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International conference

On the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Succession Issues, the Slovenian National Assembly, Foreign Ministry, and High Representative for Succession Issues organized an international conference 

The message of the international conference was that the Agreement on Succession Issues is very much alive today, that it has a far more important role than it had 15 years ago, when it was signed, and that it represents a cornerstone of progress in resolving the outstanding issues between states in the region. The conference participants suggested to the successor countries to implement the provisions of the Agreement with utmost dedication. 


The conference also appealed to the international community to recognize (again) the importance of the Agreement and ranks its implementation as a priority in the policy relating to West Balkan.


Furthermore, the conference presented important assets already obtained by Slovenia on the basis of the Agreement. 

Upon the invitation of High Representative for Succession Issues Dr Polak Petrič, the conference was also attended by high representatives for succession issues of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Mirsad Žuga, of Croatia, Ms Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, of Macedonia, Ms Elena Kuzmanovska, and of Serbia, Prof Dr Rodoljub Etinski. Ana Polak Petrič hosted the High Representatives at a work lunch and conducted separate bilateral talks. 


The High Representatives agreed that the succession process often has a negative connotation in the media, which is sometimes justified, but often it is not. Therefore, in the future, they will strive in their line of work to improve the image of the succession. The best way to reach this is progress and an effective implementation of Agreement’s provisions.

Did you know?

Triglav patrol boat

In a five-month international operation organised by the EU (EUNAVFOR MED) to target the trafficking of people in the Mediterranean, the Triglav covered 12,000 nautical miles. From October 2015 to March 2016, during 58 days of active operation, the Slovenian Armed Forces crew performed nine rescue operations, saving 1,072 people, 500 of whom were taken aboard the Triglav. 


Did you know, that Slovenia acquired the Triglav patrol boat as part of the settlement of the “Russian” clearing debt?

Houston, we have a problem!

The documentary film Houston, we have a problem! premiered in April 2016 for the global audience at the prestigious Tribeca festival in New York. 


Did you know, that Slovenian film director Žiga Virc and his crew filmed some scenes in the former SFRY Embassys: in Washington, D.C., which today hosts the Slovenian Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence and in Rabat, Morocco, which Slovenia took over from Serbia in 2016?

Lojze Spacal (1907–2000): The Old Lighthouse (Consulate General of the former SFRY in Trieste)

Works of art

Yugoslavia’s diplomatic missions boasted well over 2000 works of art by artists from all six republics and both autonomous provinces. Negotiations on the distribution of these works started in 2002, and the first handovers took place in 2003. 


Did you know Slovenia has to date taken possession of more than 220 works of art by eminent Slovenian artists, which had once decorated the walls of diplomatic missions and consular posts of the former SFRY and represent part of Slovenia’s cultural heritage?

Badinter Arbitration Commission

Decisive role in reaching an agreement was played by the Peace Conference on Yugoslavia convened in 1991 and the related so-called Badinter Arbitration Commission. President of the French Constitutional Court Rober Badinter was appointed to President of the five-member Commission consisting of presidents of Constitutional Courts of Germany (Roman Herzog), Italy (Aldo Corasaniti), Spain (Francisco Tomás y Valiente) and Belgium (Irene Petry).


Did you know, that Badinter Arbitration Commission specifically referred to succession in its opinions 1, 9 and 11 to 15 ? In its Opinion No. 9 the Commission ruled that problems of state succession should be resolved by mutual agreement between successor states, with an equitable division of the international assets and obligations of the former SFRY. It also decided that the membership of the SFRY in international organizations could not be continued by any successor state, but that each state would have to apply for membership anew.


The acquisition of certain archival documents is essential for the unhindered administration of states, and also for protecting vital national interests. The currently improved cooperation between successor states in the field of archives led to the signing in 2014 of a letter of intent on a project to digitalise the common archival heritage with the participation of all successor states. The digitalisation project will be of the utmost significance for future generations for providing them with comprehensive information and enabling their access to the common Yugoslav archival heritage.


Did you know, the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia have taken the lead in the preparation and implementation of a pilot digitalisation phase?


Exhibition entitled Legacy Stories presents the substance and significance of the Agreement.

SFRY succession

Five countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – today Serbia) signed the Agreement on succession issues by which it was conclusively confirmed that five sovereign equal successor states were formed upon the dissolution of the former SFRY.