Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Friday, 7 July 2020

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Declaration on 5G security with US to be signed next week

LJUBLJANA - The US State Department and the Slovenian Foreign Ministry confirmed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Slovenia on 13 August to sign a Joint Declaration on 5G Security as part of a tour of four European countries. He will meet Foreign Minister Anže Logar, President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Janez Janša. The visit will be an opportunity to discuss enhancing cooperation between Slovenia and the US "in key areas of mutual concern, including nuclear energy and Western Balkan integration", the State Department said.

Criminal complaint in alleged border incident case thrown out

LJUBLJANA/KOPER - A criminal complaint against a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) who allegedly stopped an Italian-Slovenian near the countries' border at gunpoint in May has been thrown out by the Koper district prosecution office for lack of evidence that the soldier had committed the alleged criminal act. The prosecution said there was no evidence that the soldier had committed the reported criminal act.

Wednesday's tests confirm 15 new Covid-19 cases, one person dies

LJUBLJANA - In what is in line with figures that have been fairly stable since the end of June, 15 out of 771 tests for Sars-CoV-2 conducted on Wednesday came back positive. One person died, taking the death toll to 125. There have been 2,223 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Slovenia so far. Presently, 24 patients need hospital care, three of which are in intensive care.

Pahor urges genuine cooperation as world marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima

LJUBLJANA - Delivering a video message for the international community as part of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, President Borut Pahor urged much more cooperation and shared, genuine efforts to strengthen trust. "Today's anniversary should warn and caution us about where an a world of conflict and hatred can lead," Pahor said.

Financial restructuring of hospitals declared completed

LJUBLJANA - The government declared the project of financial restructuring of hospitals over at a correspondence session on Thursday, determining that the bailout has failed with 13 out of the 15 hospitals that received funds from the state in 2017. The only hospital where the restructuring was concluded before today's government decision was the Jesenice hospital. The government adopted a decree to this effect last July.

Unicredit's first half profit plunges to EUR 1m

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian subsidiary of the Italian banking group Unicredit saw its consolidated profit plunge to EUR 1 million in the first half of 2020 compared to EUR 16 million in the same period last year. Pre-tax profit for Unicredit Banka Slovenija and its leasing arm Unicredit Leasing in the first half was meanwhile down by 94.8%, from EUR 20 million to EUR 1 million.

Chemistry Institute becomes partner to ILL in neutron research

LJUBLJANA - The national Chemistry Institute has signed an agreement with Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), a leading international research centre for neutron scattering, to become its Slovenian partner and a full-fledged scientific member for the next four years. The Chemistry Institute said that it would assume scientific and administrative duties and coordinate the Slovenian neutron research community.

Slovenia successful in securing EUREKA funds

LJUBLJANA - Fourteen Slovenian project secured EUR 4.3 million in EU funding as part of the latest open call of the 2014-2020 Eureka programme, a far greater number than any other participant country, the Economy Ministry said. Both cohesion regions in Slovenia, Western and Eastern Slovenia, will benefit.

Police seize cannabis plants worth EUR 2 million

MURSKA SOBOTA - Police have seized 2,650 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of around EUR 2 million on an island on the river Mura, in what is the biggest cannabis bust in Pomurje region in recent years. Three middle-aged men were arrested and face up to ten years in prison, Murska Sobota police said.

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