News roundup - Wednesday, 26 July, until 3pm

Ljubljana, 26 July - Below is a roundup of major events on Wednesday, 26 July, until 3pm local time:

North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley project gets final approval

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's power holding HSE signed last week a contract on EU funding with the Clean Hydrogen Partnership for the project North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley, which in effect means the six-year project has received the green light. It will be launched in September, HSE said in a press release. As the lead partner, HSE signed the contract on behalf of all participating countries or regions - Slovenia, Croatia and Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia, but did not provide any other details.

Govt adopts regulation to improve healthcare accessibility

LJUBLJANA - The government adopted on Tuesday a regulation setting down additional medical services which will be paid based on realisation. The regulation applies to those specialist services where at least 1,500 people were waiting beyond the maximum allowable waiting time on 1 June, and to hip and knee replacement surgery and hernia surgery in hospital.

Unicredit Slovenija's net profit doubles to EUR 28m in H1

LJUBLJANA - Net profit of UniCredit Banka Slovenija, the Slovenian subsidiary of the Italian banking group UniCredit, stood at around EUR 28 million in the first half of 2023, up by some 15 million year-on-year, and the subsidiary's revenue in the first six months of 2023 grew by 37.4% to EUR 52 million, UniCredit said. Net profit in the second quarter of the year was at around EUR 13 million compared to the EUR 4 million in the same period last year.

Hydrogen association founded in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA - The National Hydrogen Association of Slovenia was established this month to bring together companies, research centres, universities and other stakeholders involved in development and use of hydrogen technologies. Its president Mihael Cigler, who is also president of the Slovenian Association for Legal Lobbying, said that the association would like Slovenia and its business to be more ambitious when it comes to hydrogen technologies, so it will promote and encourage their development.

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