EU Commission on virtual Rule of Law Report visit to Slovenia

Brussels – The European Commission is on a virtual visit to Slovenia today in preparation for its second Rule of Law Report, which is expected in July, the Foreign Ministry confirmed for the STA. Slovenia submitted its assessment of the situation in late March. The purpose of the visit is to obtain additional information and clear up any issues.

MEPs address to govt series of questions about media freedom, other topics

Ljubljana/Brussels – The European Parliament’s democracy monitoring group has addressed almost fifty written questions to the Slovenian government, Prime Minister Janez Janša and Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti, as it is trying to fully assess media freedom in Slovenia.

Journalists condemn threats by govt national security official

Ljubljana – The journalists of the newspaper Delo, as well as the paper’s editorial board and the Journalists’ Association, have condemned threats levelled against Delo’s Brussels correspondent Peter Žerjavič by Žan Mahnič, the state secretary for national security.

Slovenia extends condolences after Prince Philip dies

Ljubljana/London – President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Janez Janša expressed their condolences following the death of Prince Philip on Twitter on Friday after Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II’s husband died aged 99 this morning. The Slovenian Foreign Ministry and the country’s embassy in London have also expressed condolences.

DeSUS MPs clash with interim party head

Ljubljana – Three MPs of the opposition Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) are upset about statements by interim party head Brigita Čokl about them in the media. They are particularly bothered by her saying that a stick would be needed to deal with MPs because the carrot approach does not work. They hired a lawyer demanding she revoke the statements.

Execs for clear timeline of coal phaseout

Ljubljana – Business executives from Savinja-Šalek, a region with a major coal-fired power station and a coal mine, want a clear timeline of Slovenia’s planned phasing out of coal by 2033, as well as a stable new source of electricity, as businesses are expected to expand and need more electricity in the future.

Hard times can be an opportunity for new beginnings, Janša says on Easter

Ljubljana – The coronavirus pandemic has fully exposed our vulnerability and weaknesses, taking away health and unfortunately also many lives, Prime Minister Janez Janša said in his Easter message, released on Sunday. He is confident that Slovenia will overcome this trial.

Slovenia to get pro rata share of 10m doses of Pfizer vaccine

Brussels – Slovenia will get its pro rata share from a package of 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine whose delivery has been pushed forward from the first to the second quarter of the year. Under the plan agreed last evening by EU member states, this means approximately 47,000 doses of the vaccine.