Business

19 Nov 2018, 14:25 PM

STA, 16 November 2018 - The Supreme Court has reversed a decision in favour of Swiss franc borrowers, as it ordered a retrial in a case in which the Higher Court sided with the borrower's claim that he had not been forewarned about possible appreciation of the currency. The case was reported by the Bank Association of Slovenia on Friday.

This is one of the cases related to the by the Swiss central bank in 2015 to stop defending the value of the franc against the euro, which led to a surge in the value of the franc against the euro.

The affected borrowers in Slovenia have been trying to reach a systemic solution, including through the Franc Association, which is lobbying for a special law. In the meantime, courts are processing individual cases.

The key issue: Should Banka Slovenije have foreseen Swiss franc appreciation?

The particular case had been rejected by the court of first instance, while the Higher Court changed the ruling by completely upholding the claim by the borrower and finding the contract null and void.

According to the newspaper Delo, the case involves the Austrian-owned bank Banka Sparkasse.

The Bank Association of Slovenia, which advocates the case-by-case basis, argued today that the Supreme Court said the consequence of the bank failing to forewarn the borrower could not be the basis for annulling the contract.

The court added that when assessing loan contracts in Swiss francs, courts should take into account that the Slovenian consumer legislation at the time did not precisely regulate the mechanism of informed consent.

The Supreme Court added that an absence of loan calculations in any case must not be a decisive factor, according to the Bank Association.

The court has also confirmed that the central bank, Banka Slovenije, had not been able to project in its publications that the Swiss franc will appreciate, which had happened in 2011 and 2015. It is not possible to make reliable and precise forecasts regarding the period and extent of the change of currency exchange rate, it added.

While the impact of certain factors is predictable to a certain extent to experts, no expert could have predicted a unilateral measure such as that by the Swiss central bank in 2015, which had a decisive impact on the Swiss franc exchange rate, the association also quoted the court as saying.

16 Nov 2018, 11:50 AM

STA, 15 November 2018 - Samo and Iza Login, the founders of tech firm Outfit7, top the list of the 100 richest Slovenians, compiled by Manager magazine, for the fifth year in a row. Their assets are estimated at EUR 689m, while total assets of the top 100 have been estimate at EUR 5.7bn, a new record and 10% more than last year.

The Logins are the principal founders of the company best known for its globally successful app Talking Tom, which they sold to the Chinese United Luck Group for US$1bn in January 2016.

The couple has transferred the proceeds from the sale to a family non-profit charity organisation, which looks for solutions for global environmental problems, said the newspaper publisher Finance, which publishes Manager magazine.

Following the Logins is Sandi Češko, the owner of multichannel retailer Studio Moderna, with EUR 334m, and Marko Pistotnik, one of the former owners of Outfit7, with EUR 210m.

€24.2m gets you to the bottom of the Richest Slovenians list

Also in the top five are Joc Pečečnik, the owner of gaming products provider Interblock, with EUR 194m, and Tatjana and Albin Doberšek of the Germany-based Engineering Dobersek, with EUR 183m.

With total assets of the top 100 breaking a new record this year, the threshold for making it to the exclusive company was also up to EUR 24.2m from EUR 20.4m last year.

This year's list features five newcomers and five individuals or families who have returned to the top 100.

The highest-ranking newcomer is Izet Rastoder, the owner of the banana trading company, Rastoder, who ranks 40th with EUR 36.2m.

The property Manager takes into account in compiling the list is majority stakes in companies or co-ownership.

Since many Slovenian businessmen have sold their companies over the past few years, the share of the proceeds from the sales in the total property of 100 richest Slovenians has been increasing to reach around 25% this year, Finance explained.

14 Nov 2018, 17:31 PM

STA, 14 November 2018 - NLB shares were listed on the Ljubljana and London stock exchanges on Wednesday, bringing the sale of 65% of Slovenia's leading bank via an initial public offering (IPO) to an end. By selling NLB, Slovenia has partly met its commitment to the European Commission to sell 75% minus one share in exchange for a bailout in late 2013.

As the state has retained a controlling 35% stake, US financial fund Brandes Investment Partners (7.6%) and the EBRD (6.3%) have emerged as the two largest private owners.

The state has sold almost 12 million shares or 59.1% of all shares of NLB at €51.50 per share to get almost €609m, but taking into account an over-allotment option the stake could increase to 65% (€669.5m).

The seller is making an additional 1.18 million NLB shares available pursuant to the over-allotment option. The shares will be kept on a separate fiduciary account and be made available 30 days after the listing to make deals to stabilise the price.

"We remain a Slovenian banking group," NLB chairman Blaž Brodnjak said at today's listing on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE), which was accompanied by symbolic bell-ringing when trading opened in Ljubljana at 9:15 AM.

The bank's shares have also been listed in the form of financial instruments known as GDR on the London Stock Exchange. NLB has become the first Slovenian joint-stock company to be listed in London.

"The head and heart of NLB remain in Ljubljana," said Brodnjak, adding that a new era was beginning for the bank, as "we have been very limited in our operations for five years", referring to the restrictive measures set down by the Commission.

Under the commitment to the EU, Slovenia has to sell another 10% of NLB by the end of 2019. Until then, the bank will be subject to a set of measures the Commission has imposed to make sure NLB is not in a more favourable market position than its competitors.

Once all limitations are lifted, it will be a "great privilege and great responsibility" for the bank, Brodnjak assessed, labelling today's listing as "the most important day in the bank's history".

Until the end of 2019, the bank is banned from making acquisitions, having aggressive advertising campaigns and performing leasing services.

Moreover, since the stake sold this year will be less than 75% minus one share, the bank will also have to start procedures to sell NLB Vita, its insurance subsidiary.

Brodnjak however hopes that it will be possible to negotiate with the European Commission the elimination of the remaining limitations and requirements. He noted that European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager will pay a visit to Ljubljana soon.

He believes that under a majority private ownership, the bank will develop in the sense of corporate management and freedom of operation. The bank is in a very good shape and is a systemically important institution in another five countries.

The group is also present in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia, and the bank will now be vying for the "title of a regional champion", for which it has potential as it is familiar with the history and culture of the region.

Finance Ministry State Secretary Metod Dragonja said that with the transaction, Slovenia had met the first, most important commitment to the European Commission.

"Slovenia has clearly shown that it respects the commitments given. The credibility that the state has gained by doing so will make a positive impact on the state's and bank's credit ratings," he added.

Lidija Glavina, the chairwoman of Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH), said that SSH would continue with the sale of the remaining shares by the end of 2019.

"Despite the very demanding situation on financial markets, internationally renowned financial investors have decided to buy," she said, adding that NLB nevertheless remained "an independent Slovenian financial institution".

SSH will be able to sell the remaining stake after a six-month moratorium. There will be no price range and procedures will be simplified. "We will be waiting to get the maximum out of it," Glavina announced.

LJSE chairman Aleš Ipavec added that it was "an important day for the Slovenian capital market", while he did not wish to comment on the price of the share.

"Some are not satisfied as it is allegedly too low. But the market will show soon how much the share is really worth," he added.

The listing ceremony was also attended by representatives of regulators, the financial sector and some companies, mostly those traded in the prime market.

Slightly more than €500,000 in turnover with the NLB shares has been generated so far, with the price standing around €55, which is €4.50 above the price fetched with the IPO.

NLB closed the day’s trading at €56.65, 5.15 above the IPO price.

14 Nov 2018, 11:50 AM

STA, 13 November 2018 - The EU Court of Justice has ruled in favour of a Slovenian company that filed a complaint against Austria over the system of bonds set down in the country's law on the prevention of payment and social dumping. According to lawyer Rudi Vouk, this is a landmark ruling that will have a positive effect on Slovenian companies doing business in Austria.

Čepelnik, a company based in Prevalje near the Austrian border, challenged the law after its client in Austria paid around EUR 5,000 to authorities in Völkermarkt in the company's place as a deposit for alleged violations instead of paying the company's invoice.

The EU court concluded that the legislation of a member state which allows the recipient of services to suspend payments to the contractor or to pay a security to guarantee the payment of a potential fine in place of the contractor "goes beyond what is necessary for attaining the objectives of protecting workers, combating fraud, in particular social security fraud, and preventing abuse".

The ruling is in line with the opinion of EU Advocate General Nils Wahl, who issued an opinion on the case in May. He said that measures like this system of bonds are in violation of the European directive on services and definitely exceed the scope of what is needed to enable national authorities to enforce national labour legislation.

