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A Council presidency is an opportunity to promote the overall image of a country and its knowledge, economy and tourism. Effective project implementation will undoubtedly increase the reputation of our country in the EU and beyond.

In preparation for the presidency, the Government Communication Office aimed to raise awareness among the population about the importance of the presidency and about the aspect of Slovenia as an EU member state in general. We devoted special attention to young people, however, the initially planned activities had to be adapted due to the changed circumstances caused by the novel coronavirus. That is why we introduced two competitions.

Europe at School competition

The Europe at School competition remains one of the most successful activities, where primary and secondary school students participate by submitting literary, art, photo, video and online contributions. During the school year preceding the presidency, the theme is linked to the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency and to Sustainable Development Goal number 12; primary and secondary school students will discuss what food waste is and how it is created, how it affects the environment and how to eliminate the issue. The competition is organized by the Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth.

Collaboration with universities and higher education institutions

In school year 2020/2021, we are carrying out a competition wherein the best final paper of first and second cycle university studies will be selected in collaboration with universities and higher education institutions. The competition aims to encourage writing and creating final papers on the topic of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Social and natural sciences students will be able to submit their final papers on various topics, including organisational and promotional aspects of the presidency, European politics or the programme priorities of the Slovenian Presidency, while art students will be able to participate with artwork. The best ones will have the opportunity to present their work to the selected public in Brussels, the capital of the EU. The competition ends on 15 July 2021.