Slovenia Press Agency
Koper, Slovenia's sole seaport, is facing constraints due to global supply chain problems, both in terms of warehousing capacity and mooring capacity for ships waiting to be unloaded or loaded, a debate on Friday heard.
K&H, the new Czech owners of Slovenian footwear maker Alpina, have announced their plans to ensure growth in sales and further development of the company. They want to be long-term owners of the Žiri-based company, which they have bought from Slovenia's bad bank.
Barbara Riman, who has been heading the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia since 2018, was elected for another four-year term at Friday's election congress in Rijeka. Deputy head Jasmina Dlačić also got another term in what Riman says is a confirmation that the union is heading in the right direction.
Saturday will start out sunny and hot before storms spoil things inland in the afternoon. Morning temperatures will range between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius and daytime highs will reach between 26 and 31 degrees.
The foundation stone for a new outdoor amphitheatre was laid in Nova Gorica on Friday. The first stage of the project, backed by EUR 2.5 million in state funds, is expected to be finished by next year, while the final version of the 500-seat amphitheatre is meant to be ready for the city's stint as the European Culture Capital in 2025.
Below is a schedule of events for Saturday, 21 May:
Foreign Minister Anže Logar attended a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers in Turin, Italy, on Friday. In a debate on the CoE's response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine, he expressed solidarity with Ukraine and stressed that Slovenia condemned the Russian aggression in the strongest terms.
Srebrna Nit, an association campaigning for dignified old age, has presented a bill to introduce voluntary assisted dying. Speaking at an event in Celje on Friday, Srebrna Nit representative Andrej Pleterski said that the law would ensure that no one would have to fear suffering before death any longer.
Below is a roundup of major events on Friday, 20 May, until 3pm local time:
Comic book artist Izar Lunaček was conferred on Thursday the French Order of Arts and Letters. He received the honour for his contribution to the promotion of comic books, the popularisation of French culture in Slovenia and the strengthening of ties between France and Slovenia this field.
Matej Kavčič, a reporter for the Slovenian independent radio station Radio Student who was arrested and imprisoned in Iraq a month ago, has been released from prison, Radio Student said on Friday. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the news. His German colleague Marlene Foerster, who was arrested together with him, has also been released.
More than 15,000 final year secondary school students danced the quadrille in 17 Slovenian and 18 European cities at noon today as part of the European Quadrille Dance Festival. In Ljubljana alone, 2,000-3,000 dancers gathered, according to Radio Slovenia International.
The Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) and its digital collection Slovenian Stories has received a Diamond Award in ITB Berlin's Golden City Gate competition, which honours excellence in the field of promotional and communication campaigns and tools in tourism. Three more gold honours and one silver award went to Slovenia, the STO said on Friday.
The number of new coronavirus cases dropped to 411 on Thursday, with the number of patients treated for Covid-19 as their main condition down to 41, including five in intensive care. No patient died yesterday, data provided by the Health Ministry show.
AmCham Slovenia welcomes efforts laid out in the emerging coalition agreement that aspire to sustainability, green transition and a knowledge-based society. Since they find several segments in the agreement unclear, they urge well-thought-out measures and laws in their appeal to the new government, and call for cooperation.
The BTC group, the operator of Ljubljana's shopping and logistics hub BTC City, generated EUR 72.4 million in net sales revenue last year, up 8.9% from the year before. Net profit was up by 10.7% to EUR 6.5 million, the company said on Friday.
Schedule of events in the week from 23 to 29 May:
The consumer confidence indicator for Slovenia was down by four percentage points in May on a monthly basis and nine points lower than the long-term average, the Statistics Office announced on Friday.
Slovenian gas distributor Geoplin has been left empty handed in an open call to apply for an increased capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a terminal on the Croatian island of Krk, web portal Necenzurirano reports on Friday. Despite assurances to the contrary, Croatian partner of the Russian Gazprom Prvo Plinarsko Društvo won the deal.
Banks in Slovenia generated EUR 96.8 million in pre-tax profit in the first three months of the year, which is 7.4% less than in the first quarter of 2021. Revenue was higher, but profit was down due to higher net impairments and provisions.