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Safeguarding fundamental values

11.12.2015

Editorial

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December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of the international regulation of human rights and freedoms. Human rights remain among Slovenia’s foreign policy priorities, which is reflected in the fact that Slovenia begins its three-year membership of the UN Human Rights Council in 2016. In this time, Slovenia will devote special attention to the rights of the child, gender equality and women rights, the protection of vulnerable groups of population, human rights education and the connection between the environment and human rights.

Slovenia is striving to remain a credible member of the EU and international organisations. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Cerar exchanged views of the situation in the EU and Slovenia’s position with the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, President of the National Assembly, Milan Brglez, and the President of the National Council, Mitja Bervar, saying that he would not agree to excluding certain countries from EU talks or from its individual organisations. “Because we are full members of these organisations, we have the right and duty to participate in negotiations, communication and decision making in these organisations,” he said. Slovenia supports the development of the EU and its global competitiveness, while preserving fundamental values, including human rights, dignity and peace. Anything contrary to these value is unacceptable, said the PM.

The government continues to work for far-reaching and substantial changes which will contribute to Slovenia’s development and the prosperity of its citizens. According to the PM, Slovenia does not need a revolution. He noted several measures that have been taken and announced the promotion of economic development and social sensitivity. He also highlighted changes in the Slovenian health-care system as one of fundamental challenges for next year.

The significance of prevention in ensuring basic human rights

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana organised a panel to mark the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (9 December) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). The participants discussed the responsibility of countries to promote and respect human rights and respond to their violations, and the need for responsible societies. Without people to fight for them, there are no human rights, said the President of the National Assembly, Milan Brglez. more...

Slovenia is climbing competitiveness rankings

“We have to work together as a team, while promoting open dialogue and mutual trust,” said Prime Minister Miro Cerar at the end of the Foreign Direct Investments Conference – FDI Summit Slovenia 2015. He noted that the government would take many new measures aimed at improving growth and competitiveness. The measures taken so far have already translated into a better position in competitiveness rankings. He said he was aware that a lot of work is needed to further improve the results and urged cooperation between the business sector and politicians. more...

EU funds for enhancing counselling to youth, unemployed and other jobseekers

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, acting as the Managing Authority for European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund, issued a grant-award decision for two programmes: programme “Enhancing counselling to youth by Employment Service of Slovenia” and programme “Services for the unemployed, other jobseekers and employers”. The programmes worth EUR 19.4 million will receive European Social Fund support under the 2014-2020 programming period in the amount of nearly EUR 12.5 million. more...

EUR 46 million earmarked for 2014-2020 Slovenia-Croatia Cooperation Programme

On 30 September 2015, the European Commission approved the new cooperation programme for the period 2014-2020. Thus, Slovenia and Croatia were earmarked EUR 46 million in cross-border cooperation funds for the 2014-2020 period, for co-funding the projects in the sustainable use and preservation of cultural and natural heritage of the joint border area. more...

Government approves new asylum legislation

Slovenian government approved the text of the draft Act on International Protection to speed up asylum applications procedures and the processing as well as to prevent abuse. The proposed draft act is in line with the two directives on standards in the procedure for granting international protection and receiving asylum seekers. The act also defines the implementation of the so-called Dublin Regulation and EURODAC regulation more clearly. more...

Planica Nordic Centre a magnet for athletes and tourists

Friday, 11 December, saw the inauguration of the state-of-the art Planica Nordic Centre, which has been under construction since 2009. In the last six years, Planica, which is the product of Slovenian know-how, was one of the biggest and most demanding construction sites in Slovenia. more...

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