The Slovenia Times

PM Šarec to pay official visit to Serbia


President Borut Pahor was the last senior Slovenian official to pay an official visit to Serbia, accompanied by a sizeable business delegation in January.

The last Serbian official to visit Slovenia, at the start of July, was parliamentary Speaker Gojković.

Slovenia and Serbia have well developed and largely problem-free relations. Since 2013, the two governments have also met for several joint sessions.

The issues yet to be resolved pertain to cultural heritage and archives, and stem from their succession to the former Yugoslavia.

The two countries have also intensive bilateral relations, with Slovenia being a major investor in Serbia.

Last year's bilateral trade increased by around 14%. Slovenia's exports stood at EUR 900 million and Serbia's at EUR 600 million.

Slovenia's investments in Serbia topped one billion euro, whereas Serbia's here amounted to around EUR 200 million.

A strong supporter of EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans, Slovenia also supports Serbia's EU integration.

It is thus in favour of Serbia-Kosovo dialogue that would lead to the normalisation of relations between the two neighbours, a prerequisite for Serbia's EU membership.


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