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37 new coronavirus infections in Slovenia on Friday
LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,328 coronavirus tests were conducted in Slovenia on Friday and 37 came back positive, the government said on Twitter today. Twenty-three Covid-19 patients were in hospital yesterday, two of them in intensive care. One person was discharged from hospital and no new fatalities were recorded.
Left warns against haste in passing defence investment plan
LJUBLJANA - The opposition Left warned on Saturday that Defence Minister Matej Tonin and the coalition New Slovenia (NSi) were dodging a public debate on the bill envisaging EUR 780 million in investment in the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF). After the Left proposed a debate, the NSi moved to cut the time for debate to less than five days, the party said. Although Tonin of the NSi said he was "looking forward to a public debate" on the bill, the NSi filed a request for an emergency session of the parliamentary Defence Committee to be held on Thursday.
Nova24TV poll shows SDS going strong
LJUBLJANA - The latest poll commissioned by the private broadcaster Nova24TV shows the senior coalition Democrats (SDS) top the party ratings on 20.9% support, followed by the opposition Social Democrats (11.9%) and the Marjan Šarec List (10.2%).The opposition Left polled at 6.8%, followed by the coalition New Slovenia (NSi) at 3.1%, Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) at 2.6% and the opposition National Party (SNS) at 2.1%.
Friday anti-govt protest was peaceful, police say
LJUBLJANA - Friday's anti-government protests were peaceful with police detecting only one violation of the public assembly act. Some 4,000 people gathered for the rally, according to police data. The 19th weekly protest focussed on environmental issues, criticising the proposed new construction law and Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak, who according to the protesters turned the ministry into an anti-environment ministry.
EU Commission urges Slovenia to lower labour taxes
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Commission has assessed that high labour taxation in Slovenia has a highly probable negative impact on the labour market and hence the country's GDP. The Slovenian government has been advised to reduce the tax burden from labour and introduce a more growth-friendly tax system. The Commission this week released a publication on labour taxation in Slovenia, which apart from the impact on the GDP also shows that effects of high labour taxes are even more profound in countries with population ageing and a decline in active population.
Insurers collect a record EUR 2.3bn in premiums last year
LJUBLJANA - Insurance companies operating in Slovenia last year collected a record EUR 2.3 billion in gross premiums, which is 7.2% more than in 2019, while damage payouts were up 3.2% to EUR 1.6 billion. More than 70% of the total gross insurance premiums and damage payouts were covered by the four largest insurance companies. In terms of the structure of the insurance market, 80% of the total gross insurance premiums was collected and 85% of the total damages was paid out to individuals, according to the data of the national Statistics Office.
Ski lift operators want extension of vouchers into winter season
LJUBLJANA/BOVEC - Since last winter season was disastrous because of lack of snow and the coronavirus epidemic, Slovenian ski lift operators would like the government to extend the validity of tourist vouchers into next year. They also warn that restricting the number of skiers at ski slopes would make their business non-profitable.
Highlights of Maribor art gallery on display
MARIBOR - The Maribor Art Gallery is opening an exhibition on Saturday showcasing the highlights of all of its collections so far. The crème de la crème exhibition will present a fusion of iconic artworks as well as more contemporary expressions of art. Artists stemming from north-eastern Slovenia will be in the spotlight.
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