Relations between Slovenia and Romania are positive. The countries
share the same foreign policy objectives, the most important of which
is membership in the European Union and NATO. Both countries are
strongly in favour of stabilising South Eastern Europe and preventing
international terrorism. Political dialogue between the two countries
takes place continuously at the bilateral level and within various
multilateral meetings. A large number of visits are planned for this
year, including some at the highest level. President Kucan is set to
visit Romania from 9-10 July 2002.
Economic cooperation between the two countries is rather modest but is
improving. An important framework for this cooperation is set by CEFTA
- both countries are members - and an agreement on cooperation between
the Slovenian and Romanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
In 2001 trade increased to a total of USD 143.6 million of which USD
58.3 million (index 120) were Slovenian exports and USD 85.3 million
(index 147) imports from Romania.
The more significant economic events of last year included the opening
of the new business premises of Lek Pharma Tech in Bucharest, the
subsidiary company of the Slovenian pharmaceutical company Lek. In
October 2001 a regular meeting of the joint Slovenia- Romanian
Economic Commission was held in Bucharest. During the meeting an
Agreement on Cooperation between the Slovenian Trade and Investment
Promotion Agency and the Romanian Foreign Trade Centre was signed. The
next meeting of the commission will take place in Slovenia towards the
end of 2002.
The two countries have signed a large number of agreements including
the Protocol Establishing Diplomatic Relations, the Agreement on
Educational, Cultural, Scientific and Sports Cooperation, the
Agreement on International Road Transport, the Agreement on Economic
Cooperation, the Agreement on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection
of Investments, the Agreement on Romania's Accession to CEFTA, a
cooperative programme in the fields of education, culture and science
from 1997-2000, the Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation
between the Governments of the Republic of Slovenia and Romania, the
Agreement on Cooperation in the Fight against Organised Crime,
Trafficking in Illicit Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors,
Terrorism and other Serious Crimes and the Agreement on the Return and
Readmission of Persons whose Entry or Residence on the Territory of
the Other State was Illegal.
The two countries are expected to sign a further four agreements in
the near future including the Agreement between the Republic of
Slovenia and Romania on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the
Prevention of Income or Property Tax Evasion. The two countries are
also planning the conclusion of a programme on cultural cooperation
over the period 2002-2005. An agreement will also be shortly
concluded on the succession of agreements between the former SFR
Yugoslavia and Romania.
The EU Council of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs concluded that
as of 1 January 2002 Romanian citizens would no longer require a visa
to enter the European Union. In response to this decision the
Slovenian Government decided to abolish visa requirements for Romanian
citizens entering the Republic of Slovenia.
Slovenia cooperates with Romania within a wide range of international
organisations, the most important being CEFTA which offers a framework
for closer economic cooperation, the Vilnius group of candidates for
NATO membership, the OSCE, which Romania presided over last year, the
Stability Pact and SECI.
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