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Minister Logar hosts Serbian Minister Selaković on an official visit

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Anže Logar is hosting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Selaković on an official visit to Slovenia. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation, supporting Serbia on its path towards EU membership and exchanging views on the situation in the Western Balkans in the light of Slovenia's upcoming EU Council Presidency.

Ministers Logar and Selaković agreed that Slovenia and Serbia have developed very dynamic bilateral cooperation. They assessed economic cooperation between the countries as very good. Serbia is an important economic partner of Slovenia, the largest investor and the second most important destination for Slovenian investments. However, the ministers agreed that it would take additional effort to revive economic activities, such as tourism and trade, which have suffered because of the pandemic.

The ministers adopted an agreement on mutual recognition of digital certificates as part of the COVID-19 crisis exit strategy. The certificates will facilitate the travel of Slovenian and Serbian citizens from Slovenia to Serbia and vice versa.

The ministers also touched on open issues of succession. Minister Logar expressed his belief that twenty years after the signing of the Agreement on Succession Issues, the time has come to close this chapter successfully, in the European spirit. He advocated the active resolution of open succession issues and the convening of a meeting of high representatives for succession as soon as possible.

Minister Logar offered Minister Selaković further political support and professional assistance to Serbia in its EU accession talks. He also emphasised the importance of implementing the necessary reforms, reiterating the Union's expectations of Serbia strengthening the rule of law and adapting to its common foreign and security policy.

Ministers Logar and Selaković also focused on the presentation of the priorities of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency. Minister Logar hopes that Serbia will fulfil the necessary conditions, make significant progress on its path towards EU membership shortly and continue the accession talks based on a revised enlargement methodology.