It is a disastrous year for travel agencies

Tourism activity, both at home and around the world, is one that has honestly felt the weight of the epidemic on its shoulders. As a result, travel agencies have faced the worst crisis to date this year.
This year's May Day holidays were mostly spent at home by tourists, and the summer holidays were spent in colors - from yellow, orange to red lists of countries. As a result, tourist workers eagerly awaited the potato holidays, which were largely canceled due to the current epidemiological situation.
The third anti-crown package introduced tourist vouchers, which, however, only helped hoteliers. During the summer holidays, travel agencies faced cancellations related to the Croatian coast and Greece, as guests preferred to opt for a holiday at home and the use of vouchers.
Tourist vouchers are thus the only measure intended for the tourism industry. However, travel agencies also took some advantage of the measure of waiting for work at home.
Given the current situation, surely many people are wondering how we will travel in the future? Slovenians are a nation that loves to travel and explore new places.
Research predicts six trends in travel and tourism for the future, namely: wildlife escapes, eco-tourism, nomadic travel, wellness tourism, authentic tourism and vigilant campsites. Thus, the connection with nature and the departure from everyday life come to the fore.

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Building inspectors carried out 6 inspections this year

As part of the strategic guidelines, the building inspection planned 2020 actions in 6. There are 65 inspectors working in the field, who are obliged to carry out 7500 inspections. The essential emphasis is still on the control of illegal or illegal constructions. The mentioned action was also carried out on the basis of reports, 58 inspectors took part in this action, 638 inspections were carried out, and 400 procedures were introduced.
In addition to the registered facilities, there was also a campaign of randomly selected facilities, regarding permits or. legality of construction. There were as many as 35,7% of illegal facilities.
Between 1 February and 1 September, a campaign to control the registration of the start of construction took place. Namely, investors are obliged to report the start of construction on the basis of a building permit.
This year, they also carried out a campaign to supervise the work of participants in the construction of facilities, ie investors, contractors and supervisors.
The fifth action was the control over the construction, use and fulfillment of the essential requirement of universal construction and use of facilities in public use.
The inspectorate does not yet have a report on the action of supervision over the installation of construction inspections. According to the interlocutor, monitoring of interventions in space will always be easier, because with the use of so-called "space technology" computers are already painting a space where this intervention is not allowed.

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Festive lights were lit in Šentilj

December this year will certainly not be the way we have been used to in previous years. It is becoming increasingly clear that we will have to forget about December concerts, public New Year’s Eve celebrations, mulled wine on stalls. However, the municipality of Šentilj, which has already been deprived of traditional martinis this year, is already dressing in the festive December spirit.

As part of the merry December, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the events decided to carry out certain activities that will take place in a virtual way on the municipal FB profile.

One of the positive consequences of the second wave of the epidemic is that people will spend more time together over the holidays, which has been neglected too many times in the past due to the fast pace of life.

The organization of a happy December was extremely difficult due to the constant change of preventive measures and the epidemiological picture, but the creators of the program are still optimistic about some of the most beautiful month of the year.
The organizers and leaders of the municipality hope to carry out the program of Happy December next year, in the classic form or. Make up for lost time in the expiring year 2020.

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1,6 million euros were earmarked for investments

This year, the municipality of Videm allocated 191.000 euros for the program of renovation of municipal roads, and 230 euros for the construction of 146.000 meters of sewerage and the renovation of the water supply system.

As part of the road program, three sections with a total length of 2.185 meters were renovated: Skorišnjak – Kozel (worth € 60.000), Majski Vrh – Drenova graba (€ 55.000) and Zgornja Pristava – Vinkler – Cebek (€ 76.000). The Municipality of Videm will cover the investment with non-refundable state funds, which belong to it according to Article 23 of the Municipal Financing Act.
They are also planning to renovate other infrastructure projects, such as the renovation of the sewerage system. In addition, they want to arrange the sewerage system in the hilly part of Haloz.
Otherwise, they will have to provide individual treatment plants in the hilly areas of Haloz.

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Happy December in Kungota will be

Happy December is approaching, for some the most beautiful month of the year, and in the municipality of Kungota, despite the restrictive measures to curb covida-19, they decided to carry out the planned program, this year only in virtual form.
Compared to previous years, there will be no stalls, live music and crowds of people gathering each year. The program also contains a charitable note, as the organizers will collect contributions for the socially disadvantaged, including retirees.
The municipality is already making plans for the future and concluding thoughts for the expiring year 2020, which has made Marisko's life quite bitter.
Citizens and leaders in the municipality hope that next year the majority of all this year's festive events and events within the framework of the merry December will take place again in Plintovec, in an increasingly missing classical form.

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550 patients were treated in the second wave

At the University Clinical Center Maribor, as in other Slovenian hospitals, they faced a very large second wave of the epidemic. In the 1st wave, the UKC Maribor had two wards for covid patients. Fortunately, the epidemic was contained relatively quickly at that time, so that the projected capacities were not exceeded.

