The European Association Agreement by which Slovenia officially became an associate member of the EU entered into force on 1 February. Slovenia presided over the UN Security Council in November for the second time before the end of the country’s two-year non-permanent membership.
The central foreign policy event of the year in Slovenia was the two-day visit of US president Bill Clinton in the beginning of the summer. Pope John Paul II visited Slovenia for the second time in the beginning of the autumn and solemnly beatified in Maribor Anton Martin Slomšek, who was a bishop of Maribor and an important disseminator of culture.
Nine-year primary school began as a pilot project in 42 Slovenian primary schools. Slovenia successfully introduced value added tax.
A sporting event with wide media coverage was the solo climb of Slovenian climber Tomaž Humar on the extremely difficult southern slope of Daulagiri in the Himalayas. Ten years later Mr. Humar tragically died while climbing the Himalayan peak Langtang Lirung in Nepal.
Text: Government Communication Office