Pirate Party of Slovenia (Slovene: Piratska stranka Slovenije) is a Slovenian political party. The party was officially registered on 17 October 2012 in Ljubljana.
The party was founded on the same common grounds and principles as other Pirate parties throughout the world, most notably the Pirate Party of Sweden. It become a member of the Pirate Parties International on 12 March, 2011 at the Pirate Parties International conference in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
It's program will cover the following topics:
- Respect of human rights
- Privacy and data protection
- Government and political transparency
- Copying monopoly ("copyright") reform
- Free and neutral internet
- Open standards and open formats
- Free/libre and open-source software
The Pirate Party of Slovenia has first appeared in the Slovenian media in 2009. The original founder of the movement was Robert Pal, who has since left Slovenia but remains a supporter. Since late 2009, the party stayed relatively inactive with only a few active members, who irregularly met and discussed current events on the copyright front.
In October 2010, an open meeting took place. A few new members joined and things started moving again. A new website was created, the party's statute overhauled and the party resurfaced in November with a participation in an international round table discussion on the topic of e-participation, safety on the internet and copyright on the internet, which got covered by one of the biggest media houses in Slovenia. On 12 November, 2010 the party attended a round table with Christian Engström and Tanja Fajon in Kiberpipa after which a heated discussion broke out about the party. The members kept meeting on a somewhat regular basis. On 11 March, 2011 Andrej Čremožnik represented the party at the conference "Copyright in the digital world" hosted by Tanja Fajon. On 12 March, 2011, with a unanimous vote, the party entered Pirate Parties International. On 19 April the party took part in a campaign lead by Christian Engström by motivating supporters to send emails to Slovenian members of European Parliament asking them to stop the extension of the copyright term for neighbouring rights from 50 to 70 years. The campaign succeed.