EU Council Presidency

25-11-2021

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...
18-11-2021

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...
17-11-2021

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.
10-11-2021

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.
09-11-2021

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.
05-11-2021

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).
29-10-2021

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.
27-10-2021

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...

Slovenia: New Europol mandate expected by end of this year

The European Commission, Parliament, and Council will start negotiating the final version of Europol’s new mandate on Wednesday (27 October), which could be ready by December,  Slovenia’s interior minister Aleš Hojs told EURACTIV.com in an interview. According to him, “positions...
21-10-2021

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...
20-10-2021

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.
19-10-2021

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).
18-10-2021

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.
15-10-2021

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.
14-10-2021

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...
13-10-2021

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.
12-10-2021

NGOs concerned about role of big business in preparations of French EU presidency

The Observatoire des multinationales and Corporate Europe Observatory published a new report on Tuesday 12 October. They criticised the French government for working too "closely" with big business in the run-up to its rotating presidency of the EU Council.
08-10-2021

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.
07-10-2021

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.
04-10-2021

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.
30-09-2021

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.
29-09-2021

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.
24-09-2021

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.
22-09-2021

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).