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State Secretary Dovžan and Slovenian delegation to the Committee of the Regions on cooperation during Slovenia’s EU Council Presidency

As part of the ongoing preparations for Slovenia’s Presidency of the EU Council, State Secretary Gašper Dovžan today held a virtual meeting with full and alternate members of the Slovenian delegation to the Committee.

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Participants of the meeting | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

Slovenian representatives in the Committee of the Regions, an EU consultative body composed of regional and local representatives from all 27 Member States, were apprised of the envisaged priorities of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2021. The chief concerns include the bolstering of the Union’s resilience, its economic renewal focusing on the digital and green transitions, the strengthening of a Union based on the rule of law and preservation of the European way of life, and a secure EU that will be a reliable and good partner in both the neighbourhood and the world. Taking these objectives into account, Slovenia will make a special effort to help create a stronger and more resilient European Union, one that will be able to more effectively address crisis situations which, in addition to pandemics, include cybersecurity and illegal migration.

The State Secretary underlined the crucial nature of close connections between the Presidency and members of the national delegation to the Committee of the Regions, who will play a vital role in supporting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in promoting Slovenia. Support will also be provided in the implementation of Slovenian Presidency priorities.

The delegates, led by Dr Ivan Žagar, brought the State Secretary up to date on the Committee’s work during the pandemic. They agreed on the need to explore the possibilities for strengthening future cooperation and exchange of views.