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State Secretary Štucin confirms friendly bilateral relations during consultations in Lisbon

State Secretary Marko Štucin held political consultations in Lisbon with the Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Portuguese Foreign Ministry, Inês Domingos. The two officials confirmed the positive and friendly bilateral relations between Slovenia and Portugal, exchanging views on further support for Ukraine, institutional reforms, EU enlargement and the situation in the Western Balkans.
državna sekretarja stojita pred zastavami

State secretaries Marko Štucin and Inês Domingos | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje in evropske zadeve

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State Secretary Štucin underlined the importance of continuing the enlargement process with the Western Balkans, highlighting its contribution to regional stability. He reiterated Slovenia's support for the Western Balkan countries on their reform path. Both sides focused on the debate about EU institutional reform in light of the expected enlargement and agreed that discussions on internal EU reforms should take place alongside the enlargement process. They exchanged views on the EU's multiannual financial framework, to be presented by the European Commission in mid-2025, and on enhancing the competitiveness of the European economy. Part of the discussion was also devoted to EU migration policy, where Slovenia and Portugal share similar views and support a common and comprehensive EU approach.

Slovenia and Portugal have developed friendly relations and constructive cooperation at both bilateral and European levels, as well as within international organisations. The officials also discussed the possibility of improving economic cooperation, particularly in the field of renewable energy.

Additionally, the two state secretaries addressed the security situation and global challenges, including Slovenia's efforts to find common solutions through its membership of the UN Security Council.