In today’s media statement upon arriving at the meeting, Prime Minister Janša said there were many topics on the agenda yesterday. “In my opinion, the most important topic, on which we have also made the most progress, is preparing to continue to recover from the pandemic. One encouraging information we have received is that vaccine supply will increase in the third quarter. . There will be enough vaccines available. A key issue, however, will be how to use all the resources available to the European Union and Member States to ensure that as many people as possible get vaccinated in all Member States and how to make the European COVID Certificate digital. , which is also a major incentive for vaccination, fully operational as quickly as possible, “began his remarks. He went on to say that” there was a general consensus that the highest vaccination coverage rate possible – a rate that exceeds the percentages we discussed previously – is essential to protect against newer variants of the virus i.e. delta and delta plus variants and all the other variants that are sure to fail. emerge and will be more dangerous if certain countries, Europe and the whole world do not achieve high vaccination rates as soon as possible. “
Asked about Slovenia’s position regarding the adoption by Hungary of its new legislation on the LGBTQ + community and the European Council’s discussion on this issue, the Prime Minister replied that the discussion was not about adopting positions, because there was no text or proposal on which they needed to make a decision. “It was a sincere exchange of views which at times was very lively. Slovenia and many other countries do not want to be part of new divisions in Europe. There were enough of them. We joined the EU to become united. , not divided “, added Prime Minister Janša and continued:” If there is a problem with a law in a Member State, the Commission can resort to legal mechanisms and procedures. This is not the first case. like this and ultimately get us a legally binding ruling that we must comply with. Asked whether the EU could harden its stance against Hungary, the PM replied that if prosecution against Hungary were engaged, they would also be carried out. “However, the exchange was very heated at first because positions were formed mainly based on media coverage, but after the facts were clarified it became cl air which could be controversial, and the discussion proceeded in a much calmer manner. I also believe that this will not cause further unnecessary divisions, ”Prime Minister Janša said.
Asked about the approval of the recovery and resilience plan, the prime minister said Slovenia would welcome the entire European Commission during its visit on July 1, when there will most likely be an announcement on the approval of the plan. “All of these formal approvals are linked to the visit of the President of the European Commission or, in our case, the entire Commission. Regarding the decisions to be adopted later in the Council, there are still some outstanding questions, however, not in relation to Slovenia, but in general “, the Prime Minister said. Regarding the approval of the plan, he added that it should be taken into account that “at the beginning, when the leaders reached agreement on this subject, they also reached an informal agreement that priority be given to the countries most affected, in particular the countries whose large share of GDP comes from tourism, and Slovenia was not included last year “.
Asked about the European Delegated Prosecutors, which was also a topic of discussion yesterday in the European Parliament, the Prime Minister said that the prosecutors will be appointed as soon as the proceedings are closed in accordance with national law. “Slovenia is not withdrawing from this process, but we are obliged to conduct a sealed procedure.” The prime minister said it was more important to remove any suspicion of the procedure than to rush it. “The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is not the only one protecting the legality of the use of EU funds – all public prosecutors are obliged to protect it, even in countries which are not part of this mechanism at all”, added the Prime Minister.