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    General Affairs Council on the coordination of COVID-19 measures, the Union’s relations with the United Kingdom and the Conference on the Future of Europe

    State Secretary Gašper Dovžan attended the first regular session of the General Affairs Council of the European Union (GAC) as chair.

  • EU agriculture ministers for strengthening the dialogue between urban and rural areas

    EU agriculture ministers discussed the role of rural areas in society and rural challenges. They characterised rural areas as spaces where different activities coexist and complement one another. They advocated a new definition of the role of rural areas, which have to be supported in all their diversity.

  • EU and SE Europe to enhance cooperation in countering illicit firearms trafficking

    Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs has attended a high-level videoconference meeting on countering illicit firearms trafficking in South East (SE) Europe on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which focused on closer regional cooperation in prevention of illicit firearms trafficking.

  • State Secretary dr. Raščan holds talks with EUMC Chairman

    State Secretary dr. Stanislav Raščan had a courtesy call with General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the Military Committee of the European Union (EUMC).

  • In Bled, leaders begin a strategic discussion on the future of Europe

    One of the flagship events of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the 16th Bled Strategic Forum, started with the opening addresses by its host, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Dr Anže Logar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Janez Janša and President of the European Council Charles Michel. “It is imperative we identify strategic responses to the challenges facing both our citizens' everyday lives, and those Europe as a continent might yet see. We must identify those policies where the EU is a global example and incorporate the lessons learned from the crises of the past decade,” urged Minister Dr Logar in his opening speech in the Bled Festival Hall.

  • Minister Logar and Spanish Foreign Minister Albares for a stronger and more resilient EU

    At the invitation of the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares Bueno, Foreign Minister Anže Logar is visiting Spain today. He met with the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the Spanish Congress of Deputies. Slovenia and Spain have been deepening bilateral relations, coordinating and maintaining a regular dialogue, aiming at a stronger, more resilient European Union, acting in a coordinated manner and speaking with one voice.

  • Director-General for EU Affairs Sušnik holds talks with Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for the Development of European Affairs

    Barbara Sušnik, Director-General for EU Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conducted regular consultations with József Magyar, Deputy State Secretary for the Development of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, via a video conference.

  • Home affairs ministers express solidarity with the EU member states at the border with Belarus

    Today, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised an extraordinary videoconference meeting of interior ministers within the framework of the Council's crisis response mechanism (IPCR), which was chaired by Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs. The ministers expressed solidarity with the affected states - Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - and supported additional assistance to the member states at this section of the external EU border.

  • Extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on Afghanistan

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar today attended an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on the latest developments in Afghanistan via video conference. The focus was placed on the EU’s coordination in evacuating European citizens and local Afghan staff who supported member states and the EU during their activities in Afghanistan.

  • Agriculture ministers support Action plan for development of organic agriculture and take note of initiative to set up cage-free farming

    At the meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, headed by Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek, ministers discussed items on the agriculture agenda. They unanimously adopted the Council conclusions on the action plan for the development of organic agriculture, which stress the awareness of member states of the importance of organic farming in ensuring the sustainability of future European agriculture and food production. As regards the "End the Cage Age" European Citizens’ Initiative, the Council supported activities aimed at promoting animal welfare.

  • Ministers of the Interior demonstrated political will in favour of gradual progress in the formulation of the common EU Migration Policy

    The Ministers of the Interior met for an informal meeting hosted by Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs at the Brdo Congress Centre and demonstrated political will in favour of gradual progress in the formulation of the common EU Migration Policy.

  • State Secretary Gašper Dovžan receives Minister of Justice of Hungary Judit Varga

    Today, State Secretary Gašper Dovžan received Hungary’s Minister of Justice Judit Varga, who is also in charge of coordination of EU affairs. Minister Varga is in Slovenia to attend the informal meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, which is taking place on 15 and 16 July 2021 in Brdo pri Kranju.

  • Minister Logar at the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar presented the priorities of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency at the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament.

  • Minister Logar launches Europe Readr in Brussels with President of the European Parliament Sassoli

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar inaugurated the flagship cultural and promotional project of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency together with David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament, and Gitte Zschoch, the Director of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), in the Citizens’ Garden in Brussels. “The Slovenian Presidency is placing culture and creativity high on the European agenda,” declared Minister Logar in his introductory address.

  • State Secretary Gašper Dovžan at the Enlargement Day of the European Committee of Regions

    On 13 July, State Secretary Gašper Dovžan attended via video conferencing the 6th Enlargement Day organised by the European Committee of Regions in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. He presented the Presidency’s key topics and plans to the high-level audience which included Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General of the DG for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Nikola Dobroslavić, Rapporteur of the Committee of Regions for the Enlargement Package 2020.

  • State Secretary Raščan presents Slovenian Presidency priorities at DEVE meeting

    State Secretary Stanislav Raščan attended a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE) via video conference and briefed the attendants on key priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Water and gender equality are the main priorities of the Presidency, which are common to both policy areas. He announced Slovenia’s financial contribution of 500,000 euros to the Advanced Market Commitment (COVAX) mechanism, which aims to ensure the distribution of vaccines and address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries. He also announced a donation of 48,000 doses of the vaccine to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a donation of 250,000 doses of vaccine to Egypt.

  • Slovenia supporter of EU Innovation Hub since its creation

    As the current holder of presidency of the EU Council of Home Affairs Ministers, Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs took part in the online Seminar on the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security organised by the European Commission and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. Participants of the seminar examined and discussed how to take better advantage of the existing research and using it to drive innovation and improve EU’s internal security. They also exchanged views on the Innovation Hub, which will facilitate synergies and cooperation in the framework of EU’s internal security and discussed the potential for increasing EU’s testing capacities and their guidance.

  • EU foreign ministers discuss geopolitics of new technologies, Strategic Compass and Ethiopia at a Council meeting

    Foreign Minister Anže Logar today attended the regular meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, which focused on the geopolitics of new technologies, the Strategic Compass and Ethiopia.

  • Minister Logar at the Dubrovnik Forum on enhancing the EU’s role in a post-pandemic world

    At the invitation of the Croatian Foreign Minister, Gordan Grlić-Radman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar attended the traditional Dubrovnik Forum held on 9–10 July 2021. Attended by numerous eminent guests, this year’s Forum focused on the future of geopolitics in a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular emphasis on the geopolitical situation of the Western Balkans.

  • Hojs: Legal pathways and resettlement are important elements of comprehensive migration management in the EU

    The Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs attended the High-Level Resettlement Forum today. The event was organised by the European Commission to discuss ways of resuming global resettlement efforts disrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic.