Morning titles for Slovenia: Thursday, October 14, 2021
This summary is provided by the STA:
European Parliament fact-finding mission begins visit
LJUBLJANA – A European Parliament fact-finding mission started its visit to Slovenia with the head of the delegation, Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew), saying their aim was to gather facts, not to bring down the government. The head of the DRFMG Monitoring Group for Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights said it was about meeting as many representatives of diverse specters of society and institutions to get as broad an overview as possible developments in the country. She hopes they can meet Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a until Friday, although no meeting has been scheduled.
JanÅ¡a for more inclusion of local and regional communities
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a presented the priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency to the European Committee of the Regions, highlighting the post-Covid recovery, the green transition and the EU’s strategic autonomy, while discussing subsidiarity. He called for a greater degree of inclusion of local and regional communities and called for respect for subsidiarity and the fact that EU countries are representative democracies as a means of bringing the EU closer to the citizens.
Parliamentary inquiry reports pressure and reassignments in police forces
LJUBLJANA – The parliamentary inquiry into allegations of political interference in the police forces has conducted initial talks, hearing the former head of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the pressure exerted during the supervision of the work of the NBI , as well as layoffs and reassignments under the current government. The session also focused on the police search of the home of Economy Minister Zdravko PoÄivalÅ¡ek in the summer of 2020 and whether he could have been warned.
A potentially elected candidate for the Constitutional Court
LJUBLJANA – President Borut Pahor has indicated that one of the four candidates for the post of judge of the Constitutional Court could have a chance of being appointed by the National Assembly, but he plans to undertake “further investigations” after having completed a series of consultations with all groups of MPs. “There are indications of sufficient support” for Rok SvetliÄ, associate professor of philosophy of law who teaches at two private Slovenian law schools, the Alma Mater Europaea and the European Law School, Pahor’s office said.
350 people will lose jobs as Revoz cuts production
NOVO MESTO – Revoz, the Slovenian subsidiary of Renault, has announced that it will cut production in the face of the uncertain situation in the automotive industry, from two shifts to one and a half shifts in mid-November. As a result, approximately 350 of the company’s more than 2,400 employees will lose their jobs. Daily production of 650 cars will be reduced to 480. The company is “committed” to helping displaced workers find new jobs with the employment service and partner agencies, indicating strong demand in the labor market. job.
Tensions are high but the weekly demonstration takes place peacefully
LJUBLJANA – Tensions were high in Ljubljana as opponents of Covid-19 restrictions took on the stress for the fifth week in a row, disrupting traffic in the city center for several hours. A water cannon was ready as police sought to disperse the crowd, but was not used. Unlike the previous week, the protest went smoothly, although police arrested several protesters and used tear gas against individuals.
Slovenia registers 1,227 new coronavirus cases on renewed rise
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia recorded 1,227 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the second day in a row that the number of cases has increased to a weekly level. Almost 22% of all PCR tests came back positive. Five other Covid-19 patients have died. Hospitalizations fell to 420, with intensive care cases increasing from six to 122, according to government data. The National Institute of Public Health estimates that there are currently some 11,500 active cases in the country. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population fell from 10 to 539.
Decision on STA’s prosecution request expected by early December
LJUBLJANA – Ljubljana District Court has said it will issue a decision in a debt enforcement case brought by STA against the Government Communication Office (UKOM) in late November or early December. Judge Jelka Rozman said this was a purely legal matter that did not require the testimony of witnesses, thus rejecting a proposal by the state attorney general to hear the director of UKOM as a witness. , UroÅ¡ Urbanija. Outgoing STA director Bojan VeselinoviÄ said the case could end in the High Court, making it impossible to say how long it might take for a decision to become final.
Foreign Policy Committee reviews 2022-2023 budgets
LJUBLJANA – The Foreign Policy Committee examined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ draft budgets for 2022 and 2023, which amount respectively to 131.96 million euros and 109.15 million euros, against 148.93 million euros euros for this year. FM AnÅ¾e Logar announced that part of the funds in 2022 will be invested in improving the security of communication systems between diplomatic and consular offices. He also announced that Slovenia intends to open a new diplomatic and consular representation office, the location of which has not yet been decided.
Vrtovec discusses sustainable air transport after pandemic
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec attends an International Civil Aviation Organization conference in Brussels on sustainable air transport after the Covid pandemic. He discusses the challenges associated with the pandemic with the aim of ensuring greater commitment from Contracting States to post-pandemic recovery. While air transport in Europe is not far from the pre-pandemic level, the resumption of intercontinental travel should take longer, which is why a lot of effort will have to be invested at the ICAO level to revive global air transport, he said.
DeSUS MPs do not plan to change course
LJUBLJANA – After the Pensioners Party (DeSUS) council yesterday passed a resolution denying the government any further support, party MPs said they plan to continue on the same path as so far when they s ‘hear on their vote. on each legislative proposal on a case-by-case basis. Speaking to reporters, MPs Branko SimonoviÄ and Ivan HrÅ¡ak said they would continue to support proposals they saw as good for the party and its constituents.
The best innovators rewarded
LJUBLJANA – Products developed by nine Slovenian companies, including folding skis, special steel and advanced valves, were recognized as major innovations while the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) recognized the best innovators of the country Tuesday night. The Occupational Activity Center Zasavje won a special mention for a project called Building an Inclusive, Innovative and Connected Zasavje, which was also the innovation of the year selected by the public. Economy Minister Zdravko PoÄivalÅ¡ek said the innovators were the flagship of the transition from “commercialization of muscles to commercialization of the brain”.
Tourism goes from numbers to quality
POSTOJNA – Tourism is going through a difficult period of recovery and transformation after the pandemic, agreed participants of the Slovenian Tourism Days in Postojna. “If we just wanted to go back to the days before the pandemic, we would have missed a valuable lesson. Now is the time for improvements and upgrades,” said Economy Minister Zdravko PoÄivalÅ¡ek. The event called for new indicators of success, focusing on the satisfaction of tourists and locals. Climate expert LuÄka kajfeÅ¾ Bogataj urged to apply green tourism indicators such as energy consumption per night and carbon footprint of visitors.
European audiovisual and media content discussed in Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA – A two-day international conference organized under the Slovenian EU Presidency in Ljubljana focused on the accessibility and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content. Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti said that only a strong European audiovisual sector could be competitive in the global market. Giuseppe Abbamonte, head of media policy in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, said the Commission is monitoring trends in the audiovisual and media industries to ensure that European content was not excluded.
Indigo festival presents Varoufakis-Å½iÅ¾ek conference and Mouse on Mars concert
LJUBLJANA – The 6th Indigo Festival, which takes place in Cukrarna in Ljubljana until Friday, features a series of events to offer a reflection on some of the most pressing issues in the world today under the slogan Mass Hypnosis. A conference between world-renowned Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek and Greek economist and leader of the leftist movement DiEM Yanis Varoufakis is scheduled for October 21. Organizers say the conference will be “far from a polite exchange of views between two like-minded colleagues.”
Photo portraits of Nadar on display at the National Gallery
LJUBLJANA – Masterpieces of Portrait, an exhibition featuring 41 portraits of the 19th century French photographer known as Nadar, has opened at the National Gallery. Gaspard-FÃ©lix Tournachon, known in his twenties as Nadar, is recognized for having contributed significantly to the development of photography as an art. Some of his subjects include writers Victor Hugo, George Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zola and Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, and painters EugÃ¨ne Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet.