Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Thursday, 23 July 2020

By , 23 Jul 2020, 03:46 AM News
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This summary is provided by the STA:

Pahor, Čaputova hail EU budget deal

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - The presidents of Slovenia and Slovakia, Borut Pahor and Zuzana Čaputova, welcomed the EU budget deal as they held talks dominated by the situation in the EU in the aftermath of the pandemic. Pahor said the deal was a timely response to the challenges that are appearing in Europe after the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic. The president's discussed bilateral cooperation with a focus on protection of the environment given that Slovakia has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. After their official talks, they opened a business forum focusing on green technologies that featured 34 companies and institutions from both countries.

Several joint infrastructure projects with Hungary to start soon

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec visited Budapest for talks with Hungarian ministers of foreign affairs and innovation and technology, Peter Szijjarto and Laszlo Palkovics. Even though economic cooperation between the two countries is good, he said it could be further upgraded with energy and road infrastructure projects. One such is the Cirkovce-Pince electric power line, which will create the first cross-border link between the countries' grids. Construction could begin in September. The countries are also planning a gas pipeline between Nagykanizsa and Kidričevo.

Slovenia's Covid-19 death toll climbs to 115, 29 new cases

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Covid-19 death toll increased to 115 after another fatality was reported for the fourth day running on Tuesday, along with 29 new coronavirus infections, an 11-day high. The latest cases bring the national case count to 2,006, of which 243 are active cases. A total of 22 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, two of them in intensive care, government data show. Tuesday's cases include three more at the Hrastnik care home, where 20 residents and eight staff are now infected.

Slovenia to redefine rape in consent terms

LJUBLJANA - After a year and a half of calls for redefining rape in the penal code, the Justice Ministry said that legislative changes had been drafted. Their aim is to embed the consent standard in criminal law. The changes would make every non-consensual sexual act a punishable offence and mark a transition from the coercion-based definition of rape to the consent-based standard.

Bled Strategic Forum to be strongly marked by coronavirus

LJUBLJANA - The focus of the 15th Bled Strategic Forum, scheduled to take place on 31 August, will be on post-pandemic cooperation between Central and East European EU member countries. Katja Geršak, the executive director of the Centre for European Perspective, said the event would be strongly marked by Covid-19 in both topics and organisation. Owing to the pandemic, the invitees are mainly those from countries in Slovenia's neighbourhood and Central and East Europe.

Four smugglers of migrants apprehended

LJUBLJANA - The police apprehended four smugglers of illegal migrants on Tuesday. A man from Ljubljana was caught transporting 28 illegal migrants in a van, while a foreign citizen and two accomplices were apprehended near Ljutomer in the northeast for transporting 17 illegal migrants. The smugglers are in custody pending their appearing before an investigating judge, while the illegal migrants are to be sent back to Croatia after the relevant procedures are completed, the police said.

Vouchers rescuing Kranjska Gora tourism

KRANJSKA GORA - Hit Alpinea, the biggest accommodation provider at the alpine resort of Kranjska Gora, is fairly happy with the occupancy rates this summer given the situation. Most of the guests come from Slovenia. Between 85% and 90% of them are paying with the government vouchers. The company's director Milan Sajovic welcomed the vouchers and the furlough scheme as two very good measures in an interview with the STA, calling for their extension. Foreign visitors are expected to account for 30-40% of nights spent at Kranjska Gora this summer.

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