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Anti-smoking Law
In Slovenia, smoking is banned in all closed public and work premises, in other words including catering and accommodation establishments. You must be at least 18 years old to buy tobacco products. This makes Slovenia one of the European countries with the strictest limits on smoking. A penalty of 125 euros must be paid by an individual who smokes in a place where it is banned.

Banks and Currency Exchange
The official currency of Slovenia as a European Union member state is the EURO (€).  In Slovenia you can change money at banks, bureaux de change, hotel receptions, travel agents, petrol stations and large shopping centres. The exchange rate is published daily by the Bank of Slovenia. You can withdraw cash 24 hours a day from cash dispensers around the country. Banks are open MON-FRI 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Some banks close their branches at 12.00 pm for one hour.) Changing money - bureaux de change, hotel receptions, travel agents, petrol stations and large shopping centres Most cash dispensers also accept MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Cirrus and Visa Electron Plus. Slovenia is extremely well provided with cash dispensers. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept a range of credit and debit cards.

Dining Out
Ljubljana's restaurant scene is heavily influenced by the surrounding countries with Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Balkan cuisines all helping create an eclectic range of restaurants. As Slovenia continues to embrace outside influences in the post-Yugoslavia era and after joining the EU, its culinary circuit is becoming more eclectic and adventurous.

Easy Access
Wireless internet access is available from the majority of hotels in Ljubljana, in most cases free of charge. Free wireless internet access is also offered by a large number of the city's cafés and bars. Several public internet access points are available to those travelling without a computer or an internet-capable mobile phone.

Electricity
Slovenia operates on 220V single-phase. Slovenian plugs have two pins.

Invitation Letter
An official letter of invitation will be sent to you upon request.The invitation letter may be used by visitors to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa, but is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support. Please contact the Congress Secretariat to request a letter of invitation:

Liability and Insurance
Registration fees do not include the insurance of participants against personal accidents, sickness and cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.

Food & Beverage
Coffee breaks and lunches are included in the registration fees and are part of the scientific programme.

Social Programs
All registered participants are cordially invited to attend the Congress Welcome Reception. Further details on the social programs will be listed on the website.

Sponsorship and Opportunities
We are delighted to offer your company sponsorship opportunities at the congress. There are several outstanding options available for your company, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates. For further information, please contact the relevant department of the Congress Secretariat.

Time Zones
Slovenia is in the Central European Time Zone (CET +1)

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory in Slovenia, but people who provide various services - from waiting staff and taxi drivers to tourist guides - will appreciate even a token tip. It is customary in Slovenia, if you have enjoyed your meal and are satisfied with the service, to tell the waiter to 'round up the bill a little'. This means that the waiter can keep a few euros for himself.

Weather and Climate
Slovenia's climate varies from Alpine in the north, across Mediterranean in the coastal region to continental in the Pannonian Plain in the northeastern part of the country. The average temperature in July is slightly above 20°C and the average temperature in January approximately 0°C. The weather in Ljubljana is conditioned by the city's geographical position in a vast basin extending from Slovenia's pre-Alpine to karst areas. Particularly during winter months, Ljubljana experiences the so called temperature inversion, a meteorological phenomenon in which cool and moist air is trapped close to the ground. During summer, the weather in Ljubljana is affected by warm air streams moving from the Mediterranean, so summers in Ljubljana are relatively hot.