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25 years in the international community


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It has been 25 years since Slovenia was recognised as an independent state by the European Community of the time and by most of today’s Member States. This was a milestone in the integration of this young state into the global landscape of the international community, which reached its peak when Slovenia was accepted into the United Nations on 22 May 1992, becoming the 176th member of this global organisation. This opened the door for recognitions, which began pouring in from all over the world. Chroniclers have found that multiple factors in Slovenia and the international circumstances of the time contributed to the relatively prompt recognition. Therefore, international recognition meant that Slovenia was able to embark on its own independent European journey.

Only international recognition can enable a state to be fully included in international relations. From the perspective of fulfilling foreign policy goals, the recognition granted by the European Community at the time was of incredible significance for Slovenia. It opened the door, even at a symbolic level, to receiving recognition from other states, and recognition was also important to the European Community at the time, as it wished to show its unity in this manner. Furthermore, this recognition also sent an additional message – that Slovenia wishes to become a responsible and active member of the international community, which was ultimately proved as it has been included in all important international organisations, the latest of which was the OECD in 2010.

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