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Bulgaria and 13 other NATO members agreed on the Joint Purchase of Air Defense Systems

Fourteen NATO allies signed a letter of intent on Thursday to jointly supply air defense systems, Reuters reports.

The allies agreed to jointly purchase air defense systems such as the Patriot and Arrow 3, which are manufactured by Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries.

The signing ceremony took place at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Number of illegal migrants more than doubles to 15,500 in Jan-Sept

Slovenian police intercepted a total of 15,590 illegal migrants in the January-September period, a rise of 115% from the same nine-month period last year. Police statistics show that Afghanistan citizens accounted for the largest single group of illegal migrants – 2,691 of the total.

IMF revises Slovenia growth forecast

Washington, – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its projections for Slovenia in its latest World Economic Outlook. The country’s GDP is projected to increase by 5.7% this year, an upgrade of 2 percentage points on its April figures, as the forecast for 2023 was corrected downwards by 1.3 points to 1.7%. Inflation is to near 9% this year.

Telekom Slovenije reports surge in cyberattacks

Telekom Slovenije, Slovenia’s largest telecommunications provider, dealt with 22% more cyberattacks in the past year than the year before, when it detected a record number of such attacks. Cyberattacks targeting individuals and companies of all sizes increased with the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the company said in Monday’s press release marking European Cybersecurity Month.

Top of Mt. Triglav now covered with 5G

Telecoms operator A1 Slovenija has announced it has expanded its mobile network with the highest 5G base station in Slovenia, enabling 5G access in the wider Kredarica plateau area and the top of Triglav (2,865m), Slovenia’s highest mountain.

Located at 2,514 metres above sea level, the base station is powered by solar panels, wind energy and a generator, A1 said on Friday.

Slovenia aligned on 2021-2027 cohesion policy

Slovenia’s western cohesion region approved on Friday the programme of the European Cohesion Policy in 2021-2027, meaning the document has now been green-lit by all relevant stakeholders in Slovenia and will soon be sent to Brussels, said Minister for European Cohesion Policy Aleksander Jevšek.

Slovenia up two spots in UN e-government survey

Ljubljana – Slovenia ranks 21st among 193 countries in the latest United Nations e-government survey 2022. The country gained two spots compared to 2020, showing progress in all components of the survey, the Public Administration Ministry said in a press release on Monday.

Covid case count continues to rise steadily

Ljubljana – A total of 3,981 positive coronavirus tests were logged in Slovenia on Monday, a new record since March but only marginally more than last Monday. 89 Covid patients were treated at regular hospital wards on Monday and 21 were in intensive care, which is eight and 12 more respectively than a week ago. One Covid patient died.

Banka Slovenije says financial system stable, but risks elevated

Ljubljana – Banka Slovenije deems Slovenia’s financial system stable, but “the expected deterioration in economic conditions and inflation persisting at high levels means systemic risks to financial stability are elevated”, vice-governor Tina Žumber said as the central bank presented its latest Financial Stability Report on Tuesday.

Slovenia reserved about Ukraine’s joining NATO

Vitanje – Slovenia is reserved about Ukraine’s joining NATO due to major security risks involved, Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon told reporters on Tuesday. “If NATO were to take a decision to admit Ukraine as member, it could be a clear declaration of the start of war,” she said on the sidelines of an event in Vitanje.

Katarina Srebotnik ends tennis career

Portorož – Katarina Srebotnik, one of Slovenia’s best women tennis players, officially wrapped up her career at the seaside town of Portorož on Sunday having chalked up six Grand Slam doubles titles and four singles tournaments. In her career high she ranked 20th on the WTA rankings twice.

Slovenia advance in Davis Cup

Portorož – The Slovenian men’s tennis team has advanced to the Davis Cup World Group I qualifiers after defeating Estonia 4:0 in World Group II. After Slovenia won two singles matches on Friday, Aljaž Bedene and Blaž Kavčič also won the doubles competition on Sunday. Slovenia followed up with another singles win.

Slovenia co-hosts UN event on digital skills

New York – Slovenia co-hosted an event on the sidelines of the UN Transforming Education Summit in New York on Saturday that focused on digital skills in learning and teaching. The event was held in the run-up to the general debate opening the 77th session of the UN General Assembly which will also hear an address by President Borut Pahor.

Norway’s Foss wins cycling world time-trial crown

Norway's Tobias Foss pulled off a huge upset to dethrone two-time defending champion Filippo Ganna and claim a maiden time-trial title at cycling's road world championships in Australia on Sept. 18.

The 25-year-old conquered the 34.2-kilometer circuit in 40 minutes 02.78 seconds to edge Swiss powerhouse Stefan Kung by 2.95 seconds.