This summary is provided by the STA:
Joint patrols back on Slovenian-Italian border
LJUBLJANA - Slovenian and Italian police resumed the joint patrolling of the border in a bid to prevent illegal migrations on the Balkan migrations route, the Slovenian police said on. Joint patrols had been suspended more than a year ago due to Covid-19. Now, officers are also allowed to use unmanned aerial vehicles.
116 coronavirus infections confirmed on Thursday
LJUBLJANA - The gradual rise in the new coronavirus infections in Slovenia continues, as 116 new cases were confirmed on Thursday in 1,686 PCR tests, according to fresh data provided by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). The estimated number of active infections rose from 916 to 970.
New Covid certificate scanning app available as of Friday
LJUBLJANA - The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) announced that a new, much delayed mobile app for checking the validity of EU digital Covid certificates is available to event organisers and service provider as of Friday. The app scans QR codes on EU digital Covid certificates and checks whether the person has been tested for, recovered from or vaccinated against Covid-19 without getting access to personal or health information of the person.
Two doctors face consequences due to anti-vaccine sentiment
LJUBLJANA - Proceedings have been launched against two doctors by the Medical Chamber tribunal due to their contentious statements about Covid-19 vaccination and vaccines, the chamber has told the STA. Unofficially, one of them is a member of a prominent anti-vaccine doctors' movement. Hearings in both cases are expected to be held in late August.
Budget with EUR 1.9bn deficit in first six months of 2021
LJUBLJANA - In the first half of the year the national budget recorded a EUR 1.946 billion deficit, which is slightly more than in the same period in 2020, when it reached EUR 1.917 billion, the Finance Ministry said. Contributing the most to the increased deficit was an 18% growth of expenditure, which was mitigated by a 25.3% growth of revenue.
Annual inflation in July at 2% due to more expensive fuel
LJUBLJANA - Annual inflation in Slovenia in July ran at 2%, mostly on the account of more expensive petroleum products, the Statistics Office reported. Petroleum products accounted for 1.2 percentage points of the annual inflation rate in July, as the prices of liquid fuels were up by 25.2%, diesel by 29.2% and petrol by 24.4%.
EU Commission issues warning to Slovenia over two directives
LJUBLJANA - The European Commission has urged Slovenia to notify it about the transposition of the EU directives on copyright and TV and radio programmes into its national legislation. Slovenia has two months to respond or take action. The National Assembly passed changes to the audiovisual media services act at the beginning of the month, but the upper chamber vetoed them on 16 July.