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14 Aug 2020, 04:27 AM

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Slovenia and US sign 5G safety declaration

BLED - Slovenia and the US signed a joint declaration on safety of 5G networks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a visit. Pompeo said the tide was turning against the Chinese Communist Party. The declaration excludes "untrusted vendors" from 5G networks, which will "benefit the people of this country and all of us who share information across complex network systems". PM Janez Janša thanked the US on behalf of the Slovenian people for coming to Europe's aid twice in the previous century. He said Pompeo's and US President Donald Trump's work was recognised in Slovenia as the "continuation of support for the values of freedom, the rule of law, human rights and dignity". Two opposition parties criticised the joint declaration and the Chinese mobile company Huawei said that it would not benefit cyber security and would delay the introduction of 5G in Slovenia. A strong reaction came also from the Chinese Embassy.

Janša calls for fresh election in Belarus

BLED - Prime Minister Janez Janša called for a new election in Belarus under the presence of international observers as the only solution to the situation in Belarus, an approach he said was also supported by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Slovenia today. "The only peaceful solution to the current crisis in Belarus is to repeat elections under the strong presence of international observation missions," Janša told a joint press conference after talks with Pompeo. Pompeo said he was "very hopeful that we can collectively work in a way I think it's a better outcome for the people of Belarus."

NLB Group net profit down 22% to EUR 73.7m in H1

LJUBLJANA - The NLB Group generated EUR 73.7 million in net profit in the first half of the year, a decrease of EUR 20.7 million or 22% year-on-year. The group's operations were affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, but the supervisory board said that despite impairments and provisions the group's operations were stable and profitable. Net operating income in the first six months of the year remained flat at EUR 260 million and profit before impairments and provisions was almost unchanged as well, dropping by 1% compared to the same period last year to EUR 115.2 million.

Outspoken judge suspended, PM speaks of chicanery

LJUBLJANA - Supreme Court vice-president Miodrag Đorđević temporary suspended district court judge Zvjezdan Radonjić over several grave disciplinary breaches. Radonjić, who has accused other judges of accepting bribes and claimed pressure had been exerted on him in a high-profile case, has been a vocal critic of the Slovenian judiciary. He made headlines as the presiding judge in the case of the 2014 murder of Chemistry Institute boss Janko Jamnik. The suspension has already triggered strong reactions. PM Janez Janša said that "the chicanery against judge Radonjić is ripe for a comprehensive investigation."

29 new coronavirus cases confirmed in 856 tests on Wednesday

LJUBLJANA - A total of 29 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in 856 tests on Wednesday in Slovenia. No new deaths were reported. New cases were reported in 14 municipalities and the majority were in the 15-34 age group. Infections diseases specialist Mateja Logar of the Ljubljana UKC hospital told TV Slovenija yesterday that most of the latest cases were imported from Croatia. Based on the recommendation from experts, the government extended today the ban on night clubs, the only type of establishment in Slovenia that has not been able to reopen since mid-March, as well as the ban on gatherings of more than ten people or up to 50 when the organiser keeps a list of the participants.

Foreign direct investment in Slovenia up EUR 552m in H1

LJUBLJANA - Foreign direct investment in Slovenia increased by EUR 552 million in the first half of 2020, a significantly slower rate of increase than in the same period last year, when inbound investment rose by almost EUR 639 million. According to data released by Banka Slovenije, EUR 370.7 million of the increase in the first half of 2020 was accounted for by reinvested profit, EUR 116.7 million by an increase in debt instruments and EUR 64.5 million by equity. In the 12 months until the end of June, FDI was up EUR 725.7 million.

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13 Aug 2020, 04:06 AM

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Logar urges EU's concerted response to Belarus situation

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister Anže Logar called for a strong and united EU response to the situation in Belarus in the wake of violence against protesters who refuse to recognise Alexander Lukashenko's re-election. Logar made the appeal in a letter to his German and Portuguese counterparts, Heiko Mass and Augusto Santos Silva, whose countries form the EU trio presidency with Slovenia. The Foreign Ministry condemned the violence, and said it was following developments in Belarus with concern.

Pompeo expected to talk G5 as well as nuclear reactor during short visit

LJUBLJANA - The government released the programme of Thursday's visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which is limited to the lake resort of Bled, where he is to meet PM Janez Janša and President Borut Pahor. Janša's office said the talks will focus on bilateral cooperation in politics as well as business, while the State Department has indicated they might also discuss a new nuclear generator for Slovenia in Krško. Pompeo0s tour, taking him to Czechia, Slovenia, Austria and Poland, focuses on building alliances against China's cyber power. Pompeo and Foreign Minister Anže Logar will sign a joint statement on safety of 5G networks.