Rudi Vouk, an Austrian lawyer of Slovenian descent, told the STA that the ruling was significant for Slovenian companies doing business in Austria.

Before the ruling, companies were in constant danger of their clients having to pay bonds for them in the event of the slightest alleged infringement of law. Additionally, potential clients were also aware of the possibility and potentially avoided Slovenian contractors.

"This danger has now been eliminated because the European court concluded that [the system of bonds] is not proportionate with the goals. Austrian legislators will have to annul the relevant provisions," Vouk said.

He added that other provisions, including those about minimum fines for infringements, "which are absurd", remain in place.

They have also been challenged at the EU court and given the latest ruling, there are reasons for optimism that the court would decide in a similar manner, Vouk added.

Čepelnik is one of the 121 Slovenian companies that complained with the European Commission over high fines and enhanced control of foreign companies providing services in Austria.

Other stories on the relationship between Slovenia and Austria can be found here

13 Nov 2018, 12:50 PM

STA, 12 November 2018 - Joško Knez, the director general of the Environment Agency (ARSO), stepped down on Monday, over an internal review of procedures for granting environmental permits for a controversial Ascent Resources gas extraction project in the far north-east of the country.

According to a report by the news portal Siol, Knez has resigned because irregularities were uncovered in the review ordered by the new Environment Minister Jure Leben last month.

Leben ordered the oversight of procedures for extracting gas in the Petišovci area by the UK's Ascent Resources and its Slovenian partner Geoenergo. The latter is owned by energy companies Petrol and Nafta Lendava, which are in majority ownership of the state.

According to a recent report by investment research firm Morningstar, Ascent Resources had received "repeated" private assurances from senior government officials, especially at the Environment Agency, that it would be getting the permit soon.

Apparently the review struck a nerve and the UK-based company launched an offensive against Slovenia, and Leben in particular.

At the end of October, Ascent Resources said it was mulling taking Slovenia to "EU courts" over the delay, while the minister has had to face an onslaught from shareholders and the management of the UK company.

Ascent Resources director and shareholder Colin Hutchinson tweeted that the company "invested EUR 50m in the project to date and will not walk away. The permitting system in the country is in need of urgent reform and foreign investors should be very wary of investing until this happens".

However, the Environment Ministry said today that "today's report corroborates that the minister's suspicions have been warranted", as the principles of independence and autonomy of ARSO were violated in the two procedures.

Moreover, the report says that "persons from abroad apparently do not find unacceptable and contentious putting pressure on Slovenian officials and are willing to repeat them".

The findings of the review will be forwarded to the relevant authorities, including "all the efforts to put pressure on the ministry during the review".

Just today, three non-parliamentary parties and several environmental NGOs urged Foreign Minister Miro Cerar to summon UK Ambassador Sophie Honey over lobbying for the UK company.

The Pirates, Solidarity, and the United Left and Workers' Labour Party (ZL-DSD) alliance, accuse Honey of lobbying and putting pressure on Slovenian authorities to secure the environmental permit for fracking in the Petišovci area.

Ascent Resources claims it would use hydraulic stimulation and not fracking to extract gas in Petišovci. This was corroborated by Geoenergo, which said that the method used in Slovenia would differ from fracking as used in the US significantly.

The procedure, "cannot and must not be equalised with the hydraulic treatment or fracturing of shale ... There are significant differences between the procedures in Slovenia and those in the US ... that basically stem from the difference in the geological profile of the rock".

But the environmental alliance is unconvinced. "We're witnessing a reality show where multinationals are treating us as natives from the most underdeveloped countries and heaping alternative truths on us in line with the worst case of fake news," environmental activist Gorazd Marinček told the press today.

09 Nov 2018, 19:55 PM

STA, 9 November 2018 - Slovenia's largest bank, NLB, fetched EUR 51.50 per share in the initial public offering, the bottom of the offering price range. The state will initially sell 59.1% of the bank for just below EUR 609m, but taking into account an over-allotment option that stake could increase to 65%.

Based on the pricing, the market capitalisation of NLB will be approximately EUR 1.03bn at the start of trading on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange on 14 November, a release from the bank and Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH) said.

The book value of the share capital at the end of June was EUR 1.51bn and the final offering price represents 68% of the share's book value. The SSH set the IPO offering price at EUR 51.50 and EUR 66 per share. The offering price in the aborted IPO last year was set at EUR 55-71.

The release says that the seller is making an additional 1,18 million NLB shares available pursuant to the over-allotment option which, if exercised in full, would increase the offer size to EUR 669.5m, representing 65% of the share capital on admission.

A stabilisation mechanism, the option is said to have been made available on the demand of large international investors. Stabilisation managers Citigroup and WOOD & Company will retain a portion of the shares to close deals within 30 days from listing in order to stabilise the price.

The shares are to be floated on the Ljubljana and London stock markets on 14 November when the settlement of shares is to take place. Investors have time to pay for their shares by then.

According to the pricing notification issued on NLB's website, the biggest single institutional buyers of shares are US financial fund Brandes Investment Partners (7.6%) and the EBRD (6.3%).

Since information on the buyers of shares in London are not public, detailed data on the dispersed structure of foreign owners will not be available when details are to be presented on 14 November.

Unofficially, the demand considerably outstripped what SSH was willing to accept in a bid to avoid the most predatory investors while forming a buffer if anything was to go wrong.

"We are very proud of having completed the offering of NLB's shares. Today's announcement represents a significant milestone in the privatisation process and in fulfilling our commitments to the European Commission," SSH chairman Lidia Glavina was quoted as saying in the release.

NLB chairman Blaž Brodnjak hailed the pricing as "another important milestone in the process of privatization". "We are looking forward to opportunities and challenges that the listing on the stock exchange will bring to the bank."

The government committed to sell the bank in exchange for the European Commission's approving a EUR 1.56bn state aid for the bank in late 2013.

While the state is to keep a controlling stake of 25% plus one share, it committed to sell at least 50% this year and any outstanding share of up to 75% minus one share by the end of next year.

Until the sale commitment is met in full, the bank will need to implement at least part of compensatory measures, including closing down offices in Slovenia, with 14 slated for closure in early December.

Moreover, since the state sold this year will be less than 75% minus one share, the bank will also have to start procedures to sell NLB Vita, its insurance subsidiary.

In addition, NLB will be able to approve new loans only if receives the minimum yield from equity instruments. NLB cannot do leasing business or make acquisitions either.

The bulk of shares in the IPO was offered to institutional investors. Retail investors were able to subscribe at least 10 shares at EUR 66 apiece. Unofficially they paid in some EUR 30m. The overpaid amount will be returned by 15 November.

The shares were also bought by members of the NLB supervisory and management boards. NLB chairman Blaž Brodnjak acquired 1,136 shares and the head of the supervisory board Primož Karpe 606 shares.

NLB paid out a total of EUR 378.2m in dividends to the state in the past three years. The state aid in 2013 amounted to EUR 1.56bn.

08 Nov 2018, 11:50 AM

STA, 7 November 2018 - Employers were quick to condemn the planned overhaul of the minimum wage law, especially the way it is to be pushed through parliament. The Employers' Association stressed that any changes to minimum wage should be harmonised with social partners at the country's main industrial relations forum, the Economic and Social Council.

The Left presented on Wednesday a proposal to overhaul the way minimum wage is determined. The opposition party that acts as a partner to the minority government proposes raising the minimum wage to EUR 667 next year and to EUR 700 in 2020, before a new formula to calculate the wage is introduced in 2021.

Related: Proposal to raise Slovenia’s minimum wage from €638.42 net to €700 by 2020

The Employers' Association is unhappy with the way the bill was presented, "bypassing any dialogue with social partners". According to a press release, employers have experience with this practice, which has had serious consequences for companies.

Determining the minimum wage must be a matter of discussions and harmonisations among social partners, but the new bill has not even been presented to the Economic and Social Council, the association said.

Even stronger reaction came from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS), the country's biggest trade association, which called the proposal dangerous and expressed "shock" that the coalition should have backed it.

"It's trampling international agreements on social dialogue, something that government officials committed to at the first session of the Economic and Social Council over a week ago."

The GZS noted that only over a week ago it had "received a clear assurance from the prime minister that any change to the minimum wage would be agreed with the social partners".

slovenia's minimum wage.png

The figures in the chart show the gross minimum wage. Data: Eurostat

The Left's leader Luka Mesec said today that the party had agreed with Prime Minister Marjan Šarec for the bill to be discussed at the Economic and Social Council.

