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By virtue of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Foreign Affairs Act and other relevant rules and regulations, and according to international customary practice, the Diplomatic Protocol provides support to the operation of the diplomatic and consular corps and diplomatic missions, international organisations and their missions, and consular posts in Slovenia.

It organises official events hosted by the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, working visits by foreign ministers of other countries, and other bilateral and multilateral official events hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Diplomatic Protocol performs tasks related to ascertaining the scope of diplomatic privileges and immunities, and carries out procedures for their exercise. It ensures compliance with the provisions on immunities contained in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and reciprocity in the exercise of privileges. It keeps a record of members of foreign missions and their family members, and issues diplomatic, consular and service ID cards.

The Diplomatic Protocol conducts procedures for issuing agréments to foreign ambassadors and is responsible for the presentation of letters of credence and their copies by foreign ambassadors to Slovenia. It issues the Diplomatic List, the list of consular posts and the list of international organisations and their missions to the Republic of Slovenia. In the procedure for appointing Slovenian ambassadors and consuls-general, it is responsible for drawing up letters of credence, letters of recall and consular commissions.

It is responsible for diplomatic correspondence (diplomatic, verbal and circular notes, aide-mémoires, and official letters) with foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts. It is also responsible for protocol gifts and the overall visual identity of the Ministry and of Slovenia’s diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad.

The Diplomatic Protocol follows and examines protocol and ceremonial practices of other countries, and establishes practices at the national level.

The Translation Section within the Diplomatic Protocol is responsible for the translation of documents from foreign languages (English, German, French and Italian) into Slovenian and vice versa. It also provides Slovenian and foreign language editing and consecutive and simultaneous interpretation services (English and French). It participates in the expert group for the verification of the Slovenian texts of international instruments to be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, and makes terminological glossaries for internal use. It provides certified copies of translations from Slovenian into English and German and vice versa.

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