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Improving cyber security a priority of Slovenia’s EU presidency

Ljubljana – Improving cybersecurity across the EU will be one of the priorities of Slovenia’s EU presidency during its six-month stint in the second half of the year. Uroš Svete, head of the country’s Information Security Administration, says Slovenia will strive to improve the exchange of information among member states and boost security culture.

Seven-day infection average continues to drop in Slovenia

Ljubljana – A total of 245 infections with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Slovenia on Friday in 3,464 PCR tests as the rolling seven-day average continued to drop. Two Covid-19 patients meanwhile died, fresh data from the government show.

Pahor expects STA, prosecutor issues to be resolved before EU presidency

Brussels – President Borut Pahor has expressed the expectation that the government will have secured stable financing of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) and resolved the appointment of European delegated prosecutors by the start of the country’s EU presidency.

MPs unanimously adopt changes redefining sexual violence

Ljubljana – The National Assembly passed in a unanimous vote on Friday amendments to the penal code that redefine sexual consent in line with the concept that only yes means yes. MPs said during the debate that the credit should go to NGOs, which mobilised the public to create a genuine social movement.

AI and cyber security high on Slovenia’s presidency agenda

Luxembourg – Public Administration Minister Boštjan Koritnik attended a session of the EU’s Telecommunications Council in Luxembourg on Friday to present Slovenia’s EU presidency priorities in digitalisation. He said that Slovenia was placing digitalisation, development of artificial intelligence and cyber security high on the agenda.

Janša nominates Marjan Dikaučič for justice minister

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša sent a proposal to appoint Marjan Dikaučič, an official receiver, Slovenia’s new justice minister to parliament on Friday after the candidate was put forward by the Modern Centre Party (SMC).

Von der Leyen appreciates Slovenian presidency’s energy to work on resilience and recovery

Brussels – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described today’s meeting with President Borut Pahor ahead of Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the EU as very constructive, saying she appreciated “the enormous energy with which the presidency will work on the resilience and recovery of the European Union after this heavy pandemic”.

Slovenia presents its EU presidency slogan, logo

Ljubljana – The slogan of Slovenia’s EU presidency in the second half of the year will be Together. Resilient. Europe. According to the Government Communication Office, the slogan was picked as a response to the challenges of the EU and questions about future development. The logo of the presidency was also presented today.

cargo-partner to expand logistics centre in Brnik

Brnik – Logistics company cargo-partner opened a logistics centre in Brnik in 2019, one of the largest within the cargo-partner Group. The 25,000 square metres of warehouse capacity have been filled in just over a year, significantly ahead of schedule, which is why a planned expansion has now been pushed forward.

EU confirms - Slovenia proposed changing borders in the Balkans

However, it was not made public because it could jeopardize international relations, writes
The APA has asked the EU Council to disclose "documents of all kinds and in any language that would relate to alleged Slovenian non-paper or Slovenian border change initiatives in the Western Balkans and related discussions".

"The future of the Western Balkans is in the EU"

"We agree that the future of the Western Balkans is in the European Union, and we want to make progress on that issue," von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.
The president of the EC says that the Slovenian presidency will play an important role in the work on the recovery and resilience of the EU after the pandemic and the heavy blow inflicted on the EU economy.

Eurostat: Bulgaria’s Infant Mortality Rate Third-Highest in EU

Bulgaria had the third-highest infant mortality rate in the European Union in 2019, according to figures released on June 4 by EU statistics agency Eurostat.

The infant mortality rate is defined as the ratio of the number of deaths of children under one year of age to the number of live births in the reference year; the value is expressed per 1000 live births.

Slovenia’s Jansa is at War With Reason and the World

As head of a minority coalition (currently supported in parliament by part of the opposition), Jansa is taking advantage of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming EU presidency to maintain his grip on power.

CoE urges govt to stop deterioration of freedom of expression, media freedom

Strasbourg – Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović urged the Slovenian authorities in a memorandum published on Friday to put a stop to the deterioration of the situation regarding media freedom and freedom of expression in the country.