What will be the focus of bilateral relations in 2019
As neighboring countries, Italy and Slovenia share important bilateral relations: from trade and investment to tourist flows. In fact, Italy is Slovenia's second commercial partner with a 13.5% market share, whereas Slovenia is the main Italian partner from the former Yugoslavia plus Albania area, absorbing over a third of its total trade. The value of our bilateral trade reached EUR 7.6bn in 2017 - the highest value ever - and is continuing to grow in 2018 with a 9% increase in the first eight months, on a year-on-year basis. Italy is Slovenia's fifth largest investor with an FDI stock of over EUR 1.1bn at the end of 2017 and Italian citizens are the most numerous foreign tourists in Slovenia. We are confident that these solid relations will continue in the upcoming year as many Italian companies are showing a growing interest for the Slovenian market and vice versa.
In 2018 the Italian Trade Agency in Ljubljana organised several promotional actions that helped companies from both sides to link with each other, starting with trade missions of Slovenian operators to selected Italian Fairs and workshops, to the organisation and participation of several events in Slovenia in agri-food, design, consumer goods, the environmental and technological sectors. One of the latest events organised by the Italian Government was the third Slovene "Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World", with several gastronomical events in Ljubljana and Koper. In 2019, all the Italian institutions in Slovenia will continue to promote Italian excellence, not only through information and assistance on commercial and investment opportunities, but also in the fields of science, education and culture to further strengthen the good relationships between Italy and Slovenia.