Slovenia Press Agency
Below is a roundup of major events on Monday, 10 January:
Interviewed by a coalition-led parliamentary inquiry looking into the previous government's handling of the first stages of the coronavirus epidemic, former Prime Minister Marjan Šarec denied on Monday the allegations about his government being slow to react to Covid-19 developments in early 2020.
Jorg Kristijan Petrovič, Slovenia's candidate for the European Court of Auditors (ECA), assured MEPs of his political independence and impartiality as his hearing before the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control on Monday focused on why his bid was turned down on the Slovenian parliamentary committee in October.
The parliamentary commission investigating suspicion of political interference in the work of police adopted an interim report and a resolution proposing the National Assembly urge Interior Minister Aleš Hojs and both of his state secretaries, Franc Kangler and Božo Predalič, to resign, as it met behind closed doors on Monday.
The aquarium in the coastal town Piran is now run by the University of Primorska, as a contract on the transfer was signed on Monday. The Piran Aquarium could no longer be maintained by its former operator due to high costs, so the Education Ministry gratuitously transferred it to the university.
The voter approval rating for the government has improved to the highest level since November 2020 in the latest Delo poll, which also shows a third of respondents undecided or unhappy about the given choice of parliamentary parties.
A political agreement on the digital markets act is considered by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek as the crowning achievement of the Slovenian EU presidency in areas under his purview. The legislation is a milestone in creating a more open, competitive and fair digital market in the EU, he said in Ljubljana on Monday.
Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, currently the best in the world, has confirmed that he will be defending his two consecutive Tour de France titles this year and compete in the Vuelta a Espana. He has announced that he could perhaps also appear in another Grand Tour race, the Giro d'Italia, next year.
The European Research Council (ERC) has granted EUR 2.2 million in funding to the project PHAGECONTROL - Development of Host Manipulation by Bacteriophage, led by Anna Dragoš from the Biotechnical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana, a prominent researcher in the field of virus-bacteria interaction.
Health Minister Janez Poklukar announced a new vaccination campaign for later this week as the country braces for a surge in the Omicron-driven wave of infections and potential disruption after the new extremely infectious variant has prevailed.
The SBI TOP index on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange closed 0.44% higher on Monday, with overall trading volume at EUR 1.32 million. The issue of the port operator Luka Koper was the only one to lose ground (-0.79%), while insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav gained over 2%.
A total of 57 mayors gathered in Šentjur, east of Celje, on Monday in response to an initiative by Kočevje Mayor Vladimir Prebilič to form an alliance to make a mark in this year's super election year in Slovenia.
The organising committee for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup events scheduled to take place in the Planica Nordic Centre in Slovenia on 22 and 23 January has cancelled the competition, citing the steep rise in coronavirus infections in the country as the reason.
The board of the Slovenian PEN centre has unanimously elected Julian Assange an honorary member of the organisation. The centre said on Monday that this step has been taken in the hope that its backing, alongside international support, will help Assange on his judicial journey.
Below is a schedule of events for Tuesday, 11 January:
Below is a roundup of major events on Monday, 10 January, until 3pm local time:
It will be moderately clear and cold in Slovenia on Tuesday with a fierce bora pushing through the western region Primorska. In some inland areas a north-easterly wind will blow.
The 8 March Institute, one of the NGOs that had initiated a referendum on changes to the waters act, has presented a proposal to "do away with harmful government measures" in education, police, environment protection and transport.
Contribution to improving work conditions in the EU was highlighted as Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj presented on Monday the achievements of Slovenia's EU presidency in his department. He noted that a final agreement had been reached on the protection of workers against carcinogens, and major steps taken on two directives on wages.
Slovenia has so far handled the Covid crisis without major labour market shocks, partly due to subsidised short-time work, which saved more than 50,000 jobs. In light of the deteriorating situation, the tourism sector is calling for such measures again. The government says it is planning a permanent scheme by the end of the year.