Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Travel Advice: COVID-19
As the probability of infection with COVID-19 remains present, Slovenian citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to follow the news on the spread of the virus, especially on the planned route, to check the conditions of entry into the country of destination, and to comply with local rules. Slovenian citizens returning from abroad are advised to follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
Current information on border crossings, measures at the border upon entry into Slovenia and the lists of countries can be found on the special page Border Crossing.
Prime Minister Golob: North Macedonia can count on Slovenia’s support on its path to the EU
State Secretary Marko Štucin hosts Deputy Foreign Minister of North Macedonia
Minister Fajon successfully presents Slovenia at the 53rd World Economic Forum in Davos
Minister Han visits North Macedonia with an economic delegation with the aim of improving economic cooperation
Minister Fajon in Skopje to assure Slovenia's support for North Macedonia's EU path
Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia pays official visit to Slovenia
Minister Dr Dominika Švarc Pipan welcomes her North Macedonian colleague, Prof Dr Nikola Tupančeski
Political Director and Director-General Müller holds political consultations with North Macedonia
State Secretary Dovžan on support for the Union’s enlargement process at the 8th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Skopje
Slovenia conveys firefighting equipment to North Macedonia
Relations between Slovenia and North Macedonia have traditionally been friendly and the countries have been good partners. There is intensive cooperation and constant dialogue between the two countries in political, economic, cultural and scientific fields. Slovenia has always supported North Macedonia politically, professionally and technically in its accession to the EU. Slovenia also strongly supported North Macedonia in its efforts to join NATO, which it ultimately did in 2020.
In line with the priorities of Slovenian foreign and economic policies, bilateral development cooperation is focused mostly on the Western Balkan countries. Slovenia has concluded a bilateral agreement on development cooperation with North Macedonia and in accordance with the agreement, development cooperation between Slovenia and North Macedonia focuses on environmental protection, particularly the protection of water resources and management of waste water and energy efficiency. A particular emphasis is placed on the strengthening of economic development, balanced regional development, the modernization of the public administration and trainings in the context of EU accession.
Since 2015 Slovenia has donated more than €16 million for development cooperation projects in North Macedonia. A partial list of concluded projects is available at the foreign ministry archive webpage.
Slovenians in North Macedonia
After the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, Slovenians in North Macedonia felt the need and desire to be more organized, to meet and socialize in their new country. Thus, on 30th September 1994, a Slovenian Society was registered, and then on 10th January 1999 renamed to Slovenian Association »France Prešeren« in Skopje. The association, which today counts around 160 members from all over North Macedonia, has it's own statute, program goals, tasks and an annual work program. It is opened to all Slovenians and their descendants, relatives and anyone else who feels any link with Slovenia and its culture. It is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit organization, with a goal to preserve and expand the cultural and scientific values of the Slovenian nation, language, culture and folklore in North Macedonia, while not ignoring the values of the Macedonian nation, it represents a bridge between nations.
In the end of 2007, Slovenians from Bitola established the second Slovenian association in North Macedonia under the name Triglav. The Association encourages socializing, cares about social and cultural ties with Slovenia, organizes learning of Slovenian language, customs, traditions and cultural heritage and historical values. At the same time provides various forms of assistance and information, organizes cultural and scientific meetings.
On November 26, 2010, a third association of Slovenes in Northern Macedonia was founded, named the Slovenian Center from Skopje. In its regular activities, it strives for numerous activities, goals and tasks, among which are the preservation of Slovenian consciousness and the promotion of culture.
International development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Why we need development cooperation, Planning and implementing Slovenia's development cooperation and humanitarian aid, Thematic and geographic priorities of Slovenia's development cooperation, Awareness-raising of development cooperation
As a Central European and Mediterranean country located at the intersection of three macro-regions – the Alps, the Adriatic and the Danube region – and of Western and Southeast Europe, Slovenia offers a wide range of possibilities for economic, political and cultural cooperation.
EU technical assistance to third countries
The EU provides targeted financial assistance to candidate countries, potential candidate countries and partners in support of their efforts to implement political, economic, and institutional reforms.