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Report shows Slovenia must make climate neutrality top priority

Ljubljana – Slovenia can achieve climate neutrality by the middle of the 21st century if it makes cutting greenhouse gas emissions and transition to climate neutrality a top priority and if it immediately enhances implementation of climate measures, says the Climate Mirror 2021 report.

European blockchain week 2021

European Blockchain Week 2021(EBCW 2021) was one of the soundest events in the framework of Slovenian Presidency of the Council of EU.

Four opposition parties sign agreement on post-election cooperation

Ljubljana – The heads of four centre-left opposition parties signed an agreement on post-election cooperation in Ljubljana on Tuesday. The deal will be a basis for further active cooperation, and for common programmes, which is to pave the way for the forming of an efficient and development-oriented government.

Over 1,000 coronavirus cases Monday as downward trend preserved

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded 1,037 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the slow decline in the curve of infections continues, data from the National Institute of Public Health shows. Nine Covid-19 patients died.

Cabinet touring former mining region of Zasavje

Trbovlje – The restructuring of what used to be Slovenia’s most mining-heavy region is expected to top the agenda as the government tours Zasavje in central Slovenia on Tuesday. The region is one of the two that can expect funds from the EU’s Just Transition Fund.

Latvian president visiting Slovenia

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor will host his Latvian counterpart Egils Levits on an official visit on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will be an opportunity to mark the 30th anniversary of Slovenia-Latvia diplomatic relations. Levits will also be received by National Assembly Speaker Igor Zorčič.

Prices of commercial properties up in second quarter

Ljubljana – Prices of commercial properties – offices and retail spaces – increased by 1.1% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter, the Statistics Office (SURS) said on Tuesday.

Slovenia produced more food waste last year

Ljubljana – The average person in Slovenia threw away 68 kilograms of food last year, one kilogram more than in 2019, of which 40% was still edible. Households and foodstuffs trade generated more food waste, while food production and the catering and food service industries generated less, the Statistics Office data show.

Zorčič calls for clarity in EU enlargement to W Balkans

Brdo pri Kranju – Parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič hosted a meeting of parliamentary speakers from the Western Balkans on Monday, saying that the EU must give the region a clear signal on when it could expect EU accession. The speakers of the Serbian and Montenegrin parliaments also called for more clarity regarding the EU enlargement.

Timber extracted from Slovenian forests down by fifth in 2020

Ljubljana – Around 4.2 million cubic metres of timber was extracted from forests in Slovenia last year, which is 20% less than in 2019. The growing stock was somewhat larger, amounting to 357.2 million m3, the Statistics Office said on Monday.

Out of the total felled timber, 2.4 million m3 was represented by coniferous trees and there was 1.9 million m3 of broad-leaved trees.

Football as Tool of Soft Power in Hungary’s Hands

Closer to home, 40 kilometres west of Budapest, Orban fulfilled a personal dream to build a stadium in Felcsut, the small village of 1,700 people where he grew up. Together with his close ally and mayor of Felcsut, Lorinc Meszaros, the two managed to have a stadium with a capacity of 3,800 built in 2014 for the Puskas Academy team at a cost of 10 million euros.

Andrej Saje ordained as new bishop of Novo Mesto

Mirna Peč – The new bishop of Novo Mesto, Andrej Saje was ordained at a ceremony at the parish church of Mirna Peč on Sunday before he formally takes over from Andrej Glavan next week. Addressing the congregation, Saje noted the great responsibility he is assuming, wishing for fruitful cooperation and dialogue with everyone in the diocese.

Local government debt keeps increasing

Ljubljana – The total debt of Slovenia’s 212 municipalities and their utilities increased by a further EUR 47.5 million last year to EUR 971.2 million, or 2.1% of GDP. Average total debt per capita thus increased to EUR 473 in 2020 from EUR 449 in 2019, a report compiled by the Finance Ministry shows.

Coronavirus case count down for sixth day w/w

Ljubljana – Slovenia logged 444 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the sixth consecutive day of week-on-week decline in new cases, official data shows. Another five Covid-19 patients have died.

Minister Jaklitsch visits Wisconsin and Illinois

Milwaukee – Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch is wrapping up her multi-day tour of the Slovenian communities in the United States by meeting Americans of Slovenian descent in Illinois, after she visited on Friday the federal state of Wisconsin, a home to around 6,500 people of Slovenian descent.