Slovenia's EU Presidency (July–December 2021)



For six months, from 1 July, Slovenia will be presiding over the Council of the European Union for the second time. This presidency is part of the current presidency trio made up of Germany (second half of 2020), Portugal (first half of 2021) and Slovenia (second half of 2021). 

Slovenia's Presidential Priorities When it Comes to Urban Matters

Slovenia's presidency has established a greener EU as one of its key priority themes. Following the European Comission’s 2021 work programme, it will work in order to address climate change and support cities in trying to reach their environmental goals. For this purpose, achieving a deeper involvement of Member States and the EU level is also a fundamental part of Slovenia's strategy. The green transformation will be paired with further efforts to strengthen the bloc's resilience to different kinds of crises, which include pandemics, cyber attacks and migration. In light of the COVID-19 crisis and the Trio's programme, Slovenia’s presidency will also focus on the EU’s economic recovery after the pandemic. 

EUKN's Contribution to Slovenia's EU Presidency

The EUKN Secretariat has been undertaking tailor-made activities and providing strategic messages to the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) and other key Slovenian stakeholders in the field of urban development to help them prepare for their upcoming presidency. Focusing on the UAEU actions for environmental sustainability, the EUKN adopted an 'action analysis approach' that built upon the clustering developed by the Finnish presidency. This analysis will be further developed during 2021 for the purpose of positioning the ‘green’ actions of the UAEU in the wider political debate and institutional context.

The ultimate goal of this two-year cooperation is to provide a set of recommendations for the Slovenian ministers responsible for environmental affairs, to be presented during the Slovenian presidency. These recommendations will advise ministers how to follow up on the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU) actions that tackle the regulatory barriers preventing cities from reaching their environmental goals.