Morning headlines for Slovenia: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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Janša compares the Bucha murders to the Katyn massacre

LJUBLJANA — Prime Minister Janez Janša has called alleged Russian atrocities in Bucha, a town near kyiv, crimes against humanity, comparing them to the 1940 execution of Poles in Katyn by the Soviet Union. “These are massive crimes against humanity,” he said on Twitter yesterday, adding that the Russian military behaved “like a horde of KGB executioners in Katyn.” In later tweets, he suggested the West could have prevented the massacres by giving Ukraine and Georgia the prospect of NATO membership in 2008.

Ukraine and the Bay of Piran at the center of the Slovenia-Croatia-Italy meeting

ZAGREB, Croatia – Foreign Minister Anže Logar met with his Croatian and Italian counterparts, Gordan Grlić Radman and Luigi Di Maio, in Zaprešić, Croatia, to assess ongoing trilateral cooperation in the northern Adriatic and discussed proposals for future cooperation, which were expressed in a joint declaration. The statement strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and supports Ukraine and its people. Logar and Di Maio urged adopting a new set of sanctions against Russia. Logar and Grlić Radman spoke of an “agreement on an agreement” on fishing in the border bay of Piran.

Minister: Slovenia could get a third of its LNG from Krk this year

KRK, Croatia – Croatia will soon publish an open call for booking the increased capacity of its LNG terminal on the island of Krk, 300 million cubic meters per year, and Slovenia is interested in leasing it, the Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec after his meeting with Tomislav Ćorić, Croatian Minister of Economy. The extra capacity would cover about a third of Slovenia’s gas demand this year and significantly reduce the country’s dependence on Russian gas.

Painter Emerik Bernard has died aged 84

LJUBLJANA – Emerik Bernard, one of the most important Slovenian painters and representatives of late Slovenian modernism and postmodernism, has died at the age of 84, reported news portal MMC. Art historian Tomaž Brejc described his contribution to Slovenian art as the most visible and successful synthesis of the principles of modernism with the artistic inventions of postmodernism. Bernard has received numerous awards, including the most prestigious national award, the Prešeren Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art in 1997.

Janša congratulates Orban on his re-election

LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša has congratulated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party, which won the fourth consecutive victory in Sunday’s elections. “It’s good to have friends as neighbours,” Janša wrote on Twitter. Janša and Orban are close political allies and Orban had endorsed Janša before the 2018 general elections. Slovenia is holding elections in three weeks.

Analyst says Orban established ‘ideological hegemony’

LJUBLJANA – The result of Sunday’s elections in Hungary is certainly a surprise for everyone, including the ruling party. Fidesz has apparently succeeded in establishing an “ideological hegemony” where the opposition has great difficulty in promoting an alternative narrative of reality, commented historian and political analyst Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič on the Hungarian election result for the STA. As for the possible impact of the result on the upcoming elections in Slovenia, he believes that the opposition parties will benefit the most, as the result will act as “an incentive for exceptional mobilization”, having shown “that they should not not rest on laurels”.

Pahor congratulates Vučić on his re-election

LJUBLJANA – President Borut Pahor congratulated Aleksandar Vučić on his re-election as Serbia’s president in Sunday’s elections during a phone call. He wished Vučić success in the exercise of his functions and they both stressed the importance of mutual trust and the continuation of the excellent relations between the two countries, Pahor’s office said, adding that they wished hold an informal meeting shortly.

According to an analyst, the result of the elections in Serbia was expected

LJUBLJANA – The only news after Sunday’s presidential and general elections in Serbia is the result of the opposition parties, when everything else was known in advance, because the whole mechanism of electoral victory was in the hands of the president Aleksandar Vučić, Borut Šuklje, a former Slovenian diplomat, told STA. “Everything is subordinate to one person” in Serbia, with the government virtually non-existent, Šuklje said.

Watchdog finds PM in conflict of interest over BAMC appointment

LJUBLJANA – The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has concluded that Prime Minister Janez Janša was in a conflict of interest by voting for the appointment of Franci Matoz, his longtime lawyer, to a high-level position at Bank Assets Management Company (BAMC) in July 2021 Reacting on Twitter, Janša criticized the watchdog for not finding flaws in the work of the President of the Court of Auditors, Tomaž Vesel, for FIFA “for 20,000 euros per month” or the “salaries and bonuses of 45,000 euros per month” of the former president of Gen-I, Robert. Golob.

