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Quo vadis, Europe?


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Yesterday, Slovenia approved the first of long-expected measures to control migration. Limiting the intake of migrants while tightening border controls at border crossings and along the entire green border is, above all, Slovenia’s response to Austria limiting the entry of migrants. Slovenian government representatives continue to stress that Slovenia is the smallest country on the so-called Balkan migration route, so it must not become a pocket for migrants when the borders in the north of Europe close.

Therefore, Slovenia is continuing to urge a joint European solution and has provided numerous initiatives in this direction. At the beginning of last week, Prime Minister Miro Cerar sent a letter to the leaders of the EU member states with an initiative to resolve the problem at the beginning of the so-called Balkan route, the border between Macedonia and Greece, instead of closing their borders.

The resolution of the migration crisis in Europe, in the European Union, is not taking a positive direction. The lack of coordinated action at the European level is more than evident. Positive signs have come only from bilateral relations, such as the cooperation between Austria and Slovenia, which, despite taking unwanted measures, have established good ways of communication, which have preserved mutual trust.

PM Cerar: It is time for a joint European solution to manage immigration

On Monday, Prime Minister Miro Cerar has sent a letter to the leaders of the European Union presenting the initiative to introduce greater control of the influx of migrants or illegal immigration on the border between Macedonia and Greece or to restrict illegal immigration, while EU member states would provide all the required assistance for border control to Macedonia. PM Cerar stressed that he wants a European solution, which he hopes will receive a positive response from EU member states and institutions. more...

Croatian court failed to consider the Memorandum of Understanding on transferred foreign currency deposits

Ljubljana – With regard to today's judgement of the court of first instance in Zagreb on so-called transferred foreign currency deposits, Slovenia warns that the court failed to consider the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Croatia and Slovenia on 11 March 2013. more...

Joint session of Slovenian and Hungarian government at Brdo pri Kranju

Ljubljana – A joint session of the Slovenian and Hungarian governments is being held today at Brdo pri Kranju. The session is led by the respective prime ministers Miro Cerar and Viktor Orban, and is focusing on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly cooperation on the economy, infrastructure and energy. more...

Minister Počivalšek: “Poland can be a model for absorbing EU funds and attracting foreign investors”

On Wednesday, 19 January 2016, the Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, addressed participants of a business conference in Wroclaw in Poland on the sidelines of the European handball championship. Afterwards, he met the Polish Deputy Minister of Development, Radoslaw Domagalski Labedzki. more...

Government to recapitalise, then privatise Adria Airways

Despite multiple and abundant recent aid granted by the state, the financial situation of the Slovenian airliner Adria Airways has further weakened. In order to ensure the continued existence and successful operation of the company, the government has confirmed a recapitalisation plan. A government recapitalisation plan can proceed if a private investor is also involved and the company is later privatised. This was also approved by the National Assembly, which placed Adria Airways on a list of 15 companies to be privatised. more...

For the reduction of food waste

On Monday, 18 January 2016, Ljubljana hosted the Zero Food Waste Slovenia conference. In his opening address, Prime Minister Miro Cerar underlined that reducing food waste will also help resolve wider social issues: “By treating food with more respect and donating any surplus food to those in need, we can reduce hunger and increase resource efficiency.” more...

Slovenia concludes an agreement with UNICEF on providing assistance to migrant and refugee children

Ljubljana – UNICEF begins to assist Slovenia in providing aid to migrant and refugee children. An agreement signed a few days ago provides the basis for UNICEF experts to provide technical assistance to Slovenia in the next 14 months. more...

Slovenia to submit 'The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the I. WW' for inclusion on UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage List

The government of the Republic of Slovenia approved the application to enter The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the First World War on UNESCO's Tentative List. more...

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