Social Economy Fair

For the third year in a row, the SocioLab project partnership has prepared the Social Economy Fair in the Podravje region. Social enterprises and cooperatives presented themselves at the fair and introduced social entrepreneurship to visitors through their products and services. The honorary titles of Best Social Enterprise or Cooperative and Best Supporter of the Social Economy 2020 in Podravje were awarded by the Ombudsman Peter Svetina.
For the third year in a row, the SocioLab project partnership has prepared the Social Economy Fair in the Podravje region.

At the fair, social enterprises and cooperatives were presented, and through their products and services, they introduced social entrepreneurship and the challenges they face as representatives of the social economy to visitors.

The exhibitors offered their products and services, and a mobile fabrication laboratory (fablab) was presented at one of the stands.

The honorary titles of Best Social Enterprise or Cooperative and Best Supporter of the Social Economy 2020 in Podravje were awarded by the Ombudsman Peter Svetina.
The company Kooperativa Dame, which deals with sustainable tourism and catering, was chosen as the best social enterprise or cooperative. The company Podim from MB is the best supporter of the social economy.

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The Uprising Square will make Rušam proud

In this year's budget, the municipality of Ruše has earmarked funds for one of the major municipal investment projects. It is a matter of rearranging the Uprising Square in Ruše in a public space accessible to all, which will be intended for various events.
The investment is expected to be completed next year, this year almost 39% of the funds are reserved for the implementation of the project, and the remaining 2021% of the funds in the 61 budget will remain. At the beginning of this year, the municipal councilors also got acquainted with the conceptual design of the Uprising Square in Ruše.
The inhabitants of the municipality of Ruše, especially the inhabitants of the city center, have for many years expressed the need to renovate the square and ensure its actual purpose. The areas of the market are untidy and some of them unusable, which helps to reduce the usable areas and the untidy space of the municipality of Ruše.

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The situation in the home is calming down

New tests for infection with the new coronavirus at the Danica Vogrinec Home in Maribor are giving more encouraging results. The second round of control tests has now ended, they are already starting with the taking of the third control swab. The total number of infected residents and employees is currently 45.
The current situation is a reflection of the fact that the measures introduced have managed to curb the spread of the disease in the home. According to director Slavič, the health condition of the infected residents, who have been placed in the red zone of the Tabor work unit, is relatively good so far.
A few days ago, retired workers were also called for help, but of course they are also limited by their health condition. In any case, the idea of ​​recruiting retirees is still relevant.
Three infected residents are still hospitalized at the University Medical Center Maribor. A total of 23 patients were hospitalized there yesterday, 3 of whom needed intensive care.

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Aleš Bandur: "I will make what I say come true"

Early by-elections will be held in the municipality of Starše next Sunday. After the death of Mayor Starš Bojan Kirbiš, who has led the municipality since 60, seven candidates are running for mayor. In the editorial office of NET TV, we have prepared a series of interviews in which we will present all the candidates in more detail. Today we present the first from the Nsi party - Aleš Bandur.

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Construction of roundabouts for flow and safety

In Slovenske Konjice, two important roundabouts are being modernized, namely at Hofer, which was renovated a year ago, but the fourth branch, in the direction of Oplotnica, was not built as part of the renovation. The municipality also plans to build a crossroads at the Tepanje Craft Zone next year, as they estimate that traffic safety in this section is unsatisfactory.
Reconstruction of the roundabout at the entrance to Slovenske Konjice from the direction of Tepanje (near Hofer) was completed last year. Construction of the intersection reconstruction is gradually continuing. Currently, construction work on the new, fourth leg of the roundabout in the direction of Oplotnica is being completed. Due to the implementation of works on the motorway (removal of toll stations in Tepanje), construction work on the roundabout will continue after the completion of works on the motorway.
The municipality also plans to build a roundabout at the Tepanje Craft Zone. According to Mayor Darko Ratajc, this is an important acquisition, especially from the point of view of traffic safety, which is currently unsatisfactory in this section.
The project will be implemented by the municipality with the financial assistance of the Directorate for Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia. Preparatory work is expected to begin later this year.
The final renovation of the roundabout at Hofer will bring many positive effects, and above all, the bypass in the direction of Oplotnica will relieve traffic in the center of Slovenske Konjice. The area at the entrance or exit of the Styrian motorway in Tepanje is one of the most dangerous in terms of traffic in the municipality of Konjic. The construction of a roundabout in this section will enable safer traffic and a connection with the planned new Tepanje business zone.

