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French ambassador: Smooth transition between presidency stints in common interest

France is intensively preparing for its EU presidency starting in January while working closely with Slovenia, whose stint at the helm of the EU is ending, French Ambassador to Slovenia Florence Ferrari told STA in an interview.

Internal issues aside, Slovenia’s EU presidency a ‘success’

During its six-month EU presidency, Slovenia successfully led the process of adopting European legislation, but that has been somewhat overshadowed by concerns from Brussels about the rule of law in the country, analysts say.

Deals reached on carcinogens and TEN-E as Slovenia presidency draws to a close

Just before Slovenia hands over the presidency of the Council of the EU to France, member countries have reached final political agreements to update the carcinogens and mutagens directive and to revise the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) regulation but disagreed on a proposal to update rules for social security coordination.

EU members agree on resilience of critical infrastructure

EU members approved a negotiating position on a draft directive on the resilience of critical entities for talks with the European Parliament on Monday.  The directive aims at reducing vulnerability and increasing the resilience of critical infrastructure and systems in nine sectors, ranging from energy to health.

Logar meets French counterpart to discuss EU presidency

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Anže Logar met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Thursday (16 December) to present the achievements of the Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU and to continue work on key European dossiers.

Logar says resolution on Slovenia ‘political document’

The resolution on the rule of law in Slovenia that the European Parliament will vote on later this week is a political document which does not require special attention, Foreign Minister Anže Logar said in Brussels on Monday.

Slovenia’s Hojs warns of emerging migration crisis in Cyprus

While the situation on the Belarusian border is stabilising, the focus should shift to other hot spots such as Cyprus, Slovenian's interior minister Aleš Hojs warned as EU home affairs ministers met in Brussels on Thursday (10 December).

EU trio holds consultations as end of Slovenia’s stint nears

Slovenia hosted consultations between the trio of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia in light of their joint 18-month presidency of the Council of the EU on Tuesday (7 December), with the importance of economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic being emphasised....

EU health ministers urge fast and coordinated action to contain Omicron

EU health ministers, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Slovenia's Janez Poklukar, called for fast and coordinated action to tackle the surge in infections and the spread of the Omicron variant, supporting the general applicability of the EU digital COVID certificate and emphasising the importance of booster jabs.

Slovenia believes roaming regulation agreement feasible in coming days

EU member states could agree on a draft regulation on roaming in the EU in the coming days, Slovenian Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik said in Brussels on Friday (3 December). Koritnik, whose country holds the rotating EU Council...

EU-Western Balkans ministerial calls for closer cooperation to better manage migration

Home affairs officials from the EU and the Western Balkans meeting at Brdo estate on Thursday agreed on the need to improve the exchange of information and cooperation on the ground in the combat against organised crime, and terrorism and...

Genetic resources strategy unveiled

A genetic resources strategy for Europe was presented in Brussels on Tuesday (30 November) as part of Slovenia's EU presidency.

EU ministers adopt recommendations for blended learning in response to pandemic

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, EU education ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (29 November) adopted recommendations on blended learning approaches that combine school site and other physical environments away from the school and digital and non-digital learning tools....

Slovenian presidency welcomes decisions for more resilient EU

The EU ministers in charge of European affairs adopted in Brussels on Tuesday decisions on strengthening preparedness, response capacity, and resilience of the EU to future crises. As the current presiding country, Slovenia sees the decisions as a significant step...
Politics 19-11-2021

Calls to boost trust between EU and Switzerland as foreign ministers meet

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Anže Logar met his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis in Ljubljana on Thursday (18 November), with the pair calling for trust between the EU and Switzerland to be further enhanced. The breakdown of the talks on the EU-Switzerland cooperation agreement and other possible options for strengthening cooperation topped the agenda.

Support for sector transformation discussed at European Tourism Forum

While there are reasons for the European tourism sector to be optimistic after a good summer season, there is still a long way until full recovery, speakers at the European Tourism Forum agreed in Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday, noting...

Green, digital transition at core of tourism recovery

EU ministers in charge of tourism agreed at a virtual informal meeting on Tuesday (16 November) that the green and digital transition must form the core of the tourism sector's post-pandemic recovery if the industry is to be put on a sustainable footing.

Fiscal rule reform debate is back on, Slovenia says

EU finance ministers on Tuesday (9 November) relaunched the discussion on reforming the fiscal rule, which has been on hold since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Slovenian EU presidency said.

Slovenian environment minister: Climate summit key step for Earth’s future

The COP26 climate conference is a crucial step for the future of our planet and younger generations, Slovenian Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak said at Monday's press conference in Glasgow, UK. "It is time we act responsibly and move up from good intentions to concrete actions," he added.

EU Presidency reaffirms commitment to positive outcome at COP26

Representatives of the EU's climate negotiating team at COP26, including EU presidency holder Slovenia and its chief negotiator Tina Kobilšek, reaffirmed their commitment to a successful outcome at the UN climate talks during a press conference in Glasgow on Thursday (4 November).

Slovenian presidency reaches agreement on expanded EMA mandate

The Slovenian presidency of the EU Council and negotiators of the European Parliament have reached a temporary agreement on an enhanced role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in preparedness for crises.

SIRENE bureau heads discuss changes to SIS in informal meeting

An informal meeting of the heads of the national SIRENE bureaus, responsible for the operation of national segments of the Schengen Information System (SIS), is taking place in Slovenia on Tuesday and Wednesday. Particular emphasis will be put on the...

Janša discusses importance of cooperation at Tripartite Summit

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša discussed the significance of social dialogue, cooperation, green and digital transition, lifelong learning and sustainable work as he addressed a virtual Tripartite Social Summit ahead of the EU summit. The social summit, which is being...

Slovenia hopes EU Commission, Poland will bridge differences

Slovenia, the current holder of the rotating EU Presidency, said it hoped for "constructive dialogue" between the European Commission and Poland to bridge their differences over the rule of law.