Official name
REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Form of government
Republic
Capital
Ljubljana
Head of State
Borut Pahor
Prime Minister
Janez Janša
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Anže Logar
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
9. December 2000.

Political relations

Current bilateral relations are developed, characterized by comprehensive cooperation and dynamic political dialogue at all levels. The achieved level of relations is confirmed by the fact that five joint sessions of the two governments have been held so far. In 2020, the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić participated in the Bled Strategic Forum. During 2019, the Fifth Joint Session of the two Governments was held in Novi Sad, former First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić participated in the Bled Strategic Forum, the former President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojković paid an official visit to the Republic of Slovenia. In 2019, Serbia was visited by: the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor who participated in the 4th Regional Youth Conference in Novi Sad, the former PM of the Republic of Slovenia Marjan Šarec, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, M. Cera.

 

Economic relations

There is a permanent growth trend for trade between Serbia and Slovenia. In the period January-November 2020, exports of goods to Slovenia amounted to 484.8 million euros (Serbia is the 10th trading partner in terms of export value), and imports of goods from Slovenia amounted to 588.3 million euros (Serbia is the 7th trading partner in terms of import value). In 2019 exports of goods to Slovenia amounted to 570.7 million euros, while total imports were 574.7 million euros. Total trade in 2019 between Serbia and Slovenia amounted to 1.155 billion euros.

More than 4,400 companies from Serbia and Slovenia in 2019 were active in both markets, not only through trade but also through investment.

Slovenia is one of the largest investors, and over 1,200 Slovenian companies with majority Slovenian capital, which employ about 25,000 workers, operate successfully in Serbia. According to Slovenian statistics, Serbia ranks first in the value of Slovenian investments abroad.

The value of Slovenian investments in Serbia, including the NLB's investment in Komercijalna Banka, is over 1.6 billion euros. The largest Slovenian investments, among others, are the Post of Slovenia in the logistics company Interevropa (100 million euros), Don Don, which has been operating since 2008 and is the largest is the bakery company, Gorenje, Impol, Triglav osiguranje, Mercator, Merkur, etc.

Serbian investor Comtrade took over Slovenian Hermes Softlab in 2008 and employs 600 IT experts at three locations in Slovenia. The trend of increasing Serbian investments in the Republic of Slovenia has been prominent especially in the field of tourism. Portorož, the airport in Portorož, as well as the majority package of shares of Gorenjska banka, and Delta holding has invested in the construction of the hotel "Intercontinental" in Ljubljana and plans to build the hotel Holiday Inn whose construction is expected to begin soon.

 

Bilateral agreements

There are currently 49 agreements/protocols and MoUs in force.

Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, signed on 23 March 23 2001.

Agreement between the Council of Ministers of Serbia and Montenegro and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the Avoidance of Double Taxation in Relation to Taxes on Income and Property, signed on 11 June 2003.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on Police Cooperation, signed on 14 November 2012.

Protocol between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia on Cooperation in the Field of Education, signed on 2 October 2013.

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on Employment of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia in the Republic of Slovenia, signed on 1 February 2018.

 

Contact information

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ljubljana: http://ljubljana.mfa.gov.rs/lat/

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Belgrade: http://www.beograd.veleposlanistvo.si/index.php?id=20&L=9

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

Department for Neighbouring Countries and SEE: tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 289, e-mail: osz@mfa.rs