The following is a weekly review of events in Slovenia, prepared by STA.
FRIDAY, August 5
LJUBLJANA – Police officers acted unprofessionally and used disproportionate force at anti-government protests in 2021 in four separate cases, according to a report by the Ministry of the Interior on complaints about the work of the police. The Ministry of the Interior informed the State Prosecutor’s Office of its findings and took unspecified measures against several persons.
LJUBLJANA – Interior Minister Tatjana Bobnar ordered an audit of the construction of the new building of the Ministry of the Interior and the Police, reports Uncensored. The portal writes that the contractor, the state company for real estate investments DSU, hastened the preparation of the project documentation, bringing the project so far forward that it could no longer be stopped.
LJUBLJANA – The Government is committed to the gradual introduction of free menstruation for women in public institutions and will consider the possibility of dedicated funding, the Government Communication Office (UKOM) told STA following a recent request from the Slovenian High School. -School student organization and Student Union of Slovenia.
BREZJE – A two-seater plane made an unfortunate landing on the A2 highway near Brezje in the north of Slovenia. There were two passengers on board and both survived the emergency landing without injury. The pilot reported engine problems and decided to land the plane on the highway instead of returning to the nearby Lesce airport.
LJUBLJANA – Slovenian basketball star Goran Dragić, after saying goodbye to his teammates, decided to rejoin the Slovenian men’s team and defend the title of champion from 2017 at this year’s EuroBasket. Dragic tweeted “I’m back” along with the EuroBasket hashtag and a photo of himself holding the 2017 trophy.
LJUBLJANA – Kostja Gatnik, a versatile fine artist, died at the age of 76, his family announced to STA. He was best known as an illustrator and author of comics. He received a number of awards, including the Prešeren Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest recognition in the world of art in the country.
SUNDAY, August 7
LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Robert Golob and President Borut Pahor expressed their condolences to their Polish colleagues after the fatal accident of a Polish bus in Croatia. Golob expressed his sincere condolences to Mateusz Morawiecki and to the families of all those who died in the accident. Pahor expressed his condolences to President Andrzej Duda and wished a speedy recovery to all passengers injured in the accident.
SINJ, Croatia – President Borut Pahor was the guest of honor at the traditional Sinj alka in Slovenia at the invitation of Croatian President Zoran Milanović. He was the first foreign national in this role at the tournament.
HALIFAX, Canada – Slovenia’s Anja Osterman won silver at the Kayak and Canoe Sprint World Championships, trailing New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington in the 200-meter event. For the 29-year-old, this is already the fourth medal at the World Championships, but the first in the individual competition.
MONDAY, August 8
PTUJ – The retrial in the case of a man who murdered his estranged wife and her parents in front of his four-year-old son on Christmas 2020 ended with a sentence of 30 years in prison, as Silva Drevenšek was found guilty on all counts. . He was sentenced to 29 years in prison for three murders and another four for neglect and cruelty to a minor.
LJUBLJANA – Gasoline and diesel will be slightly more expensive starting August 17, as the government has decided to reintroduce contributions for energy efficiency, which were temporarily suspended due to lower energy prices. Diesel will thus be more expensive by 0.8 cents per liter, and gasoline by 0.736 cents per liter.
LJUBLJANA – Delo reported that Novi Sad bishop Andrej Saje is suspected of tax evasion and that a criminal complaint has been sent to the Slovenian tax administration and prosecutor’s office. He claims to have been paid to help with mass in two parishes in the Diocese of Gurk-Cologne in Austria. Saje told STA that he was not familiar with the criminal complaint and could not comment on it in detail.
TUESDAY, August 9
ANKARA, Turkey – President Borut Pahor began his two-day state visit to Turkey with a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. The two interlocutors discussed the war in Ukraine and its consequences for the Western Balkans, with Pahor praising Turkey for its mediating role between Russia and Ukraine.
