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Meeting with the Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Group of the European Economic and Social Committee

As part of its regular annual programme, the Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) paid a two-day visit to Slovenia to meet with representatives of NGOs, social partners and civil society.

In the framework of this forum for dialogue between European civil society organisations and stakeholders in EU member states, the members of the Group exchanged with their Slovenian counterparts their assessments of the situation of fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in Slovenia. The Group's programme concluded with a meeting with government representatives. The exchange of information and opinions, moderated by the Acting Director-General for European Affairs, Ambassador Ksenija Škrilec, was attended by representatives of the various ministries responsible for justice, financial matters, public administration, home affairs, labour, family and social affairs, culture, the economy and technology, in addition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting took place in a friendly atmosphere, with participants discussing current fundamental rights issues related to social partners, freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression and the media, the right to non-discrimination, and the rule of law.

With today’s exchange of views with the European Economic and Social Committee Group, Slovenia demonstrates its readiness to engage in dialogue on fundamental rights and the rule of law at all levels and reaffirms its commitment to respect the fundamental values of the EU.