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Official visit of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Karl Erjavec in Bucharest: The Republic of Slovenia and Romania share common interests and views on the EU policy

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Karl Erjavec paid an official visit to Bucharest upon the invitation of the Foreign Minister Teodor Meleşcanu. This year the countries mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The Ministers discussed the possibilities for further strengthening friendly bilateral relations in the political, economic and other areas. Minister Erjavec was accompanied by a business delegation from various fields. The delegations exchanged views on issues concerning the European Union, the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership and cooperation within international organizations. This was the second meeting of the two Ministers after the recent visit of Minister Meleşcanu to the Republic of Slovenia during the Bled Strategic Forum at the beginning of September.

“The official visit of Minister Erjavec to Romania was an opportunity for further strengthening bilateral relations between Slovenia and Romania, which this year mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The day of the Minister’s visit coincided with the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bucharest, now headed by H.E. Ambassador Mihael Zupančič. In the past years, the countries have established successful cooperation based on common values and related positions,” a press release of the Embassy of Slovenia in Bucharest informs.

During his visit to Bucharest, Minister Erjavec was accompanied by a numerous business delegation representing various sectors of the Slovenian economy. Together with his Romanian counterpart, Minister Meleşcanu, Minister Erjavec opened the Slovenian-Romanian business forum which saw the participation of over 20 representatives of Slovenian companies and over  30 representatives of Romanian companies. The business forum offered an opportunity to establish new business contacts, strengthen economic cooperation, and learn about investment opportunities in both countries. Romania, with a population of over 20 million, is undoubtedly an important and promising partner of the Slovenian economy.

Minister Erjavec and Minister Meleşcanu reconfirmed the mutual interest in further strengthening dialogue and bilateral cooperation. They particularly supported all efforts for further enhancing economic cooperation. The bilateral meeting also focused on Brexit and Romania’s preparations for the EU Council Presidency. The Ministers expressed support to a single, determined and strong EU. They assessed the situation in the area of mass migration and a common European response thereto. Minister Erjavec supported Romania’s efforts to join the Schengen area and the OECD.

Furthermore, they agreed on the importance of maintaining the proper dynamics of the enlargement perspective for the countries of the Western Balkans where the synergy of regional initiatives is needed. Regular and open dialogue with Turkey should be pursued.

The Ministers exchanged views on the recent Eastern Partnership Summit, international security and regional cooperation. They particularly praised the progress of Georgia where Minister Erjavec traveled to immediately after his visit in Bucharest. The Ministers also supported and praised the pro-European orientation of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine’s reform efforts and European integration.

The need and wish for regular bilateral political dialogue and the exchange of views on topical issues, especially in the framework of the EU, was confirmed by both sides. Minister Erjavec estimated the visit as an important incentive for further consolidating bilateral relations and a good opportunity for strengthening economic exchange and mutual investments.

During his visit, Minister Erjavec also met with the President of the Upper House of the Romanian Parliament (Senate) Călin Tăriceanu, who visited Slovenia at the beginning of June this year in the frame of the meeting of the Presidents of the Senates of the EU Member States hosted by the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia. They recalled some of the turning points in bilateral relations and the common views on the EU and international policy.

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