Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Russian Chapel ceremony to focus on post-WWI time

LJUBLJANA - This year, the memorial ceremony at the Russian Chapel under the Vršič Pass, which honours Russian POWs killed during First World War, will focus on the post-war period. Several thousand people are expected to turn out for the event on Saturday, including senior officials of the Russian government and Orthodox Church. The ceremony will be addressed by parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan and Ljubljana University Chancellor Igor Papič. It was Russian immigrants who helped establish the university 100 years ago.

Top court issues injunction against IMSI catchers

LJUBLJANA - The Constitutional Court ordered an injunction against a legislative provision that allows police to use IMSI catchers, devices that mimic mobile phone towers to intercept mobile traffic. The provision will be stayed until the court has deliberated on a petition in which the opposition Democratic Party (SDS) and Left challenge several contentious provisions in the amendments to the criminal procedure act passed in March on the grounds of invasion of privacy.

Two more ambassadors appointed

LJUBLJANA - President Borut Pahor formally appointed two more new ambassadors last Friday. Lea Stančič will take over as ambassador to Romania and Peter Japelj as ambassador to Albania. Stančič has so far served as ambassador to Albania. Japelj currently heads the department in charge of Slovenia's policy on issues pertaining to the work of EU institutions and bodies.

Židan and Burgenland governor stress importance of cohesion policy

LJUBLJANA - Parliamentary Speaker Dejan Židan received the governor of the Austrian state of Burgenland Hans Peter Doskozil in Ljubljana. Doskozil, who also met President Borut Pahor, and Židan discussed developments in the Slovenian parliament, social policy and in particular European cohesion policy, which they said is key for reducing development gaps between different regions and securing general prosperity. Doskozil, who started a two-day visit, is also scheduled to meet Development and European Cohesion Policy Minister Iztok Purič and Justice Minister Andreja Katič.

Work on Koper pier extension to start soon

KOPER - Work on the extension of Pier 1 at Koper, Slovenia's only seaport, will start on Thursday, with the EU-co-funded project slated completion in 2021. Port operator Luka Koper said the EUR 235 million investment would secure further development and increase the port's international competitiveness. Pier 1, which supports container terminals, will be extended by 98.5 metres in length and 34.4 metres in width, extending the southern side of the pier to 695 metres.

Consumer confidence deteriorates again

LJUBLJANA - After rising in the previous month following a negative streak, the consumer confidence index was down again in July, dropping by one percentage point on the month before and standing three points below the value in July 2018. However, the value was still 14 percentage points above the long-term average, the Statistics Office reported. The monthly decline was due to the more pessimistic expectations about savings and the households' finances.

SKB assembly fills management board

LJUBLJANA - The assembly of Societe Generale-owned SKB Banka, which is in the process of being sold to the Hungarian OTP Bank Group, filled vacancies on the nine-member management board by appointing two new members. The assembly appointed Milan Žiaran the SKB's new CEO and Manica Novak a board member to have In line with a counter proposal, tabled today by Societe Generale, the management board will change after the bank's sale - the board members will be Zsolt Barna, Imre Bertalan, Anna Florova Mitkova, Branko Miksa, Draga Cukjati and Anita Stojčevska, with Ravbar, Žiaran and Novak keeping their seats.

Okarina festival gets under way in Bled

LJUBLJANA - Great names of jazz and world music will perform admission-free concerts against what is arguably the most picturesque backdrop in Slovenia at he annual Okarina festival in Bled. Held for 29th year running, the festival got under way at Bled Castle with a concert by Vigüela, the Spanish ensemble performing authentic rural music from the Castilla-La Mancha province. After the first two concerts, the festival will move to the promenade by the lake until 3 August. See the schedule and videos of performers here

Živadinov set to complete 50-year "postgravity art" project

LJUBLJANA - Plans by Slovenian "postgravitational artist" Dragan Živadinov and his team to conclude an ongoing 50-year performance by replacing its deceased actors with artistic satellites are entering the test stage. Živadinov told the press that the first umbot satellite would be set into the orbit by 2021 at the latest. Drawing on high-tech, Suprematism and Constructivism, the evolving performance Noordung 1995-2045, is named after Slovenian space science pioneer Herman Potočnik Noordung (1892-1929).

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