Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 14 August 2019

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Foreign minister meets counterpart while on vacation in Croatia

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Foreign Minister Miro Cerar had an unofficial meeting with his newly appointed Croatian counterpart Goran Grlić Radman, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry confirmed for the STA after Croatian media reported that the pair met as Cerar was on holiday in Croatia, a popular summer destination for many Slovenians. The ministry said that Cerar and Grlić Radman would hold their first official meeting on the sidelines of the EU foreign affairs ministerial scheduled for 29 and 30 August in Helsinki.

Changes agreed to speed up wolf culling

LJUBLJANA - In the wake of severe criticism by farmers that the emergency law to cull bears and wolves does not bring results, changes facilitating a faster reduction of the wolf population were agreed at a high-profile meeting Environment Minister Simon Zajc hosted at his ministry. From now on, wolves could be culled in a broader area where a pack of wolves lives, not just where the attacks take place. A change to the system of emergency culling of wolves was also agreed to allow the Environment Agency to initiate emergency culling whenever a farmer has reported their domestic animals were attacked.

FDI in Slovenia more than doubled in H1

LJUBLJANA - Foreign direct investments (FDI) in Slovenia more than doubled in the first half of 2019, reaching EUR 614.4 million, The figure is considerably higher than the EUR 242 million recorded in the same period of 2018, according to the June report of the central bank. What is more, FDI invested between June 2018 and June 2019 nearly doubled year-on-year, reaching EUR 1.4 billion compared to EUR 721.1 million recorded between June 2017 and 2018. Last year, FDI in total reached EUR 1.2 billion, with the central bank pointing out that several big takeovers had taken place during this period.

Slovenia and Japan agree closer cooperation in rehab technology

LJUBLJANA - Japanese and Slovenian partners signed two agreements that pave the way for cooperation in development and research of robotised rehabilitation devices. Fujita Health University signed one of the accords with the University of Ljubljana and the other with the Ljubljana-based URI Soča Rehabilitation Institute, and Toyota Motor Corporation. The signing was attended by Economy Ministry State Secretary Aleš Cantarutti, who praised it as a major paving stone for further cooperation between Slovenia and Japan in the field.

Kemis to appeal against inspectors' order to remove renovated facilities

VRHNIKA - The Vrhnika-based hazardous waste treatment company Kemis said it will appeal against a decision ordering it to remove the facilities rebuilt after a devastating fire on the site in 2017. Unless the appeal is granted, the company will be forced to close down. After the building inspectorate found last week that the buildings renovated in the wake of the May 2017 fire were illegal and should be removed, Kemis stopped bringing waste from its clients to Vrhnika. Kemis has been given until June 2020 to dismantle the buildings, but CEO Boštjan Šimenc said that in this case Kemis would be gone.

SDS files fresh proposal to increase state funding for private schools

LJUBLJANA - The opposition Democrats (SDS) mounted their fifth attempt at getting parliament to put public funding for private primary schools on a par with that for public schools. The bill was submitted after the centre-left coalition was unable to override an upper chamber veto on changes that in fact lowered funding for private primary schools. It seeks to implement a 2014 Constitutional Court decision ordering that funding be equalised with that for public schools, which are 100% state funded. The SDS repeated that the ill-fated government-sponsored bill, which stipulated that the state-approved curricula be 100% state funded but slashed funding for additional activities and services from 85% to zero, failed to implement the top court's ruling.

Man gets residency status 27 years after erasure

LJUBLJANA - Budimir Vuković, one of the thousands of citizens of the former Yugoslavia who were deleted from Slovenia's registry of permanent residents in 1992, has been granted a temporary residence permit at last, regaining his driving licence as well as a right to work, the newspaper Dnevnik reported. He has been living in Slovenia since 1978. Being left without permanent residency status following Slovenia's independence, and without citizenship or any documents, the former technician at the Krško Nuclear Power Plant was unable to leave the country, while living here unlawfully since the erasure. He is now earning his living selling Kralj Ulice, the newspaper sold by the homeless people.

Climber Garnbret defends bouldering World Champion title

HACHIOJI, Japan - Slovenian climbing phenomenon Janja Garnbret successfully defended her title of bouldering World Champion, taking gold at the championships in Japan's Hachioji. Silver went to Japanese veteran Akiyo Noguchi and bronze to British climber Shauna Coxsey. The 20-year-old, who won all six bouldering events of this year's World Cup season, has become the first female climber with two consecutive bouldering World Championship golds.

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