Smithsonian Gardens Pollination Investigation Panels Opening at UL Botanic Garden

The US Embassy Ljubljana, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Gardens-Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden, opened the  Smithsonian Pollinator Garden  “Pollination Investigation” educational panels exhibit at the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden on Friday, May 25, 2018. The opening was co-hosted by H.E. Brent R. Hartley US Ambassador to Slovenia and mag. Dejan ...
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Award Ceremony for Slovenian Special Operations Unit

01 September 2013 to 10 May 2014, a multi-national unit consisting of 28 American and Slovenian Special Forces Soldiers, were assigned to the Special Operations Task Unit (SOTU) in Laghman, Eastern Afghanistan, serving as tactical advisors (High Risk Arrest, Armed Reconnaissance, Cordon and Search) to a 115 man Provincial Response Company (PRC), advancing security objectives in ...
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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Religious Leaders to Celebrate Religious Freedom

On April 17, Ambassador Hartley hosted Monsignor Stanislav Zore, archbishop of Ljubljana, Dr. Nedžad Grabus, mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia, and Rabbi Ariel Haddad, chief rabbi of Slovenia, to discuss religious freedom and issues of concern to Slovenia’s Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities. Archbishop Zore, Mufti Grabus, and Rabbi Haddad said Slovenia’s ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits TPV Group

On March 19, Ambassador Brent Hartley met with TPV Group President Marko Gorjup, Board Chairman Vladimir Gregor Bahč, Deputy President Tomaž Savšek, and Business Unit Director Ignac Bakše to discuss the automotive industry supplier’s European operations and tour its facilities in Novo Mesto and Velika Loka.  With six plants and more than 1,200 employees, TPV ...
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Ambassador Hartley Welcomes American Fulbrighters in Slovenia

Ambassador Hartley welcomed the entire group of American Fulbrighters in Slovenia—5 post-doctorate fellows and 2 students—into his home last week to discuss their research and teaching projects in Slovenia. All were very excited about their placement in Slovenia and had nothing but positive things to say about their hosts as well as time so far ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits the Community of Škofja Loka

On February 14, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the community of Škofja Loka, where he discussed community development and the local economy with Mayor Miha Ješe.  Afterward, the Ambassador  attended a Business Leaders Club luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the state of the economy with local business leaders and touted ...
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Ambassador Hartley Presents SelectUSA Program to Business Leaders

On February 13, Ambassador Brent Hartley hosted more than 20 leaders from private sector Slovenian companies interested in exporting to or investing in the United States, as well as representatives from Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SPIRIT Slovenia, and American Chamber of Commerce.  As Slovenia’s export-based economy grows, Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Hartley Opens the Exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders”

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Piran Mayor Peter Bossman February 7 to open the exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders” at Aquarium in Piran. The exhibition showcases the remarkable photographic creations of University of Washington professor Adam Summers alongside the poetry of Sierra Nelson.
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Idrija

On February 6, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the western Slovenian community of Idrija, where he met with the management team of Kolektor Group, a multinational company headquartered in Slovenia with operations in more than 30 countries producing highly specialized mobility components and systems for the European, Asian, and North American automotive industries.  Kolektor’s subsidiaries are ...
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106th Rescue Wing Reconnects with Rescued Slovenian Seaman

Ambassador Hartley had the honor to meet eight members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing who were in the region for training and took the opportunity to visit Slovenia to follow up with a Slovenian seaman they rescued after a cargo carrier ship explosion in the mid-Atlantic in April 2017. This ...
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Donation Supports Flood Forecasting and Warning System for the Sava River Basin

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Majcen February 2nd for a ceremony marking the U.S. donation of computer equipment for flood forecasting and warning in the Sava River basin.  The project supports the development of a regional flood warning system in the countries of the International Sava River Basin ...
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American Music – Celebrating Global Icon Elvis Presley

A tribute to the music of Elvis Presley thrilled Ljubljana on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Ambassador Hartley joined a crowd of dedicated Elvis fans from Slovenia and the region for an evening of music from the TCB Band, Dennis Jale, and Sam’s Fever. TCB Band members formed the core rhythm section of ...
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Ambassador Hartley Hosts guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF)

Ambassador Hartley hosted distinguished guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF), including Minister for Slovenians Abroad Gorazd Žmavc, on December 21 to celebrate the 2017 ASEF fellows.  ASEF was created in 2014 to build academic bridges between the U.S. and Slovenia by sending young Slovenian scholars to the U.S.  The 2017 class ...
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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Christmas Party

In the spirit of the season, Ambassador Hartley hosted a festive Christmas gathering. The Ambassador was pleased to catch up with friends and colleagues and discuss what had happened in 2017 and what 2018 has in store. Everybody enjoyed the Christmas carols performed by Big band Grosuplje. Ambassador Hartley wished everyone much joy and happiness ...
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100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Kobarid

Ambassador Hartley joined with other members of the Tolmin Alpine Club in a hike to Krnsko jezero on Saturday, November 11, to participate in a 100th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Kobarid, which shifted hostilities from the “Isonzo” front into Italy. Minister of Defense Katič was the guest of honor at the lake-side event ...
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Harvard University Alumni

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to invite Slovenian alumni of Harvard University into his residence for a reception in their honor. This wide-ranging group of distinguished guests included Harvard undergraduate, graduate and PhD recipients, Harvard Business School attendees, Fulbright and Ron Brown program participants, and American-Slovenian Education Fellows (ASEF).
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Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Conference on Cyber Security

