In today’s address, Prime Minister Janez Janša not only marked the ceremonial state celebrations with those present but also the handover of the presidency of the Council of the EU.
His speech looked back to those times, 30 years ago. "With the constitutional act, we declared an independent state based on the support of more than 90 percent of the people in the plebiscite. When we proclaimed independence a day later, we were attacked." He emphasised that Slovenians stood tall and stood firm, and that we, to a great extent, stood alone on this day 30 years ago. "We had only our fellow Slovenians abroad. Except for neighbouring Croatia, which found itself in a similar situation, no one recognised our independence." He underlined that we nevertheless endured. "The year before, we managed to hold free elections and Slovenia breathed freely."
Slovenians are celebrating 30 years of independence this year. Over the year, we have reached and even surpassed a number of milestones in the political, economic, cultural, sports and other fields. We can indeed be proud of our determination and courage, of our homeland of wonderful people and of our great achievements. Because it is not enough to say only »I wish«, but we also need »I want, I will and, finally, I did!«