STA, 9 October 2018 - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid a working visit to Slovenia on Tuesday to meet PM Marjan Šarec, President Borut Pahor and address the National Assembly. He expressed the expectation that the country would increase its defence spending, with Šarec saying Slovenia would strive to allocate 1.5% of GDP to defence in "a few years’ time".
STA, 5 October 2018 - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed Slovenia's increase in defence spending in real terms in a correspondence interview with the STA ahead of his visit on Tuesday. "But we expect Slovenia to do more to meet the target that we all agreed."
STA - Following media reports that the Koper port could become a major NATO logistic hub, which Slovenian officials denied yesterday, the STA learned from a source at NATO that the port would only be used during a NATO exercise in October.
STA, 12 July 2018 - Prime Minister Miro Cerar said after the last day of talks on defence spending at the NATO summit that Slovenia had made no new promises but was sticking to its commitments from the past. "Our commitments remain the same. We are economical and reliable. We promise only what we can actually keep," he said.
STA, 11 July 2018 - Outgoing Prime Minister Miro Cerar said as he arrived for the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday that the new government would need to have an even more ambitious approach regarding the commitments to increase defence spending.
STA, 2 July - The government adopted at Monday's correspondence session a decision raising defence spending in 2018 to one percent of Slovenia's gross domestic product (GDP), tasking the Ministry of Finance to implement the decision by 29 September.
STA, 29 June 2018 - A Slovenian battalion-sized battle group which failed a NATO combat readiness test in February improved its result in a test that took place this week. The battle group has been deemed combat ready by an evaluation team made up of Slovenian military testers and two officers of the Allied Land Command.
STA, 26 June 2018 - The Slovenian army will hold an exercise at the Poček grounds near Postojna this week in what will be an attempt to improve its NATO CREVAL readiness assessment. In February, the country's battalion battle unit failed the combat readiness evaluation, which cost the chief of the general staff his job.
STA, 8 June 2018 - Slovenia's Ambassador to NATO Jelko Kacin has called for an increase in defence spending which he said Slovenia needs urgently and can also afford. He expects the new government to address the issue.