Pensioners' Association head calls on DeSUS to stay in govt

LJUBLJANA - The head of the influential Pensioners' Association called on the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) to stay in the Janez Janša government, as the party seeks a way out of crisis after MPs rebelled against leader Aleksandra Pivec. Janez Sušnik said new elections halfway through the government's term and with the upcoming presidency of the EU were not a good option. Despite differences of opinion within the organisation, he believes DeSUS quitting government would be "very irresponsible to Slovenian pensioners".

Daily tally of new coronavirus cases hits one-month high of 31

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia confirmed 31 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a one-month high, as 1,118 tests were performed. No new deaths were reported, show official government data. Slovenia's daily infections were fairly stable since mid-July, rarely exceeding 20. The latest increase comes amidst warnings that many young people are returning from holidays infected. The total case count since the start of the pandemic has thus increased to 2,303, with 188 active cases. The death toll remains at 129.

Senior police officer reassigned, police says not over Hojs criticism

LJUBLJANA - Slavko Koroš has been reassigned to another "appropriate" senior post in the police force after he served as the deputy director of the Criminal Police Department, which is led by Vojko Urbas. The police said "the planned reassignment is not related to the opinions Koroš has expressed as the head of the Association of Criminal Police Officers". Koroš recently criticised Interior Minister Aleš Hojs's instructions for a revision of some high-profile cases investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The PSS police trade union has meanwhile issued a strong rebuke of the police work instructions issued by Hojs.

Ljubljana hotels report occupancy rate of 30%

LJUBLJANA - After Ljubljana tourism was booming before the coronavirus pandemic, the Slovenian capital saw a 76% drop in nights spent in its accommodation facilities in July compared with the same month last year. Hotels and hostels posted an occupancy rate of about 30% on average last month, which rose to 40% in August. The local tourism board said that the proportion of Slovenian visitors rose 40% year-on-year in July. They accounted for about 14% of all hotel nights in both July and August.

Young people missed their peers the most during lockdown

LJUBLJANA - A survey conducted by the Slovenian Youth Council among young people about their life during the lockdown shows that youths perceived distance learning as less effective than in-class education. More than a quarter were concerned about finishing the year. But the biggest problem for them was the lack of social contacts. Nevertheless, 85% see positive sides of the lockdown, including those related to their habits and lifestyles and those benefiting the environment.

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12 Aug 2020, 04:09 AM

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Infectologist sceptical about Russian vaccine for Covid-19

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian infectologist Mateja Logar said not much was known about the vaccine for Covid-19 whose registration in Russia was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin today. There is no sufficient data on its mechanism and safety, so it is too early for euphoria, she told the press. She also said that only 6% of vaccines which had been in the clinical testing phase actually entered the market. "If we currently have ten good candidates, this means that perhaps one or none will get to the phase when it can be effectively and safely used." Slovenia will be purchasing the medications or a vaccine for Covid-19 as part of the EU, but the government has not yet decided how many dosages it will purchase in the first phase.

Kangler: Slovenia supports Croatia's Schengen zone entry

ILIRSKA BISTRICA - Slovenia supports Croatia's accession to the Schengen zone because this will help prevent illegal migration at the EU's external border, Interior Ministry State Secretary Franc Kangler said after meeting his Croatian counterpart Terezija Gras in Ilirska Bistrica, south-west. "I'm glad that both Slovenia and Croatia agree that Croatia's joining the Schengen zone is the next step towards enhanced control of the external border," Gras said. The pair's meeting focussed on cooperation in efforts to prevent illegal crossings of the border.

Slovenia applies for SURE support for EUR 1.1bn in stimulus measures

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia formally submitted its application for financial support as part of the European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE). SURE will provide financial support in the form of low-interest loans to EU member states worth a total of EUR 100 billion. Slovenia would like to spent the money to provide support to furloughed workers, enable short-time work, basic income, state-covered social contributions for the self-employed and other groups.

17 new coronavirus cases, one death

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia recorded 17 new coronavirus infections from 1,058 tests on Monday and one more fatality, which brings the total case count to 2,272, including 171 active cases, and the overall death toll to 129, according to official data. Government spokesman Jelko Kacin said at least eight of the latest cases were imported, one from Bosnia-Herzegovina and seven from Croatia, where many Slovenians are on holiday. He described Slovenia's status with 7.99 infections per 100,000 people as very safe.

Fellow DeSUS minister backs MPs' call for Pivec's resignation

LJUBLJANA - Health Minister Tomaž Gantar, the head of the council of the coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS), supported the deputy group's decision to seek the resignation of party leader Aleksandra Pivec, who is also agriculture minister. He will call a council session to take a vote of no-confidence in Pivec, which will be held not later than on 25 August. DeSUS deputy group head Franc Jurša informed PM Janez Janša of the latest developments on Monday evening, and Janša said today the party should solve its problems on its own. The opposition LMŠ and the Left meanwhile joined the calls for Pivec's resignation as the party head and minister. They also see a vote of no-confidence in her as an alternative. Political analysts meanwhile think Pivec will probably have to go, noting Desus is in a tough spot.

