“First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stressed his hope that the Slovenia-Croatia border dispute will be resolved without delay through constructive dialogue, and he is ready to help. He stressed that he is in contact with the two governments and he will ask how they see his role. ‘First, let me be very clear: this is the border dispute between the two EU members and the European Commission hopes that this issue can be resolved without delay through constructive dialogue between the two member states,’ stressed Timmermans in response to the question of  when he will visit Ljubljana Zagreb, and what are his ideas to assist in the implementation of the arbitration decision” (translated from Vecer)

“On Friday, December 22, exactly two weeks from now, the President of the Republic (of Slovenia), Borut Pahor will be sworn in for a second, and last, five year term at the Presidential Palace. It will take place during a solemn session of the National Assembly. The Presidnt’s swearing in falls just before Christmas and just after a bank holiday for Independence and Unity Day. Pahor won the mandate in the second round of presidential elections on November 12. The day after the twenty-second, December 23, will be an inauguration ceremony for the beginning of the new five-year mandate.” (translated from Vecer)

“The recent attack on NiceHash, a Slovenian bitcoin company, in which hackers stole some EUR 70m ($82 million) worth of the cryptocurrency, was not financially motivated, its main developer Matjaz Skorjanc told the Saturday edition of the newspaper Delo. He believes somebody wanted to harm the platform, which is still inoperable. ‘The goal of the attack was to destroy NiceHash, the biggest completely free market for computing power. It has become a multi-billion business that continues to grow from month to month. Somebody probably wanted to nip us in the bud.’ Skorjanc told the paper that the Wednesday attack was one of the most sophisticated hacks in history of cryptoworld and that all the main global organisations fighting cryptocrime are investigating. Demand for bitcoins is very high and as it grew, security challenges also became more demanding. ‘We had good quality, modern protection but it was obviously still not enough.'” (Slovenia Times)