Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 21 June 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Six new coronavirus infections confirmed in Slovenia on Friday

LJUBLJANA - Six coronavirus tests came back positive in Slovenia on Friday after swabs were taken to 1,147 people, the government said on Twitter. Seven Covid-19 patients were in hospitals yesterday, one in intensive care. Two were released from hospital. No death was recorded.

27 protesters fined for crossing into fenced off Republic Square

LJUBLJANA - Police fined 27 attendants of Friday's protests who entered the Republic Square outside the Parliament House which had been completely fenced off. Another 30 people were ID-ed by police, which estimated the number of protesters in Ljubljana at around 7,000. One of the persons who was physically removed from the square started to feel ill, so police called paramedics. Other than that the rally was carried out peacefully.

Police commissioner sees no dilemma about having army help police

LJUBLJANA - Police Commissioner Anton Travner sees no dilemma about having the army help police patrol the border or provide for safety in the country. "The army is people-friendly no matter what anyone may think. We don't have enough police officers to be able to provide for the safety of Slovenian citizens when security situations multiply," he said, adding that they were multiplying "all the time".

SocDems gearing up for congress in autumn

LJUBLJANA - Senior officials of the Social Democrats (SD) held a meeting to discuss the party's priorities and plans for the remainder of 2020 with the acting head Tanja Fajon saying that a party congress would be held at the end of September or October. Having taken over as the party interim head after the previous head, Dejan Židan, stepped down at the end of last month, she said she would be willing to seek full term. Fajon was also critical of the government after its first 100 days in office, calling it a period of "more than 100 mistakes".

Kučan says elements of second republic can already be seen

LJUBLJANA - Former President Milan Kučan said in an interview with Saturday's supplement of the newspaper Delo that a part of Slovenian politicians thought that Slovenia should be turned into a second republic. The former president told Sobotna Priloga that it was difficult to reach a consensus on this if a "concealed political platform of a part of the politicians is that Slovenia should be turned into a second republic". Some elements of the second republic can already be seen, he warned.

Court reduces Agrokor fine to EUR 1m

LJUBLJANA - After the Slovenian Competition Protection Agency imposed a EUR 53.9 million fine on Croatia's Agrokor last October for failing to notify it of the takeover of the water bottling company Costella, the Ljubljana Local Court decided Agrokor should pay EUR 1 million in fine, the newspaper Dnevnik reported. Agrokor confirmed this, announcing it would challenge the decision of the court as well as the decision of the Competition Protection Agency on the seizure Agrokor's shares of retailer Mercator.

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