What the Papers Say: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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The STA presents the following review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies for Wednesday, 10 January, 2018:


"Juncker as helmsman of arbitration boat": Slovenian sources say European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will invite PMs Miro Cerar and Andrej Plenković to Brussels for talks on the implementation of the Slovenian-Croatian border arbitration decision by the end of the month. The move is said to have been prompted by the failed mission of the Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. (front page, 3)

Intelligence report on Serbian AIK bank
"What SOVA writes about Serbian millionaire": The paper has obtained intelligence on Serbian investor Miodrag Kostić, whose bank AIK Banka is trying to take over the Slovenian Gorenjska banka. According to the report, the Serbian central bank is requesting a capital injection of EUR 60m into AIK Banka before it gives it the green light to take over the Slovenian bank. (front page, 2)

Olympic torch
"Downpour does not stop retired hockey player": Tomaž Razingar, the captain of the Slovenian hockey team at the Sochi Olympics and now the head of Slovenian fans, has symbolically lit the Slovenian Olympic torch. (front page, 20)


"Farmland Fund does not have money to repay Church": Following a decision of the Ljubljana District Court in a denationalisation re-trial, the Farmland and Forest Fund has to pay around EUR 20m in damages over the delays in the return of forests in Pokljuka and Mozirje to the Ljubljana Archdiocese. However, it seems that the fund does not have enough money and the damages will have to be paid from the budget. (front page, 3)

Contentious loan for SDS
"Janez Janša: We will repay the loan and pay the fine if authorities find irregularities": Janez Janša, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party (SDS), said yesterday that the party would return the EUR 450,000 it had taken on as a loan from an individual from Bosnia-Herzegovina and pay the fines if the authorities find anything wrong with it. (front page, 2)

"When are people from Ljubljana exempt from paying use of construction land fee?": The paper runs a list of cases in which people from Ljubljana are exempt from paying a fee for the use of construction land. The capital is expecting to get more than EUR 55m in proceeds from the levy. (front page, 9)


Real estate
"GURS may have changed value of your apartment. What does it mean?": The Surveying and Mapping Authority (GURS) will change the value of some real estate on its records in the coming days, with the generalised prices of residential property increasing up to 25% and the prices of commercial property decreasing up to 20%. This does not mean much for individuals, the paper says. (front page, 2, 3)

"Harsh accusations of shareholder Sluiter: I'm sorry I didn't go to the police!": The outcome of the vote on the replacement of Gorenje supervisors Marko Voljč and Uroš Slavinec, was overshadowed by serious accusations of shareholder Philip Sluiter. He claims a German subsidiary financed the purchase of Gorenje's stock through a loan in 2008. (front page, 4)

Cinkarna Celje
"Cinkarna's pile of money forecasts epic battle among stakeholders and various owners": Small shareholders in Cinkarna Celje are calling for the chemical company to buy back some of its stock to increase its value and ownership stability. (front page, 8)


Care for the elderly
"No room for elderly": There is not enough space in Slovenia for the elderly seeking a place in retirement homes, with the number of applicants currently topping 7,000. (front page, 8, 9)

"Violets end vacation": The players of the Maribor football club ended their month-long vacation with a traditional dinner last night. They will start training to defend the league title in the spring. (front page, 23)

Contentious loan for SDS
"Taking suspicious money to election": Democrat (SDS) leader Janez Janša said in response to the flak his party received over securing a contentious loan of EUR 450,000 from an individual in Bosnia-Herzegovina that he had met Dijana Đuđić for the first time when the contract had been signed. The party got the contact from Nova Obzorja, a publisher in which the SDS holds a stake. (front page, 2, 3)

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