Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 20 June 2022

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 Slovenia wants Bosnia to get candidate status at next week's EU summit

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenia has produced a proposal to grant Bosnia-Herzegovina EU candidate status as early as at the EU summit next week, which will be attended by PM Robert Golob. Under the proposal, Bosnia would have to adopt the laws set out in the political agreement reached by Bosnian political parties at talks in Brussels a week ago before accession talks could start. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon is expected to present it to her EU counterparts at Monday's session of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. President Borut Pahor is meanwhile expected to seek support for it at the Three Seas initiative summit in Latvia on Monday.

Tadej Pogačar wins his second Tour of Slovenia

NOVO MESTO - Slovenia's star rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the 28th Tour of Slovenia to defend the title from last year, as he won the last, fifth stage on Sunday between Vrhnika, central Slovenia, and Novo Mesto, SE. The 23-year-old two-time Tour of France winner finished the Slovenian race ahead of his Polish teammate Rafal Majka, with Slovenia's Domen Novak (Bahrain-Victorius) finishing third. Pogačar sees the Tour of Slovenia as a good rehearsal before the upcoming Tour de France.

Ambassador Borut Šuklje dies

LJUBLJANA - Diplomat Borut Šuklje has died aged 63 following a long illness, his family said on Sunday. Šuklje served as Slovenia's first ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, posted there in 2001. In recent years he worked as international adviser on SE Europe and the Western Balkans.

SDS condemns foreign minister's RTV Slovenija appeal

LJUBLJANA - The opposition Democrats (SDS) strongly condemn a letter Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon addressed earlier this week to RTV Slovenija director general Andrej Grah Whatmough urging him to reconsider his plan to cut the public broadcaster's international network of correspondents. The SDS sees her move as unacceptable political pressure.

RTV Slovenija boss urges staff to cancel 20 June strike

LJUBLJANA - RTV Slovenija director general Andrej Grah Whatmough urged the public broadcaster's in-house trade unions to cancel the strike planned for Monday and sign the strike agreement he had offered them in a bid to prevent "irreparable damage to news programmes". The unions responded by saying the strike will go ahead as planned, adding that the appeal is an ultimatum and yet another attempt at preventing and obstructing the strike.

Fuel shortages at service stations before Tuesday's price rise

LJUBLJANA - Owners of motor vehicles headed for service stations en masse as regular petrol and diesel prices are expected to rise considerably when a new pricing model kicks in on 21 June. All three major fuels providers, Petrol, OMV and MOL, experienced occasional shortages today. Demand is additionally driven by numerous tourists filling up as they are returning home from the seaside, especially from Croatia, which has higher fuel prices.

Nearly two-thirds of employers intend to raise wages

LJUBLJANA - Nearly two thirds of Slovenian employers intend to raise wages in the second half of 2022, shows Manpower's survey on wage trends. Employers plan to raise wages to retain or attract employees, with most pay rises planned in IT and tourism sectors.

Heavy traffic, congestion on sunny weekend

LJUBLJANA - Traffic was slow on Slovenian roads throughout the day and the weekend, with long waiting times at some border crossings with Croatia and Austria. The situation was further aggravated by an accident on the busy Primorska motorway near Postojna, SW, with the travel time prolonged by 90 minutes. While the situation calmed at border crossings in the south-west, queues at some border crossings in the south-east and east of the country remained long well into the afternoon. It for instance took as long as four hours to enter Slovenia from Croatia at Gruškovje.

Cukrarna hosts charity auction for Ukraine's Kharkiv

LJUBLJANA - The Cukrarna art gallery will host a charity auction on Monday evening to raise funds for post-war reconstruction of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Up for sale will be iconic Lupina (Shell) chairs made by Slovenian industrial designer Niko Kralj with a new touch by a number of visual artists. The "reworked" chairs are already on display at Cukrarna.

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