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Slovenia Weekly: Consensus

At the extraordinary EU summit, which was attended by Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob, all 27 Member States agreed on an additional EUR 50 billion package for Ukraine. The agreement reflects the EU’s key priorities in the coming years, from the support for Ukraine, totalling an additional EUR 50 billion, to increasing the EU Solidarity Fund, addressing migration challenges and providing support for the Western Balkans. The Prime Minister stressed that "any measures other than a consensus would be less effective, as they would compromise unity on the one hand and would be more complex to implement on the other".

Slovenia's energy self-sufficiency and the long-term use of nuclear energy require the broadest possible national and political consensus. "The transition to a carbon-neutral society is based on the use of renewable energy sources and nuclear energy", said Prime Minister Golob after a meeting with all parliamentary parties. The parties were unanimous about continuing with the preparations for the construction of JEK2, the second unit of the nuclear power plant. "This is the primary and, in my opinion, the most important message. This project is so important, not only in terms of the investment amount, but primarily in terms of Slovenia's future, that it is imperative to find a political consensus," the Prime Minister added. All five parliamentary parties agreed to formulate the referendum question together and to hold the referendum later this year.

A political agreement was reached between the EU Council and the European Parliament regarding the European Commission's proposals for greater transparency in the labelling of the origin of honey blends. The initiator of the revision of the Honey Directive in the part that refers to the labelling of the origin of honey blends was Slovenia. According to Slovenia, the labelling of honey blends as defined by the current directive does not provide clear and unambiguous information about the origin of honey. Slovenia's initiative was supported by the majority of EU Member States.