Opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Thessaloniki
David Brozina, Director-General for EU Affairs, and Slovenian Ambassador to Greece Anita Pipan attended the official opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Thessaloniki. This is the first Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Greece, with jurisdiction over the entire north of Greece. Thessaloniki, the second largest Greek city and a major port, is the economic centre of this rapidly developing region.
In his address, Director-General Brozina underlined the strong historical ties between the countries. As members of the EU and NATO, they share common values and understand the importance of solidarity and the rule of law for the existence and successful functioning of the European Union.
Slovenian Ambassador Anita Pipan handed over the exequatur to the Honorary Consul, Nikolaos Takas, saying that she believed his efforts would significantly contribute to strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.
Following the address of Honorary Consul Takas, the assembled participants were also addressed by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, and Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia. They both drew attention to the promising areas for enhancing economic cooperation between Slovenia and Greece.
In this regard, Governor Tzitzikostas advocated closer cooperation between the regional authorities and Slovenia, particularly in education, the environment, tourism and modern technologies.