Musicologist Primož Kuret dies

Ljubljana – Musicologist Primož Kuret, a professor emeritus at the Academy of Music, has died aged 86, says a posting on the academy’s website. He was one of the most prominent Slovenian intellectuals whose research and expertise have significantly contributed to the reputation of the Slovenian Music Academy at home and abroad.

Paper happy sport coming to economy and tourism ministry

Koper – The incoming government has perhaps taken the right approach to sport by transferring it from the existing ministry of education, science and sport to the planned ministry of the economy, tourism and sport. “It should be clear in a year’s time whether this is a winning combination,” Primorske Novice says on Saturday.

As economy recovers, taxes on wages go up

Paris – As economies recover post-Covid, taxes on wages went up last year in two-thirds of countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including Slovenia. In Slovenia, the tax rate on a monthly wage of an individual without children reached 43.6%, while the EU average is 34.6%. Slovenia thus ranked sixth among 38 countries, up two spots from the year before.

Slovenia down three spots in tourism competitiveness ranking

Ljubljana – Slovenia is down three spots in the latest biannual global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, standing in 39th place among the 117 countries surveyed by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country ranks best in socio-economic resilience and conditions, and in the importance of tourism and security.

Calls for responsible innovation, digital development at Africa conference

Ljubljana – Addressing a virtual international conference promoting Africa-Europe ties, especially in innovation and digital development, President Borut Pahor said on Thursday digitalisation should be based on human rights, the rule of law and democratic society. Foreign Minister Anže Logar called for the development of cybersecurity.

SDS and NSi oppose Golob as PM, leave door open for cooperation

Ljubljana – Deputies of the Democrats (SDS) and New Slovenia (NSi), who are to be in the opposition in the new term, said that Robert Golob could not count on their support as the National Assembly is taking a vote on the prime minister nominee on Wednesday. They nevertheless said constructive cooperation with the new government was a possibility.

National Assembly unable to take note of agriculture minister’s resignation

Ljubljana – The National Assembly was expected to take note of the resignation of Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek on Tuesday but did not even convene a session. The college of deputy group leaders, which has the formal power to call a session, was inquorate because coalition faction leaders did not show up.

Convoy of 20 Ukrainian orphans on its way to Slovenia

Postojna – A convoy of 20 orphans from Ukraine and accompanying staff is on its way to Slovenia, where they will be accommodated in the village of Slavina near Postojna, Sandi Curk, commander of civil protection of the Notranjska region, said on Monday. The journey will be challenging, he admitted, expressing hope that the children will reach Slovenia soon.