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A solid cornerstone in the European mosaic

10.05.2019

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“Slovenia remains a solid and determined cornerstone in the European mosaic. You can continue to count on us in the future,” proclaimed Prime Minister Marjan Šarec at the celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Slovenia joining the EU.

It was 15 years ago, on 1 May 2004 to be precise, that Slovenia became a full member of the EU. On 23 March 2003, in a turnout of 60%, almost 90% of voters supported EU membership, and today Slovenes continue to be strong advocates of the EU and its values.

In many areas, it is ahead of the average for EU Member States, and even among the leading countries. For example, Slovenia has a higher share of female graduates in STEM subjects than any other EU country: 20.5 per 1,000 people in the 20 to 29 age group. The EU average is 13.1. Slovenian students are, on average, one year younger than their EU counterparts, and generally opt to continue their studies immediately after finishing secondary school. As the international Eurostudent survey shows, this sets Slovenia apart from other European countries.

And so it is that after 15 years, Slovenia continues to argue for a strong, forward-looking and development-led EU. Just like on 9 May 1950, today there is a need to focus on developing cooperation and a common future in a secure, stable and successful family of EU nations working for the benefit of all their citizens.

Since joining the EU, Slovenia has undoubtedly established itself not only as a solid economy and a wonderful holiday destination, but also as a reliable and trusted pro-European partner and a “voice of reason” when it comes to the future of the EU, according to the guest of honour at the celebrations, Xavier Bettel the prime minister of Luxembourg, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.


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