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Yearbook 1997

Slovenia. According to Countryaah, Slovenia held the position of the most successful of the former Yugoslav republics in terms of economy, democracy and human rights. During the year, Slovenia approached both cooperation with NATO and EU membership. The country was among the six former eastern states that the European Commission had declared is closest to membership. However, the Commission pointed to the need for more investment in the environment, employment and social issues, as well as the need to continue administrative reform work.

Slovenia expressed a desire for close cooperation with Sweden in the Security Council. The Slovenian-Swedish trade exchange has increased steadily since Slovenia broke out of Yugoslavia in 1991 and amounted to $ 180 million during the year.

President Kučan was already re-elected in the first round with 56% of the vote. He was formerly a Communist but this time stood as an independent candidate.

1997 Slovenia

In January 1997 Parliament officially re-elected Janez Drnovsek as Prime Minister by 46 votes to 44. Former Communist Milan Kucan was re-elected President in November of that year with 55.6% of the vote, while his counterpart, Janez Pidobnik, got 18.4%.

In early 1998, Slovenia's economy was considered by most European countries to be one of the most suitable for integration into the EU, in contrast to far poorer countries such as the EU. Romania. Nevertheless, a report from the European Commission in November 98 stated that the country had slowed down in efforts to gain membership of the EU. This created considerable astonishment in the Slovenian public.

The newly elected Croatian President Stipe Mesic's visit to Ljubljana in March 2000 strengthened relations between the two former Yugoslav republics, and created cooperation on common issues such as accession to the EU and the marking of the common border.

 

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