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Slovenian Nazi, Fascist camp survivors meet for 60th get-together

Portorož – Ex-internees and political prisoners from Nazi and Fascist camps as well as stolen children and exiles gathered for their 60th annual get-together in Portorož on Sunday. The closing ceremony was held under the auspices of President Borut Pahor, who honoured one of the main organisers with a special recognition.

Cross-border pride parade organised in Gorizia, Nova Gorica

Nova Gorica/Gorizia – A first cross-border pride parade took place in the area between the Italian and Slovenian cities of Gorizia and Nova Gorica on Saturday, bringing together around a thousand participants who want to remove borders and expand rights.

Janša and Borrell discuss Afghanistan, Western Balkans

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša hosted EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell for working dinner on Saturday evening to discuss Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, Janša’s office said in a press release.

Slovenia in focus of Zagreb world literature festival

Zagreb – Slovenian literature will be in focus as the 9th Festival of World Literature gets under way in Zagreb on Sunday evening. Singer songwriter and author Zoran Predin is to appear at the opening ceremony.

The festival will feature several Slovenian authors among many literary stars from a total of 16 countries, including Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich.

317 coronavirus cases recorded on Saturday for 18.5% positivity rate

Ljubljana, 5 September – Slovenia recorded 317 new coronavirus cases on Saturday for a positivity rate of 18.5%, down from 19.8% a day earlier and from 19.6% a week ago, data released by the National Institute of Public Heath (NIJZ) on Sunday shows.

Pahor and Ader mark 30 years of Slovenian minority association in Hungary

Szentgotthard, 4 September – The presidents of Slovenia and Hungary, Borut Pahor and Janos Ader, honoured the 30th anniversary of the the Association of Slovenians in Hungary at a ceremony in Szentgotthard on Saturday with Pahor noting the important role of ethnic minorities as a link between nations.

Five Afghans who worked with EU arrive in Slovenia

Ljubljana – A group of five Afghans who worked with the EU delegation in the country has arrived in Slovenia along with their family members, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed for the STA. In all, 19 Afghans have thus arrived in Slovenia after withdrawing from the country in the wake of the Taliban taking over.

Recovered-vaccinated-tested rule expanded to number of activities

Ljubljana, 4 September – The recovered-vaccinated-tested rule (PCT) will be expanded to a number of activities starting from Monday under a new government regulation that comes amidst rising numbers of coronavirus infections and hospitals filling up quickly with Covid-19 patients.

Ban on most single-use plastics takes effect

Ljubljana, 4 September – Most single-use plastic products bar a few exceptions are banned as of today under a recently adopted government regulation. The new rules also set down the labelling of certain single-use plastic items and their packaging to inform consumers about ways to recycle them.

Slovenian “post-apocalyptic design” displayed at Milan Show

Milan – Slovenian designers will have 30 products exhibited at the Milan Design Week 2021, which starts today, presenting their view of how we will live in the future given the “inevitable apocalypse heralded by viruses and climate-related disasters”.

Over 700 new infections, two deaths as Covid hospitalisations climb

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded well over 700 new coronavirus infections for a second time this week as 741 cases were reported for Friday. This was as hospitalisations and intensive case cases climbed to what would be a third tier of restrictions under a new emerging government Covid rules strategy. Two patients died.

Anti-vaccine protesters storm RTV Slovenija HQ

Ljubljana – A group of coronavirus deniers and anti-vaccination protesters stormed the headquarters of the Slovenian public broadcaster last night, managing to get into the newsroom studio before the police intervened.

FMs call for pragmatic approach to China, enhanced relations with India

Brdo pri Kranju – EU foreign ministers have called for a pragmatic, realistic and coherent approach to China and for enhancing relations with India, noting at an informal meeting in Brdo pri Kranju on Friday that the EU should cooperate with both countries regarding Afghanistan.

Pečečnik named new president of Slovenian Business Club

Ljubljana – Businessman Joc Pečečnik has been elected the new president of the Slovenian Business Club (SBC) for a three-year term. Pečečnik is one of the initiators of the SBC.

One of the most prominent Slovenian entrepreneurs, Pečečnik currently heads the property developer Bežigrajski Športni Park, whose main project is the planned renovation of a landmark stadium in Ljubljana.

EU foreign ministers set five conditions for cooperation with Taliban

Brdo pri Kranju – The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has announced that EU foreign ministers have agreed on five benchmarks which will form the basis for the bloc to engage in cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.