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MPs to Vote on New Foreign Policy Declaration

Ljubljana, 10 July - The National Assembly will vote on Friday on a new foreign policy declaration. The document is a thoroughly overhauled blueprint of the 1999 declaration, laying out the country's priorities.

Ljubljana
Parliament building.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

The foreign policy goals include peace, security and political stability in the neighbourhood and more broadly; prosperity for the country and its people; and "good neighbourly relations and deepened relations with EU partners and other key political and economic partners."

It defines Slovenia as a Central European and Mediterranean country "at the centre of the Alpine-Adriatic-Danube space" and the nexus of "Western Europe and Western Balkans", as well as a maritime country.

The document firmly places Slovenia at the core of the "deepened and enlarged" EU with a "strong common foreign and security policy".

The document also suggests economic diplomacy will be a major part of the foreign policy, in an attempt to help Slovenian companies conquer new markets.

In Western Balkans Slovenia plans to "upgrade its presence" and actively push for NATO and EU enlargement.

The declaration was adopted by the government in late May after months of public debate and consultation, during which time the draft has undergone significant change.

For example, the Port of Koper was not mentioned in the original draft but now gets a prominent role as one of the economic diplomacy priorities.

The final draft also omits what had been billed as one of the key provisions of the original: the mention of efforts to increase Slovenia's presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The National Assembly will take two hours to discuss the declaration, while the vote will be taken late in the evening.

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