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Minister Erjavec hosts Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Crnadak for a working visit

Ljubljana, 11 April 2018 – At the invitation of Minister Erjavec, a two-day visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak, started today in Ljubljana. The working visit is part of regular political dialogue between the two countries at the level of foreign ministers.
 
Both ministers agreed that relations between their two countries are traditionally positive and friendly. Cooperation has been established in a number of areas, particularly the economy. Minister Erjavec emphasised that economic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina are very positive and that the country is an important Slovenian partner in all the main aspects of economic cooperation – trade in goods and services and investment. He was pleased to mention that, following the financial crisis, trade has been increasing again, reaching the record value of EUR 1.25 billion in 2017. The positive economic relations are also reflected in the fact that more than one hundred companies with Slovenian majority share in Bosnia and Herzegovina provide more than 15,000 jobs.
 
Particular attention was also devoted to progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina on its path towards the EU and NATO. Minister Erjavec was pleased that the country has managed to draw up coordinated answers to an EU questionnaire, adding that candidate status requires progress on the implementation of the reform agenda and election reform, which would ensure the constitutionality of the October elections and the legitimate formation of a new government. He guaranteed Slovenia’s further support for the country’s efforts to achieve EU integration and further cooperation on twinning projects.
 
Minister Erjavec also stressed the importance of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a close partner in development assistance. To date, Slovenia has allocated more than EUR 17 million for various development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and more than EUR 4 million in the last year alone. Even after the adoption of the new development assistance act, which is currently undergoing parliamentary procedure, the country will remain among Slovenia’s main partners in development cooperation.
 
Minister Erjavec also stressed the importance of the Council of Europe resolution that formally closes the supervision of Slovenia's execution of the ECHR judgement in the Ališić case. This decision is an acknowledgement that Slovenia has adopted in due time the measures needed to enable full execution of the judgement.

The two ministers also touched on the Slovenian SEECP chairmanship. Minister Crnadak commended the Slovenian chairmanship and welcomed the endeavours to reach an arrangement regarding the future chairmanships-in-office by the next summit meeting, to be hosted by Slovenia on 24 April.
On his second day of the visit, Minister Crnadak will take part in an international conference on cultural and creative industries, Creative Forum Ljubljana, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Union for the Mediterranean and other partners.