News archive of October 2022

Opposition motion on parental protection voted down

Ljubljana – The National Assembly rejected the opposition-sponsored changes to the parental protection and family benefits act with which the Democrats (SDS) wanted to introduce a universal child benefit that would not be means tested. The government thinks this would deepen social inequalities.

Covid case count continues to rise steadily

Ljubljana – A total of 3,981 positive coronavirus tests were logged in Slovenia on Monday, a new record since March but only marginally more than last Monday. 89 Covid patients were treated at regular hospital wards on Monday and 21 were in intensive care, which is eight and 12 more respectively than a week ago. One Covid patient died.

Bosnia elections indicate time right for civic ideas, says pundit

Ljubljana – Faris Kočan, a researcher at the Centre of International Relations at the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences, believes the results of the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina available so far indicate time may have come for civic ideas as opposed to nationalism.

Banka Slovenije says financial system stable, but risks elevated

Ljubljana – Banka Slovenije deems Slovenia’s financial system stable, but “the expected deterioration in economic conditions and inflation persisting at high levels means systemic risks to financial stability are elevated”, vice-governor Tina Žumber said as the central bank presented its latest Financial Stability Report on Tuesday.

Slovenia reserved about Ukraine’s joining NATO

Vitanje – Slovenia is reserved about Ukraine’s joining NATO due to major security risks involved, Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon told reporters on Tuesday. “If NATO were to take a decision to admit Ukraine as member, it could be a clear declaration of the start of war,” she said on the sidelines of an event in Vitanje.

National Assembly codifies same-sex marriage, adoption

Ljubljana – The National Assembly signed same-sex marriage and adoptions into law by passing changes to the family code by 48 votes in favour and 29 against on Tuesday, capping decades of efforts by LGBT+ groups and activists to end discrimination and be recognised as equal members of society.

Proposal to allow mayors to serve as MPs rejected

Ljubljana – The National Assembly has voted down a proposal by the National Council, the upper chamber of parliament, to reverse the ban on mayors serving as MPs.

In proposing the overturn in November last year, councillors argued the ban had no basis in the constitution or the law.