Category Archives: Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

The aim of the Accession Partnership is to assist the authorities in the candidate country (in this case, Slovenia) in their efforts to comply with the accession criteria. It covers in detail the priorities for accession preparations, in particular implementing the acquis, and forms the basis for programming pre-accession assistance from Community funds such as the Phare programme. Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003 and the official integration of the country into the European Union on 1 May 2004, the accession partnership has come to an end.

Slovenia – Economic reform

Slovenia – Economic reform

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Economic reform

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Economic reform

Short-term priorities:

  • establishment of medium-term economic policy priorities and joint assessment within the framework of the Interim Cooperation Agreement;
  • action on market-driven restructuring in the enterprise, finance and banking sectors;
  • preparation of pension reform.

Assessment (October 1999)

These priorities have been achieved only in part.

With regard to the establishment of medium-term economic priorities, the Slovenian Government adopted the joint assessment on 1 October 1998 and implementation started in 1999. Some progress has been made in preparing for privatisation of the banking sector, but the actual process has not yet started. No progress has been made in consolidating and privatising the insurance sector. Supervisory capacity, notably with regard to insurance markets, still needs to be strengthened. The new Banking Law has been adopted, but legislation on pension reform is still awaited.

Assessment (November 2000)

There has been some progress in restructuring firms in a number of sectors. The government has drawn up a plan to promote foreign investment and a programme to reduce bureaucracy. Measures have also been taken to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The only progress as regards privatisation has been in the banking and insurance sector. The reform of the pensions system has started.

Assessment (November 2001)

Progress has been made in restructuring firms, in particular in the textile and footwear sector. A plan has been adopted for restructuring the steel sector. Some measures have been approved to stimulate foreign investment and promote small and medium-sized enterprises. A programme has been adopted to reduce bureaucracy. The process of privatisation and the restructuring of public finance have continued. Pensions reform has begun.

Assessment (October 2002)

The privatisation of the large public banks has continued. Foreign investment has increased, but further efforts are required to increase investment by improving the business environment.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities

  • complete restructuring, commercialisation and liberalisation of State-owned companies;
  • continued capital market reform;
  • establishment of a fiscal surveillance procedure.

Assessment (November 2000)

Despite the progress made in the restructuring and commercialisation of companies, the process has still to be completed. Progress has been made with the liberalisation of capital flows in the field of portfolio investment. Measures have been introduced to improve the fiscal surveillance procedure. The Court of Audit operates independently of the government, but further improvements remain to be made as regards its findings and recommendations.

Assessment (November 2001)

The restructuring and commercialisation of public services has made good progress. However, the reform of the financial markets still has to be completed. Some measures have been adopted to improve budgetary surveillance.

Assessment (October 2002)

The accession partnership priorities concerning the economic criteria have been respected in part. The restructuring, commercialisation and liberalisation of the public services has progressed, particularly in the textile and steel sectors. Slovenia has continued to abolish the remaining restrictions in order to complete liberalisation of capital flows.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Council Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Council Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97)2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98)709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999)512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000)712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Slovenia – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities

Short-term priorities:

  • adoption of a Civil Service Law;
  • improvements in the judiciary, land registration, and phytosanitary and veterinary administrations, particularly as regards facilities at external borders;
  • improvements in financial control and audit functions;
  • reinforcement of institutions in the environmental field;
  • establishment of the institutions needed for regional and structural policy.

Assessment (October 1999)

These priorities have been realised only in part.

The introduction of a Civil Service Law has again been postponed. There have been some improvements in the judiciary (new judges have been nominated, vacancies have been filled and training courses have been organised). The new Criminal Code and the new Penal Proceedings Law have been adopted by the European Parliament. The Law on Civil Procedure has also been adopted. However, there has still been no tangible improvement in land registration.

As regards the phytosanitary and veterinary administrations, the Slovenian Government has decided to co-finance inspection facilities for the three border posts with Croatia (Obrezje, Gruskoje and Jelšane). Veterinary and phytosanitary staff numbers have been increased and training has been provided.

Improvements have been made in the financial control and audit sectors, but the Court of Auditors is still understaffed.

Efforts have been made to increase staff numbers in the environmental field. Thirteen new inspectors have been recruited by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.

New institutions needed to implement regional and structural policy have been established by the new Law on Balanced Regional Development, which was adopted in July 1999.

Assessment (November 2000)

Little progress has been made with public administration reform. The Civil Service Law has not been adopted. No legislative framework has been drawn up for internal and external financial control. Work has started on setting up a unified cadastral system.

Assessment (November 2001)

Civil service reform is progressing, but the Act has still not been adopted. The rural development plan has been adopted, as has a national preliminary plan. Some measures have been taken to set up the management framework for the Ispa and Sapard programmes. The Sapard agency has been accredited. The legislative framework for internal and external financial control has been set up. A unified land registration system is being developed.

Assessment (October 2002)

These priorities have not been assessed. The section on the Partnership for accession in the 2002 report focuses on issues which require more work in order to prepare Slovenia for accession.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • public procurement;
  • supervision of the insurance and securities market;
  • reinforcement of the Slovenian Competition Office;
  • completion of the law on competition;
  • development and implementation of agricultural and regional policies;
  • customs administration and enforcement of the customs code;
  • improved operation of the judicial system;
  • reinforcement of justice and home affairs institutions (ensuring sufficient numbers of properly trained personnel);
  • reinforcement of the food control administration.

Assessment (October 1999)

Slovenia has adopted the Law on Monitoring the Award of Public Contracts, despite the National Council’s veto. The Securities Market Law has also been passed. The customs and tax administrations are being reorganised following the adoption of VAT and excise duty legislation. A training centre to enhance expertise in Community law has been set up for the judiciary.

Assessment (November 2000)

Measures have been introduced to improve the operation of the judicial system. Training in Community law is being provided in the judicial training centre. Strengthening of public financial control functions has started. The statistical capacities are being gradually strengthened.

Assessment (November 2001)

The judicial system continues to be improved. The Civil Service Act still has yet to be adopted. Competence for controlling public finances and in the statistical field has been strengthened.

Assessment (October 2002)

These priorities have not been assessed.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Council Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121, 23.04.1998

Council Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335, 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97)2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98)709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999)512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000)712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC (2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC (2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – internal market

Slovenia – internal market

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – internal market

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – internal market

Short-term priorities:

  • alignment in the areas of indirect taxation and intellectual and industrial property;
  • adoption of VAT law;
  • standardisation and certification (conformity assessment);
  • standardisation of technical regulations and company law;
  • preparations for liberalisation of capital movements (in particular currency legislation);
  • establishment of a State aid monitoring authority;
  • a first inventory of State aid and creation of a legal framework for monitoring such aid;
  • progress towards adoption of an anti-trust law.

Assessment (October 1999)

These priorities have been realised only in part.
The laws on excise duty and VAT were adopted by Parliament and entered into force in July 1999.
In the field of intellectual property, the Law on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants was adopted in December 1998 and the UPOV Convention was ratified.
The Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment, the Law on Standardisation and the Law on Accreditation were adopted in July 1999. Amendments to Company law were adopted in January 1999.
As regards the liberalisation of capital movements, the Foreign Exchange Law and the Banking Law were adopted and the restrictive measures imposed by the Bank of Slovenia were lifted or reduced.
The State Aid Control Commission, established in October 1998, has been operational since March 1999. The first survey on State aid was produced at the end of June 1999. The new State Aid Law has not yet been adopted. The number of staff in the Competition Protection Office has increased. A new anti-trust law was adopted in June 1999.

Assessment (November 2000)

New laws have been adopted on the review of public procurement procedures and on public procurement. The law on industrial property and the supplementary protection certificate have not been adopted. An act on border enforcement, which covers the fight against piracy and against counterfeiting still remains to be adopted and border control in general should be strengthened.
The priority relating to company law has not been met.
An independent supervisory authority for data protection still has to be established.
Foreign investment is still severely restricted in the field of telecommunications, transport and the media. Progress is better in the financial sector.
A framework Act on State Aid Control has been adopted. Annual State aid reports have been submitted, but the inventory is not yet exhaustive.

Assessment (November 2001)

Alignment has progressed well in the areas of public procurement and company law. Progress has been made on border control and State aid. An independent supervisory body for data protection has been set up. Considerable progress has been made on the implementation of the framework provisions on the free movement of goods. A broadcasting and telecommunications agency has been set up. The law on the media will complete alignment in the audiovisual sector. Slovenia complies with the code of conduct for business taxation.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • alignment of legislation on public procurement, financial services and State aid (in particular alignment of monitoring rules and exclusive or special rights);
  • upgrading of standardisation and conformity assessment structures;
  • establishment of a market surveillance system and introduction of horizontal technical legislation on industrial products;
  • increased efforts to liberalise the capital market and to facilitate foreign investments;
  • further alignment of consumer protection;
  • reinforcement of the Competition Office and the State aid monitoring authority;
  • efficient enforcement of competition law;
  • promotion of the development of businesses, including SMEs;
  • alignment on the Community rules governing telecommunications, consumer protection and the internal energy market.

Assessment (October 1999)

Horizontal legislation regulating the free movement of goods has been adopted. It creates a framework for reinforced standardisation and conformity assessment structures. The Law on Energy establishes the framework for acceding to the internal energy market.

Assessment (November 2000)

The preference given to domestic bidders in public procurement has been eliminated. Competition procedures have been improved. Alignment has continued in the area of consumer protection.

Assessment (November 2001)

The advantages granted to Slovenians with regard to public procurement have been abolished. Alignment of legislation on intellectual and industrial property rights is being completed. Further efforts are required with regard to the recognition of diplomas, VAT, excise duties and free zones. There are still certain restrictions on the free movement of capital. The supervision of financial services has improved. With regard to competition, the capacities have been stepped up and the procedures improved. Alignment is progressing well in the field of consumer protection.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Council Decision 98/268/EC, 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121, 23.04.1998

Council Decision 1999/859/EC, 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335, 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Property law

Slovenia – Property law

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Property law

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Property law

Short-term priorities:

  • clarification of the situation pertaining to property legislation, especially the right of EU citizens to purchase property.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • alignment of legislation on company law and accounting;
  • alignment of legislation on intellectual and industrial property rights.

Evaluation (October 1999)

This has been achieved.

Since February 1999, following the entry into force of the Europe Agreement, Slovenia has been required to “grant to the citizens of the European Union Member States, having permanently resided on the present territory of the Republic of Slovenia for a period of three years, on a reciprocal basis, the right to purchase property from the entry into force of the Association Agreement” (paragraph II of Annex XIII to the Agreement). In February 1999, in order to ensure implementation of this provision, Slovenia adopted new legislation defining reciprocity and laying down rules on the establishing of permanent residence.
Other measures have also been taken, including in the field of personnel training.

Evaluation (November 2000)

The legislative framework established in the field of company law and accounting conforms to a large extent with the acquis. In the field of intellectual and industrial property rights, Slovenia has ratified the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and adopted the Act Ratifying the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.

Evaluation (November 2001)

In January 2001, Slovenia adopted the Act Amending the Copyright and Related Rights Act. This Act aligns the Slovenian provisions with the directives on protection of copyright and related rights, the legal protection of services based on conditional access and the legal protection of databases.

Evaluation (October 2002)

Slovenia has made further legislative progress with the adoption of provisions included in the international conventions on intellectual and industrial property rights. In 2002, Slovenia adopted: the European Patent Convention; the Patent Law Treaty and Regulations; the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial design.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC of 6.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

EC-Slovenia Europe Agreement
Official Journal L 51 of 26.02.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97)2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98)709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999)512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000)712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001)700 final – SEC(2001)1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002)700 final – SEC(2002)1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Environment

Slovenia – Environment

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Environment

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Environment

Short-term priorities:

  • continued transposition of framework legislation;
  • finalisation of the detailed approximation programmes and implementation strategies related to individual acts;
  • planning and initial implementation of these programmes and strategies.

Evaluation (October 1999)

These priorities have been met in part.

In December 1998, the National Environmental Action Programme was finally adopted. The Nature Conservation Act was adopted in June 1999. Significant progress has also been achieved in a number of sectors, such as water protection, waste management, industrial pollution control and risk management, air quality, chemicals and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Evaluation (November 2000)

The National Environmental Action Programme adopted in 1999 constitutes the basis for alignment. It is implemented through sectoral programmes and it sets out a general framework for the financing of investment in the environment sector. A decree on the categories for which an environmental impact assessment is mandatory has been adopted.

Evaluation (November 2001)

Strategies for alignment with the environmental acquis and a framework for the funding of investment are now in place. Expenditure on the environment has been as much as 2% of GDP. Alignment with regard to environmental impact assessment is not complete but progress has been made.

Assessment (October 2002)

Transposition of the acquis has advanced in relation to water, GMOs, radiation protection and nuclear safety. Particular attention should now be paid to transposing the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive and completing the transposition of the nature protection and remaining air quality acquis.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities

  • implementation of laws on waste management, combating atmospheric pollution, combating industrial pollution, risk management, chemical products, genetically modified organisms and radiation protection;
  • stepping up administrative capacity;
  • incorporation of sustainable development principles into the definition and implementation of all other sectoral policies.

Evaluation (November 2000)

Work has begun on increasing administrative capacity and setting up an Environment Agency. The National Environmental Action Programme incorporates environmental issues into all other sectors.

Evaluation (November 2001)

The implementation of legislation on waste management, air pollution, industrial pollution, risk management, chemicals and GMOs has progressed. Administrative capacity has been boosted through the setting up of an Environment Agency. Slovenia has continued to integrate environmental issues into other policies.

Assessment (October 2002)

Administrative capacity has been stepped up at national level. Attention should now focus on the local level. Preparations are ongoing for setting up an integrated environmental protection information system and for establishing a commission for awarding the eco-label and a body for reviewing environmental protection reports. Integration of environmental protection requirements into the formulation and implementation of all other sectoral policies is progressing.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal.

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal.

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Political Criteria

Slovenia – Political Criteria

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Political Criteria

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Political Criteria

Short-term priorities:

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priority:

  • continuing efforts to improve the working of the judicial system and speed up the restitution of assets.

Assessment (October 1999)

No progress has been registered in this field.

Assessment (November 2000)

Slovenia has introduced some measures to speed up the restitution of assets.

Assessment (November 2001)

Slovenia has respected the settlement of border disputes with Croatia.

Assessment (October 2002)

The framework legislation for public administration reform has been adopted. Measures have been introduced to improve the functioning of the judiciary and to reduce the backlogs of court cases. However, despite these measures, the backlogs have not diminished.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002)700 final – SEC(2002)1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Economic policy

Slovenia – Economic policy

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Economic policy

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Economic policy

Short-term priorities:

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • regular examination of the joint assessment of the priorities of economic policy under the Europe Agreement, emphasising adherence to the Copenhagen criteria for membership of the European Union and Community legislation in economic and monetary policy (coordinating economic policies, introducing convergence programmes, fighting excessive deficits);
  • Slovenia will have to adopt policies for attaining real convergence according to the European Union’s objectives on economic and social cohesion and a nominal convergence compatible with the ultimate objective – adoption of the Euro. However, Slovenia will not be obliged to adopt the Euro immediately on accession.

Evaluation (October 1999)

No progress has been registered in this field.

Evaluation (October 2000)

No progress has been registered in this field.

Evaluation (November 2001)

No progress has been registered in this field.

Assessment (October 2002)

A large number of objectives have already been achieved on the basis of previous accession partnerships. The 2002 partnership report therefore focuses on very specific outstanding issues and does not provide an overview of Slovenia’s preparedness for economic and monetary union.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC, 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335, 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Justice and Home Affairs

Slovenia – Justice and Home Affairs

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Justice and Home Affairs

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Justice and Home Affairs

Short-term priorities:

  • implement the new Law on Foreigners and on Asylum to enable full participation in the Schengen Information System;
  • ratify the European convention on the laundering of the proceeds of crime, the European criminal law convention on corruption, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development OECD convention on bribery;
  • strengthen capacities to deal with money laundering.

Assessment (November 2000)

Implementation of the Law on Foreigners and Asylum has started. The Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the European Convention on Laundering have been ratified. The OECD Convention on Combating Bribery has not been ratified.

Assessment (November 2001)

Slovenia has adopted new Foreigners and Asylum Acts. It has also signed several conventions, in particular the Council of European Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the OECD Conventions on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. This priority has thus to a large extent been achieved.

Assessment (October 2002)

Implementation of the Schengen Action Plan has advanced, including preparations for the country’s participation in the Schengen information system.
Secondary legislation still has to be adopted on the right of asylum.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • completion of alignment on international agreements, particularly in the fields of criminal law and the fight against organised crime and corruption;
  • implementation of migration policy and reform of asylum procedures, particularly with a view to implementing the Schengen arrangements.

Assessment (October 1999)

The Asylum Act and the Foreigners Act have been adopted. These are designed to regulate migration policy. The Bodies Corporate (Criminal Liability) Act has also been adopted to prevent organised crime, money laundering and corruption.

Assessment (November 2000)

The administrative capacity of law-enforcement bodies has been improved. Efforts have continued to fight organised crime, trafficking in women and children, drug trafficking and corruption. Further steps have been taken in the alignment of visa legislation.

Assessment (November 2001)

Staff recruitment and training have helped to strengthen the bodies responsible for applying the law. Progress has been made in the fight against organised crime, trafficking in women and children, drug trafficking and corruption. This priority has thus been largely met.

Assessment (October 2002)

Illegal immigration has decreased in Slovenia, but the legislation on migration still has to be aligned.
Progress has been made in combating organised crime, in particular by strengthening international cooperation in this sector.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Council Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Council Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97)2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98)709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999)512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000)712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001)700 final – SEC(2001)1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – nuclear safety

Slovenia – nuclear safety

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – nuclear safety

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – nuclear safety

Short-term priorities:

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • nuclear policy and investment projects for compliance with the results of the assessment of seismic risks to be carried out in the vicinity of the Krsko nuclear power station.

Assessment (October 1999)

The assessment of seismic risks in the vicinity of the Krsko nuclear power station continue.

Assessment (November 2000)

Slovenia continues to ensure high levels of nuclear safety. The first phase of a seismic study has been completed.

Assessment (November 2001)

Slovenia has continued to ensure high levels of nuclear safety, and the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant Modernisation Programme was successfully implemented in the period 1998-2000. Slovenia has received the PHARE final report on geophysical research in the surroundings of Krsko which stated that no major seismogenic features intersect the site of the nuclear power plant. Reinforcement of the regulatory structures for nuclear safety has continued.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC, 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121, 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC, 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335, 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Slovenia – Agriculture

Slovenia – Agriculture

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Slovenia – Agriculture

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007 > Partnership for the accession of Slovenia

Slovenia – Agriculture

Short-term priorities

Agriculture

  • Continuation of legislation alignment in the veterinary and plant health sectors and the establishment of border checkpoints.

Assessment (November 2000)

Progress has been made in the veterinary area. A new law has been adopted which alters the law on veterinary practice. There has been no further improvement of border checkpoints.

Assessment (November 2001)

Efforts have continued as regards veterinary and plant health matters and controls at the future external borders.

Assessment (October 2002)

Slovenia has continued to adapt. Efforts must be made to set up a system of veterinary and plant health controls.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities

Agriculture

  • Establishment of a reliable system for registering land ownership;
  • Strengthening structural and rural development policy, in particular by bringing it into line with the Community acquis (including in the veterinary and phytosanitary sector, and especially as regards inspections at external borders);
  • Improving the capability to implement the common agricultural policy (CAP), with particular emphasis on the basic management mechanisms and the administrative structures necessary for monitoring agricultural markets and implementing structural and rural development measures;
  • Adoption and implementation of Community rules in the veterinary and phytosanitary sector;
  • Upgrading of certain food processing centres and certain testing and diagnostic facilities;
  • Restructuring of the agri-food sector.

Assessment (October 1999)

The plan for the reform of agricultural and rural development policy was adopted in October 1998. It should lead to progress in market liberalisation and the establishment of CAP mechanisms.

Assessment (November 2000)

The new agriculture law constitutes the legal basis for continued alignment with the common agricultural policy. The introduction of management mechanisms and administrative structures for the common agricultural policy has been set in motion by the creation of the agricultural market and rural development agency, as well as by the adoption of the 2000-06 rural development plan. An independent service responsible for identifying animals and registering cattle has been established. The legal framework for the system of hazard analysis and critical control points has been adopted.

Assessment (November 2001)

Efforts have continued as regards reinforcing the management mechanisms and administrative structures of the common agricultural policy, veterinary and plant health matters, and inspection at the future external borders. There have also been efforts to modernise agro-industry and restructure the food processing sector.

Assessment (October 2002)

Slovenia has continued to adapt. It must strengthen its administrative capacity and complete the introduction of management mechanisms for the common agricultural policy.

Fisheries

  • Reinforcement of the capacity to implement and apply the common fisheries policy, particularly by the establishment of institutional resources and adequate facilities to carry out inspections and controls.

Assessment (November 2000)

There has been an increase in personnel responsible for fisheries within the ministry. Preparatory measures for the creation of an interministerial control centre have been adopted.

Assessment (November 2001)

Decisions have been taken regarding the location of various departments of the interministerial control centre.

Assessment (October 2002)

Despite the efforts made, alignment with the acquis must be completed and implementation capacity improved.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

References

Decision 98/268/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/859/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission opinion COM(97) 2010 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission report COM(98) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission report COM(1999) 512 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 712 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final – SEC(2001) 1755
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final – SEC(2002) 1411
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final – SEC(2003) 1208
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.