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Legacy stories (Slovenia and the Succession after Yugoslavia)


The international conference Agreement on Succession Issues – 15 years later was accompanied by an exhibition entitled Legacy Stories (Slovenia and the Succession after Yugoslavia), prepared by the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia in cooperation with Radio-Television Slovenia and the Slovenian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Archives.


After the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) in 1991, the issue of its succession by five sovereign and equal successor states had to be settled. On 29 June 2001, after negotiations facilitated by the international community that took almost a decade, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (today's Serbia), Macedonia, and Slovenia signed an Agreement on Succession Issues at Vienna's Hofburg Palace.


The Agreement is the culmination of one of the most important political developments in the region towards the end of the 20th century: the creation of new, independent, states from the ashes of Yugoslavia, Slovenia among them, and their integration into the international community. Being the first treaty involving all states that were part of the former Yugoslavia and regulating outstanding legal and substantive succession issues, it is frequently referred to as the “Peace Treaty on Yugoslavia”. 


This exhibition aims to present the substance and significance of the Agreement, which, at the time of its conclusion, was seen as a sign of hope for stability in the region and as the cornerstone of neighbourly political, economic and cultural relations among the newly-formed states. The exhibition showcases key events related to the agreement, along with Slovenia’s tangible achievements in the succession process starting from independence. 


On the opening in the shrine of Slovenian democracy,  an article was published in the magazine Sinfo (2.2 MB).

After its opening in the National Assembly the exhibition has been travelling around the succession states. In October 2016, on the formal opening of the new premises of the Slovenian Embassy in Sarajevo, it was opened by Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, then in cooperation with the Museum of Sarajevo it was displayed in the 16th century Brusa Bezistan gallery building until the middle of November 2016. From December 2016 to January 2017, in cooperation with the National Archive of the Republic of Macedonia, it was on display at the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Statehood and Independence in Skopje, and then at the premises of the National Archive of the Republic of Macedonia


In the first half of October, the exhibition was shown at the premises of the Sava Slovenian Society in Belgrade; at the end of 2017, it was held in the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb, and completed its tour at Charles University in Prague at the end of January 2018.



by Bojan Cvelfar, director of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia