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Slovenia Weekly: Stability and knowledge

On Wednesday, the European Commission approved an advance of EUR 100 million from the EU Solidarity Fund for reconstruction efforts after the August floods. The remaining EUR 400 million of the amount for which Slovenia applied, is expected to be paid next year.

Prime Minister Robert Golob said at the Slovenian Business Summit in Brdo pri Kranju that this is a remarkable success for Slovenia. "I dare say that Slovenia's foreign policy position is better today than at any time in the last 20 years. Today's payment, the advance of the first EUR 100 million from the Solidarity Fund, is something that actually no one in the European Union has managed to achieve before. And that is the result of our investment in our foreign policy capital. That is stability."

The Prime Minister also pointed out that never before has so much money been allocated to research, science and development. The State will spend more than half a billion euros next year, and the investment plan for next year includes funds amounting to EUR 1.2 billion. "It is precisely these resources that are most important if we are to build on and create knowledge-based prosperity. Because it is only knowledge that will increase productivity," added the Prime Minister.

A little over three weeks before the Christmas and New Year holidays, places across Slovenia are putting up their festive decorations. Festive lights are being lit. Squares are being filled with Christmas trees and market stalls, from which wafts the alluring aroma of mulled wine. In some places, concerts, fairs and other events are starting.

On Sunday, many cultural institutions in Slovenia will open their doors and invite visitors to free cultural and artistic events on This Merry Day of Culture commemorating the birth of poet France Prešeren on 3 December 1800. More on this event can be found among other news in the Slovenia Weekly.

  • Brdo5 (Prime Minister addresses a full hall)

    Dr Golob at the Business Summit: It is knowledge that will boost productivity

    29. 11. 2023

    The Slovenian Prime Minister, Dr Robert Golob, today attended the Slovenian Business Summit in Brdo pri Kranju. The debate focused on sustainable development, including in the context of post-flood reconstruction.
  • Jevsek Ferreira solidarnostni sklad (Minister Jevšek in komisarka Ferreira, video konferenca)

    Commission approves advance payment under the EU Solidarity Fund for Slovenia’s post-flood reconstruction

    29. 11. 2023

    The European Commission has approved an advance payment of 100 million euros from the EU Solidarity Fund, the maximum mobilised to date, following the application for support that Slovenia submitted to Brussels after the devastating floods that took place in the country in August 2023. The advance payment will be made in the next couple of days, said the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira during a conference call with Slovenia's Minister of Cohesion and Regional Development Aleksander Jevšek.
  • Felda (Minister for Education Darjo Felda at the press conference after the government meeting)

    82st regular session of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

    30. 11. 2023

    At today’s session, the Government laid down the text of the Draft Act Amending the Basic School Act and adopted the Action Plan to Alleviate Energy Poverty for a three-year period.
  • ministrica Alenka Bratušek (minister behind the podium)

    COP 23: It's time for action

    29. 11. 2023

    Next week, Slovenia is hosting the 23rd Meeting of the Member Parties to the Barcelona Convention, COP 23 – the Conference for the Mediterranean, in Portorož, under the auspices of the United Nations. Slovenia is taking over the two-year Presidency of the Convention, and the programme and objectives were presented at today's press conference by H.E. Minister Ms. Alenka Bratušek.
  • Nagovor TF v VS Loey Felipe (Nagovor ministrice Tanje Fajon v Varnostnem svetu OZN)

    Minister Fajon at the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East: 'A lasting ceasefire in Gaza is urgent'

    29. 11. 2023

    Minister Tanja Fajon made her first appearance at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East in New York. On behalf of Slovenia, which will become a non-permanent member of the Security Council on 1 January 2024, she called for an immediate and lasting ceasefire in Gaza, a halt to violence, the protection of civilians, and urged the Security Council to step up its efforts to establish a lasting and just peace in the region.
  • Stavba EK  (Stavba sedeža Evropske komisije, modro nebo z belimi oblaki)

    The European Commission endorses a positive preliminary assessment of the second payment request

    27. 11. 2023

    Today, the European Commission provided a positive preliminary assessment of the second payment request under the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which Slovenia submitted to Brussels in mid-September. Slovenia could receive the payment in the amount of EUR 541 million around the New Year.
  • ta veseli dan kulture foto

    This Merry Day of Culture once again welcomes visitors to free cultural and artistic events

    1. 12. 2023

    Many cultural institutions across Slovenia commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the poet France Prešeren, who was born on 3 December 1800, by opening their doors wide and welcoming visitors to free cultural and artistic events.