Morning headlines for Slovenia: Thursday, July 28, 2022

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This summary is provided by the STA:

FM Fajon meets Ukrainian FM and PM, Mayor of Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine – Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon traveled to Kyiv to meet with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klichko and Head of Investment Office Sergiy Tsivkach. She pledged Slovenia’s support in the future, both in coping with the consequences of the war and in efforts to join the EU. She expressed her support and solidarity with Ukraine and learned about Ukraine’s aid needs. “Slovenia remains a friend and supporter of Ukraine and its people who have shown great courage,” Fajon was quoted by the Foreign Ministry on Twitter as saying.

Companies call for quick action on electricity and gas prices

LJUBLJANA – Business representatives have urged the government to draft emergency legislation as soon as possible that will ensure the continued resilience of the Slovenian economy and revive its entire healthy core. In an appeal signed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Craft and Small Business Trades, the Employers’ Union and the Association of Craft and Small Business Employers, they also propose several measures to this end, in particular measures relating to energy expenditure.

Budgeting for the next two current years

LJUBLJANA – The government began drafting the budgets for 2023 and 2024 as it discussed a fiscal framework for the next two years last Thursday. Substantive talks are expected to begin after August 20, when it is still unclear whether the government will also draft a supplementary budget for this year. The government has until October 1 to send Parliament amendments to the 2023 budget, voted last November. General government expenditure is capped at €13.365 billion.

Darko Muženič back at the helm of NBI

LJUBLJANA – Acting Police Commissioner Boštjan Lindav has appointed Darko Muženič director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Muženič was reinstated on Tuesday after leading the division responsible for investigating the harshest forms of crime between June 2019 and May 2020. Muženič was removed from his post in early May 2020 by police commissioner Anton Travner, shortly after the taking office of the previous government. A court later ruled his dismissal illegal.

The signatures for the referendum of RTV Slovenija will be collected in September

LJUBLJANA – Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Danijel Krivec has set the deadline for collecting signatures in favor of a referendum on the new RTV Slovenija law. Referendum petitioners, the Opposition Democrats (SDS), can start collecting signatures on September 1 and have until October 5 to file the required 40,000 signatures. The date of the referendum is not yet known, but President Urška Klakočar Zupančič said it would not coincide with any elections held later this year.

New York event highlights key to cooperation against cyberattacks

NEW YORK, USA – The Slovenian Permanent Mission to the UN hosted a hybrid event on Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Cyber ​​Attacks in New York on Tuesday. Slovenian Ambassador to the UN, Boštjan Malovrh, said international cooperation was essential to deal with cyber threats. He presented a report on the protection of critical infrastructures against cyber threats which was written by the University of Ljubljana, the governmental Information Security Office, Microsoft and the Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia as a good example of how governmental and non-governmental organizations can work together.

New fire breaks out in Kras, flames fanned by wind

KOSTANJEVICA NA KRASU – Firefighters continued to douse reignited flames at the site of the massive Kras wildfire for the third night in a row after the blaze was brought under control on Sunday as a new blaze broke out from the other side of Trstelj, the highest peak in the region, and was now largely contained. The new fire broke out on the part of the ridge which has so far been unaffected by the wildfire which was brought under control on Sunday after destroying more than 3,500 hectares of brush, grassland and other types of farming lands. Preliminary data shows that the fire was caused by lightning.

Alleged rape of minor in asylum center raises wider concerns

LJUBLJANA – The N1 web portal reported that the police filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator in late June for the alleged rape of a minor in the Ljubljana district asylum center in Vič. NGOs and civil initiatives noted on occasion that conditions at the center were concerning and that the facility was overcrowded. The portal said on Tuesday that police confirmed receiving the rape report in early May, but gave no further information in order to protect the victim.

Nearly 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday

LJUBLJANA – A total of 1,964 people tested positive for the coronavirus in Slovenia on Tuesday, an increase of 7% compared to the same day a week ago, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 as the main condition has exceeded 100, including 14 in intensive care and 88 in ordinary service. A total of 334 infected patients were in hospitals. A patient with Covid-19 has died.

Coastal Zone Water Supply Campaign Launched

DEKANI – In the first operation of its kind in Slovenia, water began to be pumped from the Unica River near Postojna on Tuesday to be transported by trucks to the Slovenian coastal region, where restrictions have been introduced due to shortages of water. The water is transported by army and fire brigade tankers to a sewage treatment plant near Dekani to be treated before being discharged into the area’s water supply system. The government-approved project was launched just as the region was finally receiving rainfall.

The Smirna company buys a hotel in the spa town of Rogaška Slatina

ROGAŠKA SLATINA – Hotel Slovenija in the eastern spa town of Rogaška Slatina was acquired by local tourism company Smirna in the third public auction for 1.85 million euros . Smirna was the only company to participate in Wednesday’s auction. Having acquired the hotel, Smirna also became the owner of 26 works of art by different artists and the brands HS Hotel Slovenija and Kristal Spa. At the first auction, held in February, the auction price was set at 2.8 million euros, and at the second in April at 2.28 million euros.

Unicredit Slovenija profit down in Q2, up in H1 y/y

MILAN, Italy/LJUBLJANA – Unicredit Banka Slovenija, a subsidiary of Italian banking group Unicredit in Slovenia, recorded net sales of just under 20 million euros in the second quarter of this year, on par with at the same time last year. Net profit was 4.5 million euros, down about 1 million euros, but increased in the first half. In the second quarter of the year, net interest income increased from 11.6 million euros to 11.3 million euros, and fees and commissions increased slightly from 5.4 million euros. euros to 5.5 million euros.

Men’s Canoe Team Wins Gold and Women’s Team Silver at World Championships in Augsburg

AUGSBURG, Germany – Slovenia opened the 2022 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Augsburg, Germany with a bang as the men’s team of Benjamin Savšek, Luka Božič and Anže Berčič won gold in the C1 team event and the women’s kayak team of Eva Terčelj, Ajda Novak and Eva Alina Hočevar took silver, conceding defeat only to the German team.

No end to the drought in sight

LJUBLJANA – Tuesday’s long-awaited rains in Slovenia were not enough to significantly increase water levels and river flows, which were the lowest in 30 years in some parts of the country. Rain forecast for the coming weekend will also not significantly improve the situation, so relief is expected as late as the fall.

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