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Germany and Slovenia: bilateral relations Slovenia

19.11.2020 - Article

Diplomatic relations between Germany and Slovenia were established on 15 January 1992. The two countries enjoy very good relations based on mutual trust. These friendly ties have been underscored by numerous high-level visits. Since 2017, bilateral relations have been enhanced by a regular German-Slovene Dialogue. Building on this, the then Slovene Foreign Minister Cerar and Federal Foreign Minister Maas signed the German-Slovene Action Plan in Berlin on 22 May 2019. This provides for joint bilateral cooperation projects in ten fields up to 2021. Together with Germany and Portugal, Slovenia has been part of the Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union since July 2020. Federal President Steinmeier visited Slovenia on 9 and 10 May 2019 to mark Europe Day. Federal Foreign Minister Maas most recently visited Slovenia on 3 July 2020. Numerous members of the Slovene Government, in particular Minister of Economic Development and Technology Počivalšek, are frequent visitors to Germany.

Bilateral economic cooperation is extremely close. Germany is Slovenia’s most important trading partner by far, accounting for 19% of the country’s foreign trade. Germany is one of the principal foreign investors in Slovenia. The German-Slovene Chamber of Industry and Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.

A cultural agreement has been in force between Germany and Slovenia since June 1994.

The Goethe-Institut has operated in Ljubljana since 2004. “Bücher über die man spricht” (Books we talk about), a joint project run by Ljublijana City Library and the Goethe-Institut, has been up and running since 2018. This project enables people to enjoy contemporary German literature and magazines in Oton Župančič Library in Ljublijana.

The German Government supports German language teaching at Slovene schools in a variety of ways. At 23 of the country’s schools, students can obtain the German Language Certificate (DSD) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder. A total of some 70,000 school pupils are learning German. There is also a FIT school in Slovenia – Beltinci Primary School. It is part of the Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) network, the purpose of which is to establish and expand German tuition.

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