The Slovenia Times

Slovenian govt: UK should remain within the EU


As for disputed social benefits cuts for non-Brits, Slovenia maintains the issue must be addressed in line with EU treaties.

Slovenia believes it is vital that the European Commission and the EU Council play a key role in decisions regarding the implementation of a safeguard mechanism for exceptional situations of inflow of workers from the other member states to the UK.

The government discussed the proposal of EU President Donald Tusk for EU reform, an effort to get the UK to remain within the bloc.

As regards a mechanism planned to protect the EU members involved in the monetary union as well as those outside it, Slovenia is happy that it would not lead to vetoes or delays of urgent decisions, according to a press release from the government.

The government is also happy that the stipulation on competitiveness in Tusk's letter to EU heads of state underscores the "commitment to increase efforts to enhance competitiveness".

Slovenia is however against scrapping the wording "an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe" in EU treaties.

Tusk's proposal will be debated at the EU summit scheduled for 18 and 19 February, which is to be attended also by Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

If agreement is reached, UK Prime Minister David Cameron intends to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU ahead of a referendum in which Brits will be deciding on whether they want to remain in the EU.

In order to promote EU reform in the face of the referendum, Cameron visited Slovenia in June 2015. His trip to Slovenia was followed by a visit to London by Slovenia's Prime Minister Cerar in November.


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