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Slovenia: Diplomats begin two-day consultations

Slovenian diplomats began two-day consultations today for Brdo near Kranj, focusing mainly on the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year. Foreign Minister Anže Logar expects talks on how to make better use of the presidency program. “The coming months will be very challenging for all of us,” the Slovenian foreign minister stressed.

As he said, Slovenia is well prepared for the presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will take office on July 1st. “Therefore, today and tomorrow we will not talk so much about the presidency itself, but more about how to implement our positions and commitments from the strategy and foreign policy program of our presidency, and how to improve the result of our presidency,” he said. Logar.

Among the most important topics, Logar noted the conference on the future of the European Union and the progress of the Western Balkan countries on the road to the European Union, especially the start of membership negotiations with Northern Macedonia. “We have many demanding issues ahead of us and we will have to open our sleeves,” the minister told the assembled diplomats.

Implementing the presidency program will be the topic of today’s first panel. Participants will also focus on how and where Slovenian foreign policy should go, which will be the topic of the second panel.

Professor Boštjan Udovič will speak at the third panel with diplomats on the future of the European Union and the wider Europe. The fourth panel will be devoted to the Indo-Pacific region, which, according to Logar, is becoming the main topic of current international relations. The diplomats will be led in the afternoon by President Borut Pahor and on Tuesday by Prime Minister Janez Janša.

Among the challenges facing Slovenian diplomacy in the near future, Logar noted the application of the digital certificate and the unification of measures at the borders. He also noted “the renewed increase in the number of Slovenian citizens abroad, who will need our help from time to time.”

He also analyzed relations with neighbors and stressed that economic relations and the development of infrastructure ties were at the forefront. This can help overcome some unresolved issues, Logar is convinced.

He particularly highlighted Slovenia’s initiative with Italy and Croatia for joint management of the Adriatic. Slovenia will have to continue to pay special attention to this area, Logar warned.

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