Slovenia

Slovenian arrested in Bulgaria for suspected Hamas links
A Slovenian citizen has been arrested in Bulgaria on the suspicion of criminal acts related to Hamas. The Bulgarian state prosecution said on Friday that the 37-year-old was arrested in Sofia on a European arrest warrant issued by Austria. The nature of the man's alleged connection to Hamas is not yet clear.
GZS calls for more funds for innovation
The GZS's strategic council for research, development and innovation has urged allocating 0.25% of Slovenia's GDP for innovation, while the entire funding for scientific research and innovation should reach 1.25% of GDP. The council believes the country's low productivity is a result of low investment in research, development and innovation.
Storms cause flooding, landslides in Gorenjska, some problems in Primorska
A storm that hit the Gorenjska region this morning caused flooding in Bled, Kranj, Žirovnica and Kamnik. Landslides were also triggered, including two in the Bohinj municipality. Some households in Kranj have been left without power. In northern parts of the Primorska region, some roads were flooded and trees fallen.
Slovenia, Italy and Croatia to discuss reintroduction of border checks
The interior ministers of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, Boštjan Poklukar, Matteo Piantedosi and Davor Božinović, respectively, will meet in Trieste, Italy, on Thursday to discuss the Western Balkans migration route, reintroduction of police checks on internal Schengen borders and efforts to strengthen cooperation with the Western Balkans.
PM stresses importance of call for Middle East peace summit
EU leaders made a leap forward in talks on the dire situation in the Middle East by adding to the final text a paragraph calling for an international peace conference to be held soon, Prime Minister Robert Golob said on Friday as he arrived for the second day of the EU summit. Member states have remained united, he added.
Slovenia celebrates Sovereignty Day
Slovenia celebrates Sovereignty Day on Wednesday, a national holiday commemorating the day in 1991 when the last soldiers of the Yugoslav People's Army (JLA) left the country, more than three months after ceasefire in Slovenia's ten-day independence war.
Kenyan and Ethiopian runners win Ljubljana Marathon
Edmond Kipngetich from Kenya won the Ljubljana Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 47 seconds. Zinash Gerado Senbeta from Ethiopia won the women's competition with an event record of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 5 seconds.
Slovenian arrested over threats of terror attack on pro-Palestine rally
Ljubljana police arrested a 20-year-old Slovenian citizen after the organisers of yesterday's rally in support of the Palestinian people received threats of a terror attack.
Govt to discuss introducing border checks with Croatia, Hungary
After Italy announced checks on its border with Slovenia due to the changed situation in Europe and the Middle East, the government will discuss on Thursday introducing controls at the borders with Croatia and Hungary. Interior Minister Boštjan Poklukar has already notified his Croatian and Hungarian counterparts of this.
Frankfurt Book Fair opening with Slovenia in focus
The 75th Frankfurt Book Fair is getting under way this week with Slovenia as the guest of honour. The opening ceremony on Tuesday evening will see Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar with internationally acclaimed philosopher Slavoj Žižek and poet Miljana Cunta addressing the event.
More details about N-plant issue explained, relaunch expected in November
Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) and the Nuclear Safety Administration provided additional details on Wednesday about the leakage that led to the plant's precautionary shutdown last Friday. NEK head Gorazd Pfeifer said he expected Slovenia's sole N-plant to be reconnected to the grid in November.
Pogačar wins Tour of Lombardy, Roglič third
Slovenian cycling superstar Tadej Pogačar of team UAE won the Tour of Lombardy for the third consecutive year on Saturday, while Primož Roglič, riding his last race in his Jumbo Visma kit, took third place. Italian Andrea Bagioli of Soudal-Quick-Step was second, outriding Roglič in the final sprint.
Krško nuclear power station will be shut down as a precaution
The Krško nuclear power station will be shut down as a precaution on Thursday after increased leakage was detected in the primary system. The leak does not have an impact on employees or the environment and is within safe limits.
State Secretary Prevolnik Rupel put forward as health minister candidate
Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, a state secretary at the Health Ministry and member of the strategic council for health at the prime minister's office, has been put forward as candidate for health minister, the head of the ruling Freedom Movement deputy group Borut Sajovic announced on Tuesday.
Development aid insufficient, conference hears
Slovenian and global development trends were in the focus on Monday as the Slovenian Development Days kicked off in Ljubljana. Several speakers said that current levels of aid are not sufficient, and others warned that new approaches are needed.
Slovenia's annual inflation accelerates to 7.5% in September
Slovenia's annual inflation rate surged to 7.5% in September, 1.3 percentage points higher than the month before. Data from the Statistics Office shows inflation continues to be driven by higher prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Government to adopt draft budgets for next two years
The government is expected to confirm the draft budgets for 2024 and 2025 on Thursday. The budgets have been in the making for a while but now additional funds must be secured for the post-flood reconstruction. This is to be done by cutting the expenditure of individual ministries, while the total expenditure ceiling remains unchanged.
Final decision on new nuclear unit expectedly in 2027 or 2028
As the task force in charge of coordinating preparations for a potential new unit at the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) met for its maiden session on Monday, it was noted that it would lay down the groundwork, including by means of special legislation, that would enable the final investment decision on Krško 2 to be made in 2027 or 2028.
Investor wants higher capacity for Krško 2
The state-owned company slated to invest in a second reactor at the Krško Nuclear Power Station want to double its capacity from the originally planned 1,100 MW and is even considering building two new units, its chairman said on Thursday.
Steklarna Hrastnik glassworks named Exporter of the Year
Steklarna Hrastnik glassworks won on Wednesday the title of Exporter of the Year at the 10th Conference of Slovenian exporters, held by the newspaper Finance. The glassworks recorded an exceptional growth in sales and profitability, the jury wrote.
Golob: EU tackling migration issue in source countries
PM Robert Golob said during questions time in parliament on Monday, as an MP for the opposition Democrats (SDS) raised the issue of migration, that the EU is tackling the issue of migration in source countries and that the "extreme right" is scaring people.
Kumer says radical shift in use of renewables needed to decarbonise
Environment, Climate and Energy Minister Bojan Kumer has assessed that a radical shift in the use of renewables must be made in order to decarbonise Slovenia, while the country must not forget about nuclear, which he says is a safe and stable energy source.
Slovenian volleyballers make it to European championship semis
Slovenia made it to the semi-finals of the Men's European Volleyball Championship by defeating Ukraine 3:1 in the quarter-finals in Bulgaria's Varna on Monday. It is mission accomplished for Slovenia as the semi-finals in Rome was the goal the team had set before departing for the tournament.
ITF opens office in Ukraine
ITF Enhancing Human Security, a Slovenian demining fund, has been present in Ukraine since 2015. This summer it opened its office in Kyiv to enhance demining efforts and assistance to victims of mines. The office was inaugurated last week, during the visit to the Ukrainian capital by Aleš Musar, the husband of President Nataša Pirc Musar.