Slovenia to pay outstanding liabilities to news agency STA

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Slovenia's government, under pressure from the European Union, said it will pay outstanding liabilities to state-owned news agency Slovenian Press Agency (STA), according to a report by SeeNews.

In December, STA, which has been accused by Prime Minister Janez Janša of biased reporting, said the government had without justified reasons suspended payments for the provision of public service. STA did not receive payments for its public service for October and November, the news agency said in a statement.

"On January 13, the government received a message from European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, indicating the possibility of a positive decision by the European Commission regarding the transfer of state aid to STA," the government said in a statement on Thursday, quoted by news portal SeeNews. A payment under the provisions of the seventh COVID-19 package was provisionally granted pending a final decision by the EU Commission, it noted. According to the government's communications office, UKOM, a contract for the provision of public service with STA for 2021 cannot be signed as the news agency's director Bojan Veselinovic has not provided the necessary documentation on the basis of which the annual financial plan of the news agency is prepared. 

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