Two members of the European Parliament from the Greens-European Free Alliance have expressed concern after conducting a three-day mission to Slovenia. They described the situation in the country as “very complex”.
Daniel Freund and Sergey Lagodinsky toured Slovenia this week to get acquainted with the situation in the country before it assumes the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU. Lagodinsky told Slovenian press agency STA that Slovenia should act professionally and distance itself from illiberal countries such as Hungary.
“I have the feeling that the rule of law still functions in Slovenia, it’s not as bad as in Hungary or Poland,” Lagodinsky said. However, he sees a pattern of repeated attacks by the ruling Democrats (SDS) and the government on the rule of law, fundamental rights and media, which he sees as concerning.
Freund told the newspaper Delo that the “situation in Slovenia is at least as concerning as I had thought”. While there are countries in the EU where freedom of the press and independence of the judiciary were in a worse position, what was problematic in Slovenia was the direction in which it is going and the pace of deterioration.
Lagodinsky and Freund held meetings with representatives of the government, the civil society and the media. (Sebastijan Macek, STA)