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Pahor greets co-host Milanović ahead of Brdo-Brijuni summit
BLED - President Borut Pahor received his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanović on the eve of the Brdo-Brijuni Process summit, saying everything was ready for the event organisation-wise and politically. From Pahor's point of view, the most important thing on Monday will be that the leaders arrive at a joint position on the importance of faster enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans and the need for reform in these countries. Milanović said that "we are here to help the Western Balkan neighbours join the EU as soon as easy as possible," and that Croatia would do everything in its power so that the neighbours became a part of the same community, which was important for human, practical and business reasons.
292 new infections confirmed as 7-day average inches up
LJUBLJANA - A total of 2,471 PCR tests for the novel coronavirus were performed in Slovenia on Saturday to confirm 292 infections, with the positivity rate staying flat at 11.8% compared to the day before. The seven-day average of new infections was up by 2 to 449, the latest figures released by the government show. The number of hospitalised persons was down by 13 to 408, of whom 121 are in intensive care, which is the same as the day before, while three persons died of Covid-19. According to the National Institute of Public Health, the share of the fully vaccinated population is 13.6%.
Minister Jaklitsch visits Slovenian community in Italy
Gorizia, 16 May - Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch visited on Saturday the Slovenian community in Italy's San Floriano del Collio, with locals assuring the government representative that "as proud Slovenians, they are not letting go of the Slovenian language and culture." As part of the visit in the Province of Gorizia, Jaklitsch met Mayor Franca Padovan and representatives of the local cultural associations. Jaklitsch also attended a presentation of a collection of articles that marks the 70th anniversary of the local farmer and worker association, a section of the Slovenian Community party.
Consumption of vegetables increasing
LJUBLJANA - Slovenians eat more and more vegetables, official statistics suggest. In 2019, a total of 246,000 tonnes of vegetables were consumed, which is about 118 kilogrammes per capita and up 50% compared to 2000, the Statistics Office said this week to mark the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. Slovenians eat more vegetables than the country produces. In 2019, the vegetable self-sufficiency rate was 43%. The rate was the lowest in 2010, at 30%, and highest in 2000, at 47%.
Farmers produced over 120,000 tonnes of vegetables in 2019, while Slovenians consumed 267,000 tonnes of fruit in 2019.