The European Commission is satisfied with the progress in the field of the rule of law in Slovenia
The European Commission confirmed that a lot had been done in Slovenia in the last six months relating to the rule of law, said the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marko Štucin, following the meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels. A great amount of work was still ahead, but we would make further efforts to continue the reforms, he added.
As part of their annual dialogue on the rule of law, the ministers responsible for European affairs discussed today the Rule of Law Report of the European Commission of last July for Slovenia and four other Member States, i.e. Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. "The report discussed the situation in 2021 and was quite critical in several fields, from the media and judicial independence to the shortcomings in the fight against corruption," said the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marko Štucin, for Slovenian journalists in Brussels.
As he explained, he presented the work of the current Government in the last six months in this field during the country-specific discussion, saying, "A lot of work has been done." According to Štucin, the European Commission has acknowledged this. The Commission agreed that a great amount of work has been done in Slovenia in this field in the last six months. The Member States, which participated in the discussion, confirmed this, Štucin assured.
No criticism came from the Member States or the European Commission during the discussion. Criticism referred to the last year in particular, while the assessment for this year was quite positive, said Štucin, explaining that the discussion, for the most part, involved dialogue and the exchange of experience and recommendations.
After the meeting, Štucin met with the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, who also confirmed that the Commission was very pleased with Slovenia’s progress in the last six months. "A great amount of work is still ahead, and we will make further efforts to continue the reforms", Štucin added.