H.E. Mr. Marcel Koprol, Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Slovenia in Romania
“As the Head of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to Bucharest, I would like to address you on June 25, the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia, a special day for all Slovenians.
It is the third time that we celebrate our National Day in Romania. Three years ago, in November 2007, we have opened our Embassy in Bucharest, with the main goal to put our excellent bilateral political and economical cooperation in various fields on higher level.
After three years in Romania, I can say with confidence that Slovenia has become more and better known here. That fact is seen mostly from the economic point of view – more and more companies from Slovenia are coming to Romanian market and starting opening their offices in this country. From 2007, the total volume of commercial exchange between Romania and Slovenia is rising speedily and it has overcome EUR 600 M. In 2009, we could notice 11.1 % increase of the Slovenian imports and 12.79 % of exports. Besides that, Slovenia is the 41st foreign investor in Romania, with more than EUR 15 M of investments and over 100 companies set up with the Slovenian capital. To boost our cooperation, in February 2009, the Slovenian-Romanian Business Club Triglav Karpati formally started with its activities, with the idea of building and fostering the links between our two countries. In February 2010 a commercial section has also been opened at our Embassy in Bucharest.
Regarding the contacts between Slovenia and Romania, an interesting fact is that the first contact was set already in the 16th century, when Paul Wiener (born in Kranj 1495–died in Sibiu 1554), Slovenian priest, found the exile in Romania, and was later nominated as the first bishop of the Evangelical Church in Transylvania. Last year a commemorative plate was laid for him in the Evangelical Church in Sibiu. The official diplomatic relations between our two countries were established on August 28, 1992.
Let me also dedicate some attention to the meaning of the National Day for Slovenians. In May 1990 the first democratically elected government was sworn in and at a referendum on December 23, 1990, the inhabitants of Slovenia formally expressed their political will by a large majority to become an independent and sovereign country from the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. Republic of Slovenia declared its independence on June 25, 1991 and in January 1992 it was officially recognized by EU member states, later followed by other countries.
June 25 has put Slovenia on the political and geographical map of the world community. Very soon we became a Member of UN, then NATO, the EU, and in 2007 we entered the euro zone and we became a part of the Schengen space. In 2008, as a first from the big group of new comers to EU, we successfully performed the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2009, from May to November, we chaired the Committee of Minister of the Council of Europe. With all these tasks successfully finished, Slovenia is proving to be an important stone in the EU and also in the international mosaic.
For the conclusion, I would like to send my best wishes for our National Day to the Slovenian community in Romania and express our hope for further expansion of good cooperation with Romania and its authorities”.