Housing central topic of International Youth Day in Slovenia
LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's youth organisations took the opportunity of International Youth Day to highlight housing as the key problem faced by new generations. They criticised a lack of action on the part of the government, saying the flawed housing policy, coupled with precarious and low-paying jobs, made it hard to become independent. Youth organisations are unhappy about the government's response to their calls, saying that all responsibility had been relegated to the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. Otherwise, the young in Slovenia are mostly happy with their lives.
Šarec party extends lead in Delo poll
LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Marjan Šarec's party regained ground in the latest poll commissioned by the newspaper Delo to increase the lead ahead of the opposition Democrats (SDS) to 2.6 percentage points. The Marjan Šarec List polled at 16.8%, up 2.2 percentage points from the month before, while the SDS kept its rating virtually unchanged at 14.2%. The coalition SocDems lost 0.6 percentage points to 7.2%, whereas the opposition New Slovenia gained 1.4 points to 6.7% to come ahead of the Left (6.5%).
Survey: Young women in Slovenia unhappy with their standard
LJUBLJANA - Less than half of young women in Slovenia are happy with their current standard of living and many are unhappy at work and ready to move abroad in search of better job opportunities, found a survey conducted among 500 women aged 20-35 years by the institute Nefiks. Only 35% of the women surveyed have a job agreeing with the level and type of their education. Almost 60% would prefer to work in the public sector due to greater job security. As many as 44% are not planning a family.
Realsters challenging cap on commissions at top court
LJUBLJANA - More than 60 real estate agencies asked the Constitutional Court to review a recently adopted bill that limits commission fees for leasing real estate and other costs which real estate agencies can charge their clients. According to Boštjan Udovič from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), the 66 agencies involved want the top court to review and stay provisions limiting service commissions. They argue the bill encroaches on the right to engage in free enterprise and the right to property, meaning it also violates the European Convention on Human Rights as well as EU law.
Perutnina Ptuj CEO says peddling Ukrainian poultry would be suicidal
LJUBLJANA - Perutnina Ptuj CEO Enver Šišić dismissed speculation in an interview with Delo that the Slovenian poultry producer would start using Ukrainian meat to sell it under the Perutnina Ptuj brand after being acquired by the Ukrainian MHP holding. He said that packaging Ukrainian meat under the Perutnina Ptuj brand would amount to suicide, noting that MHP had paid EUR 240 million for Pertunina Ptuj because it valued its business model, which means controlling production field to fork.
Slovenia in focus of Austria's largest art fair
VIENNA, Austria - Slovenia will be the country in focus at viennacontemporary 2019, the largest international art fair in Austria, which will take place in Vienna from 26 to 29 September. The fair will feature more than 100 galleries and 500 artists from 25 countries, providing a glimpse into the contemporary art scene in Central and Eastern Europe. In focus will be a state without territory, the NSK State in Time, an ongoing project launched by the Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst.
Jazzinty brings top musicians to Novo Mesto
NOVO MESTO - The 20th Jazzinty festival will draw a number of acclaimed musicians to the town of Novo Mesto until Saturday. Workshops, a key feature of the festival, will be given by experienced mentors and world-renowned musicians pursuing new trends in jazz and improvisation. The festival will also feature concerts by base player Linda Oh, pianist Fabian Almazan and singer Michael Mayo, while the entire team of mentors will work on a project entitled A Different Point of View, their own take on classic jazz.
Slovenia Open kicks off on the coast
PORTOROŽ - The ATP Challenger Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open, the biggest international tennis tournament in the country, got under way in the coastal town Portorož, with the finals scheduled for Sunday. A total of 48 players will vie for the top prize which comes with US$50,000 cheque. Seven Slovenian tennis players will compete in the tournament, including top seed Aljaž Bedene, currently 90th in ATP rankings, and Blaž Rola, the third-seeded player.