Second day of German president’s official visit to Slovenia

Ljubljana, 10. 5. 2019 | press release

President Pahor is hosting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on an official visit to Slovenia.

President Pahor and President Steinmeier began the second day of the German president’s official visit to Slovenia with plenary discussions between the Slovenian and German delegations, led by the two presidents. The discussions between the two presidents focused on an exchange of opinions on issues relating to the current situation and the future of the EU after the upcoming European Parliament elections. The presidents also spoke about the international situation, particularly in the neighbouring region of the Western Balkans, and those countries’ level of preparedness for inclusion in Euro-Atlantic integration processes.

The German president’s visit to Slovenia and the accompanying events represent the continuation of partnership relations at a very high level and the strengthening of the political dialogue between Slovenia and Germany, based on the declaration on enhanced cooperation signed by (at that time Prime Minister) Pahor and Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2011.

Germany is Slovenia’s most important strategic trade partner and the primary market for Slovenian exporters. Slovenia generates around one fifth of its external trade in Germany; trade in goods and services between the two countries last year reached nearly EUR 10 billion. Germany is also one of the largest investors in Slovenia.

President Pahor and President Steinmeier spoke about increasing the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy and bilateral cooperation in the areas of politics, business, science and culture.

The two presidents then participated in a discussion on the future of the EU with students at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

President Steinmeier will conclude his official visit in the Soča region. President Pahor and President Steinmeier will visit the Kobarid Museum of the First World War, Slovenia’s leading museum, which keeps and exhibits the moveable heritage of the Soča front, and the Mahle Electric Drives company in Bovec.

Second day of German president’s official visit to Slovenia
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Second day of German president’s official visit to Slovenia
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA