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Italy and Slovenia to continue good neighbourly relations

Rome, 28 June 2018 – During his visit to Rome, where he took part in a panel of the 2nd Mediterranean Forum of Rome, State Secretary Iztok Mirošič met State Secretary Emanuela Claudia Del Re and Secretary General Elisabetta Belloni at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to discuss bilateral and topical European issues and to confirm the ongoing excellent cooperation between the neighbouring countries.

 

The meeting between State Secretary Mirošič and his Italian counterpart Ms Del Re was the first at the level of deputy ministers, which confirmed Slovenia and Italy’s excellent relations and the interest in continuing regular friendly dialogue. The talks focused on bilateral cooperation, the future of the European Union, the Mediterranean and migration. Regarding the Western Balkans, Slovenia and Italy agree on the importance of stability and progress of Western Balkan countries' EU accession. State Secretary Mirošič said that Slovenia would continue its proactive engagement in the region, including concrete initiatives, which was commended by the Italian side as a positive example. The discussion also touched on the issue of the Slovenian national community in Italy, which forms an important link between the two countries, along with the Italian national community in Slovenia. It was also agreed that the development of excellent relations between the two countries would be continued after new governments have been formed.

 

State Secretary Mirošič and Secretary General Belloni agreed that bilateral consultations on the Western Balkans should be initiated between the two ministries and went on to exchange views on the Mediterranean and migration, particularly in light of the recent informal meeting of leaders on the topic of migration and European asylum policy on 24 June in Brussels and the GAC meeting in Luxembourg on 26 June prior to the European Council meeting on 28 and 29 June in Brussels. State Secretary Mirošič explained that all activities of the Member States must be focused on reducing migration, whereby its root causes need to be resolved more actively than hitherto, and cooperation needs to be established with countries of origin. Secretary General Belloni notified State Secretary Mirošič of the draft migration package introduced at the informal meeting in Brussels, which calls for shared responsibility among European partners. The counterparts also touched on other topical European issues, from EU integration of the Western Balkan countries to the adoption of reforms of the Common European Asylum System and of the Schengen reform.