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Slovenia just below EU average in participation of adults in education

Ljubljana – In 2020, 14.3% of Slovenians aged 15 or more participated in education and learning programmes, which is just below the EU average, the Statistics Office said on Monday. The percentage has been dropping and is the highest among the young, decreasing with age.

282 new coronavirus cases as hospitalisations pass 300

Ljubljana – Another 282 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Sunday, an increase of 20% from the same day a week ago, data from the National Institute of Pubic Health (NIJZ) shows. According to Covid tracker site, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has passed 300 and one more patient has died.

Enticing investors to enter capital market in focus of conference

Bled – The VZMD Slovenian association of small shareholders and Better Finance will organise an investment conference on Monday to discuss ways of encouraging small shareholders to invest more in the capital market. Around 100 representatives of decision-makers, regulators and shareholders are expected to attend.

559 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Saturday

Ljubljana – A total of 2,720 PCR tests were performed in Slovenia on Saturday to result in 559 new coronavirus cases, for a positivity rate of 20.6% or 0.8 of a percentage point more than the day before, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) reported. Hospitalisations were up, including for patients in intensive care.

Savšek finishes second overall in Canoe Slalom World Cup

Pau – Slovenia’s Benjamin Savšek finished second overall in the Canoe Slalom World Cup by taking second place in the last event of the season in France’s Pau on Sunday.

Savšek finished 0.16 seconds behind the winner, Denis Gargaud Chanut of France, who was also crowned the winner of the World Cup.

Tonin says no stable government possible without NSi

Žužemberk – The coalition New Slovenia (NSi) held its annual informal gathering in Žužemberk on Sunday, with its president Matej Tonin saying that the key achievements of the government were the key achievements of the NSi ministers. He noted that it was not possible to build a stable government without cooperation in the centre and without the NSi.

Pahor stresses importance of dialogue at G20 Interfaith Forum

Bologna – Slovenian President Borut Pahor addressed a meeting of the G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) in Bologna on Sunday, saying that divisions, in particular political and ideological, were one of the societal wounds that need to be urgently healed. He also proposed a meeting of senior religious representatives in the Western Balkan region.

Restrictions tightened under near-universal Covid pass mandate

Ljubljana – Nearly all employees and users of services will have to comply with the vaccinated-recovered-tested rule, known in Slovenia by its PCT acronym, under a new regulation which the government adopted on Saturday and which becomes effective on 15 September.

Finance ministers in favour of continuation of investment cycle

Brdo pri Kranju – EU finance ministers on Saturday spoke in favour of a continuation of the bloc’s current investment cycle, amidst warnings that the soundness of public finances has to be borne in mind as stimulus spending is gradually wound down.

Kayakers Kauzer and Terčelj secure top spots in World Cup

Pau – Slovenian whitewater kayakers Peter Kauzer and Eva Terčelj secured top-three finished in the overall standings as the World Cup season wound down on Saturday.

Kauzer finished the race in runner-up position to swing to second place overall in the World Cup, behind Vito Prindiš, the only man to beat Kauzer today.

Ceremony remembers return of Primorska to the homeland

Idrija – The main ceremony remembering the return of the western Primorska region to the homeland will be held in the town of Idrija, west of Ljubljana, on Saturday. The event will also mark 74 years since the implementation of the Paris Peace Treaty under which Primorska was reunited with Slovenia after being under Italian rule since the end of WWI.

Pandemic pushes Štore Steel into the red

Štore – Štore Steel, a leading Slovenian steel producer, returned to loss in 2020 as a result of the pandemic after operating with a profit for eight years. Its loss reached EUR 2.5 million, which compares to a profit of EUR 2.8 million in 2019. Revenue dropped by 24% to EUR 85.7 million.

Tribute paid to victims of 9/11

Ljubljana – Foreign Minister Anže Logar paid tribute to the victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks on Saturday alongside Susan Falatko, the charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in Ljubljana, as he affirmed Slovenia’s commitment to the prevention of terrorism and radicalisation.