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State Secretaries deepen good relations with countries at Bled Strategic Forum

State Secretaries Samuel Žbogar and Marko Štucin held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 18th Bled Strategic Forum. State Secretary Štucin participated in the panel on the EU’s decision-making role.

At the panel “European Union: Decision maker?” State Secretary Marko Štucin advocated the enlargement of the European Union, adding that innovative ideas and concrete steps are needed to accelerate the enlargement process. Regarding the crises that the European Union and the world have been facing in recent years, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine and the climate crisis, State Secretary Štucin called for strategic strengthening of the European Union and for solidarity, noting that "in the wake of the catastrophic floods in Slovenia, solidarity has come to the fore as a fundamental European value, we all recognise it, even though it is not enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty".

On the sidelines of this year's Bled Strategic Forum, State Secretary Štucin held a number of bilateral meetings. He met with Swedish Minister for European Affairs Jessika Roswall, Czech State Secretary Jan Marian and Portuguese State Secretary Tiago Antunes. He also held meetings with State Secretary at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mehmet Kemal Bozay, Serbian Minister of European Integration Tanja Miščević, State Secretary at the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Megi Fino and State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Josip Brkić. He thanked the high officials for their solidarity and assistance to Slovenia after the catastrophic floods, and the discussions also focused on bilateral cooperation and current European issues, with a particular emphasis on the EU's enlargement policy, which has been given a concrete timeline with the "Bled Commitment" presented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

State Secretary Samuel Žbogar, meanwhile, held bilateral meetings with State Secretary at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Laura da Rocha, State Secretary at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Niels Annen, State Secretary of Saudi Arabia Adel Al-Jubeir and Special Envoy of the Chinese Government for European Affairs Wo Hongbo. Among other things, they discussed Slovenia's membership of the United Nations Security Council and stressed the importance of multilateralism for global peace and security, identifying solidarity as an important factor in the development of a cooperative global environment.