Hojs and Tonin also cook with him, but they are record holders at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Considering the internationally diverse year 2021, Slovenian ministries are surprisingly record holders in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in terms of purchased quantities of alcohol, while in some other ministries complete abstinence was much more surprising.


At the Interior Ministry, most of the alcohol went to business gifts, and some to the pot.

The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was accompanied by a large number of more or less important events and meetings, at which guests had to be catered for in terms of food and drink. Full stomachs had to sit at the tables at a number of other events and protocol events last year, but in Slovenia we also celebrated the 30th anniversary of independence, and some alcohol was also among the business gifts. For example, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and possibilities, while in the five ministries we will not mention here, they preferred to remain silent.

They also cook at Hoys ’ministry

Much more generous with the data were the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture is to be commended in particular Vaska Simonitija and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar, where the data set was the only one equipped with costs, although Simoniti’s ministry did not even have the hard work due to the modest quantities. In the entire year 2021, they purchased only four bottles of sparkling wine, for which they coughed up a total of 31.90 euros, and 11 bottles of white and 11 bottles of red wine in the total value of 464.33 euros. According to them, a total of 496.23 euros was deducted for alcohol, which landed on the tables of participants in a two-day conference on audiovisual issues organized as part of the Slovenian presidency of the EU Council.

In terms of quantity, they were also somewhat poor at the Ministry of the Interior Aleš Hojs, where, noting that sparkling wines and bottled wines were intended for business gifts during the presidency, they added as an interesting fact that “Beer and wine are used for cooking as an addition to various dishes according to recipes.” The gifts included six bottles of Chardonnay, a bottle of Muscat sparkling wine, six bottles of Rhine Riesling, 24 bottles of Silver Radgona sparkling wine, a bottle of Golden sparkling wine and two bottles of Teran. On the other hand, according to the recipes, 36 liters of Janževac, 36 liters of refoška and 144 half-liter cans of beer were mixed into various dishes. Did they water the goulash?

They bet on wine, beer and peach liqueur

That alcohol is also present in their kitchen was also revealed at the Ministry of Defense, where they purchased a total of 1,611 units of alcoholic beverages in various quantities last year. For recipes “In the kitchen when preparing meals and desserts” only a small portion went, 112 units of white and red wine, beer, and peach liqueur. Somewhat more, 428 units of exclusively Slovenian producers were involved “Protocol and promotional gifts and other protocol purposes” in the context of the 30th anniversary of independence and the presidency of the Council of the EU. As many as 831 units “Wine, spirits and beer” were procured for the needs of the highest representatives of the Slovenian Armed Forces in the international composition abroad, namely for the implementation of various protocol events within the presidency, the 30th anniversary and the day of independence and unity. They also set up their own pot in the Protection and Rescue Administration, where they ordered 240 otherwise 0.375-milliliter bottles of wine for the needs of the events within the Slovenian Presidency.

At the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, where they stressed that they purchase alcoholic beverages “Exclusively for the needs of promotional activities,” they needed the drop for the purposes of the presidency of the Council of the EU and the project Slovenia – European Gastronomic Region 2021. These are, of course, business gifts and the needs of guests at various banquets. A total of 132 bottles of Slovenian wine, five bottles of sparkling wine and 100 bottles of viljamovka were purchased.

What about the expected heavyweights at the Foreign Ministry?

Last year, as much as 108,993.52 euros were spent on alcoholic beverages, the Slovenian noble drop. As they explained, these are wine orders for the entire network of 57 diplomatic missions and consulates around the world, for the needs of the Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels, promotional activities of the economy in foreign markets, interstate cooperation and EU Council presidency events. As a more detailed analysis would be a colossal work, let us add that most of the wine, with a total value of as much as 56,708.30 euros, roamed into the hands of diplomatic missions and consulates. EUR 31,980.12 was followed by substantive events within the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, while EUR 13,573.92 was spent on alcohol intended for the Permanent Representation in Brussels. The rest went to the crossroads of interstate cooperation and promotional activities.

Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.

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