Sebastijan R. Maček

Differences remain over alternative fuels infrastructure in EU

EU transport ministers discussed infrastructure for alternative fuels in Slovenia on Thursday (23 September), with the country's Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec noting that quite a few differences remained between EU countries on the matter.

In Slovenia, lawmakers from across Europe debate EU’s common foreign and security policy

An inter-parliamentary conference on the EU's common foreign and security policy, organised on Thursday (9 September) as part of the Slovenian EU presidency in Ljubljana, heard calls for a united and active approach by the bloc to global challenges.

Slovenia, Germany and Portugal adopt schemes for patient inclusion in cancer research

Slovenia, as part of its EU Trio Presidency with Germany and Portugal, adopted on Tuesday (7 September) a document on approaches to actively involve patients in cancer research.

Slovenia bets on regional cooperation in fight against firearms trafficking

Interior Minister Aleš Hojs said cooperation was key to fighting firearms trafficking in South East Europe as he attended a high-level online meeting on the issue Tuesday (7 September) on behalf the Slovenian EU presidency.
Development Policy 03-09-2021

Ministers call for OSCE-type conference for the Mediterranean

The 2015-2016 refugee crisis must not repeat itself in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, foreign ministers of Mediterranean countries stressed at Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September), calling for more cooperation in the region.

Slovenia aims to make EU-Western Balkans summit regular feature

Slovenia's EU presidency will host an EU-Western Balkans summit in early October and its desire is to make these summits a regular annual event as a means of accelerating the EU enlargement process, Foreign Minister Anže Logar has said.

EU mulls aid for Afghanistan’s neighbours, ‘determined’ to prevent new migration crisis

The EU is determined to prevent uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements from Afghanistan by boosting aid to its neighbours in the region, a nemergency meeting of EU home affairs ministers concluded. However, they did not discuss sums or resettlement numbers.

Slovenian opposition calls for independent probe into Pegasus concerns

Slovenia's opposition Social Democrats have called on Prime Minister Janez Janša to initiate an independent, voluntary forensic investigation of mobile devices of political leaders, journalists and civil society in the face of the Pegasus surveillance scandal.

EU Commissioner rejects Janša’s accusation of ‘harming’ Slovenia

European Commissioner Janez Lenarčič has rejected an accusation by PΜ Janez Janša that he was acting against Slovenia's interests saying "Slovenia is being harmed by those who undermine the rule of law and media freedom".

EU ministers discuss preparations for COP26 conference

EU environment ministers meeting for an informal session at Brdo pri Kranju have discussed the UN climate conference COP26, to be held in Glasgow in November. Slovenian Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak said the discussion on Tuesday sought to analyse the...
Politics 21-07-2021

Social partners and regions get greater say in conference on EU future

The executive board of the Conference on the Future of Europe decided at Monday’s session to allocate more seats in the Conference Plenary to both regional and local representatives, and social partners, the Slovenian EU presidency said. The rules of...

EU presidency expects solid results on health union package

Slovenia and its predecessors at the helm of the EU, Portugal and Germany, are working to finalise negotiations on three draft regulations that form the basis of the EU Health Union, Slovenian Health Minister Janez Poklukar has said. The desire...

Slovenia: Progress slow in EU migration pact talks

Slovenian Interior Minister Aleš Hojs has said following an informal meeting of EU home affairs ministers that although EU member states would like to see progress in talks on the EU pact on migration and asylum, stances are still diverging....

Logar quizzed on Western Balkans non-paper, Iran statements

Presenting Slovenia's EU presidency priorities in foreign affairs to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Anže Logar faced questions by MEPs about a non-paper on redrawing Western Balkan borders, the situation of North Macedonia and Albania, and PM Janez Janša's recent statements about Iran, and media freedom.

Logar: Article 7 hearings on Slovenian EU presidency agenda

On behalf of the Council of the EU, Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told the European Parliament on Wednesday that hearings under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union regarding Poland and Hungary were on the agenda of Slovenia’s...

Slovenian PM refuses to comment on party’s European political future

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša did not wish to comment on the European political future of his Democrats (SDS) party during a visit to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament. Asked about the SDS’s membership in the European People’s Party...

Slovenia’s Janša calls for combination of EU’s soft, hard power

Prime Minister Janez Janša told the Slovenian parliament that the EU had to come up with strategic answers to strategic challenges, working both on its soft and hard power to become a major player regionally and globally.

Slovenian interior minister asked to apologise for ‘swine’ comment

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has criticised Interior Minister Aleš Hojs for using the term "swine" in a comment interpreted as targeting a senior member of the EU Commission, urging the minister to apologise.