Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 29 November

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Pahor and Vučić discuss situation in region

BELGRADE, Serbia - Visiting Belgrade as part of the preparations for the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, President Borut Pahor met his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić. Pahor said that the process of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans was too slow, which led to renewed policies of nationalism and border changes that threaten security. Both sides should step up their efforts in this process, the Slovenian president added.

Almost 1,500 Covid cases confirmed as w/w drop continues

LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,478 PCR tests returned positive on Saturday as cases kept falling week-on-week, show the latest data by the National Institute of Public Health. Another 23 Covid-19 patients died, the government reported. Hospitalisations increased by 20 on yesterday to 1,140, and 285 patients required intensive care this morning, up by one. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population was down by 43 to 1,858.

Ski jumper Anže Lanišek wins World Cup event in Ruka

RUKA, Finland - After fishing second at the men's Ski Jumping World Cup event in Ruka on Saturday, Slovenian ski jumper Anže Lanišek won the second such event at Finland's ski resort this season in what is his first World Cup individual event victory. Three of Slovenian ski jumpers made it to the top six, apart from Lanišek also brothers Cene and Peter Prevc, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

PM Janša to hold talks with Schallenberg on Tuesday

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša will hold talks with Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg via video link on Tuesday, Janša's office said. This will be the pair's first bilateral meeting since Schallenberg assumed office in October. The pair will discuss bilateral relations between Slovenia and Austria, Covid-19 and the Western Balkans situation, as well as preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit, the situation in Belarus and other current foreign policy issues.

Construction of nuclear waste repository to start in 2022

KRŠKO - The construction of a special storage facility for low- and intermediate-level waste in the vicinity of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) is expected to start at the beginning of 2022, as the project is in the final stages of obtaining necessary documentation and selecting contractors. A trial launch is expected to take place in late 2023 or early 2024, Sandi Viršek, the head of the national Radioactive Waste Agency (ARAO), recently said. The project, which is behind schedule, is expected to cost EUR 194 million.

Medical Chamber calls for improving doctors' status

LJUBLJANA - The Medical Chamber called for efforts to improve the status of doctors on Friday, as it warned that their current pay, not comparable to Western European countries in terms of workload, was resulting in brain drain. Young doctors are less and less likely to take up certain medical specialties due to difficult working conditions, it said. Decreased interest is most evident when it comes to family medicine.

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