“The first televised debate before the presidential run-off saw incumbent Borut Pahor and Kamnik Mayor Marjan Sarec exchange some harder blows. Pahor faced accusations of a below-par performance devoid of content, while Sarec had to reject the reproach he was inexperienced and supported by circles around former President Milan Kucan. The first segment of the debate, hosted last evening by POP TV, focused on continuing problems at the Paediatric Clinic and UKC Ljubljana hospital. Both agreed Prime Minister Miro Cerar should have replaced Health Minister Milojka Kolar Celarc.” (Slovenia Times)


“The European Commission rejected on Thursday Slovenia’s proposal to delay the sale of the country’s largest bank Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB) by up to three years, Slovenia’s finance ministry said. Slovenia had agreed to sell at least 50 percent of the state-owned bank this year, and another 25 percent a year later, as a condition of the Commission’s approval of state aid to NLB amid a banking crisis in 2013, but now wants to delay a sale to get a better price. Slovenian Finance Minister Mateja Vranicar Erman and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met on Thursday to discuss the matter and the Commission insisted Slovenia should pursue a sale of the bank.”(Reuters)

Infrastructure Ministry State Secretary Jure Leben met the head of the Chinese Civil Aviation Agency (CAAC) Feng Zhenglin in Beijing, in what is a continuation of talks on the establishment of an air link between Slovenia and China. The representatives of the CAAC “responded positively to the initiative to launch scheduled flights between the two countries and provided the assurance that there were no reservations,” the Infrastructure Ministry said in a press release on Friday. (Slovenia Times)