Department for Common Foreign and Security Policy
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The Department for Common Foreign and Security Policy performs tasks related to the EU's common foreign and security policy (CFSP), including the European security and defence policy.
As an indirect advisor to the political director, it participates in developing foreign policy in CFSP matters by way of analyses and proposals for key and priority foreign policy positions and political and security positions, assessments and proposals, on which the political director reports to the Minister and the management of the Ministry. It monitors the implementation and further development of European foreign policy, including the activities of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other EU institutions, EU Member States and global players. It is responsible for communicating COREU documents via the CORTESY protected information system. The Head of the Department for Common Foreign and Security Policy, who has contacts with partners from other EU Member States, performs the duties of the European correspondent.
The Department is responsible for the substantive and technical coordination of CFSP matters and the preparation and coordination of positions for European Council meetings in the area of CFSP matters, the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), informal meetings of ministers, meetings of political directors, meetings of the Political and Security Committee (PSC), Coreper II (regarding CFSP themes), and the RELEX working party, and for coordinating and directing the actions of representatives of Slovenia in the working groups of the Council of the EU in the area of the CFSP.
It provides support to the political director in direct communication with partners in EU Member States, the EEAS, and third countries regarding topics relating to the CFSP. It regularly informs representatives of EU Member States in Slovenia of Slovenia's positions ahead of meetings of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council and other important events relating to the CFSP. As and when required, it is responsible for coordination with Slovenia's representations abroad and other competent ministries of the Republic of Slovenia.
In the area of the European Security and Defence Policy, in cooperation with other competent ministries, it monitors the planning and heading of operations, the strengthening of institutions, civil and military capabilities, and crisis management by participating in EU crisis management exercises and in the preparation of national strategic doctrinal documents.