EU leader

FROM JANUARY 1, Slovenia took over the six month Presidency of the European Union from Portugal.

Slovenia, which has been an independent country for 16 years, is the first of the ex-communist countries to take over the Presidency after entering the EU and signing the Shengen agreement in 2007.

Janez Jansa, Slovenia’s Prime Minister said that his priority is to assure the stability of the Balcan region at a time when Kosovo is preparing to declare independence from Serbia.

France, which will assume the Presidency for the second half of 2008, has already offered to Slovenia some of its embassies as Presidential missions for the EU.

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