Minister Dr Cerar and German Foreign Minister Maas discuss key EU topics and cooperation within the Trio Presidency
Minister Dr Miro Cerar held a working meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today to discuss bilateral cooperation and key issues within the European Union. Also today, the Trio partners, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, submitted their draft 18-month Trio Presidency programme to the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.
Bilateral cooperation continues to yield fruitful results and reflects the excellent relations between the two countries, agreed the ministers. The Strategic Dialogue for 2019-2021 is an important basis therefor and in this regard, Slovenia has submitted to Germany proposals for projects from various fields to implement the working programme. The ministers also commended the bilateral cooperation in multilateral settings, where the two countries share a number of similar views, and they exchanged opinions on topical regional issues.
The ministers devoted much attention to the situation in the EU and current global concerns. In light of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework, Minister Cerar pointed out the significance of cohesion for the future development of a unified and strong EU. He advocated maintaining the enlargement perspective of the Western Balkans, further strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and holding inclusive discussions on the future of the EU. The ministers agreed on the importance of continued close cooperation within the EU, which is already reflected in the format of the next Trio Presidency.
The Slovene and German foreign ministers met on International Human Rights Day on the margins of the high-level conference “Advocating Human Rights in the 21st Century”, in the framework of the initiative “Alliance for Multilateralism”.