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
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.
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
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.