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Slovenian and Portuguese PMs in Slovenia on economic cooperation and European challenges

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar met Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa today in the course of the latter's working visit to Slovenia. 



Slovenia and Portugal are partners and allies with well-developed, friendly relations. Talks between the two Prime Ministers focused on deepening economic cooperation and the challenges currently facing the European Union. The two leaders agreed that many opportunities still exist in the field of economic cooperation and placed particular emphasis on opportunities for Slovenian and Portuguese businesses to work together in third markets, and on strengthening trade in goods between the two countries. While the latter has been growing in recent years, the two Prime Ministers consider that the positive economic trends in both countries mean that there is room for further growth. They also identified the sectors with the greatest potential, including the automotive industry, pharmaceuticals, logistics, IT and new technologies. 

They agreed to strengthen cooperation between the ministries responsible for the economy in their respective countries.



Slovenia and Portugal have very similar views of the challenges currently facing the European Union. 

The priority for both is to remain part of the most closely integrated core of the EU. Both countries defend the principles of equality of member states, mutual solidarity and respect for fundamental European values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law.



The two Prime Ministers devoted particular attention to economic and social issues and to external and internal security, which is key to ensuring the long-term stability and unity of the European project. 

They also touched on the multiannual financial framework and agreed that this must guarantee the implementation of the EU's achievements to date. 



Mr Cerar particularly emphasised the importance of cohesion policy. Slovenia and Portugal are both currently preparing themselves to assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2021, when, as in 2007 and 2008, they will be part of the presidency trio. 



The two Prime Ministers reviewed the preparations of their respective Governments to date and agreed that coordination between the two countries during the preparatory process is extremely important and useful for a successful Presidency.