Propping up economic recovery will be leading topic for Slovenian Presidency

The Conference of the Future of Europe, health, cyber security, and rule of law are among the EU priorities in the second part of 2021

Photo: EP Janez Jansa.

Supporting economic recovery from the crisis and building a greater resilience for fighting future crises of a similar nature in particular are among the priorities of the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the Council.

Slovenia’s PM Janez Jansa stated this at an online press conference he gave from Ljubljana, together with EP President David Sassoli, from Brussels, on Wednesday.

Before talking to the press, was held an online meeting of the European Parliament's conference of presidents with the Slovenian government and PM Jansa on the biggest tasks of the country’s rotating presidency of Council from 1 July to 31 December this year.

We have listened with great pleasure the indications of the incoming Slovenian presidency articulated on important strategic themes, such as strengthening the resilience of the EU, the great themes of health, cyber security, the rule of law, EP President Sassoli underscored.

In the coming weeks, the European Commission will be validating the national recovery plans, Jansa said adding that the agreement for the following generation was adopted, and that was “a large success”. The macroeconomic indicators of the European Union are better than what we thought.

Jansa expressed hope that the coming six months and the next year will be better and the recovery will be achieved as far as crisis management is concerned.

Now the forthcoming presidency work with the German and Portuguese presidencies on cyber resilience. “We have suffered a few cyber attacks, and our aim is that the EU is able to protect itself against this type of attack”.

Other priority is the Conference of the Future of Europe “because it fits into the post pandemic phase and the relaunching of our economy is the creation of greater resiliency, it fits also into the post Brexit period”. There will be a strategic forum in Bled at the beginning of September, in the framework of the conference.

On the other focus area - the rule of law, Jansa commented that “it is not something that is just random”. “We cannot use criteria in a selective manner within that framework and we need to ensure that the same treatment applies to all Member States. I think that progress can still be made,” the Slovenian PM said.

Jansa said as well that enlargement is a strategic answer to a lot of current challenges. On 6 October in Slovenia will take place an informal summit on the Western Balkans with participation of heads of state and government of the six countries from the region. “We intend to move things along”, he said but also made the stipulation that a consensus is needed as to be able to do so.

 

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