|Slovenia Will Apply for|
Full EU Membership This Year
Ljubljana, 8 March, 1996
Slovenia will apply for full EU membership this year, regardlessof whether it signs the association membership agreement or not,Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek told a news conference.
The Prime Minister decidedly refused all allegations about silentdiplomacy, which supposedly brought Slovenia to "Euroslavia",describing it as unreal, as Slovenia is currently oriented tothe EU and NATO. A Bulgarian initiative for a meeting of SoutheastEuropean countries is indeed welcome, as it might contribute tostability in the region, but Slovene priorities lie elsewhere,Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek explained.