Statehood Day, Slovenia’s breakup with the past

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Slovenia Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated on June 25, being marked as a national holiday across the nation. This day commemorates the proclamation of freedom from the Yugoslavian regime in 1991.

In spite of the fact the formal proclamation of independence was not effective until June 26, 1991, Statehood Day is regarded as June 25 because this was the date when the first legislation framework regarding freedom was approved. Slovenia’s proclamation initiated the Ten-Day Battle with its previous controller Yugoslavia, which was ultimately won by Slovenia. The emergency was worked out as a result of ambassadorial endeavors, which resulted in the ratification of the Brioni Agreement on July 7, 1991. As a result, the People’s Army of Yugoslavia completely withdrew by the end of October 1991.
After the encouraging result of the vote for sovereignty, the legislation executing the fundamental legal agreement on sovereignty and democracy was accepted by the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia on June 25, 1991.

In December 1991 the independent Republic of Slovenia adopted its Constitution, which formally ended the former communist system. The country launched its own coins and notes, set up boundary regulations, and approved the formation of the state on December 23, 1991.

Slovenia turned into a complete member of the UN on May 22, 1992, and it became the member of the European Union in May 2004 and of NATO also in 2004. On 1 January 2007 Slovenia joined the Eurozone.

Statehood Day is work-free, with schools, colleges, and businesses being closed during the celebrations. The first celebrations took place on June 26, 1991 at the Republic Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

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