Slovenian Parliament and EU Affairs: Strong Formal Powers Awaiting Interest and Capacity to Be Used

  • Sabina Kajnč Lange


Slovenia became an independent state in 1991. It declared its independence from Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991, at the same time as neighbouring Croatia. After gaining recognition from the international community and restoring good neighbourly relations, the main foreign policy goal was joining the Euro-Atlantic community. Membership of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) were viewed as primary tools for achieving this goal, although the decision to pursue NATO membership came later than the ‘natural’ decision to apply for EU membership.1


European Union National Parliament North Atlantic Treaty Organization Lower House Council Meeting 
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  1. 1.
    On the origins and development of Slovenia’s pursuit of EU and NATO membership, see S. Kajnč (2011) ‘Slovenia: Searching for a Foreign Policy Identity via the EU’. In Reuben Wong and Christopher Hill (eds.) National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanisation. Routledge, pp. 189–209.Google Scholar

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