EBRD substantially downgrades economic forecast for Slovenia

London - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has projected a 7.5% contraction of Slovenia's GDP in 2020 in a forecast that was released on Thursday and downgrades the May forecast by 2 percentage points. Partial recovery is expected in 2021 when the economy is projected to grow by 3.5%, which compares to 5% in the May forecast.

Report: PM Janša formally indicted over 2005 real estate deal

Ljubljana - Prime Minister Janez Janša has been formally indicted of abuse of office over a property sale carried out in 2005, a decision by the prosecution that comes more than six years after an inquiry was launched, Večer reported on Thursday.

Fuel prices fully deregulated

Ljubljana - Fuel prices in Slovenia will be fully deregulated from Thursday as the decree on administered prices for regular petrol and diesel at service stations outside motorways and expressways has expired, and has not been extended by the government.

Sources: Slovenia backs German proposal to peg rule of law to...

Brussels - EU members backed a proposal tabled by the German EU presidency to peg respect for the rule of law to the union's funds, which should enable the start of talks on the over EUR 1.8 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery package with the European Parliament. Unofficial information suggests that Slovenia is among the supporters.

New, Covid-dominated academic year starting for over 60,000 students

Ljubljana - Students are returning to faculties for in-person lectures as the new academic year starts on 1 October against the backdrop of strict anti-coronavirus measures. While professors are happy to see students back in lecture halls, they are utterly unhappy with having to wear face masks while teaching.

New record of 203 coronavirus infections on Tuesday

Ljubljana - Slovenia reached a new record in daily coronavirus cases, as 203 tested positive on Tuesday in a total of 3,391 tests, while one Covid-19 patient died, the government said on Wednesday. The share of positive tests was 5.99%, according to the national Covid-19 tracker Sledilnik.

Slovenia’s general deficit soars to 16% of GDP in 2nd quarter

Ljubljana - Slovenia generated a general government deficit of EUR 1.74 billion in the April-June period amid the coronavirus lockdown, which translates into 16.1% of GDP. Since SURS started measuring it under the EU's methodology, general government deficit was higher only in the last quarter of 2013, when it soared to 3.59 billion, or 38.6% of GDP.

Govt gives final nod to fifth stimulus package

Ljubljana - The government gave its final nod late on Tuesday to the fifth stimulus package designed to help alleviate the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. The government already endorsed the package last week, albeit the bill had not yet been finalised.

Ski maker Elan celebrating 75th birthday

Begunje na Gorenjskem - The sports goods maker Elan is marking its 75th anniversary. The company, employing some 700 people, has seen ups and downs since its inception in 1945, with its brand leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of modern alpine skiing.

Slovenia and Portugal talk about shared 2021 EU presidency

Lisbon - Foreign minister Anže Logar and his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva discussed the Slovenian and Portuguese upcoming stints at EU Council presidency as Logar visited Lisbon on Tuesday. The ministers agreed that both countries shared views on many European and international issues
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