What the Papers Say: Friday, January 19, 2018

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The top of the news in Slovenia. 

January 19, 2018

The STA has prepared the following summary of the stories making the front pages on January 19, 2018:


Debate on minimum wage
"Minimum wage, maximum concern": After a debate with coalition partners Labour Minister Anja Kopač Mrak is now in for very tough talks with social partners regarding her proposal to raise the minimum wage by 4.7% this year. (front page, 3)

Financial problems of retailer Tuš
"Joc Pečečnik brings Soros, but gives up": The negotiating deal that banks signed with Quantum Strategic Partners, a fund controlled by billionaire George Soros, on buying claims to retailer Tuš is due to expire today. Soros got involved at Joc Pečečnik's initiative, but he then advised him to withdraw because of the current Tuš leadership. (front page, 9)

Interview with brewery boss
"Laško and Union will be brewed here for decades": The newspaper runs an interview with the outgoing general manager of Pivovarna Laško Union, Dušan Zorko. (front page, 10)


Swiss franc loans
"'Swiss' celebrate first final loan annulment": The Ljubljana Higher Court has upheld a claim to declare Swiss franc loan contracts null and void, lawyer Robert Preininger said. This is the first such final court decision in the EU and the Franc Association, which represents Slovenian franc borrowers, believes it will be a precedence. (front page, 2)

Ljubljana cemetery
"Controversial letters on memorial plates to be cheaper": The public company running Ljubljana cemetery Žale has published a public call for applications for the expensive memorial plates the paper wrote about in November 2017 and informed several headstone companies in writing of the call, but only two companies responded. (front page)

"Warning from central bank: Do not invest if you don't know them": As Slovenians seem to be increasingly involved in trading with cryptocurrencies, the Slovenian central bank warned yesterday that such trading was risky, and said it could eventually have an impact on financial stability. (front page, 2)


Well-being of Slovenians
"We are happier but still very poor": The latest statistics show that Slovenian households had more money in 2016 than the year before and that people were happier. The business newspaper compares the results to some of the neighbouring countries. (front page, 2-3)

"Banka Slovenije: This is what you need to know about cryptocurrencies": The Slovenian central bank has published a list of frequently asked questions concerning cryptocurrencies. Banka Slovenije also warns about the risks associated with such trading. (front page, 8)

"Be careful not to be excluded from waiting list": The paper brings a list of changes from the amended patients' rights act that enters into force on Sunday. (front page, 4)


New EU rules on VAT
"Fighting the Chinese with taxes": The European Commission will introduce VAT for non-European on-line stores as of 2021. (front page, 2-3)

European Handball Championship
"Difficult but not impossible": Slovenia will face Denmark in the next stage of the European Handball Championship tonight in Croatia's Varaždin. (front page, 22-23)

Illegal call centres
"Victims forced into fraud": Maribor investigators have led a police investigation into an international human trafficking ring that operated illegal call centres. (front page, 20)

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