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State Secretary Štucin holds consultations in Copenhagen

State Secretary Marko Štucin held bilateral consultations in Copenhagen with the State Secretary for European Affairs and the Arctic of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carsten Grønbech-Jensen. He also held consultations with the Head of the EU Division at Prime Minister’s Office, Ida Hannibal, and the Chairman of the European Affairs Committee in the Danish parliament, Niels Flemming Hansen.

During the consultations, State Secretary Štucin underlined the importance of an enhanced political dialogue and bilateral cooperation between Slovenia and Denmark. Other topics on the discussion agenda included the current situation in Ukraine. In this context, the importance of further all-round support to Ukraine was also emphasised. State Secretary Štucin stressed that as a newly elected member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2024–2025 term Slovenia will act responsibly and strive for constructive collaboration in dealing with the most pressing issues.

In the discussion about the Western Balkans, State Secretary Štucin stressed how important further EU efforts are in this region. "Slovenia is in favour of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans because this ensures stability in the region, which is especially important in the current challenging geostrategic situation," said State Secretary Štucin.

They focused on the issue of the EU’s competitiveness, economic governance and the interim review of the multiannual financial framework. They exchanged views on the possibilities for more effective participation in the field of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. Further topics discussed were the green transition, energy security and the external and internal dimension of the migration issue. State Secretary Štucin underlined the imperative to ensure a fully functioning Schengen area and abolition of internal border controls. They agreed on the importance of respecting the rule of law, which is one of the priorities of the Slovenian Government.