Minister Asta Vrečko hosts a working meeting with Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission
The Minister of Culture, Asta Vrečko, hosted a working meeting with Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission. Their talks focused on the European Media Freedom Act, the situation at the Slovenian Press Agency and Radio-Television Slovenia, hate speech, and strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).
"We had a substantial and good discussion. I would like to thank the EU Commission Vice-President, whose duties include concern for preserving a fundamental European value – freedom of the media – for her support over the past two years, when this freedom was severely put to the test in our country,” said Minister Vrečko after the meeting. Vice-President Jourová added, "The purpose of the meeting with Minister Vrečko was to exchange opinions on the European Media Freedom Act, which I recently proposed for adoption as Vice-President of the European Commission. I hope that it will also gain support in Slovenia. Among other things, this act aims to strengthen editorial independence of the media."
Minister Vrečko and Vice-President Jourová devoted most of the meeting to their discussion of the European Media Freedom Act. In this regard, Minister Vrečko pointed out the following: "I hope that the Member States will reach a consensus on such an important EU-wide project. Slovenia is in the group of countries that have taken an official position in favour of the act at this stage of its adoption process."
The Slovenian Minister of Culture also informed the EU Commission Vice-President of the situation at the Slovenian Press Agency (STA). At the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, the Slovenian Government abolished the harmful decree adopted by the previous government, which made the work of STA’s journalists and editors more difficult and resulted in a financial drain on the Agency. Today, STA’s editors and journalist enjoy editorial, financial and institutional autonomy. Describing the situation at Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenija), which continues to worsen despite the adoption of the amended Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act and the clearly expressed support in a referendum, the Minister expressed her expectation that the Constitutional Court would decide on the new act as soon as possible.