The most prominent event in Slovenia that year was a meeting of US president George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Brdo pri Kranju co-hosted by Slovenian president Milan Kučan and Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek. Slovenia used the opportunity for promotion and enhanced recognition.
A public discussion on Slovenia's prospective NATO membership took place in the parliament in January in which top officials strongly favoured membership in the alliance. Slovenia took over co-presidency of the working table for democratisation and human rights of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe for six months on 16 February.
It was an important year for the Slovenian minority in Italy because the Italian parliament after years of foot-dragging passed the law protecting Slovenian minority in Italy, which Slovenian diplomats and top officials actively supported.
Sporting achievements notably included success of the national football team which after additional qualifications with Romania qualified for the World Championship in South Korea.
Text: Government Communication Office