Relations between the two countries are positive and friendly without
unresolved issues. The countries are connected by belonging to the
same Central European space and their common foreign policy priorities
(joining the EU and NATO, regional cooperation in CEFTA and the
CEI). Both countries emphasise cooperation rather than competition in
the accession processes for the EU and NATO.
In March 1999 Prime Minister Drnovsek made an official visit to
Slovakia and in August 2000 Alojz Peterle made an official visit to
Slovakia as Slovenian foreign minister. In February 1999 the Slovakian
foreign minister Eduard Kukan made an official visit to Slovenia and
in 2001 Slovakia's President Rudolf Schuster (23-24 May), and Prime
Minister Mikulas Dzurinda (19 February) both made official visits to
Slovenia. On the invitation of President Kucan, President Schuster
will participate in the 9th Meeting of the Presidents of Central
European States, which will take place in Slovenia from 31 May to 1
June this year. On 4 March, also of this year, the Slovakian deputy
prime minister Maria Kalecikova visited Slovenia.
The two countries have signed all the most important bilateral
economic agreements, except the Agreement on Avoidance of Double
Taxation and the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Certificates on
Although bilateral economic cooperation has increased on an annual
basis, the amount of trade remains unsatisfactory. Exports to Slovakia
amounted to just 0.9 percent of Slovenia's total exports, with imports
from Slovakia amounting to 1.4 percent of Slovenia's total imports.
Since 1996 Slovenia has recorded a positive trend in trade with
Slovakia. In comparison to the previous year, exports in 2001
increased by 19.9 percent while imports from Slovakia increased by 8.1
percent, making Slovakia the twentieth ranking export partner with
Slovenia and 18th for imports.
On 31 December 2000 direct Slovenian investments in Slovakia totalled
USD 5.2 million while direct Slovakian investment in Slovenia totalled
USD 0.1 million.
Slovakia's basic foreign policy priority is, like Slovenia's, to join
the European Union. Slovakia has provisionally closed 23 negotiation
chapters during the negotiation process with the EU and plans to
conclude negotiations by the end of 2002 and become an EU member on 1
January 2004. Seventy percent of Slovakian citizens are in favour of
EU membership with 30% either against or undecided. Slovakia, together
with Slovenia, is frequently described as one of the best prepared
NATO candidates and its positions and strategic preparations for
membership of the alliance are similar to Slovenia's. As a NATO
candidate, Slovakia is also a member of the Vilnius group.
In November 2001 a Slovenian delegation to Bratislava took part in
consultations with Slovakian ministerial representatives about joining
the OECD. The Slovakian side were very willing to share their
experiences and promised to support Slovenia's entry to the OECD.
During 2002 Slovakia will preside over CEFTA. The following year
Slovenia will take over the presidency.
Slovakia worked for some time to become a full member of the Stability
Pact for South Eastern Europe and succeeded in autumn 2001 together
with Poland and the Czech Republic. Slovakian representatives attend
every Stability Pact meeting and support a wide range of activities
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