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Minister Erjavec receives Speaker of Estonian Parliament Eiki Nestor

Ljubljana, 3 October 2017 – Minister Erjavec received the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament, Eiki Nestor, who is on an official visit to Slovenia. 


The Speaker is visiting Slovenia at a time of major anniversaries. Last year, Slovenia and Estonia marked twenty-five years of mutual recognition and the establishment of diplomatic relations, and next year Estonia will celebrate the centennial of its statehood. In the second half of this year, Estonia will preside over the Council of the European Union, which will provide an additional opportunity to enhance political dialogue.


Minister Erjavec and Speaker Nestor underlined the very positive relations between Slovenia and Estonia, as well as the importance of regular political dialogue. They expressed mutual interest in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. There are numerous possibilities to enhance cooperation on trade, including digitalisation and cyber security. 


Both countries also cooperate successfully within the EU and NATO. During Estonia’s Presidency of the EU Council, cooperation between the two countries will be further enhanced. They advocated the strengthening of the European Union, dialogue and confidence. Minister Erjavec welcomed the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, as an open, innovative economy, a safe and digital Europe, free flow of information, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe are areas in which Slovenia also aspires to make progress. 


They also discussed the situation in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, with both sides also being highly interested in stability and progress in the European neighbourhood. Resolving conflicts in compliance with international law and respect for it are of exceptional importance for the region, its stability and the EU perspective, the counterparts agreed. Minister Erjavec concluded the talks by wishing Estonia a successful continuation of its EU Council Presidency, and assured his counterpart of Slovenia’s support.