“The government will decide next week how to respond to the European Commission’s opposition to the country’s plan to defer the sale of NLB. Before the decision is made, Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman will once again meet Competition Commissioner Margrete Vestager in Brussels on Monday.

The European Commission launched an investigation in late January after Slovenia failed to sell a 50% stake in the state-owned bank by the end of 2017, as agreed in exchange for the clearance of state aid for banks in late-2013.

Slovenia is trying to defer the sale due to unresolved issues related to the Yugoslav-era foreign-currency deposits in the Croatian branch of LB, the predecessor of NLB.” (Slovenia Times)


“Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described the Slovenian community in Australia as an excellent basis for rapprochement.

The official visit of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to Slovenia was marked by the discovery of common interests and the search for opportunities to deepen political and economic contacts between the two countries.

Minister Julie Bishop is one of the most influential members of the center-right coalition government of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She arrived in Slovenia as the first foreign minister of this country (to visit Slovenia), but certainly not the last one, she said during a press conference with host Karl Erjavec. The Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed the belief that her visit to Slovenia ‘is the first step towards further deepening relations between Slovenia and Australia.'” (translated from Delo)


“Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, explained that the materials were prepared and received responses from individual ministries.

The government will discuss the recognition of Palestine at the next meeting, said Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. He explained that the material was ready and that the responses received from individual ministries were also received. ‘On March 8 there will be a session of the parliamentary committee on foreign policy, and by that time, we will take proper government decisions,’ he assured.

‘Our material is in the direction of recognizing Palestine as an independent and independent state,’ the minister said.” (translated from Delo)


“Slovenia on Saturday sought Indian investment and joint ventures, particularly in the areas of tourism, hospitality, automotive and medicaments.

Participating in an interactive session organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Eastern European country’s Ambassador in India Jozef Drofenik said that a skilled and qualified labour force, low labour cost, excellent infrastructure and geographical location, efficiency in production and access to markets in Southeast Europe, made his country an ideal business destination.

‘The Republic of Slovenia is known for niche technologies.

‘The Indian business community can set up joint ventures and invest in Slovenia, particularly in the areas of tourism, hospitality, automotive and medicaments,’ he said.” (Business Standard)