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Twenty-five years of Council of Europe membership

Ljubljana, 14 May 2018 – Today marks the 25th anniversary since Slovenia became a full member of the Council of Europe, the oldest pan-European organisation providing a wide spectrum of legal and institutional frameworks for protecting and strengthening democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law as a prerequisite to freedom, peace and prosperity for all Europeans.

 

Slovenia's joining the Council of Europe was an important milestone in the process of its international assertion as a new state. The Council of Europe, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary next year, is striving to implement the basic guarantees of individual freedom, such as judicial independence, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, democratic institutions and inclusive societies. Slovenia has also been contributing to these efforts for 25 years. Given the current global geo-strategic, political and financial challenges, Slovenia is striving to preserve and enhance the existing level of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and democracy.

 

On 14-22 May 2018, to mark this important anniversary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will publish on its web site contributions by the Foreign Minister, the current and former permanent representatives of Slovenia to the Council of Europe, and some other Slovenians with expert knowledge of the Organization’s work. The latter were invited to share their thoughts on the role and current challenges of the Council of Europe, the historic significance of the Organization for the development of democratic institutions and human rights protection system in a wide pan-European area, and its positive effect on the daily life of the people of Slovenia.

 

The Ministry is also planning to organise a number of events in both Ljubljana and Strasbourg. On 22 May 2018, Slovenian Diplomacy Day, the Ministry will host a presentation of Andrej Novak, a journalist and diplomat, who was the first Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe. On this day, the Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre will also be hosting a panel debate “Council of Europe: democracy, human rights and the rule of law at the crossroads”, which will be attended by several eminent Slovenian representatives with extensive experience and knowledge of the Council of Europe and Slovenia's activities within it.

 

On 14 May 2018, a joint reception of Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia will be held in Strasbourg to mark the 25th anniversary of these countries’ membership of the Council of Europe. The event will be attended by their senior representatives, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the former Secretary General, Catherine Lalumière.