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Dynamic political dialogue between Slovenia and Italy 

Rome, 30 November 2017 – In Rome, where he participated in the panel on the Mediterranean, State Secretary Iztok Mirošič met with Vincenzo Amendola, the Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sandro Gozi, the Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Elisabetta Belloni, the Secretary-General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  


In his discussions with State Undersecretary Amendola, State Secretary Mirošič stressed that, as agreed, Slovenia supported Italy's candidature for Milan to host the seat of the European Medicines Agency, and expressed regret that the candidature had not been successful. In discussing European issues, most attention was devoted to migration; the two officials agreed that efforts to find common European solutions should continue in order to curb new waves of migration and prevent irregular migration. They also touched on the Schengen regime, agreeing that its implementation should continue, as the free movement of people is one of the pillars of the EU, expressed concern over the situation in the Western Balkans and were of the same mind that countries in the region need a clearer European perspective. Amendola asked Mirošič for assistance and insight into Slovenia's experience as a chair of the OSCE, the chairmanship of which Italy will assume in 2018, with the Mediterranean as the main focus. 


With regard to bilateral issues, the two officials discussed topics related to the agreement between Ministers Erjavec and Alfano at a meeting on 9 November 2017 in Rome. They expressed satisfaction that the third meeting of the Joint Slovenia–Friuli Venezia Giulia Committee had been convened for 19 January 2018. They also touched on the setting up of electoral districts to facilitate the election of a representative of the Slovenian national community to the Italian Parliament. Economic cooperation between the two countries is intensive and diversified. Italy is Slovenia's second most important foreign trade partner, and the two countries are planning to hold a joint conference in early 2018. They concluded their talks with the affirmation that relations between the two neighbouring countries are excellent, and stated their commitment to continue the dialogue on the restitution of cultural property. 


At the meeting between State Secretary Mirošič and Secretary of State Gozi, the focus was on topical European issues, particularly the future of the EU and the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework. Special attention was devoted to the future of the Union after Brexit and to the negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom on the terms of the latter's withdrawal. They also discussed the development of the common agricultural policy and cohesion funds, with Mr Gozi presenting a study on the funding of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. They agreed that cooperation between the two countries in the framework of European macro-regions should be strengthened, also in the light of the upcoming multiannual financial framework. 


State Secretary Mirošič and Secretary-General Belloni discussed the setting up of regular dialogue between the two foreign ministries at the level of state secretaries and secretaries general.