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Yearbook 2002

Slovenia. During the year it became clear that Slovenia, as the first of the old Yugoslav republics, would become a member of both the EU and NATO in 2004. During the membership negotiations, Slovenia received particular praise for its already high degree of alignment with the EU, although some work remained. a. in terms of market liberalization.

2002 Slovenia

According to Countryaah website, the fact that Slovenia was also relatively prosperous was clear from the fact that it could pay more to the Union than it received back from the beginning. This led to a slight dampening of enthusiasm, although a majority still wanted to see an accession to the EU.

The presidential election at the end of the year led to one foreground figure replacing another. President Milan Kučan, a reform communist who was president already when Slovenia was a Yugoslav sub-republic, according to the constitution was not allowed to stand for a third term. However, it got Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek, a Liberal Democrat politician who has been head of government since 1992. He won in the first round but did not get his own majority. In the second round, he got 56% of the vote against 43% for the opponent, State Prosecutor Barbara Brezigar.

Drnovšek's successor as prime minister became Finance Minister Anton Rop.

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