What the Papers Say: Thursday, January 11, 2018

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The headlines from local dailies, in English. 

January 11, 2018

Below is a review of the headlines in Slovenian dailies, as prepared by STA for Thursday, 11 January:


POP TV takeover
"Many obstacles for POP TV takeover": Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), one of the biggest financial funds in the world, which acquired Pro Plus, the manager of Slovenian commercial POP TV and Kanal A, is still waiting for the regulatory procedures to start. (front page, 3)

German coalition talks
"Hard work for new German government": It is still unclear whether talks on a grand coalition between Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) will succeed, but talks are serious. Negotiators have managed to bring several positions closer together. (front page, 6)

"Kostelić happy for Tina and has helped Ilka": The newspaper runs an interview with former Croatian skier Ivica Kostelić, who keeps in touch with Slovenian skiers Tina Maze and Ilka Štuhec. In the interview, he also spoke about travelling Greenland and his future project, as well as his advisory work with the Croatian Skiing Association. (front page, 20)


Ljubljana waste management
"City of Ljubljana wants to gasify waste": The paper has obtained information that Ljubljana is seeking to build a facility to convert waste into gas for heating. Energetika Ljubljana, Snaga and Vodovod-Kanalizacija have signed a design contract with the firm IBE. According to first estimates, the investment would cost EUR 40-50m and would turn between 50,000 and 70,000 tonnes of combustible waste into gas. (front page, 9)

Trial over Church holdings
"Maribor: Managers of failed Church-owned Zvons in the dock": Four former board members of the bankrupt Catholic Church-owned holdings Zvon Ena and Zvon Dve, Ljubo Peče, Franc Ješovnik, Mateja Vidnar Stiplošek and Simon Zdolšek, are on trial over abuse of office and defrauding creditors of EUR 17.5m. They pleaded not guilty yesterday. (front page, 5)

Aliens act
"Most contentious law of this government before Constitutional Court": The Constitutional Court will start discussing the aliens act, which determines the procedure in case of a refugee influx, today. The human rights ombudsman requested the constitutional review because of what she says are many inconsistencies with the Constitution. (front page, 2)


Property auctions
"13 flats you can buy at auction in Ljubljana": The newpaper runs a list of properties being sold at auctions in Ljubljana, with the prices of flats ranging from EUR 49,000 to almost EUR 500,000. (front page, 4)

Loans in francs
"Calculation: Many loans in francs were more favourable than fixed loans in euros": The newspaper has calculated that it is hard to speak of bank clients being massively defrauded in the case of franc loans. Franc borrowers are battling to get their loans converted into euros, after their loans became much more expensive when the Swiss central bank freely floated the franc in 2015. (front page, 2, 3)

"Gorenje solved last year's loss with sale of coal-supply contract?!": Household appliance maker Gorenje sold a contract for supplying coal to power utility Energetika Ljubljana to Swiss energy multinational Vitol to cover the loss for last year. The company told neither shareholders nor Energetika. (front page, 5)


Trial over Church holdings
"Finally in court": Prosecution has accused the former board members of the Catholic Church-owned holdings Zvon Ena and Zvon Dva of abuse of office in the contentious takeover of Croatian port operator Luka Zadar. Three of the four accused pleaded not guilty, while Ljubo Peče, the suspected key architect of the contentious deal, did not show up. (front page, 4)

Weather damage
"Generations are hurt": People in the Eisenkappel-Vellach municipality have been removing the consequences of severe winds late last year for a month. The winds fell around 300,000 cubic metres of trees, which is decades-worth of felling, hurting generations of farmers, including those of Slovenian ethnicity in Austria's Carinthia. (front page, 13)

Verdict over public procurement in Maribor
"Snaga and Majhenič violated law": The Ljubljana Local Court has fined Maribor's utility Snaga and its former director Bernard Majhenič for violating the public procurement law in an investment case from 2013. Snaga was ordered to pay a EUR 25,000 fine plus legal fees, while Majhenič had to pay EUR 2,500. (front page, 8, 9)

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