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Flu vaccine free of charge also this year

Ljubljana – Vaccination against the flu will be free of charge for all Slovenian residents with health insurance this season after it was already free the last two seasons to better fight the coronavirus epidemic.

Slovenia beat Belgium to advance to quarter finals

Berlin – Slovenia beat Belgium 88:72 (24:19, 44:41, 63:60) in Berlin on Saturday to advance to the quarter finals at the 2022 EuroBasket. The defending champions will thus play the winner of Sunday’s Ukraine-Poland match on Wednesday.

Vilenica literary festival starting

Ljubljana – The 37th international literary festival Vilenica is getting under way on Tuesday. Running until Sunday, again in live format, it will feature 14 authors from a dozen countries at 15 events, mostly in Ljubljana but also in the Karst area, Koper, Hrastnik and Italy’s Trieste.

Slovenia to get vaccine against two Omicron variants

Ljubljana – Some 370,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so far approved against two sub-lineages of the Omicron variant of coronavirus will be delivered to Slovenia this week, with more shots to arrive by the end of the month, the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ) told the STA on Tuesday.

Slovenia enters autumn wave of Covid-19

Ljubljana – Slovenia has entered the autumn wave of coronavirus infections, which is projected to peak in mid- or late October, modelling expert Janez Žibert of the Ljubljana Faculty of Health Sciences has told the STA. More than 2,500 people tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, which Žibert says indicates the country has entered a new, autumn wave of Covid-19.

Fajon calls for cooperation in dealing with global challenges in Cairo

Cairo – Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon stressed the importance of cooperation and dialogue in dealing with key global challenges as she addressed a ministerial of the Arab League in Egypt’s Cairo on Tuesday. She also presented to the ministers Slovenia’s bid for the UN Security Council in 2024-25.

Slovenians not as happy with response to Russian aggression as other EU citizens

Brussels – Slovenians are not as supportive of the EU’s and the government’s response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine as most Europeans while they are happier with the state of their national economy than most EU citizens, shows the latest Eurobarometer survey.

Slovenia’s jobless total falls below 54,000

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s registered jobless total fell to 53,935 in August, close to the record low figure recorded in June this year. The figure was down by 0.7% from July and 22.2% lower than in August 2021, according to the Employment Service. The number of people freshly registered for being out of a job was down by just over a fifth compared to July but up by 3% year-on-year.

Weekend Covid figures down week-on-week

Ljubljana – A total of 2,175 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Slovenia from Friday to Sunday or 286 cases fewer than in the same period a week ago, the latest data by the Health Ministry show. One Covid-19 patient died in the three-day period.

Serbian ambassador summoned over Vučić’s statements about Slovenia

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Foreign Ministry has summoned Serbian Ambassador to Slovenia Zorana Vlatković for talks over the statements that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić made about Slovenia during Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s visit in Belgrade on Saturday.

Prebilič collects enough signatures to run for president

Ljubljana – Vladimir Prebilič, a defence expert who is currently serving as Kočevje mayor, has collected enough signatures to submit his candidacy for Slovenian president, he told the press in Ljubljana on Monday. At a joint news conference with Vesna, this non-parliamentary party promoting a green agenda announced its support for Prebilič’s bid.

Mercator still in the red despite higher sales in 2021

Ljubljana – Mercator, the leading grocery group in Slovenia, generated EUR 2.2 billion in sales revenue in 2021, up 1.6% over 2020, while its net loss decreased from almost EUR 157,000 to EUR 2,150, shows its annual report released on Monday.

PM expects aid to business could top EUR 1.5 billion

Ljubljana – The corporate sector will need aid in excess of EUR 1.5 billion to cope with high energy prices, Prime Minister Robert Golob said on Monday after meeting with representatives of business associations. The exact scope of the aid will depend on how successful reform of EU energy markets will be.

Just weeks ago Golob said that aid would have to amount to a billion euros.

First loss for Slovenia at EuroBasket

Cologne – Slovenia suffered a defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina the EuroBasket on Sunday, going down 97:93 (26:32, 49:52, 72:73) to end an 11-game winning streak at European championships.

Bosnia and Herzegovina started off with an eight-point run, but Slovenia quickly caught up to finish the first quarter six point ahead,

Domestic electricity covers only 75% of country’s needs

Ljubljana – Electricity generated in Slovenia met 74.4% of the country’s needs in the first half of the year, down 12 percentage points from the same period in last year for what had been the lowest consumption-generation rate in the last 10 years, the latest data from the Infrastructure Ministry show.