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FM Fajon tells Kuleba she will visit Kyiv soon

Luxembourg – Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon spoke over the telephone with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday assuring him of Slovenia’s support for Ukraine’s EU candidate status and the country’s post-war reconstruction. She also announced that she will visit Kyiv soon, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry tweeted.

MPs reject referendum on changes to government bill

Ljubljana – The National Assembly rejected in a 52:23 vote on Tuesday the opposition Democrats'(SDS) proposal to consult voters in a referendum whether the government should restructure its departments and expand them or not.

Coronavirus infections up over the weekend

Ljubljana – A total of 325 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Slovenia over the weekend, which is a 56% increase over the weekend before. No Covid patient has dies since Friday, the Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the latest reports from hospitals, 36 Covid patients were at regular Covid wards and five in intensive care during the weekend.

NLB bank well prepared for turbulent times, chairman says

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s largest bank NLB is in excellent shape and well prepared for turbulent times ahead, chairman of the board Blaž Brodnjak said after today’s shareholder meeting. He is also not concerned by the tightening of monetary policy in the eurozone. When necessary, households and companies will be assisted, he announced.

Pahor urges support for Bosnia’s EU candidate status

Riga – President Borut Pahor urged the leaders of Three Seas EU countries to endorse Slovenia’s proposal at the EU summit later this week to give Bosnia-Herzegovina the status of EU candidate country, as he addressed the summit of the Three Seas initiative in Latvia on Monday.

Petrol prices to rise more than 10% on Tuesday

Ljubljana – The prices of regular petrol and diesel at pumps outside motorways will rise by nearly 20 cents a litre on Tuesday. Regular petrol will cost EUR 1.755 a litre, up from EUR 1.56, while diesel will cost EUR 1.848 a litre, compared to EUR 1.668 at the moment. The new prices will remain in place until 4 July when they are adjusted again.

Effective work accounts for 69% of working time in Slovenia

Ljubljana – In 2020 Slovenian employees spent 68.7% of their available working time effectively working, while absence from work accounted for 26.9% of their working time and meal breaks 4.4%, the Statistics Office has reported. The effective working time of employees in Slovenia amounted to 69% in the private sector and 67% in the public sector.

Fajon: Proposal on Bosnia’s EU candidate status gets strong support

Luxembourg – Slovenia’s proposal that the EU should grant Bosnia-Herzegovina EU candidate status as soon as possible received a great deal of support and, above all, a great deal of understanding at today’s meeting of EU foreign ministers, Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon said after she outlined the proposal to her counterparts.

Golob says shortage of fuel a scandal

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Rober Golob said on Monday he found it scandalous that several petrol stations around the country ran out of fuel on Sunday and today as drivers rushed to service stations in anticipation of Tuesday’s price hike stemming from a new pricing model kicking in.

Slovenia to Seek EU Candidate Status for Bosnia

Photo: Slovenian President Borut Pahor arrives at a press conference after the Brdo-Brijuni Process summit. Photo: EPA-EFE/IGOR KUPLJENIK.

This comes after the European Commission last week recommended EU candidate country for the ex-Soviet republics of Ukraine and Moldova.

Pogačar takes his second Tour of Slovenia

Every day on 2022 Tour of Slovenia was spectacular, same is true also for the last stage. Slovenians Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) & Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Victorious) went head-to-head for a stage victory, Tadej was faster and he took his second stage on the Slovenian tour. He’s also the overall winner.

SDS condemns foreign minister’s RTV Slovenija appeal

Ljubljana – The opposition Democrats (SDS) have strongly condemned a letter Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon has addressed to RTV Slovenija director general Andrej Grah Whatmough urging him to reconsider his plan to cut the public broadcaster’s international network of correspondents. The SDS sees her move as unacceptable political pressure.

Canoeist Savšek second in Krakow

Krakow – Slovenia’s Olympic champion Benjamin Savšek placed second in Sunday’s World Cup canoe slalom race in Poland, finishing only behind French Nicolas Gestin. He failed to win because he touched one of the gates, which earned him a two-second penalty.

Heavy traffic, congestion on sunny weekend

Ljubljana – Traffic has been slow on Slovenian roads throughout the day and the weekend, with long waiting times at some border crossings with Croatia and Austria. The situation has been further aggravated by an accident on the busy motorway near Postojna, SW, with the travel time prolonged by 90 minutes, according to the Traffic Information Centre.

Slovenia wants Bosnia to get candidate status at next week’s EU summit

Brussels – Slovenia has produced a proposal to grant Bosnia-Herzegovina EU candidate status as early as at the EU summit next week. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon will present it to her EU counterparts on Monday at a session of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.