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Parliamentary body calls for new concept of demographic fund

Ljubljana – After discussing the government’s Demographic Fund bill at the request of the opposition, the parliamentary Commission for Oversight of Public Finances decided on Friday that the concept did not provide a long-term sustainability of pension funding. It thus called on the government to draw up a new, better solution.

Logar and Austrian colleague praise bilateral relations

Vienna – Foreign Minister Anže Logar was on a working visit to Austria to meet his counterpart Alexander Schallenberg. The pair assessed the countries’ relations in the past year as positive and noted the importance of the 100th anniversary of the Carinthian plebiscite in presence of both presidents. He also met Slovenian minority representatives.

Zoran Milanovic: Croatia’s Jekyll and Hyde

But the Social Democrat leader quickly turned the tide, navigating the campaign waters to emerge as winner of the first round in December 2019.

Milanovic verbally dominated TV duels with his opponents, outshining the conservative incumbent, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.

Slovenia expects 38,000 doses of vaccine this week, updates strategy

Ljubljana – The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) expects new batches of Covid-19 vaccines this week, consisting of 21,060 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and 16,800 of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The national vaccination strategy has been updated in the part setting the priority groups, the NIJZ told the STA.

Four parties demand debate on hate speech

Ljubljana – Deputy groups of the coalition New Slovenia (NSi), Democrats (SDS), Modern Centre Party (SMC), the opposition National Party (SNS) and both minority MPs have requested a session of the parliamentary interior and justice committees regarding what they see as stepping up of ideology-based hostility, ostracising and attacks.

Committee okays electoral bill implementing Constitutional Court ruling

Ljubljana – The parliamentary Home Affairs Committee endorsed on Thursday a bill redrawing electoral districts in line with a 2018 Constitutional Court decision. MPs of the coalition Democrats (SDS), New Slovenia (NSi), Modern Centre Party (SMC) and opposition Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) have backed the proposal.

STA to become part of emerging Demographic Fund

Ljubljana – The emerging National Demographic Fund might become the founder and the only shareholder of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA), according to an amendment to the government-sponsored bill on the new fund. The agency’s founder and only shareholder is now the Republic of Slovenia, with the government acting on behalf of the state.

Montenegro’s COVID-19 Hotspots Demand New Measures as Crisis Escalates

Montenegrin minister of health Jelena Borovinic Bojovic on the press conference.Photo: Government of Montenegro

On Tuesday, the Institute for Public Health said Montenegro currently had 1,257 active coronavirus active cases for every 100,000 citizens. This is the highest rate in the region.

Slovenia Joins Region in ‘Me Too’ Outcry Over Sexual Abuse

Slovenia has joined the latest "Me Too" outcry in Southeast Europe as more women in the country start to share their own experiences of sexual abuse following reports of sexual harassment in the academic world.

Tatjana Mlakar nominated for ZZZS head

Ljubljana – The general assembly of the public health insurer ZZZS has named Tatjana Mlakar, the head of the ZZZS unit in Krško, general manager pending clearance from the National Assembly. She had been nominated by the ZZZS management board in January following the third call for applications.

Austrian plebiscite donation law released in Slovenian

Vienna – A law providing an EUR 4 million donation to the Austrian province of Carinthia as promised by the federal government on the centenary of the Carinthian plebiscite last year was also published in the Slovenian language on Monday in what is the first such instance in Austria’s second republic. Slovenia has welcomed the step.

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.

Croatia Returned 7,000 Refugees in 2020, Bosnian Minister Says

A minister in a Bosnian canton bordering Croatia said the EU member state had forcibly returned over 7,000 migrants and refugees to Bosnia last year, asking why his own country had not done the same to its neighbours.

New cases down by nearly 40% over the week before to 2,092, 17 die

Ljubljana – Slovenia logged 2,092 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, down nearly 40% on the record daily figure a week ago. A total of 17 patients died, the latest government data show.

This comes from 6,193 PCR tests, of which 28.5% were positive, and 5,750 rapid antigen tests, where the positivity rate was 5.7%.