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3.10.17

Government working consultation on the EU future and the next multiannual financial framework

Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Slovenia’s strategic priority is a stable, unified and a more closely linked European Union, emphasised Prime Minister Miro Cerar at today’s Government working consultation. The challenges brought about by the economic and financial crisis, migration pressures and above all the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the Union have stimulated discussions about the future of the EU. The latter have intensified further in recent weeks following the annual address of the President of the European Commission and discussions held at the informal meeting of the European Council in Tallinn at the end of last week. 

Judging from talks amongst senior leaders in Tallinn, discussions about the EU’s future will intensify even further at the summit of the Union in the coming months. Prime Minister Cerar therefore focused on comprehensive talks regarding actual thinking about the manner and speed at which the European Union and its policies could be further strengthened during today’s working consultation which, in addition to members of the government, was also attended by invited experts, including Dr Janez Potočnik, Dr Mojmir Mrak, Dr Janja Hojnik, Dr Emil Erjavec and Dr Vasja Rant. On this basis, ministers dedicated the second part of the working consultation to discussions about Slovenia’s basic objectives in the scope of negotiations for the EU’s multiannual financial framework after 2020. 

Prime Minister Cerar stressed that the European Union represents the principle development environment for Slovenia as a small and open economy, and that an effective response to current key challenges is only possible in the spirit of cooperation and unity within the EU. Those challenges exceed the capabilities of individual countries, including large EU Member States. Slovenia therefore remains committed to the further integration of the European Union. Slovenia backs a more closely linked EU in key areas, such as internal and external security, migration and asylum, economic and monetary union, and social union. By strengthening cooperation in the aforementioned areas, Slovenia aims to be an active participant and thus remain in the most closely linked part of the Union. 

Ministers believe that future EU budgets should pursue the achievement of those objectives and the tackling of new global challenges. Negotiations regarding the next multiannual framework are not expected to begin until the middle of next year. The government, however, aims to be well-prepared already this year for discussions due to the complexity of those negotiations. 

Ministers are expected to readdress the aforementioned issues at the end of the month, when specific positions will be adopted.


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