20 years of Slovenia in the EU

20 years of Slovenia in the EU, photo www.gov.si
20 years of Slovenia in the EU, photo www.gov.si
Slovenia became a member of the European Union on the 1st of May 2004.
The 20th anniversary of its accession will be celebrated on Europe Day, 9 May in Nova Gorica.

The venue is the same as 20 years ago, when the then President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, symbolically welcomed the then Prime Minister of Slovenia, Anton Rop, and Slovenia into the European Union. Nova Gorica will be the European Capital of Culture in 2025, together with Gorizia in Italy, so the central celebration here has an added symbolic significance.

State celebration on the 20th anniversary of Slovenia’s accession to the EU

The keynote speaker will be the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, dr. Robert Golob and European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič.

Guests and visitors will be able to enjoy an exceptional cultural and artistic program that will depict Slovenia’s journey of membership in the European Union.

The following artists will perform: Police Orchestra, Choir of the Slovenian Philharmonic, MN Dance Company, Alexander Gadjiev, Vlado Kreslin, Silence, Saša Vipotnik AKA Neomi, Aleksandra Ilijevski, Anže Vrabec, Lara Komar, Lara Fortuna, DJ Brlee, Trombone Connection, and conductor Simon Perčič.

The live broadcast of the state celebration will be on the 1st channel of TV Slovenia, the 1st channel of Radio Slovenia, and on the RTV Slovenia website.

The director of the celebration is Mag. Neda R. Bric.

The state celebration is organized by the Coordination Committee for State Celebrations and Events in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in Slovenia and the Municipality of Nova Gorica.

Following the celebration, there will be a culinary event organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food in collaboration with the Slovenian Tourist Board. Through the presentation of Slovenian food products with EU protection, we aim to introduce visitors to European values and achievements in the preservation and conservation of culinary diversity.

The event is part of the central celebration of the 20th anniversary of Slovenia’s accession to the EU.

Admission is free.

DC Slovenia highlights one of the Accompanying programs – A conversation with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs with selected Slovenians in EU institutions that will take place on May 9th at 17:30 at Hotel Perla in Nova Gorica. 


Tanja Fajon, Nova Gorica 9th of May 2024
Tanja Fajon, Nova Gorica 9th of May 2024