About: Miro Cerar

Elections 15-03-2018

Slovenian PM resigns amid rail project trouble

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigned late on Wednesday (14 March), hours after a key investment project hit a legal obstacle, saying he had also had enough of obstruction from his coalition partners and pressure from trade unions.

Slovenia, Croatia border dispute smoulders on as deadline looms

Slovenia and Croatia failed to resolve a border dispute that has poisoned their relations in last-minute talks between their two prime ministers on Tuesday (19 December) and Slovenia said it would now implement an international court ruling which Zagreb dismisses as invalid.

Slovenia may seek EU help with Croatian border dispute

Slovenia said on Wednesday (12 July) it may turn to the European Commission for help in implementing a recent international ruling on its border with fellow EU member Croatia.

EU urges Croatia to ‘implement’ Piran Bay ruling

The European Commission on Tuesday (4 July) asked Slovenia and Croatia to "implement" a ruling that gave Ljubljana key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, a decision rejected by Zagreb.
Enlargement 03-07-2017

Croatia and Slovenia continue maritime dispute after arbitration ruling

Croatia has rejected an international tribunal's border ruling that gave neighbouring Slovenia access to international waters just off Croatia's coast, in a move that might create new obstacles for future EU enlargement in the Balkans.
Politics 10-04-2017

Slovenia says tougher EU border checks ‘unacceptable’

Newly-introduced tougher checks on the EU's external borders aimed at stopping suspected Islamist fighters from Iraq and Syria are "unacceptable" and should be amended, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said yesterday (9 April).
Elections 16-12-2016

Slovenians to hold sword of Damocles over mayors

Slovenia is set to become one of the few countries in the European Union where people can sack their mayor before their term in office ends, albeit under strict conditions.
Global Europe 17-02-2016

Austria sets asylum limit as Eastern Europe hikes pressure

On the eve of a European Union summit to debate Europe's migrant crisis, Austria announced on Wednesday (17 February) a daily limit in the number of asylum requests, and eastern EU members set a mid-March deadline for a plan agreed with Turkey to bear fruit.

‘Anti-Merkel’ plan proposed by party chairwoman

Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's Vice-Chairwoman, Julia Klöckner, has called for border centres, and a daily cap on refugee numbers. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Central Europe 21-01-2016

Austria introduces cap on refugees, will deport ‘surplus’

The Austrian government announced yesterday (20 January) that it would cap the number of people allowed to claim asylum this year, and that it would send excess refugees back, or deport them to the neighbouring countries through which they came.

Leaders clash at migration mini-summit

Leaders of the countries of the so-called “Balkan route” clashed on Sunday (25 October) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with some of them using the argument that the Union may fall apart because of the refugee exodus.

EU backs refugee plan in teeth of east European opposition

EU ministers approved a plan on Tuesday (22 September) to share out 120,000 refugees across its 28 states, overriding vehement opposition from four ex-Communist eastern nations.

EU rebukes Hungary as refugee crisis tensions escalate

The European Union's migration chief rebuked Hungary on Thursday (17 September) for its tough handling of refugees, as asylum seekers thwarted by a new Hungarian border fence, and repelled by riot police, poured into Croatia.
Transport 21-10-2014

Bulc walks on fire… and survives

Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc, who reportedly has trained as shaman and is able to walk on fire, made an excellent impression at her European Parliament confirmation hearing yesterday evening (20 October).
EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

If Bulc is nominated, the next Dan Brown novel should be about the Brussels bubble

Some Europeans are deeply respectful of European institutions and serious about the jobs of the persons that lead it. It is a valuable project that brought peace, prosperity and democracy to the continent. It deserves full support. On the other hand, the Slovenian centre-left was cheering to the song that refrains “Europe is a gang of thieves” [see related EURACTIV article].
EU Priorities 2020 09-10-2014

Poto?nik may get fourth term

Current Slovenian Commissioner Janez Poto?nik could be the choice of Prime Minister Miro Cerar, replacing Alenka Bratušek, the only Juncker Commissioner-designate that MEPs rejected.
Miro Cerar, photo Slovenia Times
Elections 19-09-2014

Slovenian parliament okays new centre-left cabinet

Slovenia's parliament yesterday (18 September) approved the new centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Miro Cerar, which will aim to cut public spending and improve tax collection to help reduce the budget deficit to within EU limits.
Miro Cerar, photo Slovenia Times
Central Europe 14-07-2014

Political novice wins Slovenia election

Center-left political novice Miro Cerar led his party to victory in Slovenia's election yesterday (13 July), indicating he would rewrite a reform package agreed upon with the European Union to fix the euro zone member's depleted finances.

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