Slovenia is ready for serious and probably long-lasting negotiations, PM Janša says

Slovenia is ready for serious and probably long-lasting negotiations, PM Janša says

Today and tomorrow, the Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša is attending the extraordinary session of the European Council in Brussels, which will be fully dedicated to the negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, including the negotiations on the recently proposed recovery instrument, Slovenian government announced.

On July 10, 2020, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, presented a compromise proposal, which is the basis for negotiations. In the negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework and the closely related Recovery Instrument, Slovenia will act based on the already adopted mandate and priorities for the final phase of negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

As Janša said in a statement after arriving at the extraordinary session, which this time takes place with the physical presence of European leaders in Brussels, Slovenia is ready for serious and probably long-lasting negotiations. “It is extremely important that the current situation proves that Europe is capable of reacting in real time,” Janša stressed, adding that “for Slovenia, as for all other EU members, this moment is particularly sensitive, because we are not entirely sure that the threat of a coronavirus epidemic is behind us.”

Therefore, according to the Prime Minister, particularly important decisions contained in the Recovery and Resilience Fund can significantly increase financial ability of Slovenia to deal with effects of pandemic, but also the trust in the preparations for possible continuation of this danger in the fall.

“It is especially important for Slovenia to provide enough funds within the Recovery Fund to supplement and modernize our health care system, because in recent months many additional things have emerged that we need to be prepared for in the future, such as challenges as the coronavirus pandemic” Prime Minister Janez Janša emphasized.

He added that after his talks so far with colleagues from other European countries over the past ten days, “as we prepare for the European summit, I can say that the vast majority have expressed readiness to reach an agreement today.”

“Personally, I will be satisfied if we solve the most important strategic issues today and tomorrow, such as the relationship between subsidies and loans, and macro data. In the future, and certainly this month, we will also solve the details,” he concluded./ibna