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Michelin star chef Tomaž Kavčič to launch Zemono+ brand

Ljubljana – Tomaž Kavčič, one of Slovenia’s top chefs, who runs Michelin-starred restaurant Pri Lojzetu at Zemono Castle, has unveiled plans to launch his own brand Zemono+. Foodies will be able to purchase Zemono+ products via an online shop starting in January.

Bulgaria Welcomes US Decision to Participate in Three Seas Initiative with USD 300 Million

As a country that will preside over the Three Seas Initiative in 2021, Bulgaria welcomed the decision of the Board of United States International Development Finance Corporation to participate in the Investment Fund with 0 million, the Foreign Ministry reported.

Thus, the capital of the Three Seas Fund exceeds EUR 1.2 billion.

Exports up 2.1% in October year-on-year, imports down 8.5%

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s exports totalled EUR 3.2 billion in October, up by 2.1% on the same month in 2019. Imports meanwhile stood at EUR 2.9 billion, a 8.5% decrease year-on-year. Exports in the first ten months dropped by 3.2% on the same period in 2019 and imports decreased by 8.9%.

It is clear now - EU enlargement has been slowed down

However, Jutarnji list writes, there are still some states in favor of enlargement within the EU. Greece, Bulgaria and Slovenia are certainly among those. However, the three countries have something else in common, which qualifies them for proving the famous saying that "with such 'friends', we don't need enemies".

Brdo-Brijuni summit postponed again

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor has informed leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process that the summit marking the 10th anniversary of this initiative for the Western Balkans, which was to be held next Monday in Slovenia, has been cancelled due to the current epidemiological situation.

Logar to meet Italian colleague on-line, visit Vatican Friday

Ljubljana – Foreign Minister Anže Logar is expected to hold talks with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on Thursday, although virtually and not in-person as was originally scheduled, as Di Maio is self-isolating. Logar will nevertheless travel to Rome, as he is also scheduled to visit the Holy See on Friday.

China Increasing its Footprint in Balkan Media, Study Concludes

A study presented on Wednesday authored by Vladimir Shopov, an expert on foreign relations and an European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) visiting fellow - says China is positioning itself in the media sector in Southeast Europe.

Bosnian Police Bust Another Migrant Smuggling Ring

In an operation codenamed "Lipa", executed on the orders of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian Border Police, together with partner police and security agencies,  on Wednesday arrested members of an organised crime group suspected of smuggling hundreds of illegal migrants from Bosnia to EU member Croatia.

Serbia Convicts Yugoslav Soldier of Killing Albanian Civilians

Belgrade Higher Court on Tuesday sentenced Bosko Soldatovic, a former member of Military Police Company of the Yugoslav People's Army's Second Proletarian Guards Mechanised Brigade, to 15 years for killing nine Albanian civilians in Bogdanovci in Croatia, in November 1991, Serbian newspaper Danas reported.

Wartime Killing of Serb Family Commemorated in Croatia

The Anti-Fascist League of Croatia held a memorial event on Monday evening for the three murdered members of the Zec family on Sljeme Hill above Zagreb, where they were killed by Croatian reservist policemen during the war in December 1991 - a crime that remains unpunished.

On the 29th anniversary of their deaths, activists laid flowers and lit candles near the site of the killings.

Turkey's opponents in 2022 World Cup quals unveiled

The Turkish National Football Team's opponents in the European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were revealed on Dec. 7. 

Turkey will play against the Netherlands, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar in the European Qualifiers Group G.

The draw was held in Zurich, Switzerland via videoconference amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatar 2022 has just become a quite distant dream for Greece

Greece will need to overcome one of Spain and Sweden to have any hopes of making it to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The draw that took place on Monday for the European qualifiers of the tournament to be held in Qatar in two years' time has placed the Greek men's national team in the same group as Spain, Sweden, Georgia and Kosovo.

Slovenia’s Žan Kranjec second in giant slalom

Bormio – Slovenian Alpine skier Žan Kranjec finished second in a World Cup giant slalom race in Italy’s Santa Caterina after clocking in the best time in the first run. The race was won by Croatia’s Filip Zubčić.

Although 69 hundredths ahead of Zubčić after the first run, Kranjec’s second-run pefrormance was not strong enough to secure him his third World Cup win.