Latest News from Slovenia

UKC Maribor wins first React-EU grant for pulmonary dept

Maribor – Slovenia’s second largest medical centre will get EUR 3.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund for a EUR 4 million investment to move its pulmonary department to a new location in what is the first grant from the React EU crisis response initiative.

Majbert Pharm to supply rapid tests to UKC Ljubljana

Ljubljana – The Ljubljana University Medical Centre (UKC) has signed a deal with Majbert Pharm to supply rapid antigen tests at virtually the same cost apiece as the company supplied to the Health Ministry for mass coronavirus testing under a contract signed in December.

Important dilemma of digital journalism is attitude to social networks

Ljubljana – Digital journalism in Slovenia is on the rise and is no longer only an additional channel. Working online has its specifics and brings new dilemmas, one of them being the attitude to social networks, sharing contents and communicating with followers, agreed participants in a panel on contemporary trends in journalism on Thursday.

Restaurants allowed to serve B2B meals under certain conditions

Ljubljana – Despite the ongoing ban on indoor food service, restaurants in Slovenia are allowed to serve business customers under certain conditions, a senior Economy Ministry official said Friday as he clarified government restrictions following uncertainty over what the indoor eating ban actually means.

Ski jumper Križnar remains overall leader

Rasnov – Slovenian ski jumper Nika Križnar remains the overall World Cup leader in the women’s competition, having won her ninth career podium on Friday with a third-place finish in Romania.

Križnar managed jumps of 92 and 99 metres on the small hill in Rasnov to finish behind Sara Takanashi of Japan and the Norwegian Silje Opseth. Slovenia’s Ema Klinec was fourth.

Head of EP democracy group finds basis to monitor situation in Slovenia

Ljubljana – Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld (D66/Renew) believes there is sufficient ground for the European Parliament’s Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group, which she heads, to start monitoring the situation in Slovenia.

Slovenia has not withdrawn STA state aid notification

Brussels – The Slovenian authorities have not withdrawn notification of state aid to the STA even though the European Commission has said its clearance is not necessary. If Slovenia insists it wants a decision, the case will be processed as a matter of priority, a Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

French biathletes win single mixed relay in Pokljuka

Pokljuka – France’s Antonin Guigonnat and Julia Simon are the winners of Thursday’s single mixed relay event as part of the Biathlon World Championships in Slovenia’s Pokljuka. The Slovenian pair of Jakov Fak and Polona Klemenčič were 13th.

The silver medal went to Johannes Thingnes Boe and Tiril Eckhoff of Norway, and Sweden’s Sebastian Samuelsson and Hanna Öberg won bronze.

Precious timber auctioned off for EUR 1.2m

Slovenj Gradec – Prime timber offered at the 15th annual auction in Slovenia fetched EUR 1.2 million, EUR 800,000 less than in 2020. But given the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers are happy as a record 46 bidders placed bids. The majority of logs on sale were oak, spruce, sycamore maple and ash, with a sycamore maple log fetching the highest price yet again.

Energy group GEN-I reports record profit for 2020

Ljubljana – The Slovenian energy group GEN-I sold a record 127.4 terawatt hours of electricity last year to generate the highest net profit to date. At EUR 15.4 million the profit was one percent above that posted in 2019 despite revenue falling by 4% to EUR 2.1 billion.

Ski jumper Nika Križnar bags World Cup victory in Rasnov

Rasnov – Nika Križnar, Slovenian’s best female ski jumper this winter, won a World Cup event in Rasnov, Romania on Thursday in what is the second World Cup victory in her career. She is now also in the lead in overall rankings.

Slovenia’s Dončić and Garnbret make TIME’s list of rising stars

New York – Slovenian NBA basketball player Luka Dončić and sport climber Janja Garnbret have made US magazine TIME’s list of 100 rising stars for 2021, Time 100 Next. The 21-year-olds are featured in the Phenoms category of rising stars in sports.