News roundup - Tuesday, 10 January, until 3pm

Ljubljana, 10 January - Below is a roundup of major events on Tuesday, 10 January, until 3pm local time:

Novartis and Porton creating biotech park in Mengeš

MENGEŠ - Novartis, the Swiss owner of the Ljubljana-based pharmaceutical company Lek, and its Chinese supplier Porton Pharma Solutions will set up a biotechnological park in Mengeš, central Slovenia. Novartis will lease part of its vacant premises to Porton in what the N1 news portal reports will create 300 new jobs.

Union and govt reach agreement on kindergarten assistant teachers' pay rise

LJUBLJANA - Government negotiators and the SVIZ trade union of teachers reached an agreement on an estimated 12-13% pay rise for kindergarten assistant teachers late on Monday. If the government approves the agreement, the protest rally planned for Saturday will not take place. Public Administration Minister Sanja Ajanović Hovnik said last night that the government negotiators were happy with the outcome.

Minister announces plans, measures after police force probe report

LJUBLJANA - Public Administration Minister Sanja Ajanović Hovnik, who is filling in as interior minister, presented some of the Interior Ministry's priorities for 2023, which include a strategy for the management of migration. She also indicated the irregularities detailed in the police force probe report would have consequences. Ajanović Hovnik did not explicitly deny she would be willing to take over as interior minister to succeed Tatjana Bobnar, who resigned in December.

Young doctors critical of today's patients' strike

LJUBLJANA - The association of young doctors has issued a statement online to criticise today's patients' strike, saying that patients gathering in front of community health centres is offensive because this is where health professionals who have not yet left the public health system work while also doing the work of those who have left it. This is why they wonder why the protests are not taking place in front of the public health insurance fund ZZZS, the Health Ministry and town halls.

SDS demands debate on healthcare situation

LJUBLJANA - The opposition Democrats (SDS) demand an emergency session of the National Assembly to discuss what they call a catastrophic situation in healthcare. The SDS deputy group has prepared recommendations, including the recommendation for a bill on emergency measures that the National Assembly should urge the government to draft.

Hungarian minority organisation gets new leader

LENDAVA - The Pomurje Hungarian Self-Governing Community (PMSNS) got a new president on Monday evening, with Dušan Orban succeeding Ferenc Horvath, the minority's representative in the National Assembly. Unrivalled, Orban was appointed in a unanimous vote at the first meeting of the organisation's new council.

Slovenian industry with a slight uptick in November

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian industrial output increased 0.7% in November on a monthly level, largely due to an uptick in manufacturing and supply of energy, gas and steam. Total turnover was up by 4.9% month-on-month, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows.

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