President and Austrian MP see plebiscite anniversary as opportunity for minority

LJUBLJANA - President Borut Pahor and Austrian MP Olga Voglauer, a member of the Slovenian ethnic minority in Austria, shared the view that the upcoming 100th anniversary of a vote that determined the course of the border between present-day Austria and Slovenia is an opportunity to improve the position of the minority. Voglauer was received by Pahor in Ljubljana ahead of the centenary of the plebiscite in Carinthia, which was held on 10 October 1920 in the wake of the disintegration of Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Start of new football season postponed 10 days due to Covid-19 infections

BRDO PRI KRANJU - The Slovenian Football Association (NZS) decided to postpone the start of the new premier league season from 12 to 22 August as three more players tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 as part of obligatory testing on Monday. All three positive players come from Ljubljana's Olimpija, which became the third premiere league club with positive cases, after one each had been reported in previous weeks by Domžale and Aluminij. The NZS also decided that for now, all games under its auspices will be played without spectators.

Value of redeemed vouchers rises to EUR 50m

LJUBLJANA - Slovenians redeemed EUR 49,71 million worth of tourism vouchers between 19 June and 9 August, which is 14% of the amount made available under the government's stimulus scheme, in place until the end of the year. The coast, mountains and spas have been the primary beneficiaries, while cities are continuing to struggle. Data from the Financial Administration show the seaside municipality of Piran topping the list with EUR 9.9 million collected so far.

Mountain huts see drop in guests, albeit more Slovenians visiting this year

LJUBLJANA - The coronavirus pandemic has caused the number of visitors in mountain huts plummet by 25%, while some huts high in the mountains have seen their visitor numbers drop by as much as 50%, as significantly fewer foreigners are hiking in Slovenia this year. However, the number of Slovenians staying at the huts has increased. The Slovenian Alpine Association said huts accessible by car had actually seen their visitor numbers go up, as many Slovenians decided to redeem their tourism vouchers there.

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11 Aug 2020, 03:53 AM

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DeSUS deputy group urges party leader Pivec to resign

LJUBLJANA - The deputy group of the coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) urged party leader Aleksandra Pivec to resign after she failed to provide adequate explanations about a series of media revelations that suggested she mixed official business with private affairs. If she does not step down, they will formally propose that the party's governing council hold a vote of no-confidence, MP Franc Jurša said. Pivec said it was too early to make a decision. She is convinced she has done nothing unlawful and says she enjoys the support of the prime minister. A meeting of the party's leadership and the deputy group is to be convened this week.

Six new coronavirus cases on Sunday, one more fatality

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia saw six more coronavirus cases from 332 tests performed on Sunday, as another Covid-19 patient die. So far, Slovenia has seen a total of 2,255 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 168 remain active, while at least 128 patients with Covid-19 have died. The authorities in Hrastnik reported four more fatalities from the local care home since Friday, but not all of them have been included in the national death toll yet. The home has reported eight Covid-19 related fatalities, while 38 residents remain actively infected.

PM Janša backs Hojs over NBI case review

LJUBLJANA - PM Janez Janša backed Interior Minister Aleš Hojs's decision to order a review of certain closed cases of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), tweeting it was his legal duty "to order a review of procedures in what were obvious cases where major crime was swept under the rug". The ministry suggested the prosecution's decision not to take up certain of those high-profile cases "may have been the result of poorly performed police work and not only of the innocence of the suspects". The ministry listed investigations into the central bank, commercial broadcaster Pro Plus and alleged Iranian money laundering scheme at NLB bank, among others.

Diplomat sees Pompeo visit as normalisation of Slovenia-US relations

LJUBLJANA - Ex-Ambassador to the US Božo Cerar believes the forthcoming visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings normalisation in Slovenia-US relations after they have been neglected for a decade. He hopes Slovenia will know how to use the visit so it contributes to the implementation of Slovenian and European interests. He believes relations with the US must be nurtured regardless of who is in the White House, a Democrat or a Republican, and argued the US policy on China and Russia was unlikely to change fundamentally regardless of who is in the White House.

DeSUS against media reform in its current form

LJUBLJANA - The coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) expressed opposition to the planned changes to media legislation, especially if the Culture Ministry does not provide sound arguments for its solutions based on expert analysis, said party leader Aleksandra Pivec. The most problematic is the change to the media law which tasks RTV Slovenija to transfer a share of licence fee funds to other media outlets, said Pivec. "Curtailing a quality public media service is totally unacceptable for DeSUS."

Positive signs in industrial output

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's industrial output grew for the second straight month in June, expanding by 4.3% from May. However, it was still 12.1% lower year-on-year, data from the Statistics Office show. The index for the first half of the year was 10.1% down year-on-year. The month-on-month growth was driven by a 4.7% increase in manufacturing output. Industrial sales revenue also rose 8.3% in June from May.

