“Slovenia will hold an early general election on June 3, President Borut Pahor announced on Saturday, a month after center-left Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned over a legal obstacle to a government investment project.

‘On this day I dismiss the parliament and determine June 3 as the date of early parliamentary election,’ Pahor told a new conference.

The decision to hold the election a week or two earlier than planned comes after the Supreme Court ordered a second referendum on whether the government should proceed with its 1-billion-euro railway project, a move that had led to Cerar’s resignation.” (Independent)

“Slovenia has signed a 5-year agreement with Russia’s state monopoly Gazprom for the supply of gas, praising co-operation with Moscow despite a crisis over Syria.

Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec hailed Friday’s five-year deal as important for Slovenia’s economy.

Official STA news agency quotes Erjavec as saying ‘Slovenia and Russia have a good co-operation despite the complexity of international relations.’” (National Post)

“‘My vision is to improve the quality of living in both cities and the countryside in the mid-term,’ outgoing PM Miro Cerar said as he addressed a high-profile international conference on the concept of smart villages in Bled on Friday.

He believes forces should be joined to implement innovative solutions, including digital ones, to the benefit of the people, including in rural areas, ‘so that they have an opportunity to stay in the countryside and help develop it.’

Cerar welcomed the positive trends in the development of the countryside, but noted that rural areas still faced many challenges such as poor infrastructure and supply as well fast ageing and departures of young people.” (Slovenia Times)