Economic growth slows to 8.2% in Q2
LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's economy grew at an annual rate of 8.2% in the second quarter of the year driven by domestic and foreign demand, in particular household spending and exports of services, according to preliminary figures released by the Statistics Office. The rate is a slowdown from the nominal annual rate of 9.6% in the quarter before as the latest data shows. Seasonally-adjusted growth run at an annual rate 8.3% and a quarterly rate of 0.9%, which compares to the eurozone average of 8.3% and 0.7%, respectively.
Regular and diesel somewhat cheaper at midnight
LJUBLJANA - Regular petrol and diesel sold outside the motorway network will get cheaper again at midnight. Regular will be sold at EUR 1.49 a litre, down 4.4 cents, and diesel at EUR 1.641, or 3.5 cents less, the Economy Ministry announced. The cheaper prices will be in force until 29 August, whereas the prices at filling stations along motorways remain liberated. This is the fourth biweekly consecutive price drop comes despite the government reintroducing excise on CO2 emission and energy efficiency.
Logar takes lead in presidential opinion poll
LJUBLJANA - Anže Logar, the former foreign minister, has taken the lead ahead of the 23 October presidential election in the latest poll commissioned by the newspapers Dnevnik and Večer. Logar, an MP for the opposition Democratic Party (SDS), polled at 30.2%, up by two percentage points compared to July. He is now 2.7 points ahead of lawyer Nataša Pirc Musar, who lost 2.6 points to 27.5%. Marta Kos, the former diplomat who will run for the ruling party Freedom Movement, polled at 16.3%, down 3.1 points. Pirc Musar is still projected to win a run-off against Logar or any other rival.
Potential presidential run-off confirmed for 13 November
LJUBLJANA - The National Electoral Commission (DVK) confirmed the timetable for the presidential elections that will be held on 23 October. A potential run-off will be held on 13 November. Submission of candidacies, which must be approved by the candidates themselves, will be possible from 22 August until 28 September, and candidates will have five days after that, until October 3, to withdraw their consent to the candidacy.
Only one bid arrives in govt's wheat purchase call
LJUBLJANA - Only one bid was submitted as part of the National Commodity Reserves Agency's public calls for the purchase of a total of 40,000 tonnes of wheat. Slovenia wants to bulk up its domestic reserves in the face of the war in Ukraine. No details about the bid have been released. Prime Minister Robert Golob said that "evidently farmers had no problem selling the wheat and there is nothing wrong with that. They simply sold to the higher bidder."
President underlines importance of strong community in turbulent times
ČRENŠOVCI - President Borut Pahor underlined the importance of a strong community for a nation, especially in times of global turbulence, as he addressed a ceremony on the eve of Prekmurje reunification day. "There are many things in the current developments that we cannot influence. But there is one thing for which we alone are responsible: civic and national community," Pahor said.
Slovenian minority member Rojc headlines her party's election list
TRIESTE, Italy - Tatjana Rojc, the Italian senator and a member of the Slovenian minority in Italy, will headline the list of the Democratic Party (PD) in Friuli-Venezia Giulia for the September parliamentary election in Italy, the Trieste newspaper Primorski Dnevnik reported. Being the headliner on the list gives the minority member a realistic chance to make it to the Senate once again.
Ascent files for arbitration against Slovenia, demands EUR 500m
LONDON, UK - The UK energy and natural resources company Ascent Resources and its Slovenian subsidiary have formally submitted a request for arbitration against Slovenia following complications in the country green-lighting their gas project near Lendava. The company has revised its damage assessment from EUR 100 million to over EUR 500 million. The request was submitted to the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Construction of new detention and retention basins announced
BELTINCI - Prime Minister Robert Golob announced the construction of new detention and retention basins to help farmers irrigate crops during periods of drought. "We are no longer fighting climate change, which is already here, we have to start with mitigation. And irrigation systems, retention and detention basins, and the connection of water supply system will be key if we are to successfully tackle climate change as a country," he said after a meeting with farmers.
Croatian fighters intercept aircraft destined for Slovenia
ZAGREB, Croatia - A US-registered Beechcraft Bonanza civilian aircraft flying from Greece to Slovenia was intercepted by two Croatian MiG-21 fighter jets as it entered Croatian airspace on Monday. The aircraft continued its flight to the destination after it had been established that it could not make contact with flight control as its avionics had failed. The Croatian Defence Ministry said the contact had taken place as part of the NATO air defence system.
Almost 1,600 new Covid cases during extended weekend
LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,582 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Slovenia during the extended weekend and nine fatalities among Covid-19 patients. Friday included, 11 patients died and 3,156 new infections were confirmed, data released by the Health Ministry shows. Yesterday, 92 patients were treated in hospitals for Covid-19 as their main condition, including 9 in intensive care, which compares to 104 and 15, respectively, a week ago.
25th Mladi Levi festival featuring packed programme
LJUBLJANA - A packed programme revolving around "tradition, transience and repetition" awaits visitors of the 25th iteration of the international contemporary performing arts festival Mladi Levi between 19 and 27 August. The programme, compiled by a new curator trio, will kick off with two productions, scheduled simultaneously on Friday; This Song My Father Used to Sing, an intimate piece by Thai director Wichaya Artama, and Bodybodybodybody, a show by Belgian musicians Dag Taeldeman and Andrew Van Ostade.
Damir Krznar new Maribor coach
MARIBOR - Damir Krznar, a 50-year-old Croatian coach, has taken over at Slovenian football champions Maribor after the club fired Radovan Karanović due to poor results. "When you get a call from Maribor, it is a great honour and a challenge that you have to accept. The situation is not rosy, but I think it a result crisis rather than a performance crisis," Krznar said. The change at the helm comes after a painful series of defeats for Maribor, which are now last in the league standings.