Nevertheless, employers are unhappy: "It is the middle of November, and companies and employers still do not know what kind of arrangement awaits them next year," the Employers' Association said.

The GZS said that most large companies would not feel the planned rise in the minimum wage, but that the increase would hurt companies where value added per employee was below EUR 20,000 and which employed 70,000 people.

The chamber argued that politics was interfering with the minimum wage all the time even though the share of those receiving it had been falling steadily and that even though the minimum wage in Slovenia was one of the highest in the EU.

"Each rise in the minimum wage generates more employees who earn minimum wage because it includes all those who had been in higher bracket until then," GZS said.

According to its data, average gross pay in the country has increased by 11% since 2010, while the minimum wage has risen by 41%.

The Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS) meanwhile said that it strives not only for raising the minimum wage but also for workers to have decent wages.

However, the state should cut labour costs to enable the workers to get higher net wages. "The difference between the gross and the net pay is too big. The state will get the most from raising wages," OZS head Branko Meh was quoted in a press release.

07 Nov 2018, 19:00 PM

STA, 7 November 2018 - The Slovenian competition watchdog has pinpointed several potential issues with the proposed takeover of Slovenia's biggest commercial broadcaster by cable operator United Group as it issued a statement of objections on Wednesday as part of its regulatory review of the takeover.

The takeover of Pro Plus, which operates several commercial TV channels, could lead to horizontal concentration on the TV advertising market, the market for TV sports rights, and the wholesale of children's TV programmes, the Competition Protection Agency (AVK) said.

It also raises the prospect of permanent concerted action with other operators on the market and the possibility of licenses for the distribution of Pro Plus channels increasing. Competitive programmes in the bundles of United Group's Slovenian cable operator Telemach could be sidelined as well.

Finally, the acquisition could have other effects since "the combined company would acquire sensitive business information about their competitors, would give it a significant competitive edge," the document reads.

These preliminary findings do not prejudge the agency's final decision and United Group has 45 days to submit remarks in its favour.

As the agency points out, it may also propose "corrective measures eliminating serious suspicion about the conformity of the concentration with competition rules."

United Group said today that it was already drawing up its remarks. "We do however expect that the final decision will be in conformity with EU competition law."

Former AVK director Andrej Krašek commented on the statement for the STA, saying that such statements were usually issued when the watchdog intended to reject a takeover.

Krašek believes that, considering the facts presented to far, the AVK will reject the takeover, and it could be convinced to do the opposite only by large structural measures.

"The agency has examined the actual state and collected evidence, and the procedure is nearing its end. The acquirer has 45 days to state new facts to prove that the concentration is in live with the law."

But Krašek believes that, as the procedure has started a year and a half, United Group probably does not have much new evidence.

The biggest media takeover in Slovenian history is being closely watched.

Domestic media players and media experts have expressed fears that it may lead to excessive concentration of power in the hands of a single, US-owned media group.

United Group, meanwhile, has been berating the regulator for the long duration of the procedure.

Pro Plus not only owns two of the most popular TV channels, POP TV and Kanal A, it also operates several cable-only channels, a pay-per-view service, and 24ur.com, one of the top news portals in the country.

United Group acquired the media portfolio of the Central European Media Enterprises (CME) in Slovenia and Croatia, which includes Slovenia's Pro Plus, last July. The entire deal has been estimated at EUR 230m.

United Group is owned by the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) investment fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), but an agreement was reached last month to sell a majority stake to the international investment firm BC Partners.

07 Nov 2018, 11:50 AM

STA, 6 November - Slovenia's major strategic asset in relation to China is its geo-strategic position or access to a 500-million European marker, Zdravko Počivalšek, the minister of economic development and technology, said during a visit to China, where he is presenting Slovenia's business and investment environment.

"Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, which gives us access to a 500-million market," Počivalšek said as he visited the Slovenian Consulate in Shanghai Tuesday.

Pointing to a well-developed infrastructure, Počivalšek was quoted by his ministry as saying that to unlock the potential presented by the geo-strategic location, some improvements would be needed.

The minister, who is China for the China International Import Expo fair, praised the good political relations between Slovenia and China, the country's biggest trade partner outside Europe.

He stressed that as part of the 16+1 initiative, which brings together Central and East European countries plus China, the two countries had managed to boost economic cooperation to top 1.2 billion euro.

See all our stories about Slovenia and China here

"Over the past few years, we've managed to attract a number of well-known investors to Slovenia, which proves we have a truly encouraging business environment.

"I believe investing in Slovenia can also be an important opportunity for Chinese companies, particularly in infrastructure and tourism, which I've presented to my Chinese counterparts," said Počivalšek, who met several ministers in charge of the economy, including Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan and his deputy Fu Ziying.

Počivalšek also met on Sunday his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, to discuss Slovenia's participation in Expo 2020 in Dubai, and Austrian Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck.

Meanwhile, State Secretary Aleš Cantarutti attended Monday's promotion of Chinese-owned Slovenian home appliances maker Gorenje's premium products in Beijing. The ministry believes this proves that Slovenian companies have a major impact in China.

The aim of the Slovenian delegation visiting China during the fair, which features 3,000 companies from 130 countries, is to strengthen economic relations with China, including in tourism, and intensify Slovenia's role within the Silk Road initiative.

Learn more about the Silk Road, Slovenia and China here

06 Nov 2018, 11:50 AM

STA, 5 November 2018 - The central bank has recommended that retail banks impose stricter conditions on consumer loans, arguing that at the current pace of lending consumers could face problems paying back their loans if the economy turns sour.

In a macroprudential recommendation issued on Monday, Banka Slovenije said risks remained moderate and manageable, but consumer loans had been growing at a brisk pace for an extended period of time.

The pace of lending has been driven by factors including low interest rates, high bank capitalisation, low household debt and high employment.

While these trends are expected to continue driving high demand, loan maturity has been extending, often beyond the useful life of consumer goods that households are purchasing.

Banks in Slovenia told to reduce loan-to-value ratios

"Long maturity means that these loans will remain on bank balance sheets when the economic cycle turns, which, if macroeconomic risks materialise, may quickly lead to problems in the payment of these loans," the central bank warns.

Banks are therefore advised to keep loan-to-value ratios (loan payments relative to the client's annual income) to below 50% for persons with monthly income of up to EUR 1,700 and below 67% for those making more than that.

The central bank also recommends that new consumer loans should have maturities below 120 months.

The decision was reached "to prevent a loosening of lending standards and improving banks' resilience."

Formally, the new macroprudential recommendation is an expansion of the measure from late-2016, when the central bank advised banks to start reigning in mortgages. That recommendation remains in place.

06 Nov 2018, 10:20 AM

STA, 5 November 2018 - Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek is leading a Slovenian delegation to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) fair in Shanghai, which features 3,000 companies from 130 countries.

The ministry said the visit was designed to boost trade ties with China, enhance Slovenia's role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), present measures to potential investors and boost cooperation in tourism.

The biggest BRI event this year, CIIE provides the platform to showcase a broad range of goods, services and industries. It is expected to attract more than 150,000 Chinese customers.

The fair is aimed at supporting liberalisation and globalisation of international trade and at opening up the Chinese market.

Sports also an important link between Slovenia and China

The participating Slovenian companies and institutions will showcase the country's potential as an innovative high-tech partner for winter sports.

The Slovenian delegation was invited to the fair by the Chinese Ministry of Trade after China recognised Slovenia as a potential partner in the runup to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Nordic Centre in Slovenia's Planica has been selected as the European training camp of the Chinese men's ski jumping team.

In August this year, the Ljubljana Faculty of Sport and Beijing Sport University signed a memorandum on academic and scientific cooperation in winter sports.

In the first joint activity spurred by the memorandum, a bilateral forum on development of winter sports will be held in Beijing on 7 November.

The forum is based on a 2016 agreement on cooperation in sports signed by the respective ministries.

While in China, Počivalšek is due to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese government officials, to brief them on the state of Slovenia's economy and discuss bilateral cooperation in trade and investment.

The focus will be on cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative and ways to boost trade, also through new forms of cooperation. The minister will also present the investment environment in Slovenia.

Related: Koper joins China’s One Belt One Road initiative

Page 1 of 28

Editorial

Gourmet

  • Slovenian Recipe of the Week: St. Martin's Feast

    November 9, 2018

    St Martin's Day (martinovo) is not only a drinking festival, but an eating one as well.

