Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Cerar and Vučić talk EU enlargement, business links

BELGRADE, Serbia - Foreign Minister Miro Cerar continued his official visit to Serbia by meeting President Aleksandar Vučić, who hailed Slovenia's active engagement in the Western Balkan Region. The pair discussed bilateral economic cooperation, succession to the former Yugoslavia and Slovenia's support for EU enlargement. "Our shared interest is a stable situation in the region," Cerar said on Twitter after the meeting, noting Serbia's "active role in regional integration".

Slovenia, EU Commission present their arguments in Teran case

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Slovenia, the European Commission and Croatia presented to the General Court of the European Union their arguments in a case related to a derogation enabling Croatia to use Teran as the name of a red wine protected by Slovenia, with unofficial sources suggesting that it would be thankless to project the content of the ruling. No side gave official statements to the press after the three-hour session in Luxembourg, and the next step, a ruling, is expected to be made by the end of next year.

Parliamentary inquiry wants two Constitutional Court judges prosecuted

LJUBLJANA - A parliamentary inquiry commission whose work has been thwarted by the Constitutional Court plans to file a criminal complaint against two judges at the court that it says acted unlawfully and arbitrarily. The commission inquiring into the prosecution of former Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler plans to charge court president Rajko Knez and judge Matej Accetto under article 288 of the criminal code, which stipulates that judges may be sent to prison for up to three years for willingly bending the law to damage a party or basing their reasoning on evidence they know is non-existent or false.

Slovenian 15-year-olds above OECD average in literacy

LJUBLJANA - The results of Slovenian 15-year-olds in reading, scientific and mathematical literacy tests are above the OECD average, shows the recent PISA study. Compared to the previous such study, the students have come off as less accomplished in reading and science literacy though. The results of the study, which was conducted last year among some 6,400 15-year-olds, mostly secondary school first year students, have confirmed that Slovenian students of this age group excel in mathematical literacy.

Turkish bidder on track to win Karavanke contract

LJUBLJANA - Turkish builder Cengiz has announced it has won the contract to build the Slovenian section of the second tube of the Karavanke motorway tunnel, as the motorway company concluded talks with three bidders. The statement was made by Mohamed Cengiz, the main negotiator for the Turkish company, after the end of the talks. He said they were waiting to start working with Slovenian subcontractors as soon as possible. Unofficially, the talks ended after the first round today, but DARS is yet to announce its final decision, when it also reveals the latest offers made by the three bidders.

Central bank sees "substantial downside risks" in budget plans

LJUBLJANA - The central bank has warned that there are "substantial downside risks" in budgetary plans for 2020 and 2021 that the National Assembly confirmed in a revote this week. The risks "stem from a possible acceleration of the slowing of economic growth," Banka Slovenije said in a report on macroeconomic trends. "There are few signs of faster growth towards the end of the year."

Medved calls for further development of single digital market

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Public Administration Minister Rudi Medved met with his EU counterparts in charge of telecommunications to discuss ethical aspects of key importance for data economy to succeed. The minister called for further development of the single digital market, as Slovenia has a very good experience in the field of open data.

Telekom Slovenije becomes sole owner of Planet TV

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian telecoms incumbent Telekom Slovenije has become the sole owner of Planet TV, the company running the namesake TV station, after paying out its Greek partner in the venture in compliance with a court decision. With the transfer of the Greek partner's 34% share in the joint venture Antenna TV SL, Telekom changed the company's name from Antena TV SL to Planet TV.

Employers upbeat about employment growth in first half of 2020

LJUBLJANA - Despite figures showing economic growth slowing down, Slovenian employers remain optimistic for the first half of next year. Indeed, they expect labour shortages on average rather than having to lay off workers, showed a survey by the Employment Service. The total number of persons in employment is projected to grow by about 2%, as employers expect to hire almost 32,000 persons, of which 13,500 will be for newly created jobs and the rest to replace retiring workers.

Slovenians in Austria congratulate new Gurk-Klagenfurt bishop

KLAGENFURT - NSKS, an umbrella organisation of the Slovenian minority in Austria, congratulated ethnic Slovenian Jože Marketz on being officially appointed the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt. "The joy in the ethnic community is great and honest." "When the ethnic community almost gave up on this great wish, the Holy Father, Pope Francis decided otherwise, the organisation said. Congratulations also same from the Council of Slovenian Organisations (SSO), an umbrella organisation of Slovenians in Italy.

Six persons injured in gas blast

KRANJ - Six persons were injured, including four children, and 76 persons had to be temporarily evacuated following a gas explosion close to a local road in Britof, north-east of Kranj. The explosion occurred in a manhole, injuring two persons who were performing works there and four children who happened to be nearby. All six have received medical care but the extent of their injuries remains unclear for now. Local residents were allowed to return to their homes after a few hours.

University of Ljubljana celebrates centenary

LJUBLJANA - The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia's largest institution of higher learning, is celebrating its centenary with a series of events that culminated on the day exactly 100 years ago when the first lecture was delivered in the Slovenian language. The university awarded out a doctorate to Kenneth Brian Frampton of Columbia University in New York and held a special ceremony at which it received the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service from President Borut Pahor.

Play on female sexuality to jazz up Ljubljana theatre scene

LJUBLJANA - A play titled this apple, made of gold by acclaimed playwright Simona Semenič is to premiere at the Ljubljana Cankarjev Dom arts centre on Thursday. The play, introducing a new genre into the Slovenian theatre arena, erotic drama, focuses on three women at various stages of life and their sexual desires. Semenič, an award-winning artist, has been nominated for the Grum Prize, the top national accolade for playwriting, for this particular play.

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