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ECHR finds lack of effective legal remedy with respect to bail-in
STRASBOURG, France - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Slovenia violated Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights in dispossessing holders of shares and subordinated bonds as part of the 2013/14 bank bailout, finding they had no reasonable opportunity to challenge or seek compensation for the Slovenian central bank's measure. A counsel representing the applicants, said the court clearly ordered Slovenia to provide effective legal remedy and tackle the situation at home. The Finance Ministry pointed out that the court did not say whether the applicants were entitled to damages, adding that this was up to Slovenia courts to adjudicate.
Opposition wants answers after photos surface of PM on businessman's yacht
LJUBLJANA - The opposition demanded answers after POP TV released photos showing Prime Minister Janez Janša spending time with the lobbyist Božo Dimnik on a yacht owned by the businessmen Andrej Marčič in 2016. The POP TV report says this shows Janša and Marčič not been meeting accidentally, as Marčič claimed back when photos were published of the two playing golf in Mauritius almost two decades ago. Opposition parties want an investigation and the matter is likely to be discussed by the parliamentary Commission for Oversight of Public Finances later this week.
1,393 new coronavirus infections recorded on Monday
LJUBLJANA - The number of new coronavirus cases continues to rise in Slovenia, with 1,393 infections being detected on Monday, which is up 59% from a week ago and the highest daily figure since 7 April. The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals was up by 21 to 333 and the number of patients in intensive care by three to 77. There are now more than 10,640 active cases in the country, according to the National Institute of Public Health.
Pahor discusses cooperation with Lombardy president in Milan
MILAN, Italy - President Borut Pahor met Attilio Fontana, the president of the Italian region of Lombardy, for what his office said were talks about cooperation, in particularly economic ties, and opportunities to develop and enhance bilateral relations. At the meeting, which was also attended by Letizia Moratti, the vice-president of the Italian region, Pahor called for a versatile deepening of the ties between Slovenia and Lombardy.
Opposition's motion on foreign students defeated in parliament
LJUBLJANA - Opposition-sponsored legislation that sought to revoke the requirement that third-country students must provide upfront proof of sufficient funding for their entire stay in Slovenia has been defeated at the National Assembly. The coalition parties as well as the National Party (SNS) and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) argued that proving sufficient funds for financing of studies is appropriately regulated.
Slovenian, Hungarian governments to meet in Celje tomorrow
CELJE - PM Janez Janša and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban will meet, accompanied by their delegations of ministers, in Celje on Wednesday, as Hungary is featured as the partner country at the 53rd Celje International Trade Fair, the Government Communication Office announced. The two governments will review bilateral cooperation in economy, infrastructure, defence, home affairs, culture, science and ethnic minorities.
Session on neo-Nazism suspended after minister walks out
LJUBLJANA - A joint session of two parliamentary working bodies, called by the centre-left opposition to discuss the status of an association that has been linked to the Identitarian movement, was broken off yesterday after Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti walked out, while another minister excused himself from attending the session.
Additional fencing planned on border with Croatia
CELJE - Slovenia plans to erect several dozen kilometres of new fencing on the border with Croatia in an effort to crack down on illegal migrations, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs said. An agreement on the new fencing is about to be finalised and the construction work should start within two or three weeks, Hojs told reporters during the government's visit to the Savinjska region.
Slovenian tourism expected to bounce back by 2024
LJUBLJANA - Slovenia has been recording solid tourism figures this year but the sector is not expected to bounce back before 2023 or, more likely, 2024, Economy Ministry State Secretary Simon Zajc said. Asian guests are unlikely to return before 2023. However, the digital Covid pass will make travel easier for European tourists in that it removes uncertainty in the crossing of borders, Zajc said.
SIJ ups revenue by 24% in first half, back to profit
LJUBLJANA - The steel group SIJ generated EUR 451.6 million in sales revenue in the first half of the year, or 24.4% more year-on-year, while bouncing from a loss in the first half of 2020 to more than EUR 10 million in net profit. In the January-June period, the group almost doubled earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to EUR 43.6 million, the company said.
UNICEF survey confirms rise in distress among Slovenian teens
LJUBLJANA - A survey UNICEF Slovenia carried out in June among 400 respondents aged 10 to 18 has shown that a lack of quality inter-personal relations during the Covid-19 epidemic has deepened distress of children and youths in Slovenia. Many children and youths also do not turn to adults for help and are trying to resolve their problems themselves.
Man gets three years for robbing rectory in Višnja Gora
LJUBLJANA - The Ljubljana District Court sentenced a 40-year-old man to three years in prison for the robbery of the rectory in Višnja Gora last December. Milenko Hudorovac pleaded guilty at the beginning of the trial, but then changed his mind and denied guilt until the end of the proceedings, the newspaper Dnevnik reported.
Police apprehend three people transporting illegal migrants
MARIBOR/NOVO MESTO - Maribor police detained a Moldovan man on Monday who was illegally transporting ten Bangladeshi nationals in his vehicle, while his accomplice, believed to be an Afghan national, is still on the run. On the same day, Novo Mesto police arrested a man and a woman from Georgia that were illegally transporting seven migrants.
Artist climbs Mt Triglav to examine her national identity
LJUBLJANA - Lina Akif, a Slovenian-born drama student of African-Hungarian descent, climbed Mt Triglav, one of the main Slovenian symbols, last week to claim her Slovenian identity by carrying a head of the Kurent carnival costume, another powerful Slovenian symbol, up to the country's tallest mountain, "the altar of Slovenian identity". The project took the form of the Passion of Jesus, and was termed Slovenian Passion.