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220 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Monday, one death

Ljubljana – Slovenia reported 220 new cases of coronavirus for Monday, a week-on-week decline of nearly a third, as the epidemic situation continues to gradually improve. One person with Covid-19 died, the latest government figures show.

The positivity rate stood at 7.2% as over 3,000 PCR tests were performed, in addition to over 40,000 rapid tests.

Schools not safe spaces for LGBT students, survey shows

Ljubljana – The results of a survey by Legebitra, an advocacy group for LGBTI rights, have shown that schools are not safe spaces for members of the LGBT community. One in four LGBT students reported of having often heard homophobic remarks at school, and in more than half of the cases, school staff did not intervene.

Slovenia Criticised for Delay in Choosing EU Graft-Fighting Prosecutors

Despite repeated calls from EU officials, Slovenia has not yet selected prosecutors to delegate to the newly established EU prosecutor's office, which will investigate fraud, corruption and money laundering involving the EU budget.

On Monday, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders reiterated his call for Slovenia to appoint prosecutors.

Women's handball: Minaur Baia Mare applies for wildcard for Champions League

Romania's vice-champion in women's handball, CS Minaur Baia Mare, has requested a wildcard for the next season of the Champions League, according to the club's official website. Romania could thus have two teams in the strongest European interclub competition, considering that CSM Bucharest, the national champion, is one of the teams that will play in the League groups.

Reynders again calls on Slovenia to name European prosecutors

Luxembourg – European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has reiterated his call for Slovenia to appoint European delegated prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) as soon as possible. He hopes that he could soon discuss the issue with the new Slovenian justice minister.

Slovenia chair of Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development

Izola – Slovenia assumed the two-year chairmanship of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development, a multi-stakeholder advisory body set up under the Barcelona convention, as the commission opened its 19th session in Slovenia’s Izola on Monday, to run in hybrid format until Wednesday.

Relaxation of all measures possible when Slovenia enters EU’s green tier

Ljubljana – The government’s Covid-19 advisory group does not intend to propose any substantial changes regarding Covid restrictions this week. Mateja Logar, the head of the group, said on Monday that a complete relaxation of measures could be put forward when Slovenia is in tier green according to the EU’s traffic light system.

Vaccination pace picking up

Ljubljana – The pace of vaccination is gradually picking up in Slovenia. Almost 132,000 shots were administered last week, up by about thirty percent from the week before, show data by the tracker Covid-19 Sledilnik.

Corrected analysis shows Slovenia around EU average for green, digital investment

Ljubljana/Brussels – The Brussels-based think tank Bruegel has revised its recent analysis of national recovery and resilience plans. While Slovenia originally stood out by its low share of digital and green investments, the updated figures place Slovenia in the middle of the rankings.

Janša says CoE Commissioner part of “fake news network”

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša has reproached Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović for what he sees as her being part of a fake news network. This comes after Mijatović recently warned about the deterioration of media freedom and freedom of expression in Slovenia.

Slovenian EU presidency to lead dialogue based on second rule of law report

Brussels – The Slovenian EU presidency will lead dialogue based on the European Commission’s second annual rule of law report, which will be released at the start of Slovenia’s six-month stint. The polemics over tying EU funds to respect for the rule of law will continue and it is not yet clear what will happen with proceedings against Poland and Hungary.

President to decorate three media, including STA

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor has announced he will award presidential decorations to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA), the Koper bureau of public broadcaster RTV Slovenija and the Slovenian bureau of Italian public broadcaster RAI.

Slovenia’s flatwater kayakers Ponomarenko Janić and Osterman European champions

Poznan – Slovenia’s female pair Špela Ponomarenko Janić and Anja Osterman won Sunday’s 200-metre race at the Canoe Sprint European Championships in Poznan, Poland. While their excellent K2 performances at top competitions are continuing, this is their first gold from European or world championships.