Introductory Remarks, Conference on Cyber Security, Institute Jozef Stefan, November 8, 2017 Dober dan.  Hvala vam za povabilo. I’m incredibly pleased that the U.S. Embassy could help support today’s event in partnership with SI-CERT and the Jozef Stefan Institute. We welcome our developing bilateral cooperation on cyber issues and I only expect this to continue to grow as ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law

Ambassador Hartley and Consular Chief Amy Lorenzen met with students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law on November 2. The wide-ranging discussion covered topics ranging from international and consular law to the functions of a diplomatic mission and the role of a diplomat.  Thanks to the Faculty of Law for initiating the visit ...
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Ambassador Hartley meets The Queen of Swing

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to welcome the legendary Norma Miller, known to many as The Queen of Swing, to Slovenia in early October.  Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller ...
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Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the World War II

Ambassador Hartley gives remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the Second World War” on October 1. The exhibition is located in near the village of Otok in the Municipality of Metlika.  It tells the story of this region and its people during ...
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Ambassador Hartley Speaks on the Future of U.S.-Europe Relations

Ambassador Hartley spoke to the members of the Slovenian International Relations Association (SDMO) on September 26, 2017 about the future of U.S.-Europe relations.  He noted that the transatlantic relationship has laid the foundation for unprecedented freedom, stability, and prosperity in much of the world and that Europe has been and will remain our indispensable partner ...
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Ambassador Hartley hands out award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers

Ambassador Hartley was happy to award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the Great American International Wine Competition. Slovenian wine makers won an impressive 85 medals (four double-gold, 23 gold, 40 silver and 16 bronze) at the two American competitions. After medals were handed out, Ambassador Hartley had ...
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Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A

Ambassador Hartley and Chief of the Office for Defense Cooperation Steve Pena attended the opening of the exhibition entitled “Temporary Border: Life and Longing in Zone A (1945- 1947).” The exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the western Slovenian border and is devoted to an outline of existential relations in the area ...
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The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI)

The 6th Annual Summer Economics Institute (SEI) 2017 held its Final Event on August 30, 2017 at the NLB Center za inovativno podjetništvo (CIP) for the 19 Slovenian university students who took part this year. Ambassador Brent R. Hartley and AmCham Slovenia Executive Director Ajsa Vodnik spoke about this innovative program, which is jointly organized ...
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Ambassador Hartley makes cheese

Ambassador Hartley had a terrific time learning “hands on” about alpine dairies and cheese-making.  Recently hosted by the Lipušček-Miklavič family at Planina Medrje, he helped to milk the cows – including mucking out the milking house afterward — and to make Tolminc cheese and skuta.  Learning traditional dairying methods in such a spectacular natural setting ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Gorenjska

Ambassador Hartley and other US Embassy staff visited international company Atotech, producer of specialty chemicals. Director Mariana Karla Rebernik explained the history of the company and showed how their products are made.  Mayor of Radovljica, Ciril Globočnik joined the meeting and explained future projects of Radovljica municipality.  Ambassador also visited a Slovenian company Euro Plus ...
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Ambassador Hartley Meets American Actor John Malkovich

Ambassador Hartley spent a pleasant evening attending a sold-out concert by Italian chamber orchestra Solisti Aquilani. The second part of the evening, American superstar John Malkovich joined the program,interpreting excerpts from Ernesto Sabato’s novel “On Heroes and Tombs.” John Malkovich is a versatile actor who performed in over 70 movies and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. Photos Courtesy of Sašo ...
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Ambassador Hartley meets Archie Shepp

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to attend the concert by legendary jazz musician Archie Shepp, who performed last Friday night as part of the 58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival. The concert was a tribute to the fabulous jazz performer John Coltrane, who Shepp worked with in 1965 on Coltrane’s legendary free-jazz album Ascension.  Shepp performed in Ljubljana ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2017

Festivalna dvorana, Ljubljana, June 29, 2017 Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, good evening, and welcome to this celebration tonight of the 241st anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. The drafters of our Declaration of Independence wrote of self-evident truths:  “that all men are created equal,” and that they are endowed “with certain unalienable ...
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The Beginning of a Sister Parks Relationship

A delegation from Crater Lake National Park (Oregon, U.S.) visited Triglav National Park where TNP officials led them on a three-day familiarization tour. They learned about and discussed common issues that they share and the two parks will sign a Memorandum of Understanding following the tour, becoming “Sister Parks” and partnering on shared objectives such ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Slovenian Manufacturer, Elan

Ambassador Hartley had a very enjoyable visit to Slovenian manufacturer Elan, best known for its ski, marine, and wind products.  During the visit, the Ambassador had the great opportunity to examine Elan’s large range of skis, including its latest technical breakthrough – a foldable ski suitable for military and civilian uses.  
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Ambassador Hartley’s Remarks at the Ceremony at Žužemberk

March 11, 2017  Madam Minister, Ambassador Kacin, Mr. Mayor, Generals, other distinguished guests, it is an honor and privilege to join you today in Žužemberk.  Hvala vam za povabilo. Today we celebrate and remember the remarkable story of the B-17 “Je Reviens,” its crewmembers, and the partisans who saved those crewmembers’ lives by escorting them ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2016

Castle Fužine, June 30, 2016 Spoštovane dame in gospodje, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Dober večer, in hvala, da ste danes z nami. Thank you very much for coming this evening. It has been my great honor to represent the United States in Slovenia and a particular honor this year as the Slovenian people celebrate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley on Election Night 2016

November 8, 2016 Good Evening and thank you to our colleagues at the American Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to welcome you to tonight’s event. It’s a pleasure in so many ways to work with AmCham Slovenia: to promote increased trade, investment, and business cooperation between the United States and Slovenia, to campaign for ...
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