Railways operator announces EUR 35m net profit for 2019

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian railways operator generated a net profit of EUR 35 million on EUR 601 million in revenue for 2019, with EBITDA at EUR 87 million and EBIT at EUR 42 million, according to a revised business report for 2019 discussed by the supervisors on Friday. This year the company expects to post EUR 5.5 million in operating profit as it is to pay out EUR 30 million in severance pay. The supervisors of Slovenske Železnice appointed Aleksander Mervar new supervisory board chairman.

Laško Union ups 2019 profit by 20%

LJUBLJANA - Pivovarna Laško Union, Slovenia's largest brewery, owned by Heineken, reported EUR 156.5 million in net sales revenue for 2019, an increase of 2.2% from 2018 on the back of higher sales on the domestic market. Net profit rose by 20% to EUR 24.4 million. In the annual report director general Zooullis Mina says the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the company's operations due to closure of bars, restaurants and hotels, while there has been no significant drop in sales to shops.

Celje draw Irish champions Dundalk

NYON, Switzerland - Slovenian football champions Celje will face Irish champions Dundalk in the first round of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, determined Sunday's draw in Nyon. Due to coronavirus restrictions - Slovenia is not not among green-listed countries in Ireland - the encounter will be decided in a single game on neutral turf in Hungary on 19 August.

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10 Aug 2020, 04:38 AM

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Slovenia donates EUR 200,000 for aid to Lebanon

LJUBLJANA - The government allocated on Saturday EUR 200,000 for emergency humanitarian aid to Lebanon, while the Defence Ministry has sent a humanitarian aid coordinator to the country as part of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The financial aid allocated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Caritas Internationalis is indented for the people of Lebanon after a massive explosion shook the capital Beirut on Tuesday causing devastation.

Commissioner Lenarčič says Lebanon's recovery will be lengthy, reforms needed

LJUBLJANA - European Crisis Commissioner Janez Lenarčič gave a statement about the European Commission's efforts to help Lebanon in the aftermath of a massive explosion that devastated half of the capital of Beirut on Tuesday. He said the EU had reacted almost immediately, providing humanitarian aid and sending experts to the country. After this first phase of offering humanitarian aid, efforts for the economic revival of the country are envisaged. But for the country to receive this aid, profound reforms will be needed, Lenarčič said.

Two new coronavirus infections, one death reported

LJUBLJANA - Two new coronavirus infections were confirmed in 304 tests in Slovenia on Saturday. One person diagnosed with Covid-19 died, show the latest official data. Slovenia now has 2,249 confirmed infections and 127 deaths. A total of 24 patients with Covid-19 currently require hospital treatment, three of them in intensive care. The number of active cases is estimated at 167, according to tracking website Covid-19.sledilnik.org.

Slovenia ranks 23rd in digital quality of life

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia ranks 23rd among 85 countries in digital quality of life, according to a global survey conducted by IT company Surfshark. The country's best result was 12th place for internet accessibility, and fared the worst in digitalisation of public administration, where it ranked 38th. Faring the best overall are Denmark, Sweden, and Canada.

Slovenian cyclist Roglič wins Tour de l'Ain

PARIS, France - Slovenian cyclist Primož Roglič of the Dutch team Team Jumbo-Visma won the three-stage Tour de l'Ain race in what is seen as a dress rehearsal for Tour de France. Roglič finished second in the first stage of Tour de l'Ain on Friday, but then proved his supremacy on Saturday and today. Columbian Egana Bernal (Ineos) was second, and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) third, 18 and 28 seconds behind Roglič, respectively.

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09 Aug 2020, 04:23 AM

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Friday's testing confirms 14 Sars-CoV-2 infections, one person dies

LJUBLJANA - In what preserves a flat line of daily Covid-19 cases at a level established at the end of June, 14 cases were confirmed in Slovenia in 829 tests on Friday. One person died, raising the death toll to 126. There are currently 22 Covid-19 patients in hospital, three of which in intensive care. One of the newly discovered cases involves an employee of the Novo Mesto care home, where the protection protocol has been activated as a result. There are presently 181 confirmed active cases in the country.

Chief Covid-19 advisor says multiple scenarios possible for schools in autumn

LJUBLJANA - Bojana Beović, the government's chief Covid-19 advisor, has told the STA that future developments are uncertain and that the government is preparing for various scenarios as regards the regime at schools in the the autumn. Beović said the epidemiological situation in Slovenia was presently fairly calm. A few new cases are recorded each day but in a scope that can be controlled. There is however concern that the virus could be spreading around the country unnoticed. She noted the winter-related epidemic trends presently seen in Australia were not inspiring optimism.

Pivec sees "putsch" developments in DeSUS, rejects misconduct allegations

MARIBOR - Agriculture Minister and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) head Aleksandra Pivec has again rejected in an interview for Večer conflict of interest and corruption allegations raised against her, while she also spoke of "putsch" developments within DeSUS and her belief the party's former president Karl Erjavec is indeed attempting a comeback. She categorically rejected the possibility of joining the senior coalition Democrats (SDS) if she gets replaced. "I never identified with right-wing politics. However, I'm very pragmatic when it comes to executing matters of content and a loyal partner on top of that," she said.

