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Opposition presents its proposals for recovery and resilience spending

Ljubljana – The four opposition parties from the Constitutional Arch Coalition (KUL) presented on Wednesday their proposal on how Slovenia should spend EU recovery and resilience funds as they filed a request for a plenary session to discuss Slovenia’s national recovery and resilience plan, a document required to draw EUR 5.2 billion in EU recovery funds.

DaiBau raises fresh funds

Ljubljana – DaiBau, a Slovenian start-up that runs portals in multiple countries where investors can link up with building contractors, has received fresh funding from the German chemical company Henkel to build out its platform.

Drug Manufacturers Association: Domestic production of state-of-the-art vaccines and medicines, impossible in less than 3 years

The Association of Romania's Industrial Drug Manufacturers (PRIMER) points out that producing state-of-the-art vaccines and medicines in Romania in less than three years is impossible, and this can happen "only provided that the authorities attach the due importance to this strategic area." "Unlike countries such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, which have given importance t

Zoran Milanovic: Croatia’s Jekyll and Hyde

But the Social Democrat leader quickly turned the tide, navigating the campaign waters to emerge as winner of the first round in December 2019.

Milanovic verbally dominated TV duels with his opponents, outshining the conservative incumbent, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.

Liquidity of businesses good but deteriorating, FinMin says

Brussels – The liquidity of companies in Slovenia is good, but deteriorating. The government is working on new schemes to help businesses capable of surviving the crisis, Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj told his counterparts from other EU countries and the Eurozone in online meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Minister says Slovenia on pace in drafting recovery plan

Brussels, – Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj said Slovenia was in constant touch with the European Commission in drafting its recovery plan and would meet the deadline. He said he would like to see as little red tape as possible while declining to announce when the plan will be in Brussels, saying that “this is not a competition.”

Politico writes about “Slovenia’s war on the media”

Brussels – The Brussels-based web portal Politico has published an extensive analysis of the media situation in Slovenia based on talks with Slovenian journalists and foreign observers, in which it says that “Prime Minister Janez Janša’s attacks create climate of fear”. It adds that Janša is waging a big campaign against journalists he does not like.

Court temporarily stays issuing of construction permit for Mokrice project

Ljubljana – The Administrative Court has temporarily stayed the issuing of construction permit for the Mokrice hydro plant on the Sava river, the NGO Slovenian Native Fish Association (DPRS) said on Tuesday. The power producer HESS, which is to operate the plant, told the STA the procedure could continue as only the issuing of the permit had been suspended.

Lenarčič says need for cooperation main lesson of pandemic

Ljubljana – European Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič noted in an online debate on the EU’s preparedness for natural disasters that the main lesson of the Covid-19 pandemic has been that it is better to cooperate, even in matters that are clearly in the jurisdiction of member states.

Daily coronavirus case count at 740, death toll at four-month low

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded 740 new coronavirus cases for Monday as five patients with Covid-19 died, the lowest daily death toll in nearly four months. Hospitalisations hit their lowest since late October.

WTA tournament returning to Portorož after ten years

Ljubljana – A tournament of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) series is returning to Slovenia, as the national federation has been successful in bidding to host a US$125,000 prize money tournament for ladies in the seaside resort of Portorož between 13 and 19 September.

Jansa Government Survives No-Confidence Vote in Slovenia

The Slovenian government led by Janez Jansa of the right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party, SDS survived a no-confidence vote after a marathon session in parliament on Monday evening.

Motion of no confidence in government fails

Ljubljana – The Janez Janša government survived a motion of no confidence as only 40 MP voted in favour in a secret ballot on Monday, six too few. There were seven votes against and six invalid ballots, whereas the majority of the coalition MPs did not pick up the ballots.

Janša says opposition wasting time and money with no-confidence vote

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša said in parliament on Monday as the debate started on a motion of no-confidence in the government that the initiators of the motion, a group of opposition parties known as the Constitutional Arch Coalition (KUL), were wasting taxpayers’ time and money.