Slovenia

Centre-right party leader becomes Prime Minister raising concerns for civic space

In March 2020 Slovenia’s parliament confirmed Janez Janša as its new Prime Minister. Janša is known for his anti-immigration stance and for being critical towards NGO funding and journalists. In a separate development, the cultural NGO sector continues to face spatial challenges. Meanwhile media watchdog bodies have called on authorities to ensure a safe working environment for journalists who continue to face “intensive attacks”. Read more

Centre-right party leader becomes Prime Minister raising concerns for civic space

CSOs in Slovenia face criticism and derogatory statements for environmental protection work

Cooperation between institutions and civil society remains generally positive. However, some criticism was sparked against environmental civil society organisations in connection with the environmental protection work . Read more

CSOs in Slovenia face criticism and derogatory statements for environmental protection work

CSOs in Slovenia win lawsuits, while cooperation between CSOs and state continues

The new Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Simon Zajc, appointed in March 2019, has committed to continue the positive cooperation between the Ministry and the civil society organizations (CSOs) initiated by his predecessor. Read more

CSOs in Slovenia win lawsuits, while cooperation between CSOs and state continues

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

A number of ministries in Slovenia's new coalition government have moved to create more space for constructive dialogue with CSOs. Read more

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

Civil Society Funding Under Threat Following Elections

A possible new government threatens access to public funding for certain civil society organisations; while threats to artists and journalists continue following tense electoral campaign period. Read more

 Civil Society Funding Under Threat Following Elections

Slovenian government takes "huge steps forward" in its relations with the NGO sector

A Slovenian NGO platform is upbeat about state-civil society relations following the introduction of a new NGO law and prospects for greater funding and support to the sector as elections approach in June 2018. Read more

Slovenian government takes "huge steps forward" in its relations with the NGO sector

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

On 23rd March, the Slovenian parliament passed a new NGO law which, for the first time, allows all categories of NGOs to apply for public benefit status. Read more

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

In September 2017, 65 European and international NGO networks wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Miro Cerar asserting that the "organised pressure, as well as the media campaign against civil society organisations raise high concerns about the democratic processes in Slovenia..." Read more

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia

On 26th January 2017, Slovenia's National Assembly passed an amendment to its Alien's Act that allows the authorities to employ 'emergency measures' to deport and deny entry to any migrant or refugee without reviewing the individual's case beforehand. Read more

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia