Najevnik Linden Tree meeting discusses role of good leaders
ČRNA NA KOROŠKEM - The traditional get-together of politicians at the Najevnik Linden Tree was held near Črna na Koroškem in the north of the country. Attended by an estimated 400 people, including many senior officials, the event provided a reflection on what makes a good leader. Addressing the gathering for the last time in his capacity as president, Borut Pahor called on every Slovenian to care for their country.
SLS gets new head, aims to become strong moderate party again
IG - Marko Balažic was elected the leader of the non-parliamentary People's Party (SLS) at an election congress in what was practically a unanimous vote. He said that the SLS must once again become a strong moderate party and that Slovenia needed a liberal state and conservative politics. Preparations for the autumn local election will be among the party's priorities, he noted. Balažic, best known for being a right-wing political pundit, was the only candidate for the post.
EUI report on media pluralism finds high risk in Slovenia
LJUBLJANA/BRUSSELS, Belgium - Media pluralism in Slovenia is at an overall high risk, says a report on media pluralism in the EU, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia in 2021 that was presented on Thursday by the European University Institute (EUI). The highest level of risk to media pluralism in Slovenia was identified in two of the four parameters - market pluralism and political independence, where the country's risk is at 73% and 71%, respectively.
Cirkovce-Pince transmission line becomes operational
KIDRIČEVO - The construction of the 2x400 kilovolt Cirkovce-Pince transmission line in the east of the country is but completed after almost two years of work and the line is currently in operation as part of acceptance testing and commissioning, national grid operator ELES said in a press release. The line, which is a part of the Slovenia-Hungary-Croatia electricity connection, is the first cross-border link between Slovenia's and Hungary's national grids.
Croatian energy expert sees solution for Croatia, Slovenia in Rijeka oil refinery
ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatian energy expert Davor Štern sees a solution to tackle oil shortages and price hikes in Croatia in the unused Rijeka-based oil refinery, noting that this could also bring benefits to Slovenia. If the refinery was fully operational, this could also meet Slovenia's needs under a potential political agreement. He thinks Slovenia and Croatia are so energy-connected that they could jointly pursue a systemic energy policy.