The Slovenia Times

Serbian PM Starts First Official Visit to Slovenia


Apart from his host and counterpart Janša, Dačić will also meet President Danilo Türk and Speaker Gregor Virant in the afternoon. In his capacity as interior minister, Dačić will sign an agreement on police cooperation with Slovenian Interior Minister Vinko Gorenak.

The visit will start with a tete-a-tete of the prime ministers, to be followed by a meeting of both government delegations and a press conference. At noon, Slovenia's prime minister will host a lunch for his guest.

Dačić will also meet over dinner Minister of Economic Development and Technology Radovan Žerjav, whose ministry has termed Serbia one of the most interesting markets for Slovenian companies. The countries also share interest in joint projects in third markets, especially Russia.

Slovenia will confirm its interest in a further strengthening of bilateral relations and political dialogue, while Serbia will brief Slovenia on the progress of reforms which the country needs to take on its path to EU membership, the PM's office said ahead of the visit.

Serbia is Slovenia's tenth most important trade partner. Bilateral trade rose by 9.1% in 2011 to EUR 1.012bn, EUR 597.4m of which was Slovenia's exports.

The Serbian PM will also visit the Serbian Orthodox church in Ljubljana in the afternoon, to be followed by ICT company ComTrade before dinner with Žerjav.

On Thursday, he will pay a visit to the Velenje headquarters of household appliance maker Gorenje, a major investor in Serbia.


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