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Bees on the roof are all the buzz in Slovenia's capital
31 August 2017 - Since 2011, the main congress center in Slovenia's capital -- Cankarjev Dom -- has been hosting bees on its roof, producing about 120 kg (265 lb) of honey per year which are used for gifts to business partners. It started at the Apimondia world congress of beekeepers in 2003, held at Cankarjev Dom. Franc Petrovcic, head of maintenance of mechanical equipment at the center, who last week won an international agriculture fair award for the quality of his honey, started a movement that is spreading fast. It is estimated that bees are now to be found at about 150 locations in 300,000-population Ljubljana, mostly in gardens, on roofs, and terraces. Gorazd Trusnovec keeps bees on 15 locations in the capital ... 'Ljubljana has a huge potential (for beekeeping) because it is very green and located in the middle of forests,' Trusnovec said. Petrovcic, meanwhile, says recent tests showed that urban honey is very healthy. For one thing, it has no traces of pesticides since there are no large fields in the vicinity. (more)

Slovenia consumer confidence indicator at all-time-high
23 January 2017 - Slovenia's consumer confidence indicator rose to an all-time-high in January, the national statistics office said on Monday (23 January), supporting expectations that the business sentiment indicator, due out this week, will also show an advance. (more)

Slovenia's abuzz with bee tourism
7 August 2016 - It's perhaps no surprise that api-tourism is exploding here: Slovenia, population two million, is bonkers about bees. There are five beekeepers for every thousand people, and eight hives per square km (in the UK, it's just one). And the age of the average beekeeper is falling as more young people take it up: many turned pro during the economic crisis. (more)

Slovenia and Serbia ban give green light to GM crop bans
29 September 2015 - The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops. Meanwhile, State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Danilo Golubovic announced on Monday (28 September) that Serbia will not allow cultivation of GM crops. (more)

Slovenia sees higher 2014 GDP growth as exports rise
21 November 2014 - Slovenia expects growth in 2014 to surpass the government's September forecast of 2 per cent, Deputy Prime Minister Dejan Zidan said on Friday. 'We can expect economic growth this year to reach 2.4 per cent based on high growth of exports,' Zidan told a conference of Slovenian and Chinese businessmen. (more)

Slovenia: Ljubljana honours its past
29 April 2014 - The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana looks like a thoroughly modern, central European city. Yet just below the surface -- literally -- the secrets of the Roman settlement of Emona, Ljubljana's predecessor, are being uncovered. The Roman city was founded in 14 AD under Emperor Augustus. Now, as Ljubljana prepares to mark the 2,000-year anniversary of Emona's settlement with a series of exhibitions and Roman-themed events, new discoveries are revealing more information about the city's early inhabitants. (more)

Flying car spreads its wings in Slovakia
19 January 2014 - Inspired by the books about flying by French authors Jules Verne and Antoine de Saint Exupery, Slovak designer and engineer Stefan Klein has been honing his flying machine since the early 1990s. His elegant blue-and-white vehicle for two is six metres (20 feet) long so it fits neatly in a parking space or a garage and tanks up at any filling station. But once it reaches an airport it can unfold its wings within seconds becoming a plane. Dubbed 'the world's prettiest and best-designed airborne automobile so far' by US aviation magazine Flying and Inhabitat.com design, an innovation website, the Aeromobil has the distinction of originating in Slovakia, the world's largest per-capita car producer. (more)

Slovenia won't need bailout, review finds
12 December 2013 - A review of Slovenia's financial system showed Thursday that the small eurozone state will need to spend about 4.8 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to rescue its banks -- a sum it can afford without the help of an international bailout. Slovenia was asked by the European Union to allow international auditors to conduct a stress test of its banks to determine how much money they would need to remain solvent. Had the sum been too high, Slovenia would have become the next member of the 17-country eurozone to seek outside help. (more)

Slovenia has much to offer Europe, the world and the UN, Ban says during visit
20 July 2012 - Slovenia has much to offer to Europe, the world and the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on 20 July as he addressed its Parliament, highlighting the contributions of this 'small but crucially important' country. The Secretary-General pointed out that as a country of fewer than two million people, Slovenia hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees. 'From the start, Slovenia had a different geopolitical situation than the other republics of the former Yugoslavia. Slovenia was fortunate to be largely spared the most brutal experiences of war. At the same time, it had a responsibility to help others who were affected,' he said. 'Slovenia took up that challenge, and is still rising to it today.' (more)

Slovenia: Electric airplane has four seats, two fuselages, one big motor
8 August 2011 - Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is entering next month's NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge with an unusual electric airplane built in mere months specifically for the competition. The competition, which begins 25 September in Santa Rose, California, is aimed at developing highly fuel-efficient, yet practical, aircraft. Competitors must fly at least 200 miles in less than two hours while averaging at least 200 seat miles per gallon. (more)


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Tiny Slovenia struggles with massive migrant surge
12 November 2015 - Stanko Kovac felt only sympathy for the thousands of migrants who flow chest-deep across freezing rivers to reach Slovenia from Croatia, trudging day and night by his house right at the border. That is, until they started trampling his crops and scaring his cattle and chicken. With the European Union estimating that 3 million more migrants will arrive in Europe over the next year, the patience of Slovenians, traditionally known for tolerance, is wearing thin. With both Germany and Austria reconsidering their free-flow policies, the worst-case scenario of tens of thousands of migrants, many with young children, stranded in the Balkans in a brutal winter looks more and more likely. (more)

Backlog of migrants swells in the Balkans, tempers fray
19 October 2015 - The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, rain-drenched borders where tempers frayed. Having declared it would accept only 2,500 per day, Slovenia said 5,000 had arrived from Croatia on Monday. Around 2,000 more trekked through fields and along railway tracks over the border, having apparently arrived by train; they were rounded up by Slovenian police on the other side as a helicopter circled overhead, and escorted to a camp with capacity for 400, a Reuters reporter said. (more)

Violent mass protest continue in Slovenia
3 December 2012 - Protesters clashed with police in Slovenia's second largest city Maribor on Monday in a demonstration against budget cuts in the financially troubled Alpine state. Police said more than 20 people were arrested in Maribor and at least one policeman was injured after some from a crowd of around 6,000 protesters threw firecrackers, fireworks, and rocks. Protesters were demanding the resignation of the Mayor Franc Kangler who has been accused of corruption. Kangler was expelled from the Slovenian People's Party, a junior partner in Prime Minister Janez Jansa's conservative coalition, in November due to allegations of corruption, but has so far refused to resign as mayor. Protests, organised via Facebook, passed off peacefully in five other cities after an outburst of violence at a protest in the capital Ljubljana on Friday. Demonstrators said Sunday's election of former centre-left prime minister, Borut Pahor, to the largely ceremonial post of president will not improve conditions in a country badly hit by the global downturn due to its dependency on exports. (more)

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