About: Slovenian Presidency

French ambassador: Smooth transition between presidency stints in common interest

France is intensively preparing for its EU presidency starting in January while working closely with Slovenia, whose stint at the helm of the EU is ending, French Ambassador to Slovenia Florence Ferrari told STA in an interview.

Internal issues aside, Slovenia’s EU presidency a ‘success’

During its six-month EU presidency, Slovenia successfully led the process of adopting European legislation, but that has been somewhat overshadowed by concerns from Brussels about the rule of law in the country, analysts say.

Future EU: Slovenia advocates Western Balkans enlargement

It is crucial to complete the EU's enlargement to the Western Balkans and prepare the Union for further membership applications by interested European countries, writes Gašper Dovžan.
Slovenian Minister of Labour Janez
Economy & Jobs 07-12-2021

EU Council agrees negotiating position on minimum wage directive

Two weeks after the European Parliament agreed its negotiating position on the minimum wage directive, a large majority of national ministers also agreed on a common position, with the only dissent coming from Denmark and Hungary.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

How the EU law on online services wants to restore trust in the digital sphere

The general approach to the Digital Services Act (DSA) has been one of the major achievements of the Slovenian Presidency and on 25 November, EU ministers unanimously adopted the mandate to initiate the interinstitutional negotiations on it. The agreement was reached just 11 months after the presentation of the proposal under the leadership of the Slovenian Presidency.

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.
Digital & Media 09-11-2021

Slovenia to restore funding for news agency after EU pressure

Following pressure from the European Union, Slovenia on Monday (8 November) agreed to restore funding to the country's sole news agency STA, suspended since December after the conservative government criticised its reporting.

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.
Enlargement 06-10-2021

Sofia asks Skopje to stop the ‘erasure’ of Bulgarians

At the Western Balkans summit in Brdo, Slovenia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that the "subtle erasure" of Bulgarian identity in the neighbouring country must stop before Bulgaria lifts its veto on Skopje’s EU accession negotiations. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
EU-China 05-10-2021

Global player? Brdo EU summit to seek answers on China, US strategy

The European Union's 27 leaders will seek a new approach to China on Tuesday (5 October) in their first summit on Sino-European strategy since the bloc imposed sanctions on Beijing in March and faced retaliation, jeopardising a new investment pact.
Digital & Media 30-09-2021

Slovenia news agency chief resigns over government pressure

The head of Slovenia's STA news agency resigned Thursday (30 September), accusing the government of attempting "to subordinate the agency" by withholding funding.
Energy 22-09-2021

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

France builds EU support in sub row, but some warn against US rift

European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday (21 September) after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.

Slovenia: Future of Europe debate should focus on resilience

After the successive crises over two decades, a core issue for the Conference on the Future of Europe should be how to ensure the resilience of the EU and put policies in favour of European citizens first, Slovenia's State Secretary Gašper Dovžan told EURACTIV.
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.

EU to start talks on security, migration amid Afghanistan turmoil

The European Union will kick off discussions this week on what consequences recent developments in Afghanistan may have for security and migration in the 27-nation bloc, a spokesman for the Slovenian EU presidency said on Monday (23 August).

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.
Europe's East 09-08-2021

EU calls meeting on Belarus border crisis

European Union ministers are to hold crisis talks on what they see as a bid by Belarus to pressure Lithuania and the rest of the bloc by encouraging a migrant influx.
Agrifood 13-07-2021

Slovenian agri minister: Climate change just as unpredictable as COVID pandemic

Although agri-food sector has recovered from the worst of the pandemic, it must keep one eye on the present and one on future crisis management, Slovenia's Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

Borrell: Janša doesn’t represent the EU on Iran

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday (12 July) sought to distance the bloc from comments made by Slovenia’s Prime minister at a meeting of an Iranian opposition group that enraged Tehran. Iran’s foreign ministry has slammed Slovenian premier...

Slovenian interior minister asked to apologise for ‘swine’ comment

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has criticised Interior Minister Aleš Hojs for using the term "swine" in a comment interpreted as targeting a senior member of the EU Commission, urging the minister to apologise.
Elections 02-07-2021

Orbán, Le Pen, Salvini, Kaczyński join forces to impact on the future of EU

Far-right parties from 16 EU countries, including Frances’ Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS,  Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, united on Friday (2 July) with the declared objective of making their voice heard in the context of the debate on the future...
Politics 02-07-2021

Tweets of the Week: Slovenian Presidency, Hungarian Ad, Football Euphoria

Slovenian presidency could be a free-for-all, Viktor Orban still has some gall, and we are all still very excited about football.