A schedule of all the main events involving Slovenia this week can be found here
This summary is provided by the STA:
Huge kerosene leakage as freight train derails in tunnel
HRASTOVLJE - Six wagons of a freight train derailed on Tuesday afternoon in a tunnel near Hrastovlje in SW Slovenia, with an estimated 10,000 litres of kerosene leaking out from two cisterns. Emergency teams reacted immediately and further damage has been prevented but railway traffic, including from the Koper port, is not expected to resume before Friday. While water contamination concerns were raised, the first information by the water supply system operator in Koper suggests that the supply in the region is safe and under control. Explaining the kerosene will reach the groundwater eventually, the operator still called on users to save water. Read more on this story...
Židan, Swedish speaker urge stabilisation of W Balkans
LJUBLJANA - Parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan and Swedish counterpart Andreas Norlen stressed after their meeting that the two countries' agreed on the the need to stabilise the Western Balkans. They also expressed support for the efforts of the countries in the region to join Euro-Atlantic alliances. Židan was critical of the EU for failing to keep the promises of continued integration for the Western Balkans, especially in light of the name dispute solution for North Macedonia. "This is worrying us," he said. Norlen also met President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Foreign Minister Miro Cerar.
Parliament's legal service questions primary school funding motion
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary legal service tore apart the controversial legislative motion on the funding of private primary schools related to a Constitutional Court decision, saying it was questionable in several aspects and even unconstitutional in certain points. The opinion, which primarily notes that the motion in fact worsens the position of private school even though the top court mandated full rather than the current 85% state financing of publicly approved curricula at private primaries, was issued as the parliamentary Education Committee was scheduled to debate the motion as part of its second reading. The discussion was postponed to a later date after the coalition held a meeting on the legal service's opinion.
Zajc discusses cross-border environmental issues with Italian counterpart
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Environment Minister Simon Zajc raised a couple of Slovenia's environmental concerns as he met his Italian counterpart Sergio Costa on the margins of the EU Council session, expressing worry over cross-border pollution in the Trieste area. They discussed the issue of cross-border emissions of the Aquilinia-based ironworks as well as construction plans for an incinerator which would be placed in close proximity to the Slovenian-Italian border. They agreed on regular communication about the ironworks' success in meeting EU's environmental regulations. Costa will review the current situation and inform Zajc of his findings.
Maribor judge assault was not work-related, police say
MARIBOR - A police investigation into an assault on a Maribor District Court judge has shown the motive for the attack was personal although it initially seemed it was work-related since the judge has been responsible for several high-profile cases. A man has been indicted in relation to the incident and according to unofficial information, he is judge Daniela Ružič's spouse. The investigation of the attack, which drew strong condemnation from Ružič's peers and from politicians, who perceived it as work-related, continues.
Hiša Franko moving up on world's top 50 restaurants list
SINGAPORE, Singapore - Hiša Franko in the town of Kobarid, led by Slovenia's star chef Ana Roš, was declared the 38th best restaurant in the world by the British trade magazine Restaurant in Singapore on Tuesday. The list was topped by French restaurant Mirazur led by Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco. This is the second time that Hiša Franko is on the list of the world's top 50 restaurants. It debuted last year, ranking 48th, while Roš was declared the best woman chef by the Restaurant magazine in 2017.
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