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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.

Janša says Slovenia not being stripped of EU dossiers

Prime Minister Janez Janša dismissed the statement by opposition Social Democrat (SD) leader Tanja Fajon that Slovenia is being stripped of dossiers that are part of its current EU Council presidency as he attended questions' time with deputies in the National Assembly on Monday (18 October).

Delo: Slovenia’s EU presidency politically dead

The newspaper Delo writes that Prime Minister Janez Janša, with his tweets targeting the European Parliament's delegation on a fact-finding mission to Slovenia, damaged Slovenia's reputation and the credibility of its EU presidency, which it says is politically dead.

Slovenian PM’s ‘Soros puppets’ tweet causes EU-wide political storm

Prime Minister Janez Janša is facing criticism after tweeting that some MEPs are “Soros puppets”. The MEP's under attack included Sophie in ‘t Veld.

Janša for more inclusion of local and regional communities

Prime Minister Janez Janša outlined the priorities of Slovenia’s EU presidency to the European Committee of the Regions on Wednesday, highlighting post-Covid recovery, green transition and the EU’s strategic autonomy while also touching on subsidiarity. Janša answered several questions from...

EU ministers call for unified criteria regarding Covid pass

Slovenia's Janez Poklukar said that the informal meeting of the EU health ministers in Brdo pri Kranju on Tuesday asked for unified criteria to implement the recovered-vaccinated-tested rule. European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides also called for coordination.

Slovenia PM accuses Brussels of exceeding powers over rule of law

Janez Janša, the prime minister of Slovenia, which currently holds the six-month rotating EU Council presidency, has accused the European Commission of political abuse over the rule of law.

EU political groups meet on margins of Western Balkans summit

Talks on the future of Western Balkan countries in the EU took place between leaders and politicians from different political groups on the sidelines of this weeks EU-Western Balkans summit.

Conference highlights potential of ‘smart villages’

In Europe, 80% of the land is rural and only a third of EU citizens live in the countryside, which is why a long-term vision is being drawn up to use this potential, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica said at a conference on smart villages held as part of Slovenia's EU presidency.

Slovenia hosts EU non-proliferation and disarmament directors

Slovenia hosted on Wednesday (29 September) an informal meeting of EU non-proliferation and disarmament directors as part of the country's EU Council presidency, the Foreign Ministry said.

EU research ministers adopt resolutions on global approach to research, innovation

EU ministers responsible for research adopted on Tuesday (28 September) resolutions on a global approach to research and innovation, whose aim is to boost resilience and competitiveness of the EU, Slovenia's Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Simona Kustec, said after chairing a session of the Competitiveness Council.

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.
Active ageing 23-09-2021

Early detection of Alzheimer’s a wish, not yet a reality in Slovenia

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease is a stated objective of health policy in Slovenia, but it remains largely unattained.

Slovenian Minister urges Frontex to help EU member states, third countries

The situation on the EU's border with Belarus was high on the agenda as the management board of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) started a two-day meeting in Slovenia on Tuesday (21 September).

Slovenia advocates for strong cohesion policy, minister says

Cohesion policy has an important role to play in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, and the Slovenian EU presidency intends to keep it strong, Development and EU Cohesion Policy Minister Zvonko Černač said at a conference in Porto.

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.

NGOs urge Slovenia’s minister to propose EU exit Energy Charter Treaty

Slovenian environmental NGOs have called on infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec to use the country's EU presidency to propose a political discussion on the bloc exiting the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) at an energy ministers' meeting in September.

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...