Freedom Movement one point ahead of SDS in RTV Slovenija poll

LJUBLJANA – The Freedom Movement narrowly overtook the ruling Democrats (SDS) in the latest opinion poll commissioned by public broadcaster TV Slovenija de Mediana and is now one point ahead. Robert Golob’s party has gained 1.7 points since last month to 19.7% while Prime Minister Janez Janša’s party has added just 0.4 points to 18.7%. The Social Democrats (SD) come in third place at 8.2%, half a point more than in March, and the opposition party, the left, progresses by 0.8 point to 6.4%.

Minister Jaklitsch ends his tour of Canada

VANCOUVER/TORONTO/OTTAWA, Canada — Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch wrapped up a busy week-long tour of Slovenian communities across Canada in Vancouver on Saturday, after stops in Toronto and Ottawa. Besides visiting Slovenian associations, she also met businessmen of Slovenian origin and visited their companies. She thanked Canadian Slovenes for preserving Slovenian heritage and identity and for contributing to Slovenia’s international recognition 30 years ago.

Exports up 19% YoY in February as imports rise 50%

LJUBLJANA — Slovenia’s goods exports rose nearly 19% year-on-year in January to 36 billion euros, but exports jumped more than 50% to 4.2 billion euros, according to the latest data from the Statistics Office. Exports to EU countries, which account for around two-thirds of Slovenia’s overall trade, increased by 21%, while exports to third countries increased by a more modest 14.2%. In the first two months, the trade deficit exceeded one billion euros.

Fortenova becomes sole owner of retailer Mercator

LJUBLJANA – Croatian group Fortenova has become the sole shareholder of Slovenia’s largest retailer Mercator after ousting all remaining small shareholders, leading to a suspension of trading on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange pending a delisting decision. Fortenova, which owned about 90% of Mercator before the squeeze-out, said it paid 22.4 million euros for the outstanding shares. The transaction completes a process that began in 2014 with the purchase of Mercator by Croatian retailer Agrokor, said Fabris Peruško, CEO of Fortenova, the company that took over the sound assets of Agrokor when it went bankrupt.

Summit Leasing Slovenija expands to the Croatian market

LJUBLJANA – Summit Leasing Slovenija has obtained regulatory approval to complete its acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Leasing Croatia, which offers financing services for the purchase of Daimler Group cars, vans, trucks and buses in the Croatian market. The leasing arm of the NKBM bank has acquired the Croatian leasing company based in Zagreb from Daimler Mobility, a company based in Stuttgart, which is a subsidiary of Daimler. The transaction was finalized on April 1.

Coronavirus infections continue to decline

LJUBLJANA – 802 new coronavirus infections were detected in Slovenia on Sunday as the downward trend continued. Data from the Ministry of Health shows that 179 patients are hospitalized due to Covid, including 28 in intensive care. Four Covid patients died yesterday after no data was released for Saturday and Friday. The 7-day average of new cases fell to 2,377 and the 14-day incidence per 100,000 people to 1,728.

Golfer Babnik third in the first major tournament of the season

LOS ANGELES, USA – Slovenia’s top professional golfer, 18-year-old Pia Babnik, has achieved another milestone by taking third place at the season’s first major tournament, the Chevron Championship in California, USA. This is by far the best result a Slovenian golfer has ever achieved. Babnik finished the four-day tournament with a $5 million prize money at 11 under par to finish behind two Americans, Jennifer Kupcho (-14) and Jessica Korda (-12).

2Cellos marks 30 years of Slovenia and Croatia joining the UN

NEW YORK, USA – Slovenia and Croatia celebrated the 30th anniversary of their UN membership in New York on Sunday with a concert by world-renowned Slovenian-Croatian duo 2Cellos, kicking off their world tour of farewell. The concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was also marked by expressions of solidarity with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya attended the concert together with Slovenian and Croatian Ambassadors to the UN Boštjan Malovrh and Ivan Šimonović.

Putin’s portrait filled with blood of Ukrainians projected on buildings

LJUBLJANA – A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin filled with the blood of Ukrainians fighting for their country was projected onto several buildings, including government buildings, in central Ljubljana on Monday night to draw attention to Russian aggression against Ukraine. The project is the work of Russian-born conceptual artist Andrei Molodkin, based in France, and was produced in collaboration with Slovenian art gallery Fotopub.