Minister Cerar on a work visit in Sweden
Stockholm, 21 and 22 February 2020 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Miro Cerar paid a work visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, where he met Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Ann Linde as well as the President of the Swedish Riksdag Mr Andreas Norlén. They discussed the importance of the EU perspective for the countries of the Western Balkans, sustainable development and global challenges. At the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Minister Cerar exchanged views with a group of Swedish experts about the Western Balkans, EU's role in the world and its' relations with China, Russia and the US. Accompanied by Minister Linde, Minister Cerar went to see Smart City Sweden, an example of green, sustainable urban development and planning.
Minister Cerar addressed with Minister Linde the Western Balkans, the role of the EU in the world, relations between the EU and China, EU – Russia relations and preparations for the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2021. They discussed possibilities for cooperating more closely in the Western Balkans on the project "School and Peer mediation in BiH", which has been conducted by the ITF Enhancing Human Security since 2017. The two ministers spoke about the EU's policy on Arctic and the consequences of the climate change. They also discussed possibilities for cooperation during the Swedish OSCE Chairmanship in Office 2021.
In the Swedish Parliament Minister Cerar was welcomed by the Speaker Mr Andreas Norlén. They addressed a wide range of issues related to the Western Balkans as well as EU relations with China.
During his visit to Stockholm Minister Cerar spoke at an event at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs. With a group of prominent Swedish experts Minister Cerar exchanged views on the Western Balkans and regional challenges of the EU as well as relations with China, Russia and the US.
On the second day of his visit, 22 February, Minister Cerar participated in the annual meeting of the Slovenian Union. In his address, Minister Cerar thanked Slovenian compatriots living in Sweden for nurturing the Slovenian language and identity and for contributing to closer cooperation between Slovenia and Sweden. The Slovenian community organised a cultural event in which the choir Triglav and the musician and translator Danni Stražar performed.