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Minister Logar visits Berlin

As part of the regular political dialogue, Minister Logar met with his host, German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. They talked about activities aimed at enhancing political and economic relations between Slovenia and Germany, with particular focus on strengthening cooperation within the framework of the EU in the light of the upcoming Slovenian EU Council Presidency.

The ministers confirmed excellent and friendly relations between their respective countries, which share the same views on important issues in the international community.

Their discussion focused on the challenges of the Slovenian Presidency related to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the strengthening of the Union’s resilience to crises and the recovery of the European economy.

Minister Logar highlighted the constructive cooperation with Germany within the Trio Presidency Germany–Portugal–Slovenia and went on to outline the key priorities of the Slovenian Presidency in the second half of this year. During this period, Slovenia will pay particular attention to strengthening the Union’s resilience in crises and to addressing the various crises more effectively. The cornerstone of the efforts will be the building of a European Health Union, ensuring greater autonomy of the EU in terms of the accessibility of medicines and vaccines, and actions in the field of cybersecurity. As part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Slovenia will work together with the European Parliament and the European Commission for an inclusive and in-depth discussion on the future of Europe.

As to EU enlargement, both sides supported efforts to advance the Western Balkans region. Minister Logar stressed the need to pay more attention to the region from the strategic and geopolitical perspectives and went on to outline the planned organisation of the EU-Western Balkans Summit during the Slovenian Presidency.

In the morning, Minister Logar also met with members of the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries, primarily to discuss the post-pandemic economic recovery and the adaptation of the European economy to the new challenges after the pandemic. They also focused on strengthening economic cooperation with Germany as Slovenia’s major foreign trade partner, especially on the automotive industry and new technologies.