Directorate for EU Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice: COVID-19
As the probability of infection with COVID-19 remains present, Slovenian citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to follow the news on the spread of the virus, especially on the planned route, to check the conditions of entry into the country of destination, and to comply with local rules. Slovenian citizens returning from abroad are advised to follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
The Directorate for EU Affairs coordinates Slovenia’s policy on issues related to the work of EU institutions and authorities, particularly in the process of drawing up legislative and other proposals and decisions of the Council of the EU and the European Council, and strengthens bilateral relations with other EU Member States.
It monitors general and institutional affairs, procedures relating to violations of EU law, and Slovenia’s participation in procedures before the Court of Justice and cooperates on legal issues related to EU law. It manages the central information system for the exchange of documents between Slovenia and the EU.
Its responsibilities include strengthening relations with other EU Member States and members of the European Economic Area, preparing materials for inter-governmental and international meetings and visits, and monitoring issues that pertain to relations with these countries and are relevant to the conduct of the comprehensive foreign policy of Slovenia.
Europe and the Euro-Atlantic area
Slovenia is part of the European Union, which is a valuable economic, developmental, political and legal environment, as well as the environment of the values it shares. A staunch supporter of EU enlargement, it maintains close and regular contacts with other EU Member States and is a reliable NATO member.
As a Central European and Mediterranean country located at the intersection of three macro-regions – the Alps, the Adriatic and the Danube region – and of Western and Southeast Europe, Slovenia offers a wide range of possibilities for economic, political and cultural cooperation.
The Slovenian language in the European Union
The principle of multilingualism is enshrined in the Union’s legal foundations. Its main aspects are set out in the Treaties, EEC Council (1958) Regulation No 1 and the accession acts of any new Member State that opts for its national language to become one of the EU official languages. Multilingualism is a guarantee of democracy, transparency, and legal certainty for all citizens of the Union.
On 29 March 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) began the process of leaving the European Union (EU). The UK and the EU negotiated the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union in October 2019. On 17 October 2019, the European Council endorsed the revised agreement. Following the general election in the UK in December 2019, the UK Parliament endorsed the agreement in January 2020. The European Parliament endorsed it on 29 January 2020.