State Secretary Štucin attends General Affairs Council meeting
State Secretary Marko Štucin attended the July meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels. The main focus of the discussion was an exchange of views on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency and the mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021–2027.
In the debate on the mid-term revision of the MFF, State Secretary Štucin stressed that the revision should be target-oriented and focused on challenges that could not have been foreseen at the time of the Framework’s adoption. He pointed out that the proposed additional funds for assistance to Ukraine and to address migration pressures and external challenges reflect the EU's solidarity; he went on to express Slovenia's satisfaction that the proposed MFF includes additional funding for partners in the Western Balkans. State Secretary Štucin added that cohesion policy must maintain a strong role in the EU budget. As regards the announced Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (STEP), the State Secretary insisted that the selected projects be geographically balanced and spread across all member states.
As to the rule of law, State Secretary Štucin said that Slovenia supports the rule of law mechanism and the continued evaluation of the rule of law dialogue in the EU and in individual member states on the basis of the European Commission's annual report and recommendations.
In addition to the European Commission's annual rule of law report 2023, the GAC in July discussed the timetable for the evaluation of the Council's annual rule of law dialogue and the Strategic Foresight Report. The European Commission also presented a proposal to establish an interinstitutional ethics body.