Latest News from Slovenia

Slovenia preparing to issue 60-year bond

Ljubljana – Slovenia plans to issue a 60-year bond subject to market conditions and has commissioned BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE and HSBC to manage the issue, the Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Additional details have not been disclosed, but this would be the longest maturity for a bond Slovenia has ever issued.

New political movement emerges

Ljubljana – A new political movement called Povežimo Slovenijo (Unite Slovenia) has emerged. The initiative is wants to bring together a number of smaller, non-parliamentary parties, groups, local initiatives and individuals of various values and political stances to form a joint slate for the next general elections.

Slovenia officially takes over its pavilion at Dubai Expo

Dubai – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek symbolically took over on behalf of Slovenia the management of the country’s pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai as part of his official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The minister said at the ceremony on Tuesday that “Slovenia will show know-how, innovation and energy at the Expo”.

Novartis invested EUR 204m in Slovenia in 2020

Ljubljana – The Swiss pharma giant Novartis continued to invest in its R&D and production capacities in Slovenia through its subsidiaries Lek, Sandoz and Novartis Pharma Services last year. Despite the Covid-19 epidemic, it invested EUR 204 million in the country, show figures presented on Tuesday.

More than 35,000 tests conducted on Monday to find 1,652 infections

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded another 1,652 new coronavirus infections on Monday, when more than 35,000 tests were conducted amid mass testing of teachers ahead of partial school reopening.

Currently, 1,157 people are in hospital, 16 fewer than the day before, and 43 fewer than a week ago. The number of patients needing intensive care remained level at 192 compared to the day before.

Slovenia eyeing EUR 150m for agriculture from recovery fund

Brussels – Slovenia would like to allocate EUR 150 million of the EU recovery funds for agriculture, Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Jože Podgoršek said on Monday.

FM Logar presents EU presidency priorities in Belgium

Brussels – The priorities of Slovenia’s EU presidency in the second half of this year and bilateral cooperation were in the focus as Foreign Minister Anže Logar held talks on Monday with his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmes.

Logar stressed that Slovenia would place special emphasis on strengthening the EU’s capacity to address health and other crises, the Foreign Ministry said.

Govt adopts new stimulus bill

Ljubljana – The government adopted a new stimulus bill on Monday, with the extension of the furlough scheme and minimum wage subsidies as the key measures that are to help companies weather the epidemic.

School, kindergarten opening to proceed as planned on Tuesday

Ljubljana – Kindergartens and the first three grades of primary school in Slovenia will open as planned on Tuesday despite additional confirmation that the highly virulent UK variant of coronavirus has been present in Slovenia since the start of the month.

Ministers call for more cooperation between Slovenia, UAE

Dubai – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek met Emirati Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber in Abud Dhabi on Monday as he started an official visit to the United Arab Emirates. The pair agreed that bilateral cooperation could improve and expressed support for such efforts, the Economy Ministry said.

Slovenian literature on the world map

Around 100 translations of Slovene books are published each year in around 25 different languages, according to the Slovenian Book Agency database, The Slovenian Book Agency, the key public institution supporting production and promotion of books for over 10 years, was established in 2009.

Slovenia Supported Proposal To Regulate Crypto-Asset Market

On 24 September 2020, the European Commission adopted a Digital Finance Package, which includes a proposal for Regulation on crypto-asset markets and amendments to Directive (EU) 2019/1937. The latter also received support from Slovenia.

Slovenia officially confirms first case of UK coronavirus variant

Ljubljana – The first case of the highly transmissible UK coronavirus variant has been officially confirmed in Slovenia in a Kosovo national with temporary residence in Slovenia who arrived from Belgium, Prime Minister Janez Janša announced on Sunday.

Biathlete Fak third in World Cup mass start event in Italy

Anterselva – Slovenia’s Jakov Fak finished third in the men’s Biathlon World Cup mass start in Italy’s Anterselva on Sunday to announce good form ahead of the Biathlon World Championships, which will take place in Slovenia’s Pokljuka on 9-21 February.

Norway’s Kvandal win individual World Cup event in Ljubno

Ljubno ob Savinji – After Slovenia won the team Ski Jumping World Cup event for women in Ljubno ob Savinji on Saturday, Ema Klinec finished second in today’s individual event behind Eirin Maria Kvandal of Norway. Joining them on the podium with the third place is Marita Kramer of Austria.