Last week in Slovenia: May 21-27, 2021
FRIDAY May 21
LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša warned of a snap election to be held during the Slovenian EU presidency in an interview with state broadcaster TV Slovenija. It would mean dealing with your own issues rather than those of others, Janša said.
LJUBLJANA – The Foreign Ministry hailed the ceasefire negotiated between Israel and Palestinian militants after the latest escalation of tensions in the Middle East as “an encouraging development”, but at the same time called for new efforts to achieve a lasting political solution and peace.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders urged Economy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Zdravko Počivalšek to appoint the Deputy European Prosecutors of Slovenia. Počivalšek said the question was not as clear as it might sound.
LJUBLJANA – Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak held a virtual meeting with European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans to present the priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency. He said Slovenia would continue to take steps to make the EU a leading global player against climate change.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec discussed closer bilateral cooperation in transport and energy during his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Transport Karl Havliček in Prague. Opportunities to strengthen cooperation of Czech companies with the Slovenian port of Koper were discussed
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova reiterated her hope to find quick solutions to ensure the sustainable funding and independence of the STA in a letter to international organizations of journalists.
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian economy as a whole posted somewhat poorer results in 2020 compared to 2019, but managed to stay afloat, data from AJPES agency for legal records suggests, with net profit declining by almost two-fifths and total income by almost 6%.
SATURDAY May 22
SKOPJE, North Macedonia – Foreign Ministers of Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic Anže Logar, Jakub Kulhanek and Alexander Schallenberg expressed their support for the EU path of North Macedonia during a working visit to the country.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Finance Minister Andrej Šircelj participated in an informal session of the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council devoted to efforts to ensure a balanced recovery from the pandemic. He said the support measures should not be lifted too quickly.
MARIBOR – Mura, a football club from Murska Sobota, won their first ever national league title after beating Maribor 3: 1 in the last round of the Premier League.
SUNDAY 23 May
TIRANA, Albania – Foreign Ministers of Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic Anže Logar, Alexander Schallenberg and Jakub Kulhanek underlined the role of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans for the whole of the EU during their meeting with senior Albanian officials.
MONDAY May 24
LJUBLJANA – Senior Slovenian officials condemned Belarus’ actions after a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Minsk. Prime Minister Janez Janša expressed support for the sanctions, while President Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Anže Logar called for an independent investigation.
JESENICE – Justice Minister Lilijana Kozlovič has expressed support for Slovenia to nominate only one candidate for a European Delegate Prosecutor first in order to break the deadlock in nominating candidates for two deputy prosecutors from Slovenia.
ROME, Italy – The mayors of Nova Gorica in Slovenia and Gorizia in Italy, Klemen Miklavič and Rodolfo Ziberna, met Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who confirmed that together with Slovenian President Borut Pahor he will visit both cities borders in the fall of 2025 in turn in the European capital of culture.
LJUBLJANA – Trade shows and events have been allowed to reopen after more than a year for guests who have recovered from Covid-19, been vaccinated or tested.
VELENJE – Representatives of the government and the Chinese group Hisense have signed a contract under which the state will provide a subsidy of nearly one million euros for its television production plant in Velenje.
LJUBLJANA / ZAGREB, Croatia – Private electronics group Iskra has announced that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Croatian electric cable manufacturer Elka for an undisclosed amount.
KOPER – Splošna Plovba, a German shipping company based in Portorož, has sold its 52.45% stake in media company Primorske Novice to three companies that are part of a large media network controlled by the Odlazek family.
TUESDAY 25 May
LJUBLJANA – MEPs have decided that Slovenes will go to the polls on July 11 to vote on amendments to the water law that have pitted environmentalists, who say the legislation paves the way for the construction of coastal land, against the government, which tells them the claims are wrong.
LJUBLJANA – Marko Ilešič will not get a new mandate as judge of the European Court after the National Assembly votes by 37 votes in favor and 43 against by secret ballot.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Prime Minister Janez Janša welcomed the European Council’s decision to step up sanctions against Belarus, saying the debate showed that the EU strongly supports its values.
LJUBLJANA – FM Anže Logar and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković agreed on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates during their talks. Serbian certificates will be recognized in Slovenia from May 30.
VELLATE, Malta – Home Minister Aleš Hojs met his Maltese counterpart Byron Camilleri to present the priorities for the forthcoming Slovenian EU Presidency. Hojs underlined the role of efforts to strengthen the Schengen area.
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian Association of Journalists (DNS) called on President Borut Pahor to decorate the Slovenian News Agency (STA) on the occasion of his 30th birthday, as the last week of a crowdfunding campaign begins .
WEDNESDAY May 26
LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša survived an impeachment vote in parliament, with 42 MPs voting for and 44 against. A majority of 46 votes would have been necessary to remove him.
BRUSSELS, Belgium / LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša highlighted EU resilience and post-pandemic recovery as key topics for the forthcoming Slovenian EU Presidency in a virtual meeting with the Conference of Presidents of the Parliament European. Slovenia will cooperate closely with Parliament, he said.
LJUBLJANA – Yang Jiechi, office director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, spoke with President Borut Pahor and Defense Minister Matej Tonin. Pahor reportedly stressed the importance of multilateralism and responsibility for world peace and development.
LJUBLJANA – The government has decided that Slovenia will remain in the yellow level of coronavirus restrictions despite meeting the green level conditions. The current regime will remain in place at least until June 6.
LJUBLJANA – The government has decided to extend the leave program by one month, until the end of June, with the aim of reducing the risk that companies facing slow demand or a negative productivity shock will start laying off workers. workers.
LJUBLJANA – The National Assembly has passed an amended housing law with the overarching objective of increasing the number of public rental housing in the country through increased borrowing and a public rental agency.
WASHINGTON, United States – The IMF has slightly revised Slovenia’s GDP growth forecast for this year upwards to 3.9% from 3.7% and has kept the forecast for next year at 4, 5%. In 2023, the Slovenian economy is expected to grow at a rate of 3.6%.
THURSDAY May 27
LJUBLJANA – Justice Minister Lilijana Kozlovič has resigned after the government decided to cancel the procedure for nominating candidates for Slovenia’s two deputy European prosecutors and to publish a new call for candidates. European Chief Prosecutor Laura Kövesi said the move had seriously undermined confidence in the effective control systems of EU funds in Slovenia.
LJUBLJANA – The right to use and develop Slovenian sign language has been enshrined in the Constitution under a new constitutional amendment which also requires a special law on the free use and development of the deafblind language.
LJUBLJANA – The National Assembly adopted an amendment to the Law on the Constitutional Court requiring the court to deal with petitions even when candidates lose their standing since filing the petition.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The Ministry of Culture has announced that the art exhibition to be presented to the European Parliament during the Slovenian EU Presidency will take place, but under conditions set by Minister Vasko Simoniti.
LJUBLJANA – The government has decided to donate 240 packets of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in the treatment of Covid-19, to India to help it cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The aid amounts to 86,800 euros.