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Political Affairs

Bilateral relations between Slovenia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are excellent.

In the political sphere, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia will continue linking, maintaining and enhancing contacts with British national institutions and their official representatives; providing information on Slovenia and the possibilities for cooperation in areas of common interest, the creation of conditions for strengthening of cooperation; updating the British side of the Slovenian positions and monitoring of British positions.

Excellent relations are reflected in intensive and diversified cooperation at all levels, both at bilateral and multilateral level. In particular, they were strengthened during the preparations for Slovenia's EU presidency in the first half of 2008 and during the presidency. Nowadays, this continues by addressing the current challenges in Europe and the wider international context.

The official visit of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich in 2008, hosted by Dr Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, is another reflection of the above mentioned excellent relations.

In 2009, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Mr Borut Pahor visited the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and met the Prime Minister and the First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service Mr Gordon Brown.

Dr Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, visited the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 25 and 26 March 2010. The President met Her Majesty the Queen, his programme also included two public events – the handover of a special collection “Iconotheca Valvasoriana” of Janez Vajkard Valvasor (1641-1693, elected as fellow of the Royal Society in 1687) to the Royal Society and an event at the Chatham House, a round table discussion on the subject of the future of the UN.

Excellent cooperation has also been at the parliamentary level. In July 2012 a meeting was conducted between the President of the National Council Blaž Kavčič with then the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness Hayman.

In the last two years year we have witnessed a number of visits at the highest political level. In April 2014 the Prime Minister, Minister for the Civil Service and First Lord of the Treasury Mr. David Cameron in London met then the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia M.Sc. Alenka Bratušek. This was followed by a June 2015 visit of the Prime Minister, Minister for the Civil Service and First Lord of the Treasury Mr. David Cameron in Ljubljana, during which he met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia dr. Miro Cerar.

Excellent cooperation between the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom was also reflected in February 2015 visit of the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Mