A schedule of all the main events involving Slovenia this week can be found here
This summary is provided by the STA:
Slovenian banking system stable, stress tests show
LJUBLJANA - Macro stress tests conducted by the Slovenian central bank have shown that the country's banking system is stable. "In the baseline as well as stress scenario, the Slovenian banking system has been shown to have appropriate capital adequacy," Banka Slovenije said. "Slovenian banks are relatively well capitalised and have improved the quality of their credit portfolios, which is the consequence of successful reduction of non-performing exposure in recent years," the central bank said.
Slovenia regrets demise of INF nuclear treaty
LJUBLJANA - The Foreign Ministry expressed Slovenia's regret over the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty between Russia and the US. "Slovenia is committed to maintaining and strengthening effective international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons for mass destruction," the ministry said. "We regret the ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which was caused by Russia's failure to meet the pact's commitments," said the ministry on Twitter.
Erjavec challenges critics to party leadership contest
LJUBLJANA - Karl Erjavec has decided to bid for yet another term as the leader of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) at the 17 January congress, challenging his critics to face him off in a leadership contest. Erjavec, who has been running DeSUS since 2005, told the STA that in his re-election bid he would campaign for the party's return to it roots, that is the fight for pensioners, disabled and elderly. Analysts see Erjavec's re-election bid, which is expected to be uncontested, as the only alternative for his political survival, but disagree over whether DeSUS will survive beyond the next election.
NSi wants transparency of state-funded infrastructure projects
LJUBLJANA - The opposition New Slovenia (NSi) protested against what it believes are inadmissible practices in major state-funded infrastructure projects and requested a session of the parliamentary Public Finance Oversight Commission to ask for explanations and plans from the responsible officials. "We have lately again witnessed revelations of non-transparent management of major state-funded infrastructure projects," NSi MP Aleksander Reberšek told the press as he presented the request.
Minister Zajc calls for coexistence between humans and wolves
GORENJA VAS - Environment Minister Simon Zajc called for coexistence between people and wolves as he visited the Cerkljansko region, where wolf attacks on livestock have become increasingly frequent. He pointed to measures that protect humans and their property from wolves. "Our task is to enable coexistence, which means that people do not live in fear, that there are possibilities for development and that we have sufficient wolf population," the minister said.
Koper hosting delegation from the Japanese port city Nagoya
KOPER - The operator of Slovenia's sole maritime port of Koper hosted a delegation from Nagoya, the largest Japanese port in terms of transshipment, for talks on how to expand cooperation. Koper has no direct commercial maritime link with Japan, while it does cooperate with the Japanese Ocean Network Express. The delegation featuring more than 30 representatives of the public and private sectors, the port of Nagoya and the chamber of commerce and industry from the city will also visit Italy and Croatia.
End of Europa League for Domžale, Olimpija
LJUBLJANA/MALMÖ, Sweden - Slovenian sides Olimpija and Domžale failed to advance in the second-tier Europa League, narrowly losing on aggregate despite both securing 2:2 draws in the first leg. Olimpija lost 0:1 against Turkish club Malatyaspor on Thursday, while Domžale lost 3:2 against Malmö. Meanwhile, Maribor have made it to round three of the Champions League and if they do not advance they will get their chance in the Europa League.
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