Slovenia. According to Countryaah, the capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana. Slovenia – the most successful republic of the former Yugoslavia in terms of economy, democracy and human rights – was criticized by the European Commission during the year. It meant that the adaptation of the country’s laws and social institutions to the EU’s very detailed regulations had been slow. The Commission also pointed out that the country’s preparatory work had lost momentum and that no real progress had been made since Slovenia formally applied for membership in 1996. Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia and Cyprus were previously designated by the EU as the fastest-growing countries. membership of the Union. The time for this was set at 2000, but now the EU does not even reveal if it will happen before 2005.
The European Commission still saw Slovenia as a stable and democratic rule of law. However, it pointed out that in addition to the slow adaptation to EU law, the country had too high a wage level to attract foreign investment. The tax system and the pension scheme must also be reformed. The number of elderly people who are inactive will soon be equal to the number of employed persons.
Slovenia has since January together with, among other things, Sweden has served on the UN Security Council. The country is also a member of the NATO Partnership for Peace (PFP). Slovenian military has participated in the NATO-led peacekeeping force SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in UN peacekeeping operations in Albania and Cyprus.
During the year, Slovenia, together with Italy and Hungary, formed a regional intervention force and began training American and British soldiers in warfare in mountain landscapes.
As part of the upgrading of the small defense force, Slovenia negotiated with Sweden during the year to buy about twenty hunting planes of type JAS 39 Gripen. Rapid economic growth continued and amounted to 3.8% during the year.