During the visit by Mr. Alexander Borisovich Lobakov, the Deputy Governor of the Vladimir Region and head of the regional administration of the Government of the Russian Federation, in Slovenia, the "How to Do Business with the Russian Vladimir Region" seminar took place yesterday at the Secretariat-General of the Republic of Slovenia. The attendees were addressed by the Russian Federation's ambassador to Slovenia, His Excelency Mr. Doku Zavgayev, the President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Mitja Bervar, acting director of SPIRIT Slovenia Mr. Gorazd Mihelič, the Director of the Jožef Stefan Institute Mr. Jadran Lenarčič and the Director of the Technology park Ljubljana Mr. Iztok Lesjak.

Next week marks the beginning of this year's fifth tour of the PanSlovenian Shareholders` Association (VZMD) international business-investor programs: Invest to Slovenia – investo.si and International Investors` Network – invest-to.net, in the context of which the VZMD President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, will visit Canada, France and Monaco.

At first he will actively participate at the 4th international business forum Centrallia 2016 held in Winnipeg, Canada, as a member of an outbound economic delegation. With its many round tables, receptions, B2B talks and other events, the Centrallia will bring together over 700 companies and institutions from Canada and over 30 other countries.

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Yesterday the PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association (VZMD) President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, arrived in the Chilean capital of Santiago to take part in the Economic delegation lead by the Director-General of the Directorate-General for Environment, Mr. Daniel Calleja. Mr. Verbič set off for Chile immediately after the end of the conference program and the annual General meeting of the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance) in Stockholm, where, among 14 candidates, he was elected to the Executive Board of this influential European federation which consists of more than 50 national associations of investors and shareholders.

In addition to elections, this meeting was primarily marked by the 50th anniversary of the Swedish Shareholders' Association (Aktiespararna). The special ceremony has been attended by more than 500 prominent guests among others highest representatives of Better Finance and World Federation of Investors (WFI). The attendees watched a special tailor-made documentary for this occasion, which reminded many attendees of the retrospective »10 years of VZMD«(VIDEO). As part of the conference, the attendees were acquainted with the developments in the case of  "VolksWagen scandal".

Stockholm2204201609In Stockholm today, at the premises of the local NASDAQ stock exchange OMX, the General meeting of the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance), takes place immediately after the last meeting of the current members of the Executive Board of Better Finance. The important voting General meeting has elected a new Executive Board of this influential European association, where the representative of Slovenia, the VZMD President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič was elected for the third term.

Yesterday saw the beginning of the annual congress and conference of the German association Der Bund der Versicherten (BdV) in Berlin, which was also attended by the PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association (VZMD) President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, at the invitation of the organizers. As part of this year's 4th tour of VZMD's international programs, Mr. Verbič had arrived in Germany already on Monday evening to attend a few meetings, among others also with the representatives of the "sister-association" BdV which focuses on the protection of financial services users with an emphasis on various insurances, and collaborates with VZMD within the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance).

In addition to attending the conference, Mr. Verbič addressed the attendees at last night's evening reception as the Executive Board member and the official representative of the Better Finance. The federation will hold a voting General meeting on Friday in Stockholm, where the VZMD President will run for his second term on the Executive Board of this influential European association. In addition to Better Finance's annual General meeting, an international conference and numerous events and meetings will take place in Stockholm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Swedish shareholder association (Aktiespararna).

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME_Opportunities_for_participation_in_VZMD_International_investors_Programmes_investo_si_and_invest-to_net_in_the_2016_april_Page_1Next week marks the beginning of this year's fourth tour of the PanSlovenian Investors' & Shareholders' Association (VZMD) international business--investor programs: Invest to Slovenia – investo.si and International Investors` Network – invest-to.net, in the context of which the VZMD President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, will visit Germany, Sweden and Chile.   

In Berlin - where Mr. Verbič was invited by the German sister association »Bund der Versicherten«(BdV) - he will attend the association's conference and the annual general meeting; following this, he will participate at an important voting general meeting of the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance) in Stockholm, where he will run for his third term on the Executive Board of this influential European association. In addition to the annual general meeting, an international conference and numerous events and meetings will take place in Stockholm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Swedish shareholder association (Aktiespararna).

Following Wednesday's ceremonial conclusion of the 2nd European Congress of Local Governments, the PanSlovenian Investors' & Shareholders' Association (VZMD) President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, returned from the Polish town of Krakow where he actively participated, among others, at the "Investments as a Driving Force Behind Economic Development of the Regions" round table at the invitation of the organizers. During that time, he presented numerous opportunities of the Slovenian economic environment, as well as the activities and plans of VZMD's international business-investor programs: Invest to Slovenia – investo.si and International Investors` Network – invest-to.net. This was met with great interest by the participants, and Mr. Verbič yet again answered concrete questions. This included questions regarding the expropriation of investors in "Bank NKBM" shares at the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) which, unfortunately, seems to be a perennial issue in Poland when establishing business and investment relations with Slovenia.  

The VZMD welcomes the fact that also now the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia bolstered the opinion, voiced by the VZMD's associates since December 4, 2013 when they lodged the first initiative for a constitutional review of the amendment of the Banking Act (ZBan-1L) – that this law with which the self-proclaimed "domestic troika" nationalized as many as six Slovenian banks is unconstitutional and even to such extent that it violates a number of constitutionally protected human rights.

Yesterday, the competent authorities in Slovenia received letters with a call for action due to detrimental effects of abolishing registry accounts. In the letter the VZMD President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič, pointed out that the VZMD had been contacted recently by worried and anxious minority shareholders who have received alarming letters, had to take alarming phone calls and have received invitations to alarming meetings probably with the intention of burdening their continued ownership of own securities with disproportionate costs in order for the"financial industry" to yet again benefit from disproportionate earnings.

Given the fact that the President of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Miro Cerar, and the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Dušan Mramor, even after a little longer than a month have not responded to the open letter sent by the President of the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users (Better Finance), Mr. Jean Berthon, and in the context of endeavors to begin solving the issues of the subordinated bonds and shares of Slovenian banks constructively, the PanSlovenian Investors & Shareholders Association (VZMD) also reached out to the international and global media which have not basically reported on the subject thus far.

A meeting of the Corporate Finance Standing Committee (CFSC) and its Consultative Working Group (CFSC CWG) took place yesterday in Paris at the headquarters of the European Securities and Markets Authority - ESMA, and was actively attended for the first time after his appointment to this important body by the VZMD President, Mr. Kristjan Verbič.

At today's second public hearing in the case "Kotnik and others" which took place at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg due to the expropriation of shareholders and bondholders of Slovenian banks , the Advocate-General of the Court published his reasoned opinion in which he proposed the explicit answers to the questions posed by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, stating that the expropriation of the shareholders and bondholders of Slovenian banks was neither necessary nor unavoidable for the stabilization of the banking system and allocation of state aid.

After reviewing the Advocate-General's reasoned opinion, VZMD's associates and lawyers can repeat with reinforced certainty their position that it was not necessary for the Republic of Slovenia to amend the Banking Act as to allow for retroactive expropriation, since the Banking Communication is not a legally binding act on the EU member states. It has to be noted that the court in Luxembourg does not assess the conformity of legislation with the Convention on Human Rights, as this falls under the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. Nevertheless, it clearly arises from the reasoned opinion that the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia will have to reach a decision itself assessing whether amendment of the Banking Act constituted a breach of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. Namely, the Slovenian courts must assess the content to determine whether the exceptional measures of the Bank of Slovenia were legitimate or not, taking into consideration all the protective regulation prohibiting the violations of ownership rights which the VZMD believes were severely infringed.

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