LJUBLJANA – Bojana Beović, the chairwoman of the consultation office for immunization at the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), recommended immediate second resuscitation for people over 80 and chronic patients, as the number of people hospitalized with covid has not decreased. is decreasing despite a smaller influx of new cases.
LJUBLJANA – The new school year is expected to start with testing for the coronavirus at home for those who show symptoms and those who have been in contact with an infected person, according to the instructions of the National Institute of Public Health’s (NIJZ) coronavirus advisory group. .
LJUBLJANA – TV Slovenia reported that 12 Indian workers were forced to work 60 hours a week for less than the minimum wage in a car wash in Ljubljana after their passports were confiscated. The group eventually escaped from the Avtostop car wash, and two turned to an NGO working on the rights of migrant workers for help. Inspection procedures are ongoing.
LJUBLJANA – The information commissioner requested a constitutional review of several provisions of the new law on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing due to the broad powers of the Office for the Prevention of Money Laundering in accessing personal data.
LJUBLJANA – Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković promised the residents that they will be warm this winter despite the energy crisis. The coal supply is enough for district heating of almost half of the homes and there will be enough natural gas, but the question is at what price the gas will be available, he said.
WEDNESDAY, August 10
ANKARA, Turkey – President Borut Pahor met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the end of a two-day state visit to Ankara. They discussed the war in Ukraine and the Western Balkans and agreed to meet again on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in late September to revisit the topic.
LJUBLJANA – Chief state labor inspector Jadranko Grlić resigned after a TV report about another case of exploitation of foreign workers in recent months. The Labor Inspectorate announced that he had resigned due to disagreements with the Ministry of Labor regarding the inspectorate’s jurisdiction and way of working.
ROME, Italy – According to reports from several international media outlets, the Italian government has initiated infringement proceedings against Slovenia to protect the authenticity of its geographically protected balsamic vinegar.
LJUBLJANA – Gynecologist Sabina Senčar has joined ten candidates who have so far announced their candidacy for the presidential elections on October 23. He plans to run with the support of Resni.ca, an extra-parliamentary party that was founded during the covid epidemic to oppose the restrictions.
LJUBLJANA – GEN Energija, the parent company of the state electricity group, which also includes the Krško Nuclear Power Plant, got a new supervisory board after the previous members were dismissed by the Slovenian State Holding due to a loss of trust due to the “adequate management of GEN”. Group”.
THURSDAY, August 11
LJUBLJANA – TV Slovenija journalist Petra Bezjak Cirman was appointed acting director of the Government Communications Office (UKOM) after Dragan Barbutovski resigned after just over two months in the job. Barbutovski, whom Prime Minister Robert Golob said was better suited for another job, will work as an external communications officer in the Prime Minister’s office.
LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Rober Golob met with representatives of non-governmental organizations that advocate for young people and the elderly. At the meeting, which Golob said was “certainly not the last”, they agreed to create working groups to deal with some of the most pressing issues, such as grants for young people, pensioners’ expectations for pension increases and access to mental health services . for young people.
LJUBLJANA – In the first half of 2022, the largest Slovenian banking group, NLB, recorded a profit of 287 million euros after taxation, which is a 105% increase compared to the same period last year. The positive effects of the purchase of N Bank, formerly Sberbank, contributed to the growth.
LJUBLJANA – Business associations have expressed opposition to the government’s plan to repeal parts of the previous government’s tax reform. The GZS, the GZS, the Chamber of Crafts and Enterprises and the Association of Employers in Crafts note that the proposal would nullify the positive effects of the amendments to the Income Tax Act adopted in March. are even fully implemented.
STAVANGER, Norway – Hana Mazi Jamnik, a promising cross-country skier, has died in a car accident while training in Norway. The 19-year-old was skiing on her bikes through a tunnel on the road between Forsand and Joerpeland in southern Norway when she was hit by a truck. She was seriously injured in the accident and was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Stavanger