Slovenia and Germany, which both have a pro European Government, often have the same goals in the EU. At a meeting with Slovenia’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas said:
For Germany, Slovenia is a particularly close partner for a united Europe. We need this “Europe united” more than ever before.
He went on to say that Slovenia was also a reliable ally in strengthening the rule of law in Europe. On this issue, he said, they agreed that the EU’s credibility was at stake.
Joint Trio Council Presidency in the EU
From the second half of 2020, Germany and Slovenia, together with Portugal, will assume a so called Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The countries intend to take this opportunity to put common issues on the agenda that strengthen the unity of the EU. Both Governments are also clear proponents of multilateralism and follow the same approach in the Central and Eastern European forum the Three Seas Initiative to shape the format so that it includes and benefits all members.
Engagement for the Western Balkans
Foreign Minister Maas expressed his thanks to Cerar for Slovenia’s great engagement in the Western Balkans. He said that the prospect of EU membership for these countries had to remain credible and realistic, adding that although many reforms constituted a step in the right direction, much still needed to be done.
Dialogue between Germany and Slovenia
During the meeting of the two Foreign Ministers, Germany and Slovenia also made progress in their bilateral relations. A work programme between the two countries envisages direct and more intensive cooperation between several German and Slovenian ministries in specific areas. This programme is now close to being finalised.