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