Summer is usually the »time for pickles« [idiom – doing nothing]. But this year, at least in Slovenia, this is not the case.
On thursday our country officially took over the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU. For this reason, as tradition dictates, it was visited by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the College of the European Commission.
Together with Prime Minister Janez Janša and ministers, they discussed the program and priority challenges of our presidency.
These include: the European Union after the coronavirus epidemic, economic recovery, migration, the green and digital transition, the conference on the future of Europe and EU enlargement.
We have inherited some tasks from Portugal, from which we are taking over the presidency. Thus, the guidelines for negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania for accession to the European Union will have to be confirmed. They have already been confirmed with Serbia and Montenegro.
Most of the events will take place in Brdo near Kranj until the end of the year, and the opening event took place on Bled Island.
The SNG Maribor Theater performed the ballet The Flood Man there for the first time. It is based on the poetic legacy of France Prešeren and addresses the search for solutions for the future in a connected, united Europe.
Without Prešeren there would be no protocol gifts that our leaders will give to those of the Member States and EU institutions. Among them will be facsimiles of his Zdravljica as well as cufflinks with the image of a black panther and a smart water bottle.
The presidency will cost about 80 million euros, and more than two thousand people will take part in its implementation.
There are expected to be 200 events on the schedule.
If epidemiological measures are lifted, between 10,000 and 15,000 people could visit us.
A facsimile is an accurate, usually photographic copy of a manuscript, printed.
Points to Consider
- What can Slovenia be proud of?
- Which priority do you find most important?
- Where else could the EU expand?
The original version of this article was published on July 1st.