EP Observes Rule-of-Law Deterioration in Slovenia
On 16 December 2021, the European Parliament adopted (with 356 votes for, 284 against, and 40 abstentions) a resolution on the situation of fundamental rights and rule of law in Slovenia. Despite positive developments, the resolution tackles several threats to democracy and media freedom in Slovenia. These include media defunding, online harassment, strategic legal actions (SLAPPs), threats against critical voices, the delayed appointment of delegated prosecutors to the EPPO, delayed appointments of state prosecutors to relevant investigations, the proliferation of illiberal political movements, and corruption. MEPs call on the Slovenian government to adopt or implement the underlying EU rules and guarantee that the common European values listed in Art. 2 TEU are upheld in full.
The resolution concludes a plenary debate on the rule of law situation in Slovenia in November 2021 and a mission of an EP delegation that travelled to Slovenia in October 2021 to assess respect of EU values with national authorities, journalists and NGOs.