Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 29 July 2019

By , 29 Jul 2019, 02:07 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 29 July 2019 Gordana Grlič

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Ambassador Knez regrets lack of trust between Slovenia and Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia - Smiljana Knez, who is wrapping up her term as Slovenia's ambassador to Croatia to become an aide to President Borut Pahor, told the STA in a valedictory interview that a lack of trust was the biggest obstacle preventing relations between two countries to thrive. Knez is happy with her record in office because the embassy "has in fact done a lot" considering the state of bilateral political relations. Bilateral trade has increased during her term, but she believes mutual trust is needed to tackle the unresolved issues, including how to implement the border arbitration award.

Taxman to help offset loss of revenue from lower labour tax

LJUBLJANA - After the government proposed a series of tax tweaks aimed at reducing labour taxation, coupled with higher taxes on capital, which would partly offset the loss of revenue, the Finance Ministry now revealed that the missing amount would be secured through more effective tax collection. The Financial Administration is to produce an extra EUR 160 million through a proactive approach that would make tax collection more effective and crack down on tax evasion, while raising tax literacy.

Maribor competes in Climate City Cup

MARIBOR - Maribor, Slovenia's second largest city, has joined the first Climate City Cup, a global competition in which cities and their residents compete in making positive change against climate change. Running between 18 July and 18 November, the competition involves entrants such as Vienna, Singapore, Geneva and New Delhi. They compete in emissions, mobility, energy consumption, sustainability and circularity. The winners will be declared at the UN climate conference in Chile in December.

Koper port has welcomed 55,000 passengers this year

KOPER - The passenger terminal at Koper, Slovenia's sole maritime port, welcomed 55,000 cruise line passengers by Friday this year with more than 109,000 expected to arrive at the port by the end of the season. By the end of the season 71 cruise liner arrivals are expected with a total of more than 106,000 passengers on board, so the port may even trump the boom year of 2010, when it welcomed more than 109,000 passengers on board of 78 ships, the city authorities told the STA.

Nova Gorica to get bike-sharing network in 2020

NOVA GORICA - After a number of Slovenian cities successfully launched bike-sharing networks, Nova Gorica is the latest to join the sustainable bike-sharing trend. The local authorities and development agency are planning to launch the city's bike-sharing network Go-kolo by March 2020. The network will initially include 28 standard bikes and 13 e-bikes located at eight stations. The Go-kolo network is later to be expanded to the neighbouring Šempeter-Vrtojba municipality.

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