European Stability Initiative - ESI - 25 June 2018, 21:46

People's loan bank, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Alan Grant
People's Loan Bank, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Alan Grant

This section offers 60 key texts and background documents on the EU accession process of Slovenia, covering key EU documents, books and articles as well as a special section on the Slovenian-Croatian border dispute. More general documents on the EU's enlargement process can be accessed here.

Contractual Relations

The major agreements between Slovenia and the EU throughout the accession process, from the Europe Agreement to the Accession treaty:


Key European Council conclusions

The European Council, as the highest decision making body of the EU, took key decisions on EU enlargement, resolving issues that member states could not agree on at a lower level. Here is a selection of key European Council conclusions that were of crucial importance for Slovenia:


Key EU strategy documents

In 1998 the EC began issuing so-called "composite papers" reporting on the enlargement process in the different candidate countries. These were later replaced by "Enlargement Strategy Papers". Here are the ones which covered Slovenia:


EU monitoring reports

All official reports on Slovenia prepared by DG Enlargement, including the "opinion" on Slovenia's application in 1997.


Pre-accession funds and European Funds

For the European Commission's annual reports on the EU's pre-accession funds, click here. For annual reports on EU structural and cohesion funds since Slovenia's EU accession, see here.


The Slovenian-Croatian border dispute

There is hardly any information on the dispute that does not originate from one of the parties involved. The Slovenian side has been more proactive in making its position available on paper while Croatia has kept its cards – namely, its arguments and supportive evidence – closer to its chest.

Slovenian documents

Croatian documents

UN Documents

Academic Analysis


Books, reports and articles on Slovenia's EU accession

A selection of various texts on Slovenia's EU accession process, including reports from the 1990s (unfortunately, many of these are not available online):



A number of resource pages for further information and documents:

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