    Like similar harvest festivals, such as Thanksgiving, the main dish consists of a roasted bird, preferably goose or duck, which we eventually got simply because it was half the size of any of the available geese.

    The second important ingredient is chestnuts, which could be a dish on their own, or stuffed in the bird, or pureed and made into a cake.

    Usually there are two other side dishes prepared with the bird, namely steamed red cabbage and mlinci, although the latter are not traditionally prepared at the littoral and mostly consist of wheat flour (covered in duck fat), so we decided to replace them with roasted pumpkin and some potatoes. Green salad is recommended as well.

    The bird was quite fatty, which almost asks for some sour apples in the stuffing, as well as some light sour-ish wine such as cviček.

    slovenian recipe martinova pojedina 20181.jpg

    Ingredients:

    Duck (2 kg)
    Apples
    Chestnuts
    Salt
    Herbs and pepper to taste (orange zest works nicely on the duck skin, but we forgot to get it)
     
    1 red cabbage
    1 onion
    1 clove garlic
    2 tbsp of olive oil
    1 fist of cranberries (optional)
    salt to taste
    1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or/and ½ dl red wine
     
    Roast veggies (3 potatoes, ½ Hokkaido pumpkin)
     
    Green salad (optional)
     
    Chestnut cake (our last week's recipe, click here)
    20181101_093658.jpg
     
     

    Our duck will be stuffed with chestnuts and apples, which will help counter all that fat that will be released from underneath its skin, which we cut into a little, but not through it, to help its way to the surface and to allow the salt and herbs (and orange zest, which we did not have) to hide in the crevices.

    Wash your duck (or goose), wipe it dry and check if everything that shouldn’t been there has been properly removed.

    Then we’ll need boil some chestnuts. Here’s a trick which will allow them to be peeled easier when cooked: the outer shell we peel first, then boil them for about 30 minutes, then remove the remaining skin while still warm. Try to keep the skin undamaged and chestnuts fully covered.

    slovenian recipe kostanj 2018.jpg

    Cut two or three apples and remove the seeds, then stuff the bird with them along with the chestnuts and close the opening with two toothpicks.

    slovenian recipe roast duck 20181.jpg

    All of this can be done inside a dry pot, and no oil needs to be added as your duck will release an enormous amount of its own fat, that you can put in a jar and use for other dishes for weeks that will follow (it has a very high smoke point, and is extremely versatile).

    Place the duck in a preheated oven and roast for about 20 minutes, then turn around and reduce the heat to about 170 degrees Celsius. Turn it around every 20 minutes or so, and pour some of the fatty juices over the surface for about another one and a half hours. Turn up the heat at the end in case the skin isn’t crispy, although you’ll see in the photo that we didn’t do this.

    Meanwhile, cut the vegetables on a tray, sprinkle them with some salt and pour over some olive oil then place in the oven about 30-40 minutes before the duck is done.

    Red cabbage. Chop the onion and garlic and stir fry on the olive oil until onion softens a little. Chop the red cabbage and add it together with some cranberries. Add some water and steam till cabbage softens. Add some wine while still cooking and vinegar at the end. Sprinkle with caraway seeds and serve.

    slovenian recipe martinova pojedina 20182.jpg

    Dober tek!

Photo of the Week

Slovenia Traffic Info

  • Due to the summer holidays around Europe until the end of August, we expect to have increased traffic on all weekends (from Friday to and including Monday), especially between Austria and Croatia in both directions. Due to Italian collective holidays, we expect to have increased traffic in Istria between Italy and Croatia as well as on the A1 motorway between Italy and Hungary. 

    Drivers should expect longer waiting times, especially at border crossings with Croatia at Istria and at the Gruškovje border crossing in Styria. In the event of longer waiting times at Gruškovje, we recommend using the border crossings Zavrč and Središče ob Dravi.

    Frequent congestions are to be expected in Upper Carniola at the Karavanke tunnel, in the direction of Austria. Due to increased checks and controls of the Austrian police, waiting times at the border crossings with Austria may also be longer elsewhere (Ljubelj and Šentilj).

    On Wednesday, 15 August, there will be a national holiday in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Italy, parts of Germany and Switzerland as well as Poland. It will also be the end of the summer holidays in parts of Germany.

    On Tuesday, 14 August, and Thursday, 16 August, an increased number of goods vehicles are to be expected on the A1 motorway between Italy and Hungary.

    An overview of border crossings with Croatia is accessible on the map at the website www.promet.si.

    Expected construction works and road closures

    A1, H3, Ljubljana bypass

    There are construction works at the eastern Ljubljana bypass between Bizovik to the Malence junction, where traffic is running on two narrowed lanes, a temporary traffic regulation is also at the section from the tunnel to the junction Ljubljana south where traffic is hindered.

    From Saturday, 11 August 2018, 2pm, to Sunday, 15 August, 10pm, the road section leading from the Golovec tunnel to the south bypass (via Rudnik) on the eastern Ljubljana bypass will be closed for all traffic, due to the conclusion of construction works. More information at the link. All construction works will be concluded approx. by 16 August 2018.

    A1, Ljubljana - Koper

    At the former toll booth Log around the area of the current administration building, a plateau shall be worked on until approx. the end of September for the purpose of using this area in the future.

    At the toll booth Vrhnika, works are being carried out for the demolition of the toll booth. From 10 August onward, there will be road closures on one lane in the direction of Vrhnika. A full road closure at the Vrhnika junction is expected between 17 and 20 August. Construction works will be concluded approx. at the end of August.

    At the Verd viaduct in the direction of Koper, alternate closures of the slow and fast lanes will be made until 24 August between 7am and 5pm at the area of three traffic lanes, due to repairs within the warranty period.

    The Logatec junction will be closed due to reconstruction and recovery works until the evening on 14 August.

     Reconstruction worksare still being carried out at the viaduct Ravbarkomanda. Traffic is running on two narrowed lanes.

    At the section NanosSenožeče, in the direction of Ljubljana, the auxiliary lane will be closed until approx. 10 August due to construction works.

    The on-ramp at the junction Koper - center, Slavček in the direction of Izola is closed. The on-ramp to the H6 expressway will remain closed until approx. 30 September.

    H4, expressway through the Vipava Valley

    Reconstruction works are being carried out at the H4 expressway at sections Vipava - Ajdovščina - Selo. Traffic is being run in both directions on one half of the expressway, one lane for each direction. The Ajdovščina junction, in the direction of Nanos, will be closed until approx. mid-August (both on-ramp and off-ramp will be closed).

    Due to the repair works of the Boršt viaduct, the road in the direction of Vrtojba (Italy) between the toll booth Nanos and the cut and cover Rebrnice 1 will be closed. Traffic will run in both directions on the second half of the expressway.

    A1, Ljubljana - Maribor

    At the sectionbetween the junctions Celje zahod and Celje center in the direction of Maribor, construction works (replacement of noise barriers) will be carried out until approx. the end of August. Traffic will run on two narrowed lanes, traffic in the mentioned direction is also hindered at the junction Celje - center.

    Due to urgent maintenance works at the section Šentjakob – Domžalein the direction of Maribor between Saturday, 11 August from 5am and 12 August, there will be a total closure of the auxiliary  and traffic lanes until approx. 4pm. Traffic will run on the express lane.

    You can find an overviewof other road construction works at www.promet.si (mark “Roadworks” left by the map).

    Road closures due to events:

    Saturday, 11 August 2018:
    - G1-7, ObrovKozina, 18:35 – 18:45, full closure (fire dept. parade).
    - RT-904, JezeroSavica, 22:03-23:30, full closure (Midsummer night).
    - R2-425, Poljana - Šentvid, from 17:00 to 18:00 and from 18:15 to 19:15, full closure (marathon).
    - R3-603, Most na SočiUšnik, from 15:00 to 21:00, from 15:00 to 21:00, full closure, detour (jumping).

    Sunday, 12 August 2018:
    - R2-407, Gorenja vasLjubljanica, from 9:00 to 21:00, full closure (HCR Lučine).
    - G2-103, UšnikPlave, from 15:00 to 18:00, alternate one-way traffic (jumps from bridge at Kanal ob Soči).
    - R1-204, ŠtanjelDutovlje, from 15:00 to 16:00, full closure (event/holiday).
    - R3-731, PolzelaParižljeBraslovčeMale Braslovče, from 15:00 to 16:00, full closure (hop grower day).
    - R2-447, Medlog- Arjava vas, 11:00 to 13:30, hindered traffic (triathlon).

    Wednesday, 15 August 2018:
    - R2-425, PoljanaŠentvid, from 8:00 to 19:00, full closure with detour (fair).
    - R3-726, RenkovciČrenšovci, from 7:00 to 14.00, full closure with detour (fair event).
    -R2-407, Gorenja vasLjubljanica, from 9:45 to 10:30, full closure (cycling event).
    - R3-716, Grad - Kuzma, from 5:00 to 16:00, full closure with detour (fair).

    R1-218, Črnomelj, from 17 August from 12:00 to 18 August 2018 to 12:00, full closure with detour (Črnfest).

    Weather

    According to ARSOwe will have a refreshing week-end with rain until Monday, with temperatures of around 30 °C. Chances of precipitation will be higher from Tuesday on.

    Prevention

    Safety distance is a distance which a vehicle passes in two seconds, from which the first second represents the reaction time of the driver before he starts to brake and the second represents the time of the vehicle braking.

    More at the link.

    Traffic information

    Before you set off, check the traffic information via:
    - the website at www.promet.si,
    - PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
     - mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - monitoring traffic information on radio stations.

    We advise drivers to start their journeys at night or very early in the morning. You may find the traffic calendar a useful tool in planning your journey.

    Have a nice and safe trip and a refreshing summer!

    Read more
  • Urgent rehabilitation of the »Zala« slope, above the road G2-102 at the road section – 1034 Spodnja Idrija – Godovič, will be carried out from km 8,460 to km 8,595 and from km 6,500 to km 6,950.

    Certain construction works will require a common full road closure at both locations. The full closure is expected to be from 23.07.2018 to 20.08.2018.Other works will be carried out under separate half road closures and will take about 80 days. There will also be occasional road closures of up to 30 minutes for works on those segments where there is still a danger of rockfall.

    During full road closures, traffic will run on state owned roads. All traffic (including buses) of over 7.5 tonnes of mass will run on a detour: Logatec – Nova Gorica – Tolmin – Idrija. Vehicles with a mass of less than 7.5 tonnes (personal vehicles, vans and light goods vehicles) will run on the detour Logatec – Žiri – Govejk – Marof – Spodnja Idrija, as has been communicated by the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency.

    Source: Ministry of Infrastructure, Slovenian Infrastructure Agency, Investments Division

    Read more
  • Expected construction works and road closures

    We are issuing a warning to drivers to drive carefully around the toll stations because there may be occasional traffic congestion due to changed signalisation. Construction works are currently being carried out at the Log, Postojna and Torovo toll stations.

    A1, Ljubljana bypass

    At the Malence split from the eastern to the southern Ljubljana bypassthere will be traffic congestion in the emergency lane until approx. 13 July 2018 due to construction works.

    Measures to increase traffic flow and improve traffic safety at the Malence split on the Ljubljana ring road (the crossroads between the eastern and southern Ljubljana bypass); in June, the extension of the embankment, while the main works on the split are expected to be between 10 July and 18 August 2018.

    A2, Karavanke - Obrežje 

    On Sunday, 17 June 2018, the existing partial closure on the A2 motorway was reorganized as part of the continuation (completion of Phase 2 and the start of Phase 3) of works in connection with the demolition of the Torovo TS and the restoration of the carriageway between the  Torovo TS and the Vodice junction.

    Due to works in phase 3, stage 1, there will be partial closures on the following sections:

    • Section number 0009 Brnik - Vodice from km 3.261 to km 5.246;
    • Section number 0609 Brnik - Vodice from km 3.461 to km 5.254;
    • Section number 0010 Vodice – LJ (Šmartno) from km 0.000 to km 0.473;
    • Section number 0610 Vodice – LJ (Šmartno) from km 0.000 to km 0.747.


    Due to works in phase 3, stage 2, there will be partial closures on the following sections:

    • Section number 0009 Brnik - Vodice from km 3.261 to km 4.211;
    • Section number 0609 Brnik - Vodice from km 3.461 to km 4.411.

    During the period of temporary traffic signalization, traffic will run on two narrowed lanes in both directions. Temporary traffic signalization will be set up on 22 July 2018.

    A5, Lenart - Sv.Trojica

    At the location of the Lormanje rest area (AC-A5, Lenart - Sv.Trojica), the entry point to the rest area will be closed from Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 13:00 to Sunday 24 June 2018 until 22.00.

    The exit point from the rest area will be closed on Sunday, 24 June 2018, from 8:00 to 22:00, when the entire closure is to be removed. This will enable those who remain at the rest area on Saturday night to leave.

    We would also like to draw attention to a number of works on some major and regional roads, as well as numerous events that will further slow the traffic (running, cycling, summer city and regional events).

    Urgent rehabilitation of the »Zala« slope, above the road G2-102 at the road section – 1034 Spodnja Idrija – Godovič, will be carried out from km 8,460 to km 8,595 and from km 6,500 to km 6,950.

    Certain construction works will require a common full road closure at both locations. The full closure is expected to be from 23.07.2018 to 20.08.2018, more info

    Major renovation work envisioned by the end of August

    On the A1 Unec-Postojna Primorska motorwaysection, the rehabilitation of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct is in progress (a facility in the direction of Ljubljana, the current closure is due to end in mid-September).

    On the H4 Vipava-Ajdovščina-Selo highway section, 7.7 km of road is being reconstructed, in the direction of both Vrtojba and Razdrto, totalling 15.4 km of carriageway. Currently, the traffic on the Vipava highway between Selo and Vipava is being run in both directions on one half of the highway, one lane for each direction.

    Ajdovščina junction is open; the complete closure of the junction in the direction of Ljubljana is planned in mid-July.

    Demolition of toll stations

    Stage 1 covers: emolition and reorganization of the Log, Torovo, Hrušica and Vrhnika toll stations, including the plateau and renovation of the carriageway on section A2 / 0009 Brnik–Vodice from km 4.041 to km 5.246 and A2 / 0010 Vodice–Ljubljana (Šmartno) from km 0.000 to km 0.267 and A2 / 0109 Vodice junction. Contractor: Gorenjska gradbena družba GDD in cooperation with Kolektor CPG and CPK for EUR 10.470 million excl. VAT.

    Stage 3 covers: Demolition and reorganization of the Nanos, Dane, Logatec, Unec - north, Unec - south, Razdrto - north, Razdrto - south, Postojna - north and Postojna - south toll stations, as well as the renovation of the carriageway construction of the highway H4 / 0374 and 0774 Razdrto–Vipava from km 0.000 to km 0.075, A1 / 0154 Nanos split and A1 / 0151 Logatec junction. Contractor Kolektor CPG in cooperation with CPK for EUR 7.998 million.

    Works at the Log toll station on the A1 Primorska motorway are underway.The contractual deadline for the execution of all works at the Log toll station is by the end of July, when all the barriers must be removed from the carriageway. Furthermore, in the area of today's toll station administrative building, a plateau will be regulated to allow the further use of this area, which will take 55 days (until the end of September) but will not significantly affect traffic fluidity. Therefore, the works at the toll station - including the new plateau in the catchment area - are expected to be completed by the end of September.

    The works on the Torovo toll station on the A2 Gorenjska motorway are in progress and are expected to be completed by the end of July.

    At the Unec toll station, preparatory work is expected to begin on 2 July; full closure, which will last for seven days, is scheduled for 7 July.  

    The start of preparatory work at the Nanos toll station is scheduled for 3 September; full closure, which will last 30 days, is scheduled for 12 September.

    Works at the Logatec toll station on the A1 Primorska motorway, including the renovation of the carriageway on the junction to the industrial zone, are scheduled between 16 July and 3 August 2018.

    At the Vrhnika toll station on the A1 Primorska motorway, including the plateau, works will take place between 6 August and 25 August 2018.

    Summer traffic peaks

    In the summertime, morning and afternoon traffic peaks are reduced during work hours, while seasonal traffic peaks increase at the weekends:

    Time frame

    Traffic direction

    Most congested sections

    Friday afternoon

    Towards tourist destinations

    Ljubljana ring road

    A1 Ljubljana – Koper

    H5 Koper – Isola

    G1-11 Koper – MP Dragonja

    G2-111 Isola – MP Sečovlje

    Saturday

    From Austria and Italy towards the Slovenian coast and Croatia and the other direction

    A2 Karavanke – Ljubljana,

    A1 Ljubljana – Koper,

    H5 Koper – Isola

    A1 Šentilj – Maribor

    G1-11 Koper – Dragonja

    G1-111 Isola – MP Sečovlje

    G1-7 Kozina – MP Starod

    G1-6 Postojna – MP Jelšane

    A4 Maribor – Podlehnik

    G1-9 Podlehnik – MP Gruškovje

    Sunday afternoon

    from the Slovenian coast and Croatia to Austria and Italy.

    A2 Ljubljana – Karavanke

    A1 Koper – Ljubljana

    H5 Koper – Isola

    A1 Šentilj – Maribor

    G1-11 Koper – Dragonja

    G1-111 Isola – MP Sečovlje

    G1-7 Kozina – MP Starod

    G1-6 Postojna – MP Jelšane

    A4 Maribor – Podlehnik

    G1-9 Podlehnik – MP Gruškovje

    You can find the forecast of major traffic congestion on the Slovenian road network in the traffic calendar.

    The Sečovlje, Dragonja, Starod, Jelšane, Gruškovje and Obrežje border crossing points will be most crowded during the summer traffic peaks.

    For those travelling to Istria, we recommend using the Sočerga, Podgorje or Brezovica pri Gradinu border crossings during peak times. You can find them on the map at www.promet.si.

    Prevention

    We ask drivers to exercise caution due to the mowing of grass and other road works on the various sections of motorways and expressways as part of the    regular annual maintenance works.

    Freight traffic limits

    Limiting freight traffic and groups of vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 7.5 tonnes will be changed on Saturday, 23 June as per the Decree on traffic limitations on roads in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of RS No. 75/11). More at link.

    Weather conditions:In addition to works, the weather conditions affecting traffic flows and rehabilitation after storms are at the forefront. We observe different traffic densities than in the past.

    Before you set off, check the traffic information via:
    - The website www.promet.si;
    - The PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder 080 22 44 (free of charge);
    - The mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - Social media (Twitter @promet_si in www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - Monitor traffic information on radio stations

    Read more
  • High traffic congestion is to be expected at the end of the week (Friday, Saturday), especially from Austria to the Slovenian and Croatian coasts. School holidays in Hungary and Croatia have started. Similar traffic congestion is also expected in the opposite direction on Sunday, especially in the afternoon.

    In addition to congestion at border crossing points with Croatia, especially at the Gruškovje border crossing point and border crossing points in Istria, we also expect congestion before the Karavanke tunnel on Saturday and Sunday. 
     

    The Tour of Slovenia, a bike race, will take place until 17 June in five stages at: Lendava - Murska Sobota, Maribor - Rogaška Slatina, Slovenske Konjice - Celje, Ljubljana - Kamnik, Trebnje - Novo mesto. More information at the link.

    Expected construction works and road closures

    We are issuing a warning to drivers to drive carefully around toll booths because there may be occasional traffic congestion due to changed signalisation. Construction works are currently being carried out at toll booths of Log, Postojna and Torovo.

    A1, Ljubljana bypass

    At the Malence split from the eastern to the southern Ljubljana bypassthere will be traffic congestion on the emergency lane up to approx. 13 July 2018 due to construction works.

    A2, Karavanke - Obrežje

    Due to the Tour of Slovenia bike race, the junctions Trebnje - vzhod and Novo mesto - zahod will be closed on 17 June between 11am and 3:30pm.

    A1, Ljubljana - Koper

    Reconstruction works are being carried out at Ravbarkomanda. 

    H4, expressway through the Vipava Valley

    Reconstruction works are being carried out at H4 at the sections Vipava - Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina - Selo. Traffic is being run in both directions on one half of the expressway, one lane for each direction.

    On Friday night (approx. after 8pm) on 15 June, there will be a total weekend closure of the expressway. The full closure will be lifted approx. on Monday, 18 June after 5am. During the construction works, there will be a detour on the parallel road.

    A2, Karavanke - Obrežje

    On Thursday, 14 June, traffic will run at intervals at the Karavanke tunnel between 8am and 4pm, with a 30 minute waiting time before the tunnel. The maximum transport width is 3.75m.

    The Vodice junction will fully open approx. on 20 June, traffic will run on two narrowed lanes in both directions due to the demolition of the Torovo toll booth.

    On Friday, 15 June, express lanes between the Jesenice rest area (N and S) and the Jesenice vzhod junction (Lipce) will be closed due to the closure of passages between the directional lanes.

    Approx. on Tuesday, 19 June, the motorway exit at Lesce in the direction of the Karavanke tunnel will be closed for approx. 6 hours due to the mowing of grass - a detour will be marked via the Radovljica junction.

    A1, Šentilj - Ljubljana 

    At the section Vransko - Blagovica, a wash of Trojane tunnels in the direction of Ljubljana is expected the night of 14 to 15 June from 5pm to 2am.

    At the section Arja vas - Domžale in both directions, a movable blockade of the emergency lane is expected on 15 June from 7:30am to 2pm due to the mowing of the grass.

    At the sections Vransko - Trojane, a full closure of the junctions Vransko and Trojane (entry and exit) is expected in both directions on Friday, 15 June from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm due to the Tour of Slovenia bike race.

    A5, Maribor - Lendava

    At the section Dragučovo and Lenart around the Močna viaduct, the cut & cover Močna and Zamarkova viaduct, there will be recovery works until approx. 15 June 2018. During the total closure, traffic will be run in both directions on one side of the motorway.

    Certain construction works on the main and regional roads

    - At the road Kranjska Gora - Dovje in the Martuljek forest, there is a half closure due to road works.  Alternative one-way traffic is in place.  During weekends, traffic is occasionally run in both ways.
    - Due to the landslide of the road, the regional road Podtabor - Naklo between Bistrica and the motorway junction Naklo remains closed. A detour is possible on the motorway between junctions Naklo and Podtabor. For the remainder of the closure, drivers are not obligated to have a valid vignette between these two junctions.
    - In Ljubljana,the road “Pot za Brdom” will be closed up to 21 June, from the motorway junction Brdo to the crossroads with the road “Pot Roberta Blinca”.Access to Hotel Mons will be possible only from the direction of the bypass.During the closure, drivers are not required to have a valid vignette on the western bypass between the junctions Brdo and Podutik.

    - The road Dolenjske Toplice - Črmošnjice - Črnomelj will be closed in Črmošnjice up to 30 June. A detour for personal vehicles and buses will be made on local roads, heavy vehicles weighting 3.5t and more will have a detour via Novo mesto and Semič.

    - The main road Metlika - Novo mesto will be closed for the weekend because of the race. During this time, a detour for vans and trucks will run through Črmošnjice, which is currently the detour for cars and buses on the local road. The heavy vehicle ban will be temporarily lifted at the detour.

    - On the road Ilirska Bistrica - Jelšane there is a half closure at Dolenje pri Jelšanah, alternative one-way traffic is in place. During increased traffic there will be congestion.

    Overview of other road works at the link: www.promet.si.

    Other events:

    - R2-408, Žiri - Trebija, 15 June from 3pm to 16 June to 1am, complete closure. During the closure, a detour will run on local roads LC 499 201 and LC 496 031 (through the industrial zone) (event).

    - R2-441, Murska Sobota - Gederovci, 15 June from 1am to 11.58pm, complete closure (fair).

    - G2-105, 105 Novo mesto - Metlika, International mountain speed race Gorjanci, 16 June from 7am to 7pm. Complete closure (during the closure traffic will be redirected to state roads R2-419, R1-216 and 1178, R1-218, 1212, 1152 and 1213 and municipality roads.

    - R2-403, Češnjica - Škofja Loka, 16 June from 6:55pm to 7:10pm, complete closure. No detour (running event).

    - In Škofja Loka, there will be some closures in the city centre and its surroundings on Saturday, 16 June (running event).

     - R3-614, Komen - Štanjel, 16 June from 10 to 17 June until 8am, complete closure. During the closure, traffic will be redirected to the state road R3-618 and municipality roads (public holiday).

    - R3-697, Nazarje - Gornji Grad, 17 June from 10am to 12pm for 30 minutes (2x), complete closure, no detour (running marathon).

    - R2-448, Pluska - Trebnje, 17 June from 9:05am to 9:30am (bike race).

    - R1-218, Črnomelj, 21 June from 9am to 25 July to 12pm, complete closure. During the closure, traffic will be redirected to state roads R1-216 section 1178 and 1393, R1-218 section 1213 and 1152, and municipality roads (folklore festivalJurjevanje”).

    Prevention

    We ask drivers to exercise caution due to the mowing of grass and other road works on the various sections of motorways and expressways within the activities of regular annual maintenance Works.

    Driving at too short of a safety distance is statistically one of the most frequent causes of traffic accidents (327 traffic accidents occurred in 2016 on Slovenian expressways and motorways due to the inappropriate safety distance). More at the link.

    Freight traffic limits

    Limiting freight traffic and groups of vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 7.5 tonnes will be changed on Saturday, 23 June as per the Decree on traffic limitations on roads in the Republic of Slovenia.  More at the link.

    Weather

    Data obtained from ARSO suggests that in the night of Thursday we may expect frequent thunderstorms and local heavy rainfall. Stronger winds, hail, an increase of torrents and the build-up of storm water may also occur. Interchangeable weather is expected from Sunday to Friday, there will be local showers and thunderstorms. We urge drivers to exercise caution and drive safely during thunderstorms. 

    Traffic information

    Before you set off, check the traffic information via:
    - the website at www.promet.si,
    - PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
     - mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - monitoring traffic information on radio stations.

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive.

    Read more
  • The first significant increase in foreign vehicles driving on Slovenian roads before the main summer tourist season is during the Easter holidays.

    We are therefore expecting increased traffic at the end of this week from Austria and Italy in the direction of the border crossings with Croatia and from Italy to Hungary.

    Holidays in certain parts of Europe start on Thursday, 29 March; therefore, we may expect increased traffic from Austria in the direction of Croatia. On Thursday, we also expect heavy freight traffic and long waiting lines at the border crossings with Croatia.
     

    Roads will be heavily burdened on Friday, 30 March. Heavy congestions can be expected on the Lower Carniola motorway at Dobruška vas due to construction works.
     

    Due to the end of the holidays in most European countries, traffic will be significantly increased in the opposite direction on Monday, 2 April, and Tuesday, 3 April. 


    The electronic tolling system is being implemented on 1 April and short road closures are to be expected during the night.

    When and where there will be the most traffic based on data from previous years: info.


    You can view the travel times on certain sections live on the website of the Traffic Information Centre at www.promet.si.

    Limitations for freight traffic

    Please note that limitations for freight traffic in Slovenia also apply on Easter Friday and later on Sunday and Monday. There will be no limitations in Slovenia on Saturday.

    You can view limitations in Slovenia and in neighbouring countries here.

    Expected construction works and road closures


    A2, Ljubljana - Obrežje

    A full road closure is expected in the Dobruška vas - Drnovo section until 21 May, which will be carried out in five stages. Traffic shall run on the other half of the motorway in both directions. Due to the full closure of the section, the Smednik junction will host temporary passage. Due to the closure of junction sections A and B at the Smednik junction (the expected start of the construction works is at the beginning of April), a detour will run on state-owned roads. The Zaloke jug rest area will be closed for the duration of the closure.

    A2, Ljubljana - Karavanke

    From Monday, 16 April to Thursday, 19 April from 8am to 4pm there will be maintenance works in the Karavanke tunnel.
    Traffic will run at intervals with waiting times at each end of the tunnel of up to 30 minutes. The maximum transport width is 3.5m.   à

    A1. Ljubljana - Koper, H4, Vipavska dolina

    As part of adjusting the toll booths for the DarsGo system, there will be a full half hour closure of the Divača - Kozina section on Monday, 2 April between 12am and 1am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Videž gantry. There will be a short closure of the Gabrk - Sežana vzhod section on Tuesday, 3 April between 4am and 6am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Dane gantry. Traffic will also occasionally be hindered outside the listed dates.

    Within the next phase of a more extensive renovation of the Vipava expressway, the worn roads in certain sections of the Vipava-Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina-Selo expressway in the total length of 7.7km will be renewed in each direction. The contractor will begin the renovation works as soon as the weather allows for it or after the end of the winter service on the motorways and expressways at the latest, most probably in the last third of March.

    A1 Maribor - Ljubljana, A5 Maribor - Lendava

    On the night of 1 April, traffic will be hindered at toll booths on the A1 at CP Vransko, CP Kompolje and CP Pesnica, on the A5 at CP Dragotinci, and on the A4 at CP Prepolje due to the implementation of the new traffic signalisation. CP Vransko will also have a half hour full closure in both directions at around midnight.

    Due to road patching works, traffic will be hindered at CP Vransko on Saturday, 31 March. 

    From Tuesday, 3 April to Saturday, 7 April, road patching works will commence on the A5 motorway at Vučja vas, Murska Sobota.
    On Saturday, 7 April, lines will be painted for the toll booths on the Styria motorway, while road patching works at CP Tepanje will commence on Sunday, 8 April.

    Prevention

    We are already seeing bikers on our roads and numerous national prevention initiatives to increase the safety of bikers are already taking place. The purpose of the initiatives is to make bikers aware of the importance of preparing appropriately at the start of the biker season, of wearing protective gear, of unexpected situations on the roads and of other participants in road traffic. More can be found at the link bikers.

    Speed as a risk factor remains one of the main reasons for traffic accidents and is an important contributor to the severity of consequences and the number of people severely or mortally injured in these accidents. Therefore we urge you to be attentive and to adjust your speed to the conditions on the road!

    Traffic information

    We suggest that you check the status of the roads using:
    - the website www.promet.si,
    - the PIC operator by dialling 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - the social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roadswishes you a pleasant and prudent drive.

     

    Read more
  • Read more
  • We are expecting traffic congestions in the direction of the Croatian border from Friday, 23 March due to holidays in Austria and a larger part of Germany.

    Increased traffic is expected in the A2 Ljubljana - Karavanke due to an event in Planica.

    Due to the Easter holidays, there will also be increased traffic at the end of next week. Heavy congestion is expected on Thursday, 29 March, and Friday, 30 March at the Obrežje border crossing.

    Expected construction works

    A2 Ljubljana – Obrežje

    A full road closure is expected in the Dobruška vas - Drnovo section from 22 March to 21 May, which will be carried out in five stages. Traffic shall run on the other half of the motorway in both directions. Due to the full closure of the section, the Smednik junction will host temporary passages. The Smednik junction is expected to be closed from the start of April in the direction of Obrežje/Croatia. The Zaloke jug rest areawill be closed for the duration of the closure.

    A2 Karavanke – Ljubljana

    Due to the installation of a supporting frame on an overpass, where a bike lane is to be established, a full closure of the motorway in both directions between the junctions Kranj vzhod and Brnik is expected in the night from Tuesday, 27 March to Wednesday, 28 March, depending on the weather conditions. During the closure, traffic will be directed via Šenčur.

    A1 Ljubljana - Koper, H4 Razdrto – Nova Gorica, H3 Gabrk – Fernetiči/Italy

    A closure is being set up on the H4 between the Vipava and Selo junctionsin both directions; the express lane is closed. Within the next phase of the more extensive renovation of the Vipava expressway, the worn roads in certain sections of the Vipava-Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina-Selo expressways with a total length of 7.7km will be renewed in each direction. The contractor will begin the renovation works as soon as the weather allows or after the end of the winter service on the motorways and expressways at the latest.

    There are also preparatory works for the renovation of the second half of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct on the A1 in the Unec-Postojna section.

    Traffic will run on one lane in the direction of Koper until Friday, 23 March at around 3pm and during the night from Saturday (at around 7pm) to Sunday (up to 8am). The express lane in the direction of Ljubljana will be closed from Saturday, 24 March from 7pm to Sunday, 25 March at around 4pm. Following the completion of these works, traffic in both directions will run on two narrowed lanes.

    On Saturday, 24 March, there will be remediation works on the asphalt in the ABC lane of CP Log in the direction of Koper from 7am onward. The ABC lane will be closed until approx. 6pm. Traffic will run in the parallel lane.

    A1 Maribor – Ljubljana

    Due to the patching up of asphalt surfaces, traffic will be hindered on 25 March in the area of the Kompolje toll booth.

    Events, projected closures

    During the international ski jumping event in Planica from 22 March to 25 March, the Kranjska Gora - Rateče regional road will have a changed traffic regime, which can be accessed here. The changed traffic regime will be in effect from 22 March from 10am to 25 March until 4pm.

    Weather

    Based on the data from ARSO, we will be having variable weather until April. Morning temperatures will be around freezing point. There is a danger of avalanches on roads in higher regions.

    Prevention

    Do not rush to change your winter tyres. Please see the advice from the police here.

