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After a very bleak start to the winter, when virtually all ski resorts in Slovenia struggled due to the lack of snow, the next two weeks of school holidays are promising to bring the feel of winter wonderland at last.
Last year’s olm offspring at the Postojna Cave inspired a new project to raise funds for the protection of the cave species and its natural habitat, and to conduct further research into what is considered part of Slovenia’s living heritage.
Dončić makes All-Star starter roster, 27.1.2023
Slovenian NBA star Luka Dončić has made the starter roster for the All-Star game for the second time. This will also be his fourth appearance at the All-Star tournament in his five seasons at the NBA.
Culture Minister Asta Vrečko has appointed Nataša Robežnik acting director of a new museum that is the product of the merger of two contemporary-era museums. Robežnik, an art historian, will serve as acting head until a full-term director is appointed but no more than a year, the ministry said on Thursday.
The high-profile trial in the Balkan Warrior drug trafficking case has ended as the Ljubljana District Court sentenced almost a dozen defendants to prison sentences that they have already served in prison or detention, public broadcaster TV Slovenija reported on Thursday. Chief defendant Dragan Tošić spent six years and one month in prison.
The government has set the maximum allowed retail price for natural gas for district heating systems used by protected institutions such as social care institutions, kindergartens, primary schools and community health centres. The measure will be effective as of 1 January this year.
Ivo Boscarol, an Ajdovščina-based entrepreneur who sold his successful ultra-light aircraft maker last year, won the lifetime achievement award as the Manager Association handed out its annual awards in Ljubljana on Wednesday.
Skier Ilka Štuhec won second place in the downhill race in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Friday. Skiing on an injured ankle, she was only 0.13 seconds slower than the winner, Sofia Goggia of Italy. German Kira Weidle was third, lagging behind Goggia by 0.36 seconds.
Slovenia is advocating for clear origin labelling of honey at the International Green Week, one of the world’s largest fairs, which started in Berlin on Friday. Slovenia is presenting itself as a green and environmentally-friendly country with a rich wine culture and cuisine.
As the government merged the Museum of Slovenian Independence with the National Museum of Contemporary History to create a new public institution, the heads of both museums and of a rightist association promoting the values of Slovenian independence regretted the decision. They want further discussion regarding the matter.
The journalist trade unions of RTV Slovenija have announced that they will step up next week their effort as part of the strike that started last May, as the talks to address their grievances have produced no solutions in seven months. The management deems the strike as unlawful and will seek conformation of this in court.
Consumer electronic retailer Big Bang and marketing agency Sport Media Focus have announced what they expect will develop into the biggest festival of video games and e-sport in Slovenia. The first edition of the Game Gang Show will be held between 31 March and 2 April at Ljubljana’s fairgrounds.
Slovenian artist July Jones is one of the five recipients of the Music Moves Europe Award, handed out as part of the Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) festival in the Dutch village of Groeningen. The award, which comes with a EUR 10,000 prize, is to support artists in their careers.
Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon has concluded her attendance at the World Economic Forum, where she participated in a number discussions and held bilateral meetings focused on garnering support for Slovenia’s UN Security Council bid. She presented Slovenia as a modern, social and green country, committed to international peace, security and stability.
The social networking platform Tiktok is expanding its state-affiliated media policy from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to 40 new countries, including Slovenia. The company intends to introduce the policy across all markets, with the EU being a part of the first stage of introduction.
Ljubljana Castle last year saw slightly more than a million visitors, which is more than double compared to each of the previous two years, which were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales of tickets for the funicular that takes visitors to the Castle Hill also more than doubled last year.
The mayors of the urban municipalities have met to discuss the increasing labour costs in kindergartens, calling on the government to at least partially cover for the higher costs. Otherwise, they said they would be forced to raise prices as early as in February due to the unsustainable financial standing of kindergartens.
The electricity meter maker Iskraemeco has embarked on a EUR 5.4 million digitalisation project as part of a consortium of partners, with optimisation of processes being the main goal.
Slovenia’s best known candy brand Šumi has suspended production at its factory in Krško, east of the country, as part of austerity measures put in place due to high energy prices, brand owner Žito told the news portal Siol. According to unofficial information, production will be halted until the end of March.
SBI TOP up more than 1%, 13.1.2023
Practically all blue chips traded on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange posted gains on Friday, pushing the SBI TOP benchmark 1.11% higher to 1,118.31 points. The shares of NLB bank were the most coveted, gaining almost 2% and contributing EUR 189,000 to the overall trading volumes of EUR 771,700.
Slovenia’s largest brewer Pivovarna Laško Union announced it had sold the non-alcoholic beverage brands Sola and Zala to the Slovenian company Nika Bev, which is owned by Croatia’s Stanić Beverages, to further focus on beer brewing. A deal has been made with Nika Bev for distribution of branded products in Slovenia to continue.
