EU Council Presidency

17-09-2021

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.
13-09-2021

‘Too many priorities kill the priorities?’ France’s many ambitions for its 2022 EU presidency

With France set to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU (FPEU) in January 2022, the list of issues the government wants to tackle for the occasion seems never-ending.
10-09-2021

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.
09-09-2021

Macron to push for pesticide phase-out during EU presidency stint

France will push for "an accelerated phase-out of pesticides" at the EU level when it takes on the rotating EU Council Presidency in January 2022, President Emmanuel Macron told the World Conservation Congress which opened in Marseille this week
09-09-2021

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.
08-09-2021

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.
Digital & Media 07-09-2021

Court orders Slovenia government to fund under-fire news agency

Slovenia's Supreme Court ruled Monday (6 September) that the conservative government must resume financing of the country's only news agency STA, which it halted during a row over its management and reporting.
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.
02-09-2021

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.
01-09-2021

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.
17-08-2021

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.
30-07-2021

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.
26-07-2021

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".
22-07-2021

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...
20-07-2021

EU ministers say bloc needs common research area

EU ministers in charge of research agreed that Europe needs a common research area as they met for an informal meeting in Slovenia on Monday to discuss revitalising the European Research Area (ERA), and the role of international cooperation to...
19-07-2021

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...
16-07-2021

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....
15-07-2021

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.
14-07-2021

Slovenia to prioritise e-mobility, alternative fuels in transport talks

The main priorities of Slovenia's EU presidency in transport are e-mobility and alternative fuels, Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec said as he presented the presidency agenda to the European Parliament's Transport Committee on Tuesday.
12-07-2021

Slovenian minister: Internal EU borders must connect, not divide nations

Slovenian Public Administration Minister Boštjan Koritnik has told a conference hosted by his ministry that borders within the EU should unite, not divide nations.
09-07-2021

Slovenia, Bulgaria seek compromise on North Macedonia’s EU bid

Slovenia's President Borut Pahor met his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev on Thursday (8 July) to discuss Bulgaria's veto on North Macedonia's bid to join the EU.
08-07-2021

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...
07-07-2021

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...
06-07-2021

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.