Skip to main content

Slovenia and the world

Slovenia is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and other associations in the global community. Slovenia is an indivisible part of the global family and a recognised and active member thereof. The European Union is Slovenia's most important economic, development, political and legal environment, while Slovenia also fosters closer ties in its neighbourhood, the Mediterranean, within the framework of the Euro-Atlantic alliance, in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Vision for the EU

Slovenia's vision for the EU is not focused only on competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development, but also aims at improving citizens' quality of life by envisioning a family of nations. The values promoted by the EU – human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law, including the rights of minorities, the preservation of cultural diversity and language equality – are shared by all its Member States and citizens. By promoting cooperation within the EU, Slovenia aspires to remain a part of its most coherent core and to do its utmost to help shape the present and future of the EU.

Support for EU enlargement

Slovenia will continue to support the enlargement of the EU as its strongest geopolitical instrument and one of its most effective levers for promoting political and economic stability and security. Slovenia provides strong and continuous support to the Western Balkan countries in their EU integration processes – within the EU Council and in bilateral relations with other EU Member States, and participates in regional initiatives such as the Brdo–Brioni process.

Transatlantic cooperation

Relations between Europe – and Slovenia as a part thereof – and the United States are based on common fundamental values and societal roots, security and economic interests. Transatlantic relations are therefore of key strategic importance for Slovenia. The strong bond between Slovenia and the United States also stems from their membership in NATO, the Slovenian community in the United States, and successful cooperation in defence and nuclear energy matters. These bonds and the importance of the US on the global stage call for fresh and close political dialogue between the two countries and positive exploitation of their respective economic capacities.

The Mediterranean

In the Mediterranean region, Slovenia is above all active within the Union for the Mediterranean and the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative. In addition to its relations with the Adriatic nations and Turkey, Slovenia promotes bilateral cooperation with other countries in the Euro- and South Mediterranean regions.

Seeking opportunities

Slovenia maintains and intensifies good economic and political relations with countries around the world. It is a reliable NATO ally and strives to deepen its transatlantic cooperation with the US and Canada while maintaining good relations with the countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Russian Federation. In the Gulf region, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, Slovenia strives to strengthen its political and economic presence, foster development cooperation, and seek out new markets.