Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 Neža Loštrek

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Šarec and Židan also expect date for N Macedonia EU talks in October

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's expectation that the EU will give North Macedonia the green light to start accession negotiations in October was reiterated as Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Parliamentary Speaker received North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski. Šarec and Pendarovski, who chose Slovenia as the first country to visit since assuming office in May, focused on bilateral relations and the inclusion of North Macedonia into Euro-Atlantic alliances. Židan said it was important that countries striving for EU membership be treated individually, on the basic of their achievements.

Anti-graft watchdog looking into Kangler inquiry

LJUBLJANA - The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has initiated proceedings against the National Council on suspicion that ethics and integrity of the upper chamber of parliament have been violated through the initiative for a parliamentary inquiry into prosecution of councillor Franc Kangler. The anti-graft watchdog's letter urging the National Council to hand over the documents pertaining to the initiative for the parliamentary inquiry for the purpose of anti-graft proceedings was published by Kangler on his Twitter profile on Monday.

French multinational enters Slovenian elderly care market

RADENCI - Orpea, a French multinational that specialises in assisted living services, has entered the Slovenian market via its Austrian subsidiary Senecura by purchasing a retirement home in Radenci, eastern Slovenia, called Dosor. Senecura purchased the facility earlier this year from Radenci municipality and the Austrian bad bank Heta and plans to use it as a springboard for Slovenia, having previously acquired the licence to build several small retirement homes around the country with a total of 310 beds.

Ombudsman urges office holders to refrain from hate speech

LJUBLJANA - Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina has urged holders of public office to refrain from hate speech, a response to a far-right MP saying how he would shoot a migrant who recently stabbed a taxi driver. "All holders of public office and politicians must refrain from discriminatory and hateful statements, written or spoken, that belittles, intimidates or harms anyone in any way," Svetina said. His statement comes after National Party (SNS) MP Dušan Šiško told the parliamentary Home Policy Committee on Monday that "I would send a shot in his head" when he referred to an Iraqi man who recently assaulted a taxi driver and was shot in the leg by police.

Two migrants cross Drava into Slovenia with five children

ORMOŽ - Two migrants were apprehended by Slovenian police officers in the Ormož area Monday evening after they crossed illegally into the country across the Drava river with five children. According to a press release from the Maribor Police Administration, an Iraqi national crossed the border river with four children and a Syrian with one child. Starving, the children and adults were given food and water before being taken to an asylum centre where they applied for international protection.

Turnišče eyeing EUR 14 million investment

TURNIŠČE - An investor is reportedly interested in buying a large plot in Turnišče, eastern Slovenia, to build a EUR 14 million plant for the production of electric vehicles, the municipality revealed. The municipality is in the process of selling three hectares of land in an industrial zone valued at EUR 168,000. Turnišče Mayor Borut Horvat told the STA that a company looking for a car production location for a foreign investor is interested in the plot. While refusing to reveal the company's name, Horvat said the municipality had been in talks and had signed a memorandum of understanding. The investor has an Egyptian and a Slovenian director.

Slovenia's Roglič renews contract with Jumbo Vismo

LJUBLJANA/AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - Slovenian cycling star Primož Roglič has renewed his contract with the Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma until the end of 2023. The agreement has been reached through a verbal promise and is to be signed in the upcoming days, Slovenian media reported citing the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The cyclist's current contract with the Dutch bicycle racing team would expire in 2020. Roglič, who is one of the hottest cyclists in the market at the moment, will thus continue to race for the Jumbo-Visma team, participating in multi-stage races, including the three major ones - the first one, the Tour of Spain, will take place at the end of summer.

Slovenian mountaineer dies in Pakistan

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian mountaineer Janez Svoljšak, a member of the Kranj Alpine Association, died on Monday during an expedition in Pakistan, the Slovenian Alpine Association (PZS). The 25-year-old from Škofja Loka (NW) died in a base camp under the 6,650 m Tahu Rutum mountain in the Karakoram mountain range. He was an established mountaineer, having conquered peaks in Pakistan, Patagonia, the Canadian Rockies as well as Montana and Colorado in the US. His career highlights include climbing the Schmidt route up the North Face of the Matterhorn alone as well as a sole single-day ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc via the Innominata ridge - both achievements are considered a tour-de-force of mountaineering.

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