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Rok Svetlič elected constitutional judge
LJUBLJANA – The National Assembly appointed Rok Svetlič a judge at the Constitutional Court. Svetlic received 46 votes, and only 46 deputies took the ballot because the center-left opposition boycotted the vote. Deputies from the SNS, DeSUS and minority deputies also joined the coalition in confirming the candidate. This was the fourth attempt to appoint a replacement for Dunja Jadek Pensa, whose term expired in July 2020, but remained until the appointment of her successor. Svetlič emphasized that he would do everything in his power to make each individual believe that he has a reliable partner in Slovenian law.
About 35,000 medical and social staff will receive higher pay
LJUBLJANA – According to an agreement initialed by two trade unions and the government, around 35,000 employees in health care and social welfare will increase. The highest rise can be expected by hospital nurses. The deal, worth almost 123 million euros, brings higher salaries to more than 80% of healthcare employees, 80% of social welfare employees and 40% of support workers in these two activities. Minister of Health Janez Poklukar said that the agreement was only the beginning of the normalization of the personnel situation in health and social care, which should prevent the outflow of personnel.
More than 4480 new coronavirus infections were detected
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia recorded 4,481 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, which is the second highest daily number since the beginning of the epidemic. The test positivity rate was 42.4%. The number of hospitalizations continued to increase and, according to government data, another 20 patients with Covid-19 died. The highest daily infections were recorded last Wednesday, 4,515. The death toll was the second highest since Feb. 2.
Report: Prosecution officer arrested for leaking data to Kawash clan
MARIBOR – An employee of the Specialized State Prosecutor’s Office was arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential information to important members of the Slovenian cell of the Kavaški clan, a notorious Montenegrin criminal group. The arrests of the woman, who is said to be a secretary who had access to confidential information about house search orders and covert surveillance measures, came when criminal investigators conducted investigations at the Specialized State Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday.
Slovenia donated 300,000 Moderna vaccines to Covax
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia will donate 300,000 Covid-19 vaccines against Covid-19, produced by Moderna, to Covax, the global initiative for fair access to Covid-19 vaccines. Africa has been identified as a priority region. The vaccines are part of a joint EU treaty and are scheduled for delivery this year. The government said the donation would have a positive impact on recipient countries in Africa and on Slovenia’s contribution to global health.
The Slovenian Jewish community received a synagogue in Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA – The Slovene Jewish community finally got a place to worship, as a Ljubljana synagogue was opened in a residential building in Trubarjeva ulica on Tuesday in cooperation with the Austrian Jewish community from Graz and the Slovene Jewish community. Yesterday’s opening was attended by Slovenian Rabbi Ariel Haddad, members of other religious communities in Slovenia, diplomats, including Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia Elisabeth Ellision-Kramer, and Slovenian President Borut Pahor.
The director of Fmr STA went down because of the contract with Dnevnik
LJUBLJANA – The prosecution rejected a complaint against former STA director Bojan Veselinovic for alleged abuse of office in connection with a compensation contract with the Dnevnik publisher, filed by STA supervisory board member Radovan Cerjak. The Specialized State Prosecutor’s Office announced that the suspicion of a criminal offense was not sufficiently substantiated, and that Veselinović could not be accused of business disloyalty to the STA. Veselinovic said he expected such a decision.
The Journalists’ Association condemns the attempt to criminalize the media
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian Journalists’ Association (DNS) defended its fellow journalists from the news portal Necenzurirano.si, which is facing increasing pressure from a tax advisor. Rok Snežič has filed 39 defamation lawsuits against three journalists of the magazine for their articles on his business and his role in a loan taken out in 2017 by the Democratic Party (SDS) of Prime Minister Janez Janša in Bosnia and Herzegovina. whom Uncensored claims to be closely linked to Janša, has now stepped up pressure and reported the journalists to the State Investigation Office and the Financial Administration.
The upper house is proposing to lift the ban on mayoral functions of mayors
LJUBLJANA – Ten years after the adoption of legal amendments banning mayors from holding office, the issue returned to the political agenda after the National Council, the upper house of the National Assembly, decided to propose repealing the ban, arguing that incompatibility MPs and mayors have no basis in legislation or the constitution. The proposal will now be submitted to the National Assembly. A majority of parliamentary groups said they opposed the lifting of the ban.
SDS MP Ljubo Znidar resigned
LJUBLJANA – Coalition Democrats (SDS) MP Ljubo Znidar resigned. The client announced that he resigned for personal reasons and decided to pursue a professional career in the corporate sector. Žnidar took office in April last year as an alternate member of parliament. He will be succeeded by Karmen Kozmus Ferjan, Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Finance.
Krško becomes the 12th Slovenian municipality
LJUBLJANA – The National Assembly granted the status of a municipality by amending the law on the establishment of municipalities in Krško. The proposal for the status change was submitted in September by the MP of the opposition National Party (SNS) Dušan Šiško, who emphasized today that Krško is the geographical, economic, traffic, administrative and cultural center of the Posavje region.
Space and secure connectivity should be a priority for Brussels in 2022
LJUBLJANA – The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU hosted a virtual conference on the initiative for secure connectivity, the third pillar of the EU space program. European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton identified space and the initiative as one of the European Commission’s priorities in 2022. Minister of the Economy Zdravko Počivalšek called for a coordinated approach to ensuring connectivity between EU member states, where the European Space Agency is an important partner.
Award-winning five innovative digital solutions
LJUBLJANA – Five out of almost 100 companies participating in the Festival of Solutions were declared the most innovative companies and won a ticket to Expo Dubai. Optifarm was awarded for the development of an information system for managing short local food chains, iHELP for an application that allows injured people to contact those around them, Qlector for a solution to help producers, VitalIT for a solution to promote organizations involved with cutting-edge IT practices to keep their processes simple, and EpiCoro to provide a solution for an easier and better user experience.
Lumar enters into a partnership with a manufacturer of solid wood walls
MARIBOR / MENGEŠ – Maribor-based manufacturer of low-energy prefabricated buildings Lumar has entered into a strategic alliance with iQwood, a manufacturer of innovative solid wood walls. The director and co-owner of Lumar, Marko Lukić, estimates the connection at 1.5 million euros, the majority of which is an equity investment in iQwood. Lukić said that the goal was to increase production in the Mengeš company and bring its product to foreign markets. “At the same time, the goal is for Lumar to include the added value of solid wood in its portfolio,” he said.
Industrial production increased slightly in September
LJUBLJANA – Industrial production in Slovenia increased by 0.2 percent in September compared to August, increasing only in manufacturing, while other segments fell. At the annual level, industrial production increased by 7.8% in September, according to the Statistical Office. Industrial production in manufacturing increased by 0.2% on a monthly basis, while in electricity, gas and steam supply and in mining and quarrying it decreased by 4.2% and 4.1%, respectively.
Two Italians acquitted of bank robbery charges
NOVA GORICA – After excluding some evidence, the court in Nova Gorica acquitted two men from Sicily who were accused of robbing two banks in Slovenia in August and October 2020. Giacomo Pappalardi and Mario Piacente were released from custody, where they have been since October 2020. will appeal. Judge Darinka Kogoj said that Pappalardi (44) and Piacente (27) were proven to have participated in the preparations for the robbery, which is not a crime.
Gajser is third overall at the Motocross World Championships
MANTUA, Italy – Slovenian racer Tim Gajser finished the season of the FIM Motocross World Championship in the MXGP elite class in third place after finishing 2nd in the final in Mantova, Italy. The title defender today had a purely theoretical chance of winning the title.