Last Week in Slovenia: 27 May - 2 June, 2022

By , 04 Jun 2022, 06:23 AM Politics
Last Week in Slovenia: 27 May - 2 June, 2022

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What follows is a weekly review of events involving Slovenia, as prepared by the STA.

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FRIDAY, 27 May
        KOPER - The German turnaround fund Mutares signed a deal with Italy's TCH Cogeme to acquire the Slovenian car parts manufacturer Cimos and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed amount. The takeover is expected to be finalised in the third quarter of 2022.
        NOVA GORICA - Stojan Petrič, one of Slovenia's most prominent businessmen, and all four co-defendants were acquitted of abuse of office charges in the 2010 takeover of transformer manufacturer Etra 33 by Petrič's industrial conglomerate Kolektor.
        LJUBLJANA - Equality Ombudsman Miha Lobnik was upbeat about cooperation with the legislative and executive branches of power as he handed the 2021 annual report to parliamentary Speaker Urška Klakočar Zupančič. He said a new era of intensive cooperation was coming.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia slid three spots in the latest biannual global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report to 39th among the 117 countries surveyed by the World Economic Forum.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's first Barnahus, a facility providing a safe space for comprehensive treatment of children victims of sexual violence and other criminal acts, was inaugurated in Ljubljana. Courts must now start issuing decisions that interviews with a child who is a victim or witness must be conducted by using the Barnahus principle.
        LJUBLJANA - Coder Matjaž Škorjanc, who has already served his almost five-year prison sentence for masterminding the Mariposa botnet in the late 2000s, will go on trial again after the Constitutional Court annulled the 2013 guilty ruling and two higher-instance court rulings, returning the case to the Maribor District Court for retrial, Večer reported.
        LJUBLJANA - Musicologist Primož Kuret, a professor emeritus at the Academy of Music, died aged 86. He was one of the most prominent Slovenian intellectuals.
SUNDAY, 29 May
        LJUBLJANA - Petra Grah Lazar, director of the National Bureau of Investigation, confirmed for the news portal Siol that the bureau had referred to the prosecution a criminal complaint in an abuse of office investigation into the purchases of personal protective equipment and ventilators during the early stages of the Covid-19 epidemic.
        LIPTOVSKY MIKULAS, Slovakia - Canoeist Benjamin Savšek, the reigning Olympic champion in the C-1 discipline, won his fourth title as European champion at the Canoe Slalom European Championships in Slovakia for what is Slovenia's 15th gold at European championships.

