Morning headlines for Slovenia: Thursday, March 31, 2022

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Košorok named president of Gen Energija

KRŠKO – Blaž Košorok, until a few days ago state secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, was appointed president of GEN Energija, a public electricity company that manages the Slovenian half of the Krško nuclear power plant, reported several media citing unofficial information. He was chosen from six candidates with TV Slovenija reporting that longtime GEN Energija CEO Martin Novšak, who was fired just over a month ago, was among the candidates.

The prosecution investigates the financing of Nova24TV by Telekom

LJUBLJANA – News portals 24ur and Necenzurirano have reported that the public prosecutor’s office is examining the license fees that Telekom Slovenije, the public telecommunications operator, pays to broadcast Nova24TV, on suspicion that the fees are disproportionately high and constitute illegal financing of the broadcaster. Telekom Slovenija would pay 112,000 euros a month to include the TV founded and still partly owned by senior ruling Democrats (SDS) officials in its cable package.

MPs upset because Janša fails to show up for inquiry

LJUBLJANA – None of the witnesses invited to testify before the parliamentary inquiry into the allegedly illegal funding of the ruling democrats (SDS) appeared in parliament. This upset some opposition MPs, as some of the witnesses repeatedly apologized. They would also like Prime Minister Janez Janša to be brought to parliament by the police for questioning.

An NGO collects signatures to repeal several laws

LJUBLJANA – The March 8 Institute, one of the NGOs that had launched a referendum on changes to the water law, has started collecting signatures in favor of its bill aimed at reducing inequalities and canceling the government’s “damaging” legislative changes. A number of NGOs have joined the campaign. The initiative garnered support from the centre-left opposition, while coalition officials denounced the bill as “madness” that needed to be resisted, arguing that the government had done a lot of good.

Reported Details of the Piran Bay Fisheries Draft Agreement

ZAGREB, Croatia – Croatian newspaper Večernji List reported that Slovenia and Croatia have drawn up a pilot plan to try to solve the fishing problem in the border bay of Piran. The agreement envisaged a common fishing zone and the cancellation of all fines imposed so far on fishermen from the two countries. The newspaper says that the temporary solution will not prejudge the final agreement on the maritime border.

Slovenian diplomat killed in car accident in Banja Luka

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia and Herzegovina/LJUBLJANA – Marjan Ristić, the head of Slovenia’s consular office in Banja Luka, was killed in a car accident in the town in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday evening, the ministry confirmed Slovenian Foreign Affairs. by the Bosnian newspaper Nezavisne Novine. The ministry will fly a black flag on Wednesday to mourn the diplomat.

The Covid epidemic continues to decline

LJUBLJANA — A total of 3,012 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Slovenia on Tuesday, down 10% from the same day a week ago, with the downward trend continuing for the sixth consecutive day. Hospitalizations are up slightly and two patients with Covid-19 died yesterday, according to new official data.

Illegal migration doubles in first two months year-over-year

LJUBLJANA – In the first two months of the year, Slovenian police handled 1,128 cases of illegal border crossings, almost double the figure recorded in the same period last year. More than a third of the cases involved Afghan citizens, which police say is expected given the situation in their country.

The Ministry of Economy will help tourism in three ways

LJUBLJANA – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek announced that the ministry would help tourism in three areas this year, as he argued that the industry should adapt to the new reality of war in Ukraine while continuing to battle the fallout of the pandemic. €140 million will be available to invest in public infrastructure, accommodation and tourism offers to increase added value. The second area will be to ensure a stable and predictable business environment and the third area is to adapt the promotion of tourism.

Parties discuss ways to help businesses at AmCham event

LJUBLJANA – AmCham Slovenija, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Association of Executives have welcomed nine parties which according to polls have the best chance of heading to parliament to define how they will help create conditions conducive to business . The debate showed that all parties agreed on the need to accelerate digitalization and tackle bureaucracy, but disagreed on whether to cut taxes.

Triglav management proposes a dividend of 3.70 euros

LJUBLJANA – The management of the insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav has proposed the payment of a dividend of EUR 3.70 per share for the annual general meeting on May 24, representing a dividend yield of 9%. The payout would total 84.1 million euros, nearly three-quarters of last year’s distributable profit, which is in line with the established dividend policy, the company said.

The Novo Mesto research center will be founded next month

NOVO MESTO – A public research institution will be founded in Novo Mesto in April under the name Rudolfovo Institute to bring together the scientific, technological and development potential of southeastern Slovenia. It will be headed by Borut Rončević, the head of the supervisory board of RTV Slovenija who served as a civil servant in the Ministry of Education under the second Janez Janša government.

Mik Celje to invest 8.5 million euros in R&D and production facilities

VOJNIK – Window manufacturer Mik Celje has launched construction of an 8.5 million euro production and R&D plant at its site in Vojnik, eastern Slovenia, which will create 200 to 230 new jobs. Visiting the company on this occasion, Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek promised a financial incentive to support the investment. The investment is due to open in late May 2023 to coincide with the company’s 33rd anniversary.

A fire in the Gorenjska region brought under control

PREDDVOR – More than 260 firefighters assisted by four army helicopters managed to control a major forest fire that broke out on Monday near the town of Preddvor in the Gorenjska region (NW). Firefighters are now focusing on individual hotspots. A major breakthrough in bringing the blaze, which engulfed an area of ​​700 hectares, under control was achieved yesterday when three Slovenian army helicopters and a Croatian water bomber arrived to help.

The .si domain name turns 30

LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian .si domain name was officially registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) root name server on April 1, 1992 and will therefore celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday. The latest data shows that there are 147,935 sites registered under the .si domain name.

Prague joins Plečnik celebration with photo exhibition

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Prague, one of the three capitals strongly marked by the works of Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), joins the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Plečnik’s birth by hosting a photo exhibition depicting the interior of the Plečnik-designed National and University Library (NUK) in Ljubljana.

Death of writer Vlady Kociancich

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Slovenian media reported that Vlady Kociancich, an award-winning Argentine writer of Slovenian descent, died in Buenos Aires last Friday at the age of 80. She has written seven novels, including Los bajos de temor, which was published in Slovenian under the name Plitvine. Strahu (the shallows of fear). Kociancich is considered one of the greatest contemporary Latin American writers. She has always said that it was her Slovenian father’s stories about his homeland that introduced her to the world of literature.

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