The Slovenia Times

Funeral Transporter Starts Hunger Strike



Darko Primozic worked as a hearse driver for seven years until 2002, when three municipalities in his area established a public company for funeral services and banned him from operating. Primozic believes the ban imposed by the municipalities of Ravne na Koroskem, Prevalje and Crna na Koroskem is unfair and runs contrary to the principle of free enterprise. Having had his case turned down by various courts, including the Constitutional Court, Primozic decided a hunger strike was the only option left. He stopped eating. His case has been taken up by the Chamber of Craft Industries (OZS), which has warned the state that many municipal companies have a monopoly on funeral services in the country. This view has been shared by the Competition Protection Office. Primozic has also managed to collect thousands of signatures from locals in support of his business. The OZS has called on state authorities to change the relevant laws in order to allow privately-owned enterprises to carry out funeral services alongside municipal companies. It has already put forward its own bill that would replace the current act, which has been in force since 1984 and which allows local governments to determine the contractor for funeral services in their area. However, the chamber has also complained that the government has not been willing to lend an ear to their complaints about the faulty legislation. It hopes that the case of Darko Primozic will make them listen. Jackpot! A 65-year old Italian left the Kranjska Gora casino and entertainment centre Korona over 100,000 euros richer. According to Hit, the Italian, who lives in Austria, has visited the casino with his wife several times lately, having dreamt of hitting the jackpot. "Today you will pay me the jackpot," he told an employee upon arriving to the casino this weekend. And after only ten minutes on the slot machine his dreams came true, having won SIT 28m (EUR 116,841).


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