News roundup - Tuesday, 26 September, until 3pm

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

Slovenian tourism in 2023 expected to match 2019 results

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian tourism is recovering well after the Covid-19 pandemic, Barbara Zmrzlikar, head of the R&D sector at the Tourist Board (STO), said at a press conference ahead of World Tourism Day. The STO estimates that the figures this year will surpass those from 2022 and match the record 2019 figures. According to official statistics, Slovenian tourism is recovering faster than the European and global averages.

Koroška expects answers post-floods as govt pays it visit

SLOVENJ GRADEC - The government will visit on Wednesday Koroška, one of the regions the August floods hit the most. Local authorities, businesses and residents expect to get some specific answers to post-flood reconstruction issues, while they also want the government to speed up construction of the long-overdue expressway, know as the Third Development Axis, and provide development incentives.

Constitutional complaint by SDS MP over discharge from parliamentary inquiry fails

LJUBLJANA - The Constitutional Court has dismissed a complaint by opposition Democrat (SDS) MP Žan Mahnič over his discharge from a parliamentary inquiry into alleged illegal financing of parties through media, web portal N1 reported. Last October, the parliamentary inquiry terminated memberships of Mahnič and Janez Magyar, both SDS MPs, because they were had been called as witnesses in the investigation.

Amount of waste exceeds 11 million tonnes in 2022

LJUBLJANA - A total of 11.66 million tonnes of waste was generated in Slovenia in 2022, the first time it exceeded 11 million tonnes, which the Statistics Office said was mostly due to more construction waste. Compared to 2021, this is a 24% rise, while the country generated by 4% less municipal waste. Construction waste increased by 43% to account for nearly three quarters of all waste generated in 2022, or a record 8.6 million tonnes.

Science festival kicks off in Ljubljana and coastal towns

LJUBLJANA - The 29th edition of the Slovenian Science Festival is starting in Ljubljana, Koper and Izola under the slogan Space-Earth-People. Running until Thursday, the festival features workshops, lectures, exhibitions, experiments and tours, encouraging visitors to consider the connection between people and space. The festival, organised by the Slovenian Science Foundation and the University of Primorska, offers activities to school groups and science enthusiasts of all ages.

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