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Monday, February 6, 2023

Bill on EUR 780m defence investments passed

By: J.S., STA

Parliament passed a bill which earmarks EUR 780 million in additional defence spending in a six-year period between 2021 and 2026.

The bulk of the money will be spent on purchasing armoured personnel vehicles and setting up a medium infantry battalion group, while an aircraft and two helicopters are also to be bought. Defence Minster Matej Tonin and President Borut Pahor, the supreme commander, welcomed the passage of the investment package, while the opposition Left said it would start collecting signatures for a referendum. The Ministry of Defence said the act could not be challenged in a referendum.

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