On Friday, the Health Ministry provided stakeholders with a 2022–2027 healthcare digitalization strategy. The goal of the procedure, according to Health Minister Danijel Bei Loredan, is to have most of it finished by the beginning of 2024 in order to increase system transparency.
An ice rink dubbed Fairytale on Ice will open Friday afternoon in Pogačar Square next to the central market in Ljubljana. Running until 5 March, one of the six ice skating venues in the capital will be open every day between 11am and 9pm at a cost of one euro per person.
Marjan Pipenbaher, the chief designer of the Pelješac Bridge in Croatia, has been declared the person of the year by the newspaper Delo, which noted that Pipenbaher is one of the most renowned European bridge builders and designers.
Slovenia opened their World Men’s Handball Championship campaign in Katowice on Thursday by easily defeating Saudi Arabia 33:19 to open the tournament in a winning fashion ahead of encounters with the much tougher opponents in Group B – Poland and France.
The minimum wage in Slovenia will be by EUR 100 net higher this year than last year, meaning that every minimum wage earner will take home EUR 878 a month, Labour Minister Luka Mesec said after Thursday’s government session.
The National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food has so far confirmed seven cases of infections with the new Covid variant XBB in Slovenia. The Covid task force at the National Institute of Public Health says no additional epidemiological measures are required for now.
The newly estimated investment value of the ongoing construction of the new Divača-Koper rail track is EUR 1.027 billion at current prices, up by some 9% on the previous estimate. Foreign investment has been precluded, and the project will take half a year more to be completed than initially planned.
According to new research by Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Prajc, the Mayan calendar may have been created about 1100 BC, which is many centuries earlier than previously believed. The famous publication Science Advances published the findings of this investigation.
Good fortune to you, Slovenia.30. 12. 2022
Dear citizens, Fellow Slovenes, Dear compatriots at home and around the world.
The year behind us was a year of great challenges. From the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, to the rising prices. But it was also a year that brought many positive things to Slovene society.
Two wounded from Ukraine arrive in Slovenia for treatment27. 12. 2022
Today, two wounded Ukrainians arrived in Slovenia, accompanied by an attendant. Both will receive full medical assistance and care. In the spirit of solidarity, Slovenia is joining 18 other EU member states in the care for the wounded and sick from the warzone. We are thereby expanding our political, humanitarian, material and military support for Ukraine to include medical aid.
Promotion of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Planica 202321. 12. 2022
As part of the pre-Christmas reception, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2023 in Planica were promoted on 15 December 2022 in Salzburg. The event was organised by the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Austria, Aleksander Geržina, and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Salzburg, Anton Santner.
Bohinj awarded by the World Tourism Organization20. 12. 2022
Bohinj was listed among the Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO as part of the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) initiative. It was selected from among more than 130 applicants from 57 countries, which is a testament to the exceptional values of Bohinj and the work it carries out in rural tourism. The destination boasts unique natural and cultural resources and demonstrates a commitment to sustainable development throughout all three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic.
European energy ministers reach political agreement on capping the price of natural gas19. 12. 2022
Minister of Infrastructure, Bojan Kumer, attended the continuation of the Extraordinary Energy Council of the European Union in Brussels, where ministers intensively coordinated an agreement on a European mechanism to limit natural gas prices and finally reached a political agreement.
29th regular session of the Government22. 12. 2022
At today’s session, the Government adopted a Decree on setting the price of natural gas from the gas system for certain legal persons governed by public law, for providers of publicly valid education and training programmes, for providers of social care services, and for providers of family support programmes.
Prime Minister Robert Golob visits the Holy See: We are aware of the need for peace and reconciliation17. 12. 2022
Prime Minister Robert Golob visited the Holy See today, on 17 December 2022. He was received by Pope Francis in a private audience.
State celebration in honour of Independence and Unity20. 12. 2022
On Friday, 23 December 2022, a state celebration will take place in Ljubljana in honour of Independence and Unity Day. Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Robert Golob, will be the keynote speaker.
15 years since Slovenia’s entry into the Schengen Area20. 12. 2022
On 21 December 2022 have passed 15 years since Slovenia became a Schengen state. For the Slovenian people, the most visible sign of the country’s entry into the Schengen Area was the abolishment of border controls at the borders with Austria, Italy and Hungary. This was a very important development for Slovenia, as its path to other EU states and the Schengen Area finally opened up.
Several foreign media re-listed Slovenia on the rankings of tourist destinations19. 12. 2022
Several foreign media re-listed Slovenia on the rankings of tourist destinations for 2023. It was ranked first by the French Le Monde and was included on the list of sustainable countries by the American Forbes, and Hotel Milka in Kranjska Gora was added to the list of the best new hotels.
source STA, GOV.si