Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 17 October 2021

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SocDems set out election manifesto

LJUBLJANA - The opposition Social Democrats (SD) set out their election manifesto with the promise of a new beginning and major changes over the next decade. In her address to the party conference, SD leader Tanja Fajon described the programme as a development-oriented vision which came in response to people's desire for change. The manifesto includes proposals to boost public healthcare and value added of the economy, raise the minimum wage and pensions and gradually reduce work week to 32 hours, as well as measures to move to climate neutrality. It will be adopted early next year after a broad public debate.

Coronavirus count hits six-month high

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia logged 1,437 coronavirus cases on Friday in what is the highest daily tally since 30 March. This was as one out of four PCR tests came back positive, according to the National Institute of Public Health. Government reported four more Covid-19 fatalities as hospitalisations dropped to just below 400 and ICU cases rose to 119. The 7-day average of new cases increased to 927 and the 14-day incidence per 100,000 people to 573.

Diplomatic charity bazaar held in Ljubljana

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian International Ladies' Association held its annual charity bazaar in the centre of Ljubljana. Organised with the help of 35 embassies, the event was held early this year so it could take place outdoors after it was cancelled last year due to lockdown. The bazaar featured a number of stalls with culinary delights and unique products from various countries and a lively programme for children and grown-ups. The proceeds will be allocated to charities and institutions helping children.

Bill put forward to boost investment in green transition

LJUBLJANA - The Economy Ministry has put forward a bill to amend the investment promotion act in a bid to shift emphasis from labour-intensive to capital-intensive investments for green transition. The bill will make it possible to draw EUR 88.5 million in incentives from the European Recovery and Resilience Fund. The bill is seen as one of the first and key reform and investment measures under the national recovery and resilience plan. The proposal is subject to public consultation until 18 October.

Most power suppliers do not plan price hikes for households this year

LJUBLJANA - After Slovenia's largest energy company Petrol announced earlier this week that it will increase the price of electricity in December, some predicted that other suppliers would follow, but most suppliers now say that their prices of electricity for households will not increase until next year. However, most companies also said that increases could very well happen in 2022, as purchase prices are rising, having increased by more than 200% on international markets in the last year.

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