In the 2nd wave, they made good use of the experience they gained in the 1st wave, and they also gained a lot of knowledge. The mean age of patients treated in the normal covid ward is 67 years, and the mean age is slightly higher in patients who have died, 80 years.

From July to yesterday, 550 patients in ordinary covid wards were treated at the University Medical Center Maribor, of which more than 400 suffered from the disease, but unfortunately 61 of them died.

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Severe uncertainty and pessimism among Ptuj craftsmen

Among the industries most affected by the corona crisis are caterers and tourism, hairdressing and cosmetics, car washes, transportation and the meetings industry. Many of them record severe losses, even fatal ones. As a result, many micro and small businesses will be forced to close their doors next year.
The Chamber of Crafts of Slovenia is convinced that activities restricted or temporarily banned by the government would not pose a high risk of spreading the infection if the measures were strictly observed.
The government has come to the aid of craftsmen and entrepreneurs with its intervention laws, but it is paying its obligations with a delay, which can be fatal for micro and small companies.
As a result, they have to cover their own costs, which is almost impossible for artisans, especially small and micro businesses, given the fact that most of them spent their savings in the first wave. However, despite the difficult situation, there are no major shutdowns of companies in Ptuj.
Ptuj is also struggling with high unemployment. Annual comparative data already in the summer showed that unemployment in Ptuj increased by 35 percent compared to last year.
The economic situation is also getting worse abroad, and Slovenian exporters are also feeling it. Many of them are recording a drop in demand, as well as pressure from apprentices, as many projects have to be completed. In doing so, however, they face staff absences due to the epidemic, logistical problems and high costs of protective equipment.

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How many Maribor hotels will even open their doors?

Hotels that remained open on Mariborsko Pohorje between the two waves of infections recorded a fairly high number of visitors, which was significantly influenced by the introduction of tourist vouchers. Today, however, virtually everyone, without exception, is closed again, which will have a major impact on their business.
Many caterers and hoteliers are therefore already wondering whether they will survive at all after the epidemic is finally over. The mentioned problems are also aware of at the Maribor Tourist Board, where they are in the phase of appointing a permanent director.
The forecast of the winter tourist season is by no means promising, the reasons for this are multifaceted, so the situation will have to be resolved systematically and thoughtfully.
Therefore, at the initiative of the Municipality of Maribor, the Maribor Development Agency established the Partnership for Pohorje, which undertakes that the association of 19 municipalities will start coordinating goals and projects and creating a green destination with a well-established European brand.
There are still many challenges on the way to the new Pohorje era, which is focused on year-round tourism. The biggest one is certainly dealing with the devastation, which after the bankruptcy of the Pohorje Sports Center is still not "cleaned up". It will also be necessary to regulate relations with private landowners and provide for co-financing the operation of cable cars on the part of both tourism providers and the state.

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The operation of the Public Holding will be monitored by the Council for the Protection of Users of Public Goods

At the last session, the Maribor City Councilors adopted in the first reading the Decree on the Establishment of the Council for the Protection of Users of Public Goods in the Municipality of Maribor. I would mainly supervise the work of the Maribor Public Holding, which unites companies that perform public utility services.
It is an organization prescribed by the Public Utilities Act, but the Maribor municipality has not yet had one.
Membership of municipal administration employees and employees in controlled companies is also disabled. The council will otherwise have seven members.
The adopted decree also defines the areas of work of the council, its composition and bodies. The powers of the council are also defined.
The mayor of Maribor adds that in this case it is not an additional business supervisory body, but an advisory body. The method of communication will be further concretized in the future, and the activist organization of the City Council initiative believes that the council should communicate with citizens more than once a year in the form of an opinion poll.

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Ambrožič is a member of the GMO commission

Borut Ambrožič, a non-governmental NGO and expert in the field of health protection and related human rights, has been appointed to the Commission for the Management of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for the second term. The commission adopts positions and gives opinions and initiatives regarding the use of genetic technology.
The Commission for the Management of Genetically Modified Organisms was set up to advise the government on matters and problems in this area. The GMO Commission consists of 17 members appointed by the government for a period of four years.
GMOs are living organisms in which the genetic material has been altered by processes that take place differently from nature, that is, different from crossbreeding or natural recombination. Using modern biotechnology, however, selected genes can be transferred from one organism to another.
The purpose of European and Slovenian legislation on genetically modified organisms (hereinafter: GMOs) is to protect human, animal and environmental health while ensuring the free movement of GMOs in the EU internal market.
In Slovenia, or in the EU, the labeling of food and feed containing or produced from GMOs is mandatory. Products produced from GMOs must be labeled with the words genetically modified or produced from genetically modified (name of the organism). Meat, milk, eggs, fish and other products, animals fed with GM feed do not need to be specifically labeled, as well as non-fermented products produced with the help of GM microorganisms

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