MONDAY, 30 May
        TRIESTE, Italy - Boris Pahor, the internationally-renowned Trieste-born Slovenian writer who wrote about his own experience of Fascism and the suffering in Nazi death camps during World War II, died at his home in Trieste, aged 108. He was best known as the author of Necropolis, a first-person account of his time in a Nazi concentration camp.
        LJUBLJANA - Constitutional Court judge Marijan Pavčnik asked to be relieved of his duties at the end of this year, halfway into his nine-year term, kicking off proceedings for the election of a new judge several years before a new round of judicial appointments was scheduled to start.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenian MEPs Ljudmila Novak (NSi) and Milan Zver (SDS) clashed over the reasons for the centre-right bloc's defeat in the 24 April election in Slovenia at a meeting of the European People's Party. According to web portal N1, Zver labelled the winner Freedom Movement an extreme left party and said the Robert Golob government would be pro-Kremlin. Novak denied that.
        LJUBLJANA - The outgoing government lifted all remaining Covid restrictions as it repealed the main decree governing anti-Covid measures under a motion by the Health Ministry's advisory group for coronavirus.
        LJUBLJANA - The government confirmed a EUR 6 million subsidy for German-owned motorhome maker Carthago, which is building a second production facility in Slovenia, in Ormož. The project is valued at EUR 45.5 million VAT excluded and the company will receive the subsidy in two instalments.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - Janez Janša, the outgoing prime minister, urged the EU and the West to focus on military assistance to Ukraine rather than on sanctions as he arrived for the second day of meetings at the EU summit. Sanctions are not the key issue, he said, adding that the EU needed to step up military assistance to Ukraine given the Russian army's rapid advances in Donbas.
        LJUBLJANA - Boštjan Lesjak, Slovenia's interim chargé d'affaires in Kyiv, is returning to Slovenia after his term has expired, and Slovenia will again be represented in Ukraine by Ambassador Tomaž Mencin. He will return to the Ukrainian capital as soon as adequate security is ensured, the Foreign Ministry said.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's annual inflation hit 8.1% in May, the highest rate since 2002, on the back of soaring fuel and food prices, the Statistics Office reported. The monthly rate stood at 2%.
        BRNIK - The French flag carrier Air France launched twice-daily flights to Ljubljana airport from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. It will operate the route through the summer.
        LJUBLJANA - Igor Bavčar, a former executive of Istrabenz convicted of money laundering, was released on parole six months before the end of his five-year prison sentence, several media reported.
        LJUBLJANA - Nova Obzorja, the company which publishes the weekly Demokracija and web portal Š, has a new majority owner as a 65.85% share has been transferred from Hungarian company R-Post-R to, the company running the Nova24TV TV news channel, official records showed.
        DOMŽALE - Cedevita Olimpija won their 19th national basketball championship title by sweeping the final series against Helios Suns of Domžale. This is the second national championship for the Ljubljana club in a row and the third trophy this season.
        LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Robert Golob's cabinet was sworn in after the line-up was confirmed in a 53:28 vote in the National Assembly. Golob acknowledged that it would not get the customary 100-day grace period and would have to get down to work right away.
        LJUBLJANA - The new government replaced the chiefs of the intelligence and security agency SOVA, defence security agency OVS, the police, the Office for the Prevention of Money Laundering and the Government Communications Office at its inaugural session. It also appointed most state secretaries.
        LJUBLJANA - Ivan Simič, the director general of the Tax Administration, and Franci Matoz, the chairman of the Bank Assets Management Company, stepped down just minutes after the new government was sworn in. They were both close allies of Janez Janša.
        LJUBLJANA - Dnevnik reported that NLB, Slovenia's largest bank, had reached a settlement with the Croatian tourism company Plava Laguna over the company's debt to the former Slovenian LB bank dating back to the break-up of Yugoslavia, in what is the first settlement of its kind for NLB.
        LJUBLJANA - The state-owned HSE, the largest electricity producer in the country, added another electricity retail company to its portfolio by completing the acquisition of a 51% stake in Energija Plus. The current owner, Elektro Maribor, will retain a 49% stake.
        LJUBLJANA - Former head of the Slovenian Evangelical Lutheran Church Geza Erniša died aged 70 after being hospitalised due to illness. He was the first bishop of the church in Slovenia, having held the post for 18 years until 2013.

        LJUBLJANA - The government signed off the appointments of 13 state prosecutors that had been stalled under the Janez Janša government. State prosecution had been warning of acute staff shortages because the previous government would not decide on the nomination proposals.
        LJUBLJANA - The Interior Ministry withdrew its consent for first damages suits brought against individuals over the costs of policing of unregistered anti-government protests over the past two years. The suits were brought under the previous interior minister Aleš Hojs.
        LJUBLJANA - Taking over from Anže Logar as foreign minister, Tanja Fajon pledged closer ties with core EU countries and further support for EU enlargement and Schengen zone enlargement. Logar was hopeful Slovenia would remain committed to helping Ukraine, including in its way towards the EU. Fajon promised as minister she "will do everything for Slovenia to actively contribute to ending the war".
        LJUBLJANA - After taking over from his predecessor Matej Tonin, Defence Minister Marjan Šarec said one of his first moves as minister would be to tackle military personnel shortages.
        WASHINGTON, US - In its 2021 religious freedom report, the US Office of International Religious Freedom noted religious communities' concerns in Slovenia about several loopholes and pending requests, including those related to halal meals, male circumcision and a lack of certain religious staff in the military.
        LJUBLJANA - The NGO Zavod Kolektiv 99 filed 11 collective lawsuits on behalf of consumers against banks over the zero-floor clause in their loan agreements, meaning that if the reference Euribor rate is negative, it is deemed to be zero. They demand EUR 159 million in damages and interest on late payment.
        LJUBLJANA - Caritas Slovenia said it had so far raised more than EUR 3 million in aid for Ukraine in what is the biggest humanitarian campaign dedicated to a foreign country in Slovenia's history.

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