Relations between the two countries are regular, positive and very
cooperative. They are based on the traditionally rich associations
between the two nations, similar philosophies of political, economic
and social development, and being part of the same Central European
The Czech Republic ranks eleventh among Slovenia's foreign trade
partners. Although Slovenia has had a constant trade deficit with the
Czech Republic, it remains one of Slovenia's most important trading
In 2001 trade between the two countries totalled USD 416.7
million. Slovenian exports were worth USD 168 million, an increase of
11.4 percent on the previous year, and imports from the Czech Republic
were worth USD 248.7 million, a decrease of 1.4 percent.
All the relevant agreements from the economic sphere have been signed
and the countries are both members of CEFTA, the Central European Free
In recent years the number of official visits has been on the
increase. The Czech foreign minister Jan Kavan made a working visit to
Slovenia in January 1999, as did the Czech President Václav Havel in
April 2000. In May 2001 the Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman paid an
official visit to Slovenia. The Prime Minister, Dr Drnovsek, made an
official visit to the Czech Republic in March 1999, followed in
September of the same year by Slovenia's then foreign minister Dr
Boris Frlec. Dr Dimitrij Rupel made an official visit to the Czech
Republic as Slovenia's foreign minister in April 2000. The Czech
foreign minister Jan Kavan visited Slovenia in February 2001 and in
May of the same year the President of the Republic Milan Kucan made a
working visit to the Czech Republic.
European Union membership is a foreign policy priority for the Czech
Republic, which has closed 24 negotiating chapters to date.
The Czech Republic strongly supports Slovenia's endeavours towards
NATO membership. The Czech Republic's experiences so far of
integration and operations with NATO are a useful source of
information in Slovenia's efforts to join.
The Czech Republic has donated USD 217,100 to the International Trust
Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF).
The two countries have already signed all the most important
agreements, creating an excellent base for cooperation in a wide range
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