News roundup - Thursday, 27 July, until 3pm

Ljubljana, 27 July - Below is a roundup of major events on Thursday, 27 July, until 3pm local time:

Slovenia, N Macedonia explore cooperation in forestry, rural development, agriculture

LJUBLJANA - Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Irena Šinko and her Macedonian counterpart Ljupco Nikolovski discussed forests, young people in rural areas, and cooperatives as Nikolovski began a two-day visit to Slovenia. Šinko told the press that Slovenia and North Macedonia had been exchanging knowledge in forestry, rural development and agriculture, and that the meeting with Nikolovski aimed to strengthen and build on this exchange. Nikolovski thanked Slovenia for support on North Macedonia's EU path.

Situation at veterinary sector authority raising dust

LJUBLJANA - Following a brief return to the helm of the food safety and veterinary sector administration, Janez Posedi has stepped down, and the person rumoured to replace him, veterinary inspector Danuša Štiglic, does not enjoy the trust of farmers and vets. There is also speculation about a conflict of interest involving her and the prime minister's partner Tina Gaber, an animal rights activist. Agriculture Minister Irena Šinko said the government is expected to appoint Posedi's successor immediately after the summer recess, but refused to discuss any other details or speculations.

Adapting agriculture to climate change only partly effective

LJUBLJANA - The Agriculture Ministry's efforts in adapting agriculture to climate change were only partly effective in the period between the start of 2018 and mid-2022, shows a report released by the Court of Audit. The ministry did ensure the implementation of measures to further these efforts, but they were not comprehensive, systematically planned or coordinated. The ministry started turning things around already while the audit was underway.

Retail sales in H1 drop year-on-year

LJUBLJANA - Retail turnover in Slovenia in the first half of the year decreased by 6.6% year-on-year. mostly on account of lower sales of fuels (-9.5%), non-food products (-4.9%) and food (-4.8%). In June alone, turnover dropped for the third month in a row, both at the monthly (-2.6%) and annual (-15.7%) levels, the Statistics Office said. Meanwhile, the latest data on turnover from sales of services shows an upward trend. In May, the figure went up by 7.6% year-on-year.

Freediver Alenka Artnik with new world record

NASSAU, Bahamas - Slovenia's freediver Alenka Artnik has set another world record, diving 109 metres deep in bi-fin discipline (CWTB) at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas. The 41-year-old from Koper dived 107 metres on the third day of the competition to break personal and national records only to dive two metres deeper three days later to become the world-record holder. She is considered one of the greatest freedivers ever, and held until last May the world record in monofin at 122 metres.

Dutchman gets more jail time for attempted murder

KOPER - The Koper Higher Court raised the sentence of Dutch citizen Brian Boerkamp for attempted murder of a Macedonian man he stabbed twice in a fight in the Slovenian town of Portorož in July 2021. Instead of serving four and a half years, he will have to do five years and five months, the newspaper Večer reported. The higher court agreed with the prosecution that the original sentence was even below the minimum sentence for this crime and that the first instance court failed to take sufficiently into account the fact that Boerkamp had a record of violent crimes in the Netherlands.

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