State Secretary Dobran Božič attends Ministerial Meeting of the South-East European Cooperation Process

Both events marked the conclusion of the one-year chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The upcoming chairmanship was supposed to be formally assumed by Kosovo on 1 July, but due to the late organisation of the event on the part of Bosnia and Herzegovina this was not possible. While the delay constitutes a violation of the SEECP Charter, Kosovo did not raise it as an issue. Continue Reading →

Lynda Blanchard New US Ambassador to Slovenia

Lynda Blanchard was endorsed the new US ambassador to Slovenia by the US Senate. The White House reports that Blanchard is co-founder of the 100X Development Foundation dedicated to providing creative solutions to fight poverty and improve the lives of children around the world. She is also co-founder of B & M, a real estate management company, where she currently works as a senior consultant.

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PM Šarec expects Von der Leyen to respect rule of law

Commenting on the election of Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec said he expected she would behave differently than her predecessor. “I expect her to respect the rule of law and not take sides, to be more active when it comes to the EU’s enlargement to the Western Balkans and to secure equal treatment for all member states,” he said. Slovenian MEPs expect von der Leyen to fulfil the promises she made before the vote. Of the eight Slovenian MEPs only the two members voted against her.

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Minister Cerar meets Foreign Minister Al-Malki to discuss Gaza situation

“Slovenia supports all NATO initiatives to reduce tensions with Israel. Our country, as an active member of the EU, advocates the position that a two-state solution is the only acceptable way out of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict: with Palestine within its 1967 borders and Jerusalem as the capital of both states, said Minister Cerar. Continue Reading →

Pahor and Pendarovski urge EU to start North Macedonia accession talks

President Borut Pahor reiterated Slovenia’s support for North Macedonia to join the EU and NATO as he hosted North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski. Pahor expects the EU to deliver on its promise and green-light the start of accession negotiations in October. Pendarovski picked Slovenia as the destination for his first official visit abroad since taking up his post in May. He said North Macedonia had felt disappointed in June, but highlighted he had been assured the postponement was of a technical nature and thus he remained optimistic about October.

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