Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Tuesday, 23 July 2019

By , 23 Jul 2019, 02:19 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Tuesday, 23 July 2019 Jerzy Durczak CC BY-NC 2.0

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Additional soldiers deployed to reinforce border control

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Armed Forces deployed an additional 35 soldiers to assist police protecting the border. The reinforcements work with the Koper police department, with the soldiers using surveillance equipment as well as armoured vehicles. The move, which puts the total number of troops on the southern border to 130, came a few weeks after PMr Marjan Šarec said security on Slovenia's southern border would be beefed up, including with additional soldiers and new equipment such as drones. The army may exert limited police powers on the border since legislation allowing this was passed in October 2015, while soldiers have been helping police patrol the border since February 2016.

Minister endorses Poklukar as new UKC Ljubljana head

LJUBLJANA - Health Minister Aleš Šabeder endorsed Janez Poklukar for the new general director of the UKC Ljubljana hospital. Poklukar, the hospital's governing board's pick, received assurances that he will have full support of the Health Ministry in introducing changes at the hospital. Šabeder, who ran the hospital for more than a year before he was appointed minister in March, said he had presented the situation at UKC to Poklukar. The minister said he was happy with Poklukar's vision for UKC.

Chinese owners attempt to limit access to Maribor airport

MARIBOR - The Chinese owners of airport operator Aerodrom Maribor have put up signs to limit access to Maribor airport, which is currently managed by DRI, a state-owned company, media reported. This is the latest twist in the story of the airport, whose management was handed over to DRI, the state-owned consulting and engineering company specialised in infrastructure projects, in early June. The government decided for the move after the Chinese-backed Aerodrom Maribor it was invoking a six-month notice and terminating the 15-year lease agreement it signed in 2017 due to delays in a planned expansion of the runway. The Infrastructure Ministry told the STA that the easement in the area of Maribor airport was settled in the land register and that any disputes over the matter would be settled in court.

Medical Chamber performance bonuses not solving GPs' predicament

LJUBLJANA - The Medical Chamber expressed criticism of the government's decision to try to appease general practitioners with a new performance bonus scheme, saying it is tied to overtime work that should not be expected of teams that are overburdened as it is. The chamber said the scheme would not reduce the workload of GPs - the key reason why a number of them quit their job this year - nor would it improve the service received by patients or reduce waiting times. While it said it was aware of financial constraints, the chamber highlighted the outsourcing of a bigger part of the workload to private practitioners with concessions as a key need.

Number of ship passengers at Slovenian coast up 23% last year

LJUBLJANA - A total of 4,066 ships were recorded in the Slovenian coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Piran last year, which is 7.2% less than in 2017. However, passenger traffic was up by 23.2%, mostly on account of cruise ships, the Statistics Office said. A total of 132,814 ship passengers were recorded on the Slovenian coast last year, 108,682 of whom arrived on cruise ships, which is 55% more than in 2017. Some 11.873 came with passenger and other ships, while 12,259 departed from the three coastal towns. Both numbers are 36% lower than in 2017.

Vega flight failure delays Slovenian satellite launch

MARIBOR - The launch of the first Slovenian nanosatellite into orbit has been delayed by the failed launch of Arianespace's Vega rocket, which was to take the satellite into space. Trisat, which has been developed at the Maribor Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in cooperation with the Slovenian company Skylabs, was initially planned for the launch on 9 September. However, after the European space company Arianespace failed to launch Vega into orbit from the space centre in French Guiana on 11 July, the dates of all other planned launches have been delayed.

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