Ample opportunities to further strengthen friendship and cooperation
Ljubljana, 21. 5. 2013 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today hosted the President of the Republic of Hungary, János Áder, who is on an official visit to Slovenia. After being received with military honours, the two presidents had a longer one-on-one meeting, followed by plenary talks between the delegations of the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Hungary, led by their respective presidents.
The Slovenian President first highlighted the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries and called for continued strengthening of bilateral friendship and cooperation. The two presidents focused on closer comprehensive cooperation between Slovenia and Hungary, assessing the development of economic and cross-border cooperation between the two states. They agreed that the countries could make better use of untapped potential in their common interest, in particular in the fields of energy, transport infrastructure, and the integration of enterprises in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
The two statesmen devoted special attention to the protection of national minorities living in Slovenia and Hungary. President Pahor thanked President Áder for his concern and care for the Slovenian minority living in Porabje and expressed his expectation for stable funding for the minority. The Hungarian President in turn expressed his thanks to Slovenia for preserving the funds earmarked for the Hungarian minority in Slovenia.
The two presidents shared the view that geographical proximity and bilingual minority communities are an excellent starting point for closer cooperation also in the fields of culture, education, science and research.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
In their talks, the two presidents touched upon the current issues relating to the European Union and its future development, and also spoke about Croatia’s upcoming membership of the European Union. They exchanged views on the situation in the Western Balkans and stressed the importance of regional cooperation, highlighting in particular the Central European Initiative and the Visegrad Group. President Pahor also acquainted his counterpart with the idea of reviving the regional Brdo Process.
Hungary is one of Slovenia’s most important trading partners, remaining in sixth place in this regard in 2012. Slovenia’s trade with Hungary accounts for 3.6 percent of its total foreign trade; in 2012, the total value of trade in goods amounted to EUR 1.55 billion. The two presidents pointed to the possibilities of strengthening cooperation in tourism, where, for Slovenians travelling abroad, Hungary ranks 10th
in number of visits and overnight stays.
At the end of their meeting, President Pahor invited President Áder to the commemoration of the 100th
anniversary of the start of the First World War, which broke out in this region – a respectful remembrance of its victims in his opinion points to the importance of the European commitment to consolidating peace and cooperation in the region.