Jourova to visit Slovenia to discuss initiative on security of journalists

Brussels – Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova announced on World Press Freedom Day a visit to Slovenia to “test the waters” and start a dialogue on an initiative promoting security of journalists. She also also hopes to meet Prime Minister Janez Janša.

She said the initiative on security of journalists was planned for September, so she would like to discuss this with Slovenian officials as the country holds the EU presidency in the second half of the year.

Asked whether she expected progress regarding the initiative during Slovenia’s presidency, she said she would go to Slovenia to check this.

“Security of journalists has to be discussed in all members states, not only in Slovenia. The situation is worsening everywhere, so the media protection and freedom will be one of the dominant topics for me over the Slovenian presidency.

“I want to come to Slovenia to ‘compare notes’ – what we want, whether we are on the same page, how the presidency can help,” Jourova told reporters in Brussels.

“I always believe that dialogue and sitting behind one table can clarify a lot of things,” she said.