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Minister Koritnik met with Chargé d'Affaires of British Embassy in Slovenia Paul Jancar

Today, the Minister of Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik met with Chargé d'Affaires of the British Embassy in Slovenia Paul Jancar. They talked about cooperation between the two countries in the field of digitalization and smart cities, facing the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus and Slovenia's preparations for the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2021.

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Minister Boštjan Koritnik and Chargé d'Affaires of British Embassy Paul Jancar | Author The Ministry of Pubic Administration

According to the interlocutors, the two countries are cooperating very well in areas that fall within the competence of the Ministry of Public Administration. Among other things, the Ministry and the British Embassy jointly organized a conference on public procurement, and representatives of the ministry regularly attend various conferences, where they present Slovenia's experience of best practice in the field of open data, better legislation, etc.

Regarding digitalisation, the Minister emphasized that in the difficult conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Slovenian digital sector, with its digital communication and service infrastructure, had successfully supported the functioning of the economy, the education system and society as a whole. "We believe that the pandemic has also shown the need to further expand fixed broadband networks, increase the availability of mobile communications networks (including 5G technology) and the offer and quality of digital services," added Koritnik.

The emphasis of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the field of digitalisation will be on artificial intelligence, cyber security and e-government. At the same time, according to the Minister, we will also adopt the national Strategy of Artificial Intelligence until 2025, the draft of which has already been prepared.

At the end, the interlocutors expressed their satisfaction with the introductory meeting and the presented topics.

Minister Koritnik also thanked the embassy representatives for the excellent work of former Ambassador Sophie Honey in Slovenia and wished them success in the work of her successor, who will arrive in Slovenia by the end of October.