|Borut Pahor (Social, Democrats, since 2012)
Marjan Šarec (LMS party, since August 2018)
|Size||20,273 km2 (7,827 sq mi)|
|MEPs||8 (Joined the EU in 2004)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||July – December 2021|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||None held to date|
|Brexit priorities||Slovenia wants a unified and coherent European approach throughout the Brexit negotiations.
The country will keep a particular eye on the impact of Brexit on the EU’s budget as Slovenia is a net recipient of EU funds and the UK is a large contributor. Making sure the UK pays a financial bill which reflects its commitments will be Slovenia’s biggest priority.
|What Mr Šarec said on Brexit||Former PM Cerar on 11 October 2016
“If the rest of the EU, I mean the 27, want to demonstrate their unity, their commitment and their willingness and readiness to act together for common goals without Britain, then of course we must not allow our positions to be too flexible.”
“Especially the U.K. was one of the countries always playing its own game besides that of the union, and this was very difficult for all of those processes that were meant to bind us together to make us stronger.”
20 September 2018
“In my opinion there shouldn’t be any Brexit, but if there is one we must make an agreement that will satisfy all of us — well, nobody will be satisfied, but (it’s important) we achieve a compromise.”
|Slovenia’s priorities||In June 2018, Slovenia held parliamentary elections, which resulted in a fragmented parliament. The anti-immigration Slovenia Democratic Party (SDS) obtained the most votes though struggled to pull together a government due to its hard stance on immigraiton.The List of Marjan Sarec (LMS), centre-left, was in second place with 12.6% of the votes. Former PM Cerar’s Party of the Modern Centre came in fourth place.
Mr Sarec is now leading a coalition with the Social Democrats, the Modern Centre Party, Desus and the namesake party.
Slovenia’s priorities are to get the budget deficit within EU limits and to get the country’s finances back in order following the euro-zone crisis in which Slovenia narrowly avoided a bail-out. The Government agreed to sell a 75% stake in Slovenia’s largest state-owned bank. It will also address pension reforms and aims to manage an increase in immigration.
In terms of foreign affairs, the Government aims to improve relations with the European Union, and play an active role in, among others, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe.
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