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Bled has been named one of the Best Fishing Destinations in Europe for 2020!

Let's start with the obvious: Bled is very, very pretty. This pleasant tourist town nestled in the Julian Alps looks straight out of a fairytale. You can fish from the banks of the lake, but you'll be too busy taking in the view to notice the Carp biting on your bait. Instead, head to the hills, where the pristine waters are full of legendary game fish.

Slovenia Requests the Return of Compulsory Military Service

One of the priorities of the new Slovenian government, led by Janez Janša, is the restoration of compulsory military service in Slovenia.

Matej Tonin, who is reportedly the new Minister of Defense, said returning the recruiting service was one of the priorities and was already included in the coalition agreement.

Senator Sees China’s Hand in Central Europe TV Sale

US Republican Senator Marco Rubio has asked the US Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General to launch "a full review of the national security implication of AT&T's upcoming sale of the Central European Media Group Enterprises, CME, to the Czech-owned conglomerate PPF Group".

New govt to revive conscription, secure border

This follows from a 13-page draft coalition agreement obtained by the STA. The draft was initialled on Monday by Janša's Democrats (SDS), New Slovenia (NSi), Modern Centre Party (SMC) and Pensioners Party (DeSUS), but unofficial information indicates the parties have already signed the agreement.

Eurostat: Use of Social Media by Enterprises Lowest in Romania and Bulgaria

More and more enterprises in the European Union (EU) are using social media. In 2019, one in two enterprises (50%) reported that they were using at least one type of social media, which means an increase of 16 percentage points since 2014 (34%), Eurostat data showed.

Use of social media highest in Malta, lowest in Romania

The EU Decides within Days whether to Start Membership Talks with Tirana and Skopje

The foreign ministers demanded rapid integration in the Western Balkans.

Within a few days, the EU will decide whether to start membership talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania. This was made clear during a meeting between the foreign ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and representatives of the European Commission in Thessaloniki.

Bulgaria - One of the EU Countries with the Highest Shares of Total Revenue from Environmental Tax

In 2018, environmental tax revenue in the European Union (EU) totalled €324.6 billion, a 3% increase in nominal terms from the previous year and 49% higher than in 2002, Eurostat reported.

Energy taxes accounted for the largest share (77.7%) of the EU's 2018 environmental tax revenue, followed by transport taxes (19.1%), and pollution and resource taxes (3.3%).

Bulgaria is among the EU Countries with the Worst Rail Transport

Traveling by train in Bulgaria is not like walking in the park at all, according to an Euronews publication on European rail transport entitled 'A world of train': Where in Europe is rail travel a nightmare?

From France's high-speed TGVs to Moldova's Soviet-era services with wooden benches, Europe's train network is a patchwork of varying standards.

Giovanni Vale: Venice’s Legacy Still Shapes the Balkans

It features some 40 towns and cities in seven countries - Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus - all of which were once part-ruled by the Venetian Republic.

Vale says that although the Venetian state hasn't existed since 1797, it has left behind it a powerful heritage in terms of culture, architecture, gastronomy and language, which he seeks to explore.

Salary Rise in Slovenia

The average net salary in Slovenia is already EUR 1 133, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to last year, the National Statistical Office of the country announced.

Salaries in the private sector increased by 3.9%.

There is even bigger growth in the public sector, where in 2019 the salaries were 5.4% higher than in 2018.

ForMin Aurescu welcomes US announcement on allocation of 1 bln US dollars for Three Seas Initiative

Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu attended on Saturday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the round table on the Three Seas Initiative, on which occasion he welcomed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on the allocation by the United States of one billion US dollars for investments in energy projects under the Three Seas Initiative, informs a press release of t

Turkish skier's heroics save life in Slovenia

A Turkish alpine skier saved the life of a 12-year-old boy in Slovenia's Krvavec Ski Resort.

In a statement, the Turkish Ski Federation said that Sıla Kara, 19, saved the Slovenian boy during a warm-up.

The boy, who was alongside Kara on a chairlift, lost his balance. He managed to grab Kara's ski swaps in the last-ditch effort to prevent his fall.

Eurostat: Which EU Countries have the Highest Marriage Rates?

In 2018, the European Union (EU) countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (7.8 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants), Romania (7.4), Lithuania (7.0) and Latvia (6.8). These were followed by Malta (5.8), Slovakia (5.7) and Denmark (5.6), Eurostat reported.

EnvirMin to ask for protection of skylark, chamois, two iconic species for Romania

The Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) and the chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) will be placed under protection, and the decision, together with an opinion of the Ministry of the Environment, will be submitted to the government, acting Environmental Minister Costel Alexe said on Thursday at a news conference.

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