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State Secretary Štucin in Vienna on bilateral relations and current European issues

State Secretary Marko Štucin attended bilateral consultations in Vienna. He met with Karoline Edtstadler, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution, and Nikolaus Marschik, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

State Secretary Štucin and Minister Edtstadler exchanged views on current European issues, in particular the forthcoming European Council and the recent European Parliament elections, as well as on EU enlargement and the necessary reforms. State Secretary Štucin argued that the enlargement process and negotiations with candidate countries should go hand in hand with discussions among EU Member States about the necessary internal reforms. He was in favour of a debate on more effective EU decision-making and presented an initiative for a more efficient enlargement process.

The talks with Secretary General Marschik focused on the development of bilateral relations and current foreign policy issues. The two high officials reaffirmed the good political and economic relations between the two neighbouring countries and their interest in deepening cooperation.

They also exchanged views on the situation in the Western Balkans and called for continued efforts to speed up EU enlargement to the region. Slovenia and Austria are both strong advocates of enlargement and will continue to support the countries of the region in their accession to the EU. State Secretary Štucin also presented Slovenia's activities and views with regard to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and developments in the Middle East.

The consultations of the State Secretary are part of the regular dialogue between Slovenia and Austria. Relations between the two countries are intensive and extensive, with exchanges and meetings taking place in practically all areas.