Hojs reportedly doubts NBI findings in central bank, stent and cardiology cases

LJUBLJANA - Further details have come to light about Interior Minister Aleš Hojs's alleged order to acting Police Commissioner Andrej Jurič to secure a revision of certain already closed cases handled by the National Bureau of Investigation. TV Slovenija reported unofficially that Hojs wants a revision of the investigations involving Banka Slovenije in connection to the state of the Slovenian banking system in 2012, into the public procurement of stents, and into the responsibility of public office holders for the situation in paediatric cardiology. "If everything was conducted properly, this will be confirmed, but looking into this is the right thing to do," Hojs has commented for POP TV. Reactions by experts meanwhile suggest the minister has overstepped his powers.

Apostolic nuncio to Iraq Leskovar receives episcopal consecration

LJUBLJANA - Mitja Leskovar, the titular archbishop of Beneventum and apostolic nuncio to Iraq, received his episcopal consecration at the Ljubljana Cathedral. Leskovar, a Slovenian priest who has been with the Vatican's diplomatic service for nearly two decades, was appointed the apostolic nuncio to Iraq two months ago. At the same time, Pope Francis raised Leskovar to the titular See of Beneventum, conferring upon him the dignity of archbishop. The consecration was administered by Cardinal Franc Rode, who said the Holy Father was entrusting Leskovar with a demanding mission - he is sending him to become his "representatives with a nation that is very dear to his heart".

Italian string trio opening early music festival in Brežice

BREŽICE - An internationally renowned festival of early music got under way at Brežice Castle in the east of the country with a concert by the Italian string trio Guerra Amorosa. The Seviqc Festival will feature a total of five concerts in Brežice, Dolenjske Toplice and Slovenska Bistrica until 22 August.

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08 Aug 2020, 04:20 AM

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Minister Hojs reportedly demands revision of some closed NBI cases

LJUBLJANA - The 24ur.com news portal reported that Interior Minister Aleš Hojs had unofficially tasked acting Police Commissioner Andrej Jurič with securing a revision of certain already closed cases handled by the National Bureau of Investigation. Hojs, a member of the ruling Democrats (SDS), allegedly wants the cases to be revised by what he labelled "uncontaminated" police officers so there be no doubt about their impartiality in the respective cases. The opposition accused the minister of abuse of power and political meddling in police work, urging him to actually step down this time after he went back on his "irrevocable" resignation earlier.

Ten new coronavirus infections confirmed

LJUBLJANA - Ten out of 753 coronavirus tests came back positive Thursday, with new infections confirmed in seven municipalities. One patient was discharged from hospital, leaving 24 Covid-19 patients hospitalised, four in intensive care, official data show. No coronavirus-related death was reported with the death toll unchanged at 125. There are currently 181 active cases in the country. Milan Krek, director of the National Institute of Public Health, said that over the past two weeks 16 young people tested positive after returning home from Zrče, the town on the Croatian island of Pag that is known for its night life. About 7,080 people in the country are currently under mandatory self-isolation.

Slovenia declares Belgium Covid-19 unsafe

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia added Belgium and several other countries to its red list of countries, which signals high risk in terms of coronavirus contagion. The Czech Republic, Malta, Switzerland and three Spanish administrative units were meanwhile removed from the green list of safe countries and demoted to yellow. Apart from Belgium, Saint Martin, Equatorial Guinea, the Faroe Islands and Namibia are now on the red list of 58 countries, meaning arrival from these countries entails a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Another 209 migrants apprehended in night to Friday

LJUBLJANA - The police apprehended a total of 209 illegal migrants across the country in the night between Thursday and Friday as part of a campaign of beefed-up surveillance of the route leading from Croatia to Italy through Slovenia. In Škofljica near Ljubljana a cargo vehicle was pulled up carrying 52 migrants. The Spanish driver was arrested and faces charges for people-smuggling. On Thursday, the Novo Mesto police apprehended 106 illegal migrants at 15 locations in the south-east.

Protests continue, in Izola ire over Pivec hotel bill

IZOLA/LJUBLJANA - Anti-government protests continued for the 16th straight Friday in Ljubljana, this time targeting the handling of coronavirus outbreaks at care homes. Meanwhile, dozens took to the streets in Izola following the reports that the coastal town had paid two hotel rooms for Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec. The protesters there also demanded the resignation of Mayor Danilo Markočič, a member of Pivec's DeSUS, who has also come under fire over contentious property deals.

Criminal complaint over PPE purchase filed against minister

LJUBLJANA - The commercial broadcaster POP TV reported that Ivan Gale, the whistleblower from the Commodity Reserves Agency who has exposed the alleged wrongdoing in the government's purchasing of PPE equipment for the Covid-19 epidemic, filed a complaint against Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek and the agency's director over a multi-million deal for face masks with the company Hmezad TMT.
Gale alleges the pair had favoured the company as a result of which the state incurred millions of euro in damage.

