Slovenia takes over EU presidency

Strengthening the rule of law and new asylum system are among the priorities

Photo: EPA Slovenia`s Prime Minister Janez Jansa

Slovenia takes over the rotating six-month EU Council presidency from Portugal today. Ljubljana aims to facilitate EU's recovery from pandemic and promote the idea of an European Health Union. The intentions include proposal to establish a Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority. The new presidency will also have a hard task to restart the stalled process of the EU enlargement.

One of the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency will be the effective implementation of the Next Generation EU instrument and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, with the aim of facilitating the adoption of national recovery plans as soon as possible. Ljubljana earmarked a wish to make the most of the implementation of these two instruments to accelerate the green and digital transition, which will create jobs, strengthen the resilience of our societies and ensure the health of our environment.

In its official presidency programme, Slovenia says it plans to “focus our efforts on strengthening the rule of law as one of common European values”, AP reported. “Our aim is to promote a culture of the rule of law throughout the EU and, through inclusive debate, enable member states to learn from each other’s experiences,” the programme says, as well as to show how it “can be further strengthened in full respect of national constitutional systems and traditions.”

At a presidency event in Ljubljana over past weekend, European Council President Charles Michel said only that the EU “is founded on democratic values, values of freedom, of the state of law because that’s the best guarantee to ensure the dignity of all.” “Diversity, tolerance and respect are strengths, never weaknesses,” he said, without going into detail or mentioning any EU country by name.

During its presidency, Slovenia also plans to make progress on a new asylum system.

The Slovenian Presidency, supporting the work of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, will aim to take all the necessary steps to strengthen transatlantic relations. Close cooperation with the United States and NATO based on common principles, values and interests is the best guarantee for strengthening the position of the EU in the international community and for facilitating the pursuit of common interests by the Member States.

Special attention will be devoted to the Western Balkan countries, their future in Europe and the credible continuation of the EU enlargement process. Slovenia aims to promote the economic recovery of countries in the region.

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