    In the springtime, we expect frequent fog and precipitation and therefore low visibility. We are therefore reminding drivers that using daytime running (LED) lights is not sufficient. The back of the vehicle remains unlit and there is a higher chance of a collision. We therefore advise drivers to activate their regular lights during the low visibility, which will make their vehicles visible from the rear as well. You are thus more visible on the road and, consequently, safer.  

    The DarsGo system

    On 1 April 2018, Slovenia will implement the toll system in free traffic flow named DarsGo, which will be mandatory for all vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes (heavy vehicles). Note: goods vehicles will still need to drive on special lanes at toll booths even after 1 April. These vehicles, however, will no longer be required to stop and will only drive past the booth at the prescribed speed. Please have a look at the short animation here: youtu.be/ifJ7qVrBMaE.

    Heavy vehicle drivers can register in the DarsGo system at www.darsgo.si or at user points (‘DarsGo servis’ customer centres) throughout the country.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive

     

    Read more
  • Traffic problems due to snow are expected at least in the middle of te week. We advise drivers to carefully monitor weather forecasts and check the traffic information before setting off.

    Due to Mardi Gras events, roadblocks and road closures are expected until Ash Wednesday, 14 February.

    Expected construction works

    Primorska

    In the area MMP Vrtojba, the driving lane is closed due to the cave-in of a concrete road surface.

    After snowing has stopped, the maintenance services will carry out their winter tasks and remove ice dams and snow from overpasses. Therefore, we ask drivers to be patient.

    Weather

    According to ARSO, Wednesday will be cloudy with precipitation. There will be snow in central Slovenia and rain in the lower parts of Primorska. Thursday will be cloudy, there will be slight snowfall in the south and east in the morning. Friday will be mostly cloudy and dry. It will remain cold. Further precipitations are possible on Monday afternoon. It is expected that there will be snowfalls in the lowlands. Precipitations are still possible on Thursday, a dry weather is expected for Wednesday and partly Thursday, the probability of precipitations will again increase towards the end of the week.

    Events

    Due to Mardi Gras events, traffic will be disrupted in several places, roadblocks are expected in certain places. The larger portion of events will be organised at the end of the week, some even by Wednesday, 14 February.

    Larger events: Ptuj, Majšperk, Cerknica, Cerkno, Mežica, Ravne na Koroškem, Bovec, Ilirska Bistrica, Ig, Litija, Begunje, Tržič, in some parts of Prekmurje and Istra.  

    The European championship in futsal will take place by 10 February at the Stožice stadium.

    Prevention

    We advise drivers to follow traffic notifications and set off on time or somewhat earlier; while postponing unnecessary drives in the case of heavy snowfall. Slower traffic must be taken into consideration, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours. “Do not leave home without adequate winter equipment!”

    Avalanches are possible in higher areas. We are also warning drivers about the possibility of mandatory snow chains on mountain passes.

    During the week of warning for the safety of pedestrians, we are joining in the support for this initiative by warning drivers that they are not safe when they stop in the emergency lane. If you need to stop in the emergency lane, ensure you are safe.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive

    Read more
  • Due to fallen trees, landslides, and floods, many roads remain closed. Because variable weather is expected, the state will not improve soon. We would like to warn drivers to progress carefully at low temperatures, especially on shaded parts of overpasses, bridges, and road sections. There is a possibility of black ice occurring on those sections. 

    Truck drivers may expect trucks to be removed from the road during heavy snowfalls.

    Increased traffic around shopping centres may be expected even before the holidays. Freight traffic is increased, as well as the congestion at morning and afternoon peak hours. Holidays in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, part of Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary shall begin on 21.12., due to which there will be increased traffic from Thursday to Sunday from Italy to Hungary and from Austria (Germany, Switzerland) towards Croatia.

    Expected construction works

    No major construction works are planned for the highway network, occasional short maintenance works are being carried out. Due to the weather forecast, you may expect plough services on the highway network; please do not overtake them for your own safety. 

    A4, Podravje highway

    Vignettes must be used at the junction Draženci - Podlehnikup to the junction Podlehnik. Drivers may still drive on the section Hajdina - Draženci without a valid vignette, but only those who are using the detour due to the closure of the Ptuj bridge. The bridge will remain closed until mid-September 2018.

    Closures on other roads

    Due to the storm and disaster relief, numerous roads remain closed (felled power lines, felled trees, landslides, damaged facilities, floods). You may view the current state at www.promet.si.

    Weather

    Forecast from 16. to 21.12.

    Based on the data provided by ARSO, precipitation shall cease on Saturday, after which rain will turn to snow in certain lowland areas. In the coming week, from Sunday to Thursday, there will be partly clear and dry weather, fog will be present in the lowland areas in the morning and before noon. We expect another increase of river flows at the end of the week and new road closures due to floods.

    News

    On 1.4.2018, the Republic of Slovenia shall implement modern electronic tolling for vehicles whose mass exceeds 3.5 tonnes (heavy vehicles) in free traffic flow, named DarsGo. DARS has already established seven user points (the so-called ‘DarsGo servis’ customer centres) and began registering the first users of the new tolling system. These may also register on the website at www.darsgo.si and it is estimated that at the beginning of 2018, they will also be able to register at authorised service stations near the highway network. Transport companies are asked to register into the DarsGo system as soon as possible and acquire the DarsGo units and thus avoid the long waiting lines and high fines should they enter the highway or motorway without a valid DarsGo unit.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive.

     

    Read more
  • Due to the ever-decreasing temperatures, the driving conditions are worsening. Snowfalls are possible in the coming week, therefore we would like to ask all drivers to only drive on the roads with the prescribed winter equipment, to respect the traffic signs, to remain tolerant and to adjust their driving to the conditions. Drivers should not overtake snow clearance vehicles because they are endangering their own safety and the safety of other road users.

    Expected construction Works 

    Primorska region, A1

    The construction blockage in the area of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct will be removed on 10 December when construction works on the object are complete.

    Štajerska region, A1

    The gas station at the Lukovica rest point in the direction from Maribor will be closed until the end of the year.

    Hindered traffic is expected at the Lopata rest point in the direction of Ljubljana. It is estimated that works will be completed by 22 December.

    Podravje highway, A4

    The Podravje highway Draženci - Podlehniksection has been opened to traffic. In accordance with the placed signs, drivers will need vignettes to drive on the section up to the Podlehnik junction. Drivers may still drive on the Hajdina - Draženci section without a valid vignette, but only those who are on the official detour due to the closure of the Ptuj bridge.

    Due to closures on some other roads we suggest careful driving.

    Note: The time of the expected works may be changed due to weather, technical or other reasons. Updated changes shall be published on our map and in our traffic report at www.promet.si.   

    Events in the festive December

    We are in the festive month December. Various places, city centres, markets, streets and towns will be holding events, among them fairs, switching on lights and other events. The festive December events connect different generations and attract a large number of visitors from various places. We urge all visitors to plan their trips to such events and consider their parking possibilities. We also urge them to be cautious and attentive, especially on traffic surfaces, and to ensure their own personal safety. We are also issuing a warning on the possibility of highly dense traffic in the directions of these events.

     

    Prevention

    During the winter months, the weather conditions are unpleasant (fog, rain, snow) and the days are shorter. In order to be safe in traffic, we recommend that you ensure you are visible by wearing reflective clothing or visible light-coloured clothing, and we urge drivers to adjust their driving to the conditions on the road.  Considering that we are expecting variable weather, including rainfall and then snowfall or a combination of fog, rain, snow and low temperatures, we recommend that you equip your vehicle with appropriate equipment and adjust your driving to the weather conditions.

    Drivers may also expect icy surfaces in exposed areas, and freight vehicle drivers may be excluded from traffic in the event of large amounts of snow and snow clearance vehicles, therefore we recommend that you consider all these facts before you set off, adjust your driving to the conditions on your journey and follow the weather forecasts. We recommend that you take preventive chains with you at higher roads.

    Traffic information:
    Before you set off, check the traffic information using:

    - the website promet.si,
    - the PIC operator on 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder on 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media ([email protected]_siand www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.

    NEW: Vignettes for 2018, on sale from 1st December 2017 onwards

    Information about authorised vendors of Slovenian vignettes
    ► Toll user centre Grič 54, 1000 Ljubljana / Tel.: 080 15 03 ali +386 1 5188350 (Information about vignettes and toll for trucks)
    ► Vignette system and roads Information about motorways sections with the mandatory use of vignettes

     
    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roadswishes you a pleasant drive and end of the year.

    Read more

Photo galleries and videos

This websie uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.