Six teenage boys injured in run down pump track accident

RIBNICA - Six teenagers were injured in an accident on the run down pump track in Dolenji Lazi in the Ribnica area on Thursday evening. The boys, aged 13 to 16, were injured after falling seven metres deep after an old wooden bike ramp collapsed underneath them. The UKC hospital said three of the boys who sustained only mild injuries were being discharged today. Three will remain hospitalised, as two have spine and hand injuries, and a third one is still being examined but a spine injury has been ruled out.

Slovenia's exports down 5.6% in first six months, imports drop by 10.3%

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's exports were down 4.2% year-on-year in June, amounting to EUR 2.68 billion, while imports decreased by 5.1% to EUR 2.56 billion. The export-import ratio was 104.7. The decreases for the first half of the year were 5.6% and 10.3% respectively, shows data released by the Statistics Office. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic was less pronounced in June than in April and May, when exports were for instance down 28.8% and 19.8% respectively in the year-on-year comparison.

Turnover in real estate down by about 40% in H1

LJUBLJANA - Preliminary data by the Surveying and Mapping Authority indicate about a 40% drop in both the number of property transactions in the first half of 2020. Prices of used flats meanwhile continued to grow, by 3% compared to the second half of 2019, taking the average square metre price in the country above EUR 1,900 for the first time. While final data will be released in October, the authority estimates the actual year-on-year decline in transactions will be between 35% and 40%, on what had been a record year.

Over 7 million litres of wine to be distilled to bridge market crisis

LJUBLJANA - At least 7.2 million litres of wine are to be distilled in Slovenia as part of government measures aimed at helping wine growers bridge the market crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications submitted by 5 August deadline moreover envisage 1.1 million litres for subsidised storage. The two measures, along with the green harvest that is already under way, are being organised by the Agency for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development, which received 62 applications for distillation and 19 for storage.

Museum project creating mosaic of life during pandemic

LJUBLJANA - The Ljubljana City Museum launched a project to gather insight into the life in the capital during the pandemic by collecting the minutiae of everyday life; photographs, recordings and impressions. Since life has not yet returned to normal, the project Corona Into Museum ASAP! continues with most recent contributions coming mainly from professional photographs sharing their takes on the situation.

Slovenian Alpine Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

MOJSTRANA - The Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana launched an exhibition themed Ten Anchors of Slovenian Alpine Climbing to mark its 10th anniversary, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of the erection of the Aljaž Tower, a shelter on top of Mt Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak. The main ceremony will be held on Monday. Since its opening, the museum's collection has expanded from 1,600 to 3,200 exhibits. It has also collected more than 3,300 books, as well as a multitude of photographs, post cards and other material.

Radovljica hosts more than 30 musicians from 12 countries

RADOVLJICA - The 38th Radovljica Festival, known for its focus on music on period instruments, started with a concert by Slovakian ensemble Solamente Naturali connecting Georg Philipp Telemann music with the folk music from the manuscripts of that period. The festival will see eight concerts by 33 artists from 12 countries until 23 August, offering a review of the music from the 11th century to Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. Among the highlights will be Solamente Naturali and vocal quintet Cinquecento.

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07 Aug 2020, 03:25 AM

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Declaration on 5G security with US to be signed next week

LJUBLJANA - The US State Department and the Slovenian Foreign Ministry confirmed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Slovenia on 13 August to sign a Joint Declaration on 5G Security as part of a tour of four European countries. He will meet Foreign Minister Anže Logar, President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Janez Janša. The visit will be an opportunity to discuss enhancing cooperation between Slovenia and the US "in key areas of mutual concern, including nuclear energy and Western Balkan integration", the State Department said.

Criminal complaint in alleged border incident case thrown out

LJUBLJANA/KOPER - A criminal complaint against a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) who allegedly stopped an Italian-Slovenian near the countries' border at gunpoint in May has been thrown out by the Koper district prosecution office for lack of evidence that the soldier had committed the alleged criminal act. The prosecution said there was no evidence that the soldier had committed the reported criminal act.

Wednesday's tests confirm 15 new Covid-19 cases, one person dies

LJUBLJANA - In what is in line with figures that have been fairly stable since the end of June, 15 out of 771 tests for Sars-CoV-2 conducted on Wednesday came back positive. One person died, taking the death toll to 125. There have been 2,223 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Slovenia so far. Presently, 24 patients need hospital care, three of which are in intensive care.

Pahor urges genuine cooperation as world marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima

LJUBLJANA - Delivering a video message for the international community as part of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, President Borut Pahor urged much more cooperation and shared, genuine efforts to strengthen trust. "Today's anniversary should warn and caution us about where an a world of conflict and hatred can lead," Pahor said.

Financial restructuring of hospitals declared completed

LJUBLJANA - The government declared the project of financial restructuring of hospitals over at a correspondence session on Thursday, determining that the bailout has failed with 13 out of the 15 hospitals that received funds from the state in 2017. The only hospital where the restructuring was concluded before today's government decision was the Jesenice hospital. The government adopted a decree to this effect last July.

Unicredit's first half profit plunges to EUR 1m

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian subsidiary of the Italian banking group Unicredit saw its consolidated profit plunge to EUR 1 million in the first half of 2020 compared to EUR 16 million in the same period last year. Pre-tax profit for Unicredit Banka Slovenija and its leasing arm Unicredit Leasing in the first half was meanwhile down by 94.8%, from EUR 20 million to EUR 1 million.

Chemistry Institute becomes partner to ILL in neutron research

LJUBLJANA - The national Chemistry Institute has signed an agreement with Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), a leading international research centre for neutron scattering, to become its Slovenian partner and a full-fledged scientific member for the next four years. The Chemistry Institute said that it would assume scientific and administrative duties and coordinate the Slovenian neutron research community.

Slovenia successful in securing EUREKA funds

LJUBLJANA - Fourteen Slovenian project secured EUR 4.3 million in EU funding as part of the latest open call of the 2014-2020 Eureka programme, a far greater number than any other participant country, the Economy Ministry said. Both cohesion regions in Slovenia, Western and Eastern Slovenia, will benefit.

Police seize cannabis plants worth EUR 2 million

MURSKA SOBOTA - Police have seized 2,650 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of around EUR 2 million on an island on the river Mura, in what is the biggest cannabis bust in Pomurje region in recent years. Three middle-aged men were arrested and face up to ten years in prison, Murska Sobota police said.

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06 Aug 2020, 03:55 AM

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18 new coronavirus infections, one more fatality

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's daily count of new coronavirus cases hit 18 for Tuesday as the combined death toll from Covid-19 rose by one to 124, according to fresh statistics from the government. The latest cases come from 974 tests, and bring the combined tally to 2,208, of which 202 are active cases. Twenty-two Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, three of them in intensive care. Three of Tuesday's cases were confirmed in Šmarje pri Jelšah, in the north-east, and two each in Ljubljana and Kranj with the rest scattered across the country.

Interior Ministry welcomes Italy's plans for stricter border control

LJUBLJANA - The Interior Ministry welcomed Italy's decision to send an additional contingent of soldiers to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region to help monitor the border with Slovenia due to an increase in illegal migrations. "Every additional measure on any side of the border is welcome, as this can reduce the appeal of a migration route." The ministry said this had been one of the topics discussed by the Slovenian and Italian interior ministers in relation to the surge in migration on the Western Balkan route.

Slovenian troops in Lebanon safe as officials express condolences

BEIRUT, Lebanon/LJUBLJANA - All four members of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) serving in the UNIFIL and UNTSO missions in Lebanon are safe and well following a series of massive explosions in Beirut that claimed at least 100 lives. Announcing their being well, Defence Minister Matej Tonin offered his "sincere condolences" to the victims' relatives. Likewise did the the Foreign Ministry, which tweeted: "Slovenia stands in solidarity with the people of Lebanon at this difficult time."

Covid-19 slashes combined H1 profit of banks

LJUBLJANA - The effects of a weakened economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have started to reflect with increasing intensity in Slovenia's banking sector, as the most recent data from the central bank show the combined half-year profit of banks was just a third of the figure in the same period last year. Interest and non-interest revenue has been dropping, while the cost of impairments and provisions has increased. In the first six months of the year, Slovenian banks reported a combined profit of EUR 132 million.

Jobless total flat on monthly level in July, but up 24.4% y/y

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's registered jobless total stood at 89,397 at the end of July, which is almost unchanged compared to June but due to unemployment growth in April and May the figure is 24.4% above that from July 2019, show data released by the Employment Service. The number of newly registered unemployed persons was 8,222 in July, up by 8.2% on June and by 32.4% in the year-on-year comparison. Of the 8,202 who were removed from the unemployment registry, 6,487 found new jobs.

Adria Mobil braving new circumstances with optimism

NOVO MESTO - Caravan maker Adria Mobil plans to partly make up for the coronavirus fallout by the end of the year. Speaking to the STA in an interview, director general Sonja Gole said the company was not planning any cutbacks on its 1,100-strong workforce as long as the epidemiological status remained favourable. She was pleased to report a recovery in consumer demand since late May. The company's market share in Europe currently stands at 6.6% or above 8% in terms of holiday caravans, the highest in 20 years, said Gole.

Questions raised in the wake of boy drowning

SOLKAN/LJUBLJANA - The drowning of a ten-year-old at a popular bathing spot in the Soča river last week has raised a series of questions, even more so after the parents accused the social services and the police of making the family tragedy even more unbearable. The accident happened on 28 July, when the boy, holidaying with his grandparents and two siblings, was swimming at a bathing spot in the Soča near Solkan, when he was swept downriver by a sudden surge in the water level. The spot is situated just over a kilometre downstream from a hydro power station, which regulates the flow. There had been drownings at this spot before.

Rapid coronavirus tests only for critically-ill patients

LJUBLJANA - While coronavirus tests usually yield results in a few hours, rapid tests for determining SARS-CoV-2 infections in an hour are used in Slovenia only for urgent testing of patients with life-threatening diseases. Such tests are harder to access and costlier so their widespread use is not on the cards for now, according to the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, where the swabs are analysed.

Retrial ordered in Cimos EU funds fraud

KOPER - The newspaper Primorske Novice reported that the Celje Higher Court had ordered a retrial in the case that sent former managers of car parts maker Cimos to prison for EU funds fraud. Former CEO France Krašovec was sentenced to five years by the Koper District Court in 2018, with long prison sentences for three other management members. A retrial was ordered because the ruling was based in part on the guilty pleas of Cimos subsidiary executives, which the Higher Court said may create doubts about impartiality of the trial.

More tick-borne diseases so far in 2020 than in entire 2019

LJUBLJANA - Ticks in Slovenian forests seem to be particularly active this year. The National Public Health Institute has received almost 4,500 reports of infections with Lyme disease and some 110 reports of infections with tick-borne encephalitis so far, more cases than in the entire 2019. Last year, 3,938 cases of Lyme disease and 112 cases of tick-borne encephalitis were recorded.

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05 Aug 2020, 04:06 AM

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Nine new coronavirus cases confirmed on Monday, one fatality

LJUBLJANA - Nine new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections were confirmed in Slovenia in 890 tests on Monday, while one person died, according to the most recent data provided by the government. This brings the total number of confirmed infections so far to 2,190 and deaths to 123. According to the data from the Hrastnik municipality, a hotspot of Covid-19 at the moment, the diseased was a resident of the local care home. Moreover, three of the new confirmed infections are residents of the home.

Geneplanet ventilators supplied to thirteen hospitals, one private clinic

LJUBLJANA - Thirteen public health institutions and a private concessionaire have received the much discussed Siriusmed R30 ventilators ordered through Geneplanet. Although the Health Ministry decided in May that they could be kept only if additional equipment is supplied to make them suitable for Covid-19 patients only two hospitals received this equipment.

Huawei seeks to discuss 5G security with govt

LJUBLJANA - In the wake of Slovenia's announcement to sign a Joint Declaration on 5G Security with the US, China's Huawei said it is willing to discuss 5G technology security issues with the Slovenian government as well as sign a non-spy agreement with the country. "Signing the Slovenia-US joint declaration on introducing 5G in Slovenia will not contribute to greater cyber security," said Radoslaw Kedzia, Huawei Technologies vice-president of central Europe and Nordic states. The Chinese tech giant believes that labelling certain 5G providers as highly risky without any proof is another in line of baffling decisions by the US.

Youth drinking in Slovenia down but still above intl average

LJUBLJANA - Alcohol consumption among young people in Slovenia declined in 2017/2018 but it remains high by international standards, the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ) said, as it presented the results of international survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) for Slovenia. The survey, conducted in Slovenia every four years, showed that 71% of 15-year-olds and 86% of 17-year-olds have tried alcohol, while 27% of 15-year-olds and 52% of 17-year-olds have been drunk at least twice in their life.

Fierce storms hit western Slovenia on Monday

KOPER - Fierce storms with winds exceeding 120 km/h hit western Slovenia Monday afternoon. The coastal region seems to be hit hardest, with locals clearing debris, fallen trees and pumping water out of buildings late into the night. Storms raged over Primorska, Notranjska, central Slovenia and as far east as the Drava valley, Environment Agency data show. Most of the calls for help to the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief hotline were made due to fallen trees, damaged roofs and flooded basements, while two lightning strikes were also reported. The heavy rainfall triggered two landslides and flooded roads.

NSi established 20 years ago

LJUBLJANA - New Slovenia - Christian Democrats (NSi) celebrated its 20th anniversary, but a major ceremony, to be attended by the head of the European People's Party, Donald Tusk, is scheduled for 4 September. NSi head Matej Tonin said the party should grow stronger to fortify the healthy and rational political centrum in Slovenia. The NSi has evolved into a modern centrist western European Christian Democratic party, Tonin said. The NSi received congratulations from European People's Party (EPP) president Donald Tusk and EPP group leader Manfred Weber.

Lake Bled promenade displays iconic images

BLED - Paintings of the National Gallery capturing the beauty of lakeside resort Bled have been put on display along the Bled waterfront. The area has been a source of inspiration for numerous painters and is one of the most famous images of Slovenia. Running between 1 and 23 August, the exhibition, titled Images of Paradise, displays depictions of the lake, Bled Island, the castle towering above the lake and surrounding mountains. It features captions in the Slovenian and English languages.

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