Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Saturday October 2, 2021
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This summary is provided by the STA:
Pahor supports Moldova’s reform efforts
CHISINAU, Moldova – President Borut Pahor met his Moldovan counterpart Maia Sandu and PM Natalia Gavrilita as part of his official visit to Moldova. He expressed his support for the reform efforts of the president and the government. “There are a lot of challenges to overcome, but Slovenia has always stood by Moldova’s side and so it will be in the future as well,” Pahor said at a joint press conference. cited by his office. Pahor and Sandu also discussed relations between the EU and Moldova.
Commission Vice-President Šuica meets Janša during visit
LJUBLJANA / BRESTANICA – European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica traveled to Slovenia to attend an international conference on smart villages in Brestanica, which was held as part of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU. She also met Prime Minister Janez Janša in Ljubljana to discuss the Conference on the Future of Europe and demographic issues. The Commissioner expressed concern at the low participation of European citizens in debates on the future of Europe.
Janša meets representatives of the ID group
LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša met with senior representatives of the Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament to discuss topics related to the EU and the post-Covid situation in Europe. Janša’s office said the meeting focused on the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as the EU-Western Balkans summit. It was held while a delegation from the ID group was on a study visit to Slovenia.
The issue of Slovenian deputy prosecutors raised again in Brussels
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kövesi has once again raised the issue of the non-appointment of the European Delegate Prosecutors of Slovenia. She told the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control that after four months of operation this was one of the main challenges for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Since Slovenia has not yet appointed deputy prosecutors, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office cannot therefore deal with all Slovenian cases, which seriously affects not only cases in Slovenia but also the investigation of all cross-border cases involving Slovenia , she said.
Expo Dubai presents Slovenia as a green oasis
DUBAI, UAE – Slovenia is showcased as a green and smart country at Expo 2020 Dubai, which opened its doors to exhibitors and visitors. The Slovenia Pavilion portrays the country as a green oasis in Europe under the slogan Slovenia – Green Smart Experience. The objective of Slovenia’s participation is to increase its presence in the world market, boost its exports, especially to the United Arab Emirates, and promote the country as a green tourist destination. The officials concerned are very satisfied with Slovenia’s performance so far.
Slovenia and ESA discuss future cooperation
LJUBLJANA – Future cooperation between Slovenia and the European Space Agency (ESA) was at the center of discussions as Minister of Education, Science and Sports Simona Kustec met with Director General of ESA , Josef Aschbacher. The latter said that the strengthened Slovenian association with ESA – Slovenia is an associate member on the way to full membership, has contributed to national capacity building, adding that the country is drafting a space law and strategy. with the support of ESA.
Launch of the gravitational physiology laboratory in Planica
PLANICA – The Laboratory of Gravitational Physiology has been inaugurated at the Nordic Center in Planica in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Ministries of Science and Economy and the Jožef Stefan Institute. The laboratory will contribute to research to maintain the well-being of astronauts during space missions. ESA Director General Josef Ascbacher said ESA is very happy to add the Planica center to its program, which has a unique capacity for hypoxemia research.
The armed forces introduce green defense measures
CERKLJE OB KRKI – Defense Minister Matej Tonin announced the introduction of the Pipistrel ultralight electric aircraft as one of the most important green defense measures taken by the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) as cooperation with the Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel was presented at the military airfield of Cerklje ob Krki. He also mentioned the introduction of hydrogen fuel and the energy renovation of the Slovenian military barracks. “The SAF has made significant progress towards green defense and is becoming energy efficient where possible,” Tonin added.
All ministries will receive more funds in the 2022 budget
LJUBLJANA – All ministries as the largest budget spending units will receive more funds with the balanced 2022 budget compared to this year’s original budget, with the Ministry of Health funds expected to more than double. In 2023, the majority of them will get less than this year, according to the spending tally the government sent to parliament. Prime Minister Janez Janša and Minister of Finance Andrej Šicelj are due to present the budgets to parliament on Thursday. The documents must be sent in mid-November.
Review ordered on the use of viral vector jabs on children under 18
LJUBLJANA – The Ministry of Health has asked the Medical Chamber to consider whether those under the age of 18 may have received the Janssen and AstraZeneca viral vector vaccines, which have not been approved for this age group. Data published on the website of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) indicates that 219 people under the age of 18 were vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine in a single injection, while the first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine was administered at 45 and the second at 20 under 18.
Weekly increase in new cases of Covid
LJUBLJANA – A total of 970 new coronavirus infections were recorded in Slovenia on Thursday, which is a week-to-week increase. The number of hospitalized patients fell by one to 419 this morning, including 112 in intensive care, three more than yesterday, according to government data. Four Covid-19 patients have died. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 declined from eight to 596 while the seven-day moving average of new daily cases increased from five to 869, according to the National Institute of Public Health.
Start of a new academic year marked by the Covid-19
LJUBLJANA – The start of October marks the start of a new academic year, once again impacted by Covid-19, as in-person lectures, seminars and exams are reserved for those who meet the rule recovered-tested-vaccinated. There was also no traditional university welcome for new students. For staff and students, a weekly self-test at their respective institutions will be sufficient to meet the testing requirements. However, if the situation deteriorates, universities will have the autonomy to impose additional measures.
Ljubljana Police Department has a new acting chief
LJUBLJANA – Police Commissioner Anton Olaj has appointed Janez Rupnik as acting head of the Ljubljana Police Department, the police website says. He will replace Boštjan Glavič, who will become assistant to the Police Academy. Rupnik has until now been Deputy Director of Uniform Police at the General Police Administration. The move comes after Prime Minister Janez Janša criticized the Ljubljana police leadership for handling Wednesday’s protest, but Interior Minister Aleš Hojs said claims that the replacement was linked to the demonstration were speculation.
Supreme Court warns Covid pass warrant cannot extend to judges
LJUBLJANA – The Supreme Court has proposed to the Ministry of Justice to exempt the judiciary from the recovered-vaccinated-tested (PCT) rule so that the judiciary can exercise its function with clarity and autonomy. The court warned that the ministry’s interpretation of the relevant decree cannot relate to people working in the courts. The issue was raised at a meeting on Monday attended by the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Health and the President of the Supreme Court, the ministry for the STA confirmed.
Granny’s Sexual Life animated short awarded
BRISTOL, United Kingdom – Granny’s Sexual Life, an animated short by Urška Djukić and Amélie Pigeard, received the Special Mention Award in the Animated Encounters Grand Prize category at the main short film festival of the United Kingdom, Encounters 2021. The film is a journey through the intimate history of a rural grandmother, summing up the attitude towards women in the first half of the 20th century in Slovenia.
“This will be one of those movies we will always remember,” the animated Encounters jury said.
A street in North Macedonia will be named after a young Slovenian firefighter
NOVA GORICA – As news of the tragic death of a young Slovenian firefighter and diver reached North Macedonia, a country where he helped fight forest fires this summer, the mayor of Berovo decided to propose that a city street bears his name. According to Primorske Novice, firefighter Žan Kofol, who died in a traffic accident in Nova Gorica on Tuesday, was the youngest firefighter in the Primorska region to join efforts to put out fires around Berovo in eastern North Macedonia, in August.