Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Saturday, 3 April 2021

By , 03 Apr 2021, 04:36 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Saturday, 3 April 2021 Gordana Grlič

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Centre-left opposition tables motion to impeach Janša

LJUBLJANA - Four centre-left opposition parties tabled a motion asking the National Assembly to impeach Prime Minister Janez Janša before the Constitutional Court. They have accused him him of violating several articles of the constitution and laws, pertaining to healthcare, media, prosecution and human and constitutional rights. In their motion, the LMŠ, SocDems, Left and SAB accused the government of failing to order Slovenia's share of Covid-19 vaccines in full. Janša called the move pathetic, the coalition said it was destructive.

Slovenia to get pro rata share of 10m doses of Pfizer vaccine

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenia will get its pro rata share from a package of 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine whose delivery has been pushed forward from the first to the second quarter of the year. Under the plan agreed Thursday evening by EU member states, this means approximately 47,000 doses of the vaccine. Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic will get their share relative to the number of citizens, having decided not to participate in the solidarity model. Slovenia decided to donate 10,000 shots from its allotment to the Czech Republic.

Coronavirus curve and ICU cases rise further

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia recorded 1,169 coronavirus cases for Thursday, a 13% increase from the same day a week ago, to push the rolling 7-day average up by a further 21 to 1,043, fresh government data show. Nine more Covid-19 patients died as the number of patients needing intensive care rose by ten to 118. Hospitalisations dropped by three to 515. The latest cases were confirmed from 5,353 PCR tests, for a positivity rate of 21.8%.

Slovenia orders one million rapid tests

LJUBLJANA - The Health Ministry has picked Sanolabor as the supplier of a million rapid antigen test for mass testing for coronavirus. Sanolabor offered EUR 1.37 per test, with the total cost for the state amounting to EUR 1.137 million, show data published on the Public Procurement Portal. Some 50,000 tests are to be delivered per week.

Caution advised as condition to depart from fiscal balance is to be met

LJUBLJANA - The Fiscal Council noted that at least one of the two conditions enabling the government to depart from the obligation of medium-term fiscal balance under exceptional circumstances would be met next year. Therefore, it advised caution and again called on the government to clearly define mitigation measures and quantify their fiscal effect.

SMC turning into satellite of SDS, says MP Sluga

LJUBLJANA - The SMC is turning into a satellite party of the ruling SDS and SMC leader Zdravko Počivalšek failed to stand his ground against PM Janez Janša, MP Janja Sluga, who recently left the SMC for a new deputy group, told the weekly Mladina. She also accused Počivalšek of focusing on ways to capitalise on the SMC breakup. Sluga sees Janša's actions as moves to show and reaffirm his power.

Plaintiff allowed by court to leave country despite restrictions

LJUBLJANA - The Administrative Court has issued a temporary injunction allowing an unnamed plaintiff to leave the country despite the ban on travel to countries on Slovenia's red list of high-risk countries. It said the plaintiff and his family are allowed to fly out of the country, according to the court decision circulated by the Legal Network for the Protection of Democracy. The details of the case have not been revealed.

NGO urges govt to reveal latest recovery and resilience plan

LJUBLJANA - The Focus environmental NGO called on the government to publish the latest draft of the national recovery and resilience plan to allow the expert public to weigh in. The NGO said that the plan must not take into account "only the interests of selected stakeholders, and that projects must comply with EU climate goals."

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