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Blockchain technologies and the future of business

Blockchain technology is now more and more common, also outside the financial sector, and contributes to leaner processes, potentially massive cost reductions and a smoother customer experience. The pioneering technology, known as 'blockchain', not only accelerates processes but also substitutes very complex systems with automated procedures and actions.

Slovenia Asks the EU to Intervene in Sea Dispute with Croatia

Slovenia on Friday submitted to the European Commission a letter of complaint against neighbouring Croatia for its refusal to abide by an arbitration court ruling on a border dispute in the Adriatic Sea.

Balkans Not Very Joyful, UN Report Says

With the partial exception of Romania, the Balkans is not a very happy part of the planet, according to the latest World Happiness Report 2018, produced by the UN's sustainable development solutions network, SDSN.

Slovenian PM resigns over court ruling on referendum

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar tendered his resignation March 14 after a court annulled the result of a referendum in the latest blow to his crisis-hit government, months ahead of planned elections.

Political Overview

Changes to the EU budget pose many challenges for Slovenia

As the EU is expected to open negotiations on changes to its multi-annual budget after 2020, Slovenia faces quite a challenge to tap into the available funding with the best possible outcome, was a statement heard at a debate hosted by the European Commission Representation, on 27 February, in Ljubljana.

Bulgartransgaz to Acquire Assets of South Stream Bulgaria

Bulgaria's gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz said it is planning to acquire 28 properties owned by South Stream Bulgaria, a 50/50 joint venture set up by Russia's Gazprom and state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding.

The properties have a total estimated value of 13.2 million levs ($8.3 million/6.7 million euro), Bulgartransgaz said in a notice on Tuesday.

Yugoslav Ex-Royals Demand Montenegro Castles Back

Descendants of the former Yugoslav royals want to be given back castles and a house in Montenegro, but also property in Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Macedonia, according to a document that BIRN has obtained from the Karadjordjevic family's office.

Slovenia denies asylum requests to Gulen movement families

The proceedings took 17 months to complete.

Members of these families belong to the movement of Fethullah Gulen - so they felt that their lives and human rights were endangered in Turkey, the daily Dnevnik is reporting.

"German carmaking giant to make big investment in Serbia"

Vucic in this way commented on his previous statement, when he announced the arrival of a big German investor to Serbia.

Asked to reveal more details, Vuci said he could "neither confirm nor deny it."

"I can only say there will be large-scale employment in central Serbia," he said.

Olympics: Team Slovenia happy with results, failed doping test leaves black mark

National Olympic Committee President Bogdan Gabrovec said that there was no way Slovenia could have pulled off another Sochi, when the team won eight medals, a Slovenian Olympic record.

Gabrovec, as well as retired cross-country skier and Olympic medallist Petra Majdič, believe that high rankings by young athletes at the games were reason for optimism.

Ten years after death, Drnovšek' legacy still unparalleled

Born in Celje in 1950, Drnovšek, holder of a PhD in economics with a career in banking, was catapulted to the political scene in 1989, when he was elected the Slovenian representative to the Yugoslav collective presidency at a time of mounting tensions in the former republic.

Brnabic unpleasantly surprised by Pahor's statement

BELGRADE - Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said Monday she was very unpleasantly surprised by a statement by Slovenian President Borut Pahor, who said he would try to influence the five EU member states that do not recognise Kosovo to do so.

She noted this had not been discussed during her recent meeting with Pahor, which she said had been long and open.

Slovenian president responds to criticism from Belgrade

It concerns Pahor's statement that Slovenia would work to ensure Kosovo is recognized by the five EU member-states "that have not yet done so."

In a press release cited by the agency STA, Pahor stressed that Kosovo is one of the main political issues on which Slovenia and Serbia hold "distinctly different views."