State Secretary Štucin and Vice-President of the European Commission Jourova discuss the rule of law
State Secretary Marko Štucin held talks with Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová during her visit to Slovenia. They discussed the rule of law and other institutional matters within her remit. State Secretary Štucin also presented Slovenia's plans for hosting the international MLA diplomatic conference in Ljubljana in May 2023.
State Secretary Štucin and Vice-President Jourová, who is responsible for values and transparency within the Commission, agreed on the importance of the rule of law as a cornerstone of the functioning and resilience of the EU as a whole. The State Secretary underlined the Slovenian Government's commitment to the rule of law and its support for the European mechanisms for monitoring the rule of law, in particular the regular annual dialogue with Member States, which contributes to increased mutual understanding and trust.
The two sides also touched on the forthcoming European elections in 2024, in which context Vice-President Jourova underlined the importance of timely reaching an agreement on some of the current legislative proposals in the Democracy Package, including the reform of the Regulation on European political parties. The State Secretary assured her that Slovenia would engage constructively in further negotiations.
State Secretary Štucin also informed Vice-President Jourová of Slovenia's plans to organise an international conference aimed at drafting the text of a new Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and Other International Crimes, the so-called MLA initiative.