy Forum for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) on Thursday, with this year’s slogan “Strengthening the resistance of the Adriatic and Ionian region through co-operation”. . In the virtual forum held during Slovenia’s presidency with EUSAIR, the Minister underlined that Europe’s green…

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Slovenia: New political movement “Unite Slovenia” appears

As of Tuesday afternoon, there is a new player on the Slovenian political scene seeking to “bring together a number of smaller, non-parliamentary parties, groups, local initiatives and individuals with different values ​​and political views to form a joint proposal for future general elections ”. The political movement called “Povežimo Slovenijo” (Unite Slovenia) has created…

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Slovenia: Minister Počivalšek visited the Slovenian pavilion at the Expo in Dubai

Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek, who is on an official visit to the UAE, visited the site of the EXPO 2020 world exhibition and got acquainted with Slovenia’s preparations for this year’s biggest event. The Expo site, which spans 440 acres, is getting its final look. Last Friday, the first of…

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Slovenia reports the first case of a new variant of the coronavirus

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša confirmed at a press conference on Sunday that the country has registered the first case of the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus in the UK. The “first confirmed patient” is a Kosovo citizen temporarily residing in Slovenia who arrived from Belgium, Prime Minister Janez Janša announced. The Kosovo citizen…

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Slovenia: Pipistrel reports strong business year despite pandemic

Slovenian manufacturer of Ajdovščina-based ultralight aircraft Pipistrel reported an excellent year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with the company recording its best financial results to date, Pipistrel’s director and co-owner told STA. The 2020 net profit will be used for numerous new investments this year, including in China, he announced. Pipistrel posted EUR 32 million in…

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Slovenia: Increased interest from foreign investors

The Slovenian Ministry of Economy set up a list of 20 potential foreign and domestic investors who are considering investing in the country. They are planning ten large investments, along with an equal number of smaller ones. The ministry believes the pandemic could serve as an opportunity for Slovenia, given its developed infrastructure and skilled…

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Slovenia: Gross minimum wage at € 1,024 in 2021

Slovenian Labor Minister Janez Cigler Kralj announced after his meeting with the social partners that the gross minimum wage for 2021 would be set at 1,024 euros. This amounts to 120% of the minimum cost of living and the lowest possible increase under the minimum wage legislation. Last year, the gross minimum wage was 941…

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Becic and Zorcic reaffirm the good relations between Montenegro and Slovenia

The President of the Parliament of Montenegro Aleksa Bečić held an online meeting with the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, Igor Zorčič. Thanking the Republic of Slovenia for its continued support, President Bečić discussed with President Zorčič the general bilateral relations, as well as plans for a more agile continuation…

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Slovenia: Erjavec withdraws candidacy for Prime Minister

DeSUS leader Karl Erjavec has withdrawn his bid to become prime minister-designate until all MPs are given jobs under normal conditions, according to a press release published on the Slovenian National Assembly website. The move comes after some MPs tested positive for coronavirus and will not be able to vote in person. Parliamentary groups are…

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ORF: How Hungary influences the media in Slovenia and Northern Macedonia

Hungary has been trying for years to influence the media in other countries, especially in Slovenia and northern Macedonia. Millions have been invested in it, according to Austria’s national broadcaster, ORF According to EU estimates, at least four million euros have been transferred from Hungary to Slovenia and northern Macedonia since August 2018 through at…

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Slovenia will redeem 1.5 billion euros in Euro bonds

Slovenia’s treasury will redeem on Monday a 1.5 billion-euro Euro bond issued by Slovenia ten years ago at an interest rate of 4.375%. This represents 40% of the central government budget debt to be paid this year, the Slovenian Ministry of Finance announced. “The total amount of central government budget debt to be paid in…

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Slovenia: Opposition presents no-confidence motion to government

With the signatures of three deputies from the DeSUS party, the Constitutional Arc Coalition (KUL) submitted a proposal for a constructive no-confidence vote against the government of Janez Janša. The proposal was presented with 42 signatures, as DeSUS MP Branko Simonovic opposed and the remaining three MPs supported the no-confidence motion. “I am sorry for…

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EU Court of Justice fines Slovenia for non-compliance

The EU Court of Justice ordered Slovenia to pay 750,000 euros after failing to implement changes to its legal order from the European directive on financial instruments market adopted in 2016, without informing the European Commission. Therefore, the commission filed a lawsuit against Slovenia in 2018. The amendments to the Financial Instruments Markets Directive (Mifid…

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Slovenia: SDS in power still the strongest party in the country

The ruling Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) continues to lead the field in the latest poll commissioned by the Delo newspaper, but has lost ground for the second month in a row. Former Prime Minister Marjan Šarec’s LMŠ party and Prime Minister-designate Karl Erjavec’s DeSUS party have also slipped back amid growing voter dissatisfaction. SDS voted…