Slovenia celebrates 25 years of UN membership
Ljubljana, 5 December - On 22 May, Slovenia marked 25 years since it became a member of the UN. Joining the world's organisation in less than a year after declaring independence from Yugoslavia was made possible after the new country was recognised by the European Community, the EU's precursor, on 15 January 1992.
This milestone in its integration into the international community was followed by recognition from across the globe, including by Russia and the US. Since then, Slovenia has managed to achieve its major goals set at the time of independence such as EU and NATO membership and has also served as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.
Foreign Minister Erjavec has said that as a small country Slovenia needs to be realistic about its political and economic leverage, but has nevertheless managed to have its voice heard in the EU. Despite the EU facing many challenges, including those stemming from Brexit and migrations, Slovenia continues to see its future in the EU.
This was one of the reasons for President Borut Pahor and several notable public figures signing in January the Ljubljana Initiative. The document calls for a new constitutional process in a bid to provide a fresh impetus to integration and protect "the European idea".