The resolution on the rule of law in Slovenia, which the European Parliament will vote on this week, is a political document that does not require special attention, Foreign Minister Anže Logar said in Brussels on Monday. He said that the November debate of MEPs on this topic did not show much interest in the document.
If adopted on Thursday, the resolution will express concern over the deep polarization in Slovenia and call on prominent public figures and politicians to ensure a respectful and civilized public debate.
It was tabled by four political groups – the Socialists (S&D), the Liberals (Reconstruction), the Greens and the Left. By contrast, the largest group, the European People’s Party (EPP), which is the European political family of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, did not apply.
Unofficial information shows that the EPP tried to withdraw it from the December plenary session because two main reasons for this were discussed – the non-appointment of European delegated prosecutors and the funding of the STA.
The fact that the vote will continue in the National Assembly, while the Slovenian government has removed criticism during Slovenia’s EU presidency, “shows that this document is of a political nature, as we know that the National Assembly is a political body,” Logar said.
The resolution thus “does not need special additional attention”, he told Slovenian journalists in Brussels after a video link. After all, in the last debate in which I was personally present, we could see that there was no major interest in this resolution, said Logar, who will travel to Strasbourg for a plenary session after today’s meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. .
He said that Slovenia was committed to the rule of law, which it had proved during its EU presidency. “We have proven to even the most skeptical that we know how to seek and reach consensus in the right way. This is the best answer for those who want to continue to export domestic policy issues to the EU’s political scene.
As Prime Minister Janša will not come to Strasbourg at the end to present the achievements of the Slovenian EU presidency, Logar was asked if he would present them in January.
“By handing over the presidency to France, Slovenia will no longer present its achievements, but the French presidency will build on the successes of the Slovenian presidency,” he said.
Logar also pointed out that the Slovenian presidency had managed to coordinate its positions with the European Parliament in 16 trilogues, which he said was the upper limit of the most optimistic scenarios.