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Arrangement of bicycle paths

With its efforts and efforts, the Municipality of Pesnica has become part of the planned construction of bicycle connections in the area of ​​the Regional Development Partnership of Slovenske gorice, with the aim of encouraging the use of bicycles as a means of transport in everyday traffic and the development of cycling tourism.
With the mentioned routes, the municipality of Pesnica will be rounded off as a cycling whole. The total length of the routes that will be built in the municipality of Pesnica is planned to be around 47 kilometers, and it will be exclusively for the construction of new routes.
Priority investments are planned for the financing of eligible investment costs of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Regional Development Fund, within the Operational for the Implementation of European Cohesion Policy in the period 2014-2020.
The entire operation of building bicycle connections in the area of ​​the Regional Development Partnership of Slovenske gorice is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

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Construction of the Pod Pekrsko gorco neighborhood

A total of 400 public rental apartments ranging in size from 35 to 85 square meters will be built in the Pod Pekrsko gorco neighborhood in Maribor.
For the older generation, it is also planned to place two buildings with a total of 60 serviced apartments, a day center for activities for the elderly and a public program in the part of the ground floors of buildings intended for trade and service activities.
The apartments will be intended primarily for young families, and when the latter move in, the construction of an additional kindergarten unit in this area will also be necessary.
In addition to 400 rental apartments, the entire neighborhood will be arranged with other facilities that will provide added value, which is likely to make rental prices slightly higher.
The neighborhood is being built by the construction company Pomgrad with partners GITRI, GH Holding and VG5. The value of the construction works of the first phase is just under 24 million, and the value of the second phase is almost EUR 20 million without VAT. The investment is financed by a loan from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). Completion of construction work on the entire neighborhood is scheduled for the end of 2021.

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Decentralization is a necessity not a choice

Slovenia ranks in the circle of countries with an above-average share of rural areas. Out of a total of 212 municipalities, two thirds are rural in terms of population density. The latter areas represent about 75 percent of the entire territory of the country and 40 percent of the total population. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the fact that most public and private companies are withdrawing from rural areas. Thus, they are left without post offices, offices, banks and without jobs.
In the last thirty years, the Soča region has lost a tenth of its population, and Pomurje a sixth. Just as jobs moved closer to the center of Slovenia from there, so did people. State institutions have also withdrawn offices on the periphery, reduced staff numbers and reduced schedules when public services were available to the people.
In the last ten years, the number of jobs in the Osrednjeslovenska region has increased by almost 32.730, which represents almost two thirds of all newly created jobs.
The relocation of companies to the center does not only cause intellectual impoverishment of the periphery, Ljubljana also pays its tax for centralization. The center of Slovenia is paralyzed by traffic, real estate prices are skyrocketing, and public services are kneeling under demographic pressure.
The concentration of jobs is causing a number of problems, and these will only increase, all of which are a symptom of inconsistent regional development. The solution to the problem is offered in the proposal of the provinces, but even here many controversies arise.
Numerous economic stories from the periphery portray Ljubljana as a drain that sucks the economy, public services and management staff into itself. The centralization of Slovenia is also intensifying at the local level and does not benefit anyone, least of all the population.

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Flood safety only on paper?

Flood safety is crucial for the inhabitants of the lower Podravje region. Although people's warnings are clear that the bed of streams and rivers must be cleared of excess overgrowth, floodplain and gravel, the state has so far not heeded these calls. Millions of euros were spent on projects to ensure flood safety, but only on paperwork. The right measures in the environment, in the riverbeds and along them, which would reduce the risk of floods, are not and are not in sight.
The Drava River, which winds between the villages of the Drava and Ptuj fields and the hilly Haloze, floods almost regularly in the autumn. Flood water removes soil and crops from fields, and in some places threatens residential buildings, barns and outbuildings. In 2012, the Drava was flooded on an extraordinary scale and had destructive power, so the people around it are justifiably worried, but the state has not yet heard their concerns.
During his last visit to the Podravje region, the Minister promised priority funding from the next European financial perspective.
Above all, we would pay a lot of attention to the cleaning of watercourses, where sludge and other substances that inhibit flow have been accumulating for years.
But the promises of the citizens of Podravje are no longer convincing. It should be reminded that in the last financial perspective this money was used to ensure the flood safety of Ljubljana and Železniki. In that financial perspective, the Osrednjeslovenska region was entitled to as much as 237 million euros for flood safety.

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European Mobility Week begins

In the coming days, more precisely between 16 and 22. In September, the nineteenth implementation of the European Mobility Week will take place in Maribor. This year's theme is "Transport with as few emissions as possible for all" with the slogan "Choose a cleaner mode of transport."
The Department of Traffic Engineering at the University of Maribor, the Council of the Disabled Maribor, the Maribor Cycling Network, the Maribor Sports Association, the TOP Association and the Slovenian Association for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control are participating in this year's implementation.
Of course, this year's European Mobility Week is also being shaped to a small extent by measures and recommendations to curb the spread of the new chronavirus infection.
Each of the participants has prepared an interesting selection of activities that will be carried out during the mobility week.
Since 2002, European Mobility Week has had an impact on mobility and urban transport issues, as well as on improving health and quality of life in cities. In 2019, 80 Slovenian municipalities joined the project. The winners of ETM 2019, which took place on the topic of walking as a sustainable way of mobility, were announced by the Municipality of Maribor and the Municipality of Kočevje.

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