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Movement restrictions linked to the epidemic declared unconstitutional
LJUBLJANA – The Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act authorizing the government to restrict movement and public meetings, and quashed government decrees based on this law. The ruling means that all government decrees that restricted the movement of citizens such as nighttime curfews, ban on assembly, confinement of citizens to their regions or municipalities during the outbreak were unconstitutional. The National Assembly has two months to amend the law. While the opposition said the decision meant the government had acted illegally, government officials pointed out that the law was passed in 1995.
Government adopts EU Presidency program
LJUBLJANA – The government has adopted the Slovenian EU Presidency program covering four priority areas. In the resilience and recovery segment, the top priority will be to strengthen the Union’s resilience to crises. The priority rule of law requires a dialogue “oriented in the direction which links the Member States to a community of European values”. In the credible and secure EU segment, the main priorities for external relations will be the strengthening of transatlantic relations and support for the countries of the Western Balkans. As for the Conference on the Future of Europe, the government says the aim is to conduct a debate that includes European institutions as well as national parliaments and other stakeholders.
Rapid test negative enough to enter Slovenia on Monday
LJUBLJANA – The government has amended the decree on entry conditions to Slovenia to recognize a negative rapid antigen test in addition to a negative PCR test. The change takes effect on June 5 and is valid until June 13. Some measures in the service sector have also been relaxed. In particular, accommodation providers will be able to further fill their capacity, the swimming pools will be available up to 75% of the capacity for visitors with a covid certificate and the ban on consuming food and drinks at take-out outlets. has been lifted. In shopping centers, one customer per 10 m2 will be authorized, compared to 20 currently.
Hungary lends 300,000 AstraZeneca shots to Slovenia
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia has received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 on loan from Hungary, which Prime Minister Janez Janša says would allow Slovenia to stop the epidemic and enjoy a relaxed summer. Health Minister Janez Poklukar said Slovenia would return vaccines to Hungary probably in the fall or by the end of the year. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said vaccination was a solution as the pandemic was wreaking havoc on the economy and all countries.
Brussels advises Slovenia to focus on the quality of fiscal measures
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Commission urged Slovenia to pay particular attention to the structure of public finances and the quality of fiscal measures when publishing the European Semester Spring Package. It recommends that the country seek medium-term fiscal sustainability when economic conditions permit, and stimulate investment in growth promotion efforts, especially those supporting green and digital transitions.
Hojs discusses EU Presidency with Czech and Slovak counterparts
PRAGUE, Czech Republic / BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Interior Minister Aleš Hojs met his Czech counterpart Jan Hamáček and his Slovak counterpart Roman Mikulec in Bratislava as part of the preparations for the next Presidency of the Council of the EU. The talks focused on the Presidency’s priorities in the area of home affairs. Hojs had told his counterparts that one of the issues Slovenia would focus on was finding appropriate solutions in the negotiations on legislative acts under the new Pact on Migration and Asylum. Another point is the strengthening of the Schengen area.
Logar discusses bilateral cooperation with colleague from Liechtenstein
LJUBLJANA – Foreign Minister Anže Logar spoke on the phone with Liechtenstein Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport, Dominique Hasler. Bilateral cooperation, the upcoming Slovenian EU Presidency and the Covid-19 pandemic were high on the agenda. Logar and Hasler agreed that countries cooperate well bilaterally and multilaterally, where they share similar views on human rights, the rule of law, gender equality and effective multilateralism.
The coronavirus remains in slow decline
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia recorded 374 coronavirus cases for Tuesday as the 7-day average number of cases fell from two to 273. Four patients with Covid-19 have died, the government said. The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals fell to 214 this morning after 24 were discharged yesterday, while 62, five fewer than yesterday, were in intensive care.
Bioeconomy at the heart of the 17 + 1 ministerial
LJUBLJANA – The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Jože Podgoršek, participated in a virtual ministerial meeting of the initiative for cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (17 + 1 ) focusing on forestry and its role in the bioeconomy. He Podgoršek pledged Slovenia’s commitment to “close cooperation with all partners of the initiative in order to meet common interests and achieve the main objectives”.
Concern expressed by opposition over proposed tax reform
LJUBLJANA – The opposition-controlled Public Finance Control Commission discussed the impact of the proposed tax reform on public finances, one of the adopted conclusions assessing the reform as an inappropriate fiscal response to the current crisis . The session was called by the left, which strongly opposes the package of tax laws. Davorin Kračun, the chairman of the Tax Council, noted that significant tax breaks have not been explicitly mentioned, and probably not taken into account, in budget plans until 2024.
Another American donation to help Slovenia in the fight against Covid-19
LJUBLJANA – The United States made another donation to Slovenia to help contain the Covid-19 epidemic, a container shipment worth 270,000 euros delivered to the Civil Protection Administration and disaster relief. The donation includes 15 living containers, four containers with sanitary facilities and a refrigerated container for the storage of bodies.
Oath of the first conscripts recalled
IG – 30 years ago, the day when 270 conscripts were sworn in as the first generation of Slovenian soldiers, serving in the Territorial Defense Force, was celebrated on Tuesday in a ceremony. Prime Minister Janez Janša, who also addressed the conscripts as Minister of Defense on June 2, 1991, recalled their training and stressed the importance of security for the country.
Ex-mayor of Maribor sees prosecution drop latest case against him
LJUBLJANA – Frank Kangler, a former mayor of Maribor who is now secretary of state at the Home Office, appears to have won what he says is the last “politically motivated” case against him, after the prosecution decided not to go ahead with a motion for a court-led investigation phase into suspected fraud of EU funds. Kangler is claiming 634,000 euros in damages from the State in compensation for the criminal proceedings instituted against him.
Launch of online retailer Zalando in Slovenia
LJUBLJANA – Zalando, an e-commerce company offering fashion and lifestyle products, today launched its new online platform in Slovenia. Speaking at an online press conference, Zalando representative Lisa Miczaika said it was also an opportunity for Slovenian brands to sell their products across Europe through the platform.
Mlekarna Celeia returns to profit in 2020
CELJE – The dairy Mlekarna Celeia achieved a turnover of nearly 60 million euros last year, an annual increase of about 2 million euros. The company ended 2019 with a loss of 832,000 euros, compared to last year’s profit of almost one million euros, director Vinko But told reporters.
Slovenian News Agency founded 30 years ago
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian News Agency (STA) was founded 30 years ago as part of the preparations for Slovenia’s declaration of independence. The agency started its activities in a climate of uncertainty, according to the first director of the STA, Dejan Verčič. STA was registered as a company on June 3, 1991 and published its first press article on June 20, 1991.
Photo exhibition from Živulović’s independence era in Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA – An exhibition of photographs by Srdjan Živulović has opened at the National Museum in the Museum Quarter of Metelkova to showcase photographs that the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer took 30 years ago during Slovenia’s independence efforts . Marking the 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence, the exhibition, titled 30, features 36 photographs or as many as can be taken on film with analog cameras.
At 58, Debevec wins bronze at the European Championships
OSIJEK – Rajmond Debevec, the best Slovenian sports shooter of all time, won bronze at the European Archery Championship in Osijek, more than three decades after winning his first medal in a European competition. The 58-year-old is the winner of three Olympic medals. He has also been a two-time world champion and has six European titles.