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Credibility, the key to Slovenia's success

09.01.2015

Editorial

Greater need for security. Photo: Mostphotos
The year behind us was demanding in many ways, but it also brought some success. We are particularly happy with the success achieved in finance and the economy, where the economic indicators have improved and become positive. Naturally, several issues and dilemmas remain for which the Slovenian government will have to find appropriate, credible responses. In order to implement structural reforms and austerity measures, it will have to gain wide social consensus and the cooperation of social partners. The government faces many challenges in investments, health reform and foreign policy, where Slovenian diplomacy is already hard at work. At the recent annual three-day consultations, the 19th in a row, the discussions centred mainly on Slovenia's international role, the significance of economic diplomacy and taking a coordinated approach to international activities. They also focused on security issues, which are especially justified in the light of the atrocities committed by terorrists in France this week. The Slovenian Prime Minister strongly condemned the attack on media freedom, which is a crucial achievement of civilisation. In this respect, foreign minister Erjavec highlighted dialogue as the basic tool of the policy of peace.

One of the main topics and the central theme of this year’s discussion was the work of economic diplomacy, which is an important tool for developing the economy. "We seek to open new markets, because, in addition to investments, only exports can save Slovenia: So we are also seeking suitable investors in foreign markets,” said foreign minister Karl Erjavec. Slovenia has an exceptional geo-strategic position at the crossroads of corridors V and X. As one of the promising markets, the minister mentioned Central Europe, particularly due to the connection with Asia via the Port of Koper.

Slovenia must become a credible country again. In recent years, the economic, financial and social crises have affected the country’s reputation, which must be improved again. According to Prime Minister Miro Cerar, this is a crucial prerequisite for making Slovenia a credible, trustworthy and development-oriented country again, which can be open without fear for its existence. Credibility is also a decisive factor for the reputation and successful performance of Slovenia abroad. In this respect, Mr Cerar reiterated that it was time to re-define foreign policy and strategic goals and ways to achieve them. Here, the EU remains the primary framework of the country’s political and economic development and Slovenia should be an active component.

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