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US assistant secretary of state to visit Slovenia

Washington – Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison will pay a visit to Vienna, Rome and Ljubljana, the US Department of State announced on Friday, but it has not yet revealed when exactly the visit will take place.

Slovenia receiving many congratulations on Statehood Day

Ljubljana – Slovenia is receiving congratulations from many world leaders on Statehood Day, with President Borut Pahor having received messages from Queen Elizabeth II, US President Joe Biden, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others.

Number of newborns in Slovenia up one percent last year

Ljubljana – A total of 18,984 children were born in Slovenia last year, which is 217 or 1% more than in 2020. The average age of the mother at the birth of her first child was 29.6 years, and at the average age at any birth was 31.1 years, the Statistics Office has reported.

First Slovenian president, PM would like to see more unity

Ljubljana – On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of independence, Slovenia’s first President Milan Kučan and first Prime Minister Lojze Peterle said they would like to see more unity of the nation. They agree that this was the key to gaining independence, and that the idea of the common good should prevail in order to achieve common goals.

Demokracija says ruling politicians a Trojan Horse in EU, NATO

Ljubljana – Demokracija says in its latest editorial that Slovenia is currently ruled by politicians whose “godfathers” signed more than 30 years ago a document that supported a single-party, totalitarian and communist system, and that they “increasingly evidently represent a Trojan Horse within the EU and NATO”.

Lawyer Pirc Musar announces presidential run

Ljubljana – Lawyer Nataša Pirc Musar, best known in her former role as information commissioner, has announced she will enter the presidential race in the autumn election as an independent, becoming the first candidate to formally announce her bid.

Minority radio station gets access to Radio Slovenija shows, assistance

Ljubljana – A Slovenian minority radio station in Hungary has entered cooperation with Radio Slovenija enabling it to broadcast shows of the Slovenian public radio broadcaster. The contract was signed on Wednesday, a day before Radio Monošter, from the town of Szentgotthard/Monošter, celebrates 22 years since it went on air.

Covid case count up nearly 40% week-on-week

Ljubljana – A total of 763 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Wednesday, up by 39% over the same day a week ago. There were no additional Covid deaths and hospitalisations remained stable, fresh official figures show.

Supervisors in nine hospitals replaced due to poor financial results

Ljubljana – The government has replaced members of the supervisory boards of nine hospitals due to the institutions’ poor financial performance and will carry out a special audit to see how they continue to post losses despite receiving hundreds of millions of euros in extra funding last year.

Golob hopes for consensus on Bosnia candidate status

Brussels – Prime Minister Robert Golob expressed the hope that EU leaders will reach a consensus on giving Bosnia-Herzegovina candidate country status at Thursday’s summit as he dismissed reports by some media that Slovenia is willing to block Ukraine’s bid to achieve that.

Slovenia stresses its opposition to Austria’s border checks

Ljubljana – Interior Minister Tatjana Bobnar reiterated Slovenia’s position of opposing Austria’s border checks on their joint border on Thursday, nearly a fortnight after an Austrian administrative court decided that the border checks, which have been in place since 2017, are unlawful.

Pahor nominates Court of Audit head, central bank vice-governor

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor has nominated Jana Ahčin for Court of Audit president and Milan M. Cvikl for a vice-governor of the central bank after completing consultations with parliamentary groups’ heads last week and establishing both candidates enjoy the necessary support. The candidates will need at least 46 votes to get elected in a secret ballot.

Petrol says price regulation to affect annual results

Ljubljana – Fuel price regulation in Slovenia and Croatia will affect energy company Petrol’s business in the first half of the year, so the Slovenian group does not expect to achieve the planned results, its management says in a statement posted on Tuesday on the website of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, where Petrol stock has already lost 3.6% today.

Covid case count up by 33% week-on-week

Ljubljana – Slovenia reported 838 new coronavirus infections for Monday, up by 33% in weekly comparison, in what continues to be a steady increase in Covid cases. The total of patients treated for Covid-19 as their main condition in hospitals is at 37, including five in intensive care, shows data by the Health Ministry. No Covid-related deaths were reported yesterday.

Digital advertising on the rise in Slovenia

Ljubljana – Investment in digital advertising is on the rise in Slovenia and will see a 15% growth in this year. On average, an advertiser will invest EUR 546,000 in this type of advertising, shows a survey by pollsters iPROM and Valicon on the attitude of Slovenian companies towards digital advertising in 2022.