Slovenia presents its programme for its Council Presidency.
KL – 06/2021
Under the motto "Together.Resilient.Europe", Slovenia will assume the Presidency of the EU Council for six
months as of 1 July 2021. As part of the triple-presidency with Germany and
Portugal, Slovenia will be assuming this office for the second time after
having held it in 2008.
A programme for a strong Europe
The official website for the Slovenian Presidency presented the
ambitious programme for their Council Presidency. It focuses on four
- resilience, recovery and the strategic autonomy of the EU,
- the future of Europe,
- strengthening the rule of law and European values as well as
- security and stability in the European
What are the objectives for the healthcare sector?
Building a European Health Union is high on
the agenda of the Slovenian Council Presidency. The EU should be given
effective instruments for protecting the health of its citizens. Expanding the
capacities for ensuring the availability of medicines and medical products is
also high on the agenda. Research, development and production should all be
accelerated for this. In addition, the initiative for establishing a new
European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency (HERA) will be
The programme also includes common solutions
and regulations covering the impact of digitisation on daily life, in the
workplace and on the economy as well as a commitment to the ethical use and
development of AI.
The Slovenian Presidency will have the task
of following up the Conference on the future of Europe, which was launched on 9
May during the second half of the year. The previously initiated pan-European
dialogue on the future structuring of the EU will be actively supervised by the
Slovenian Council Presidency until the end of the year. This dialogue will take
the form of plenary sessions and citizens' forums and will continue under the
French Council Presidency until spring 2022.
Rule of law and equal standards for all
Under the Slovenian Council Presidency, the
rule of law will be strengthened as a common European value and the rule of law
culture will be promoted throughout the EU. Focus will also be on the need to
address the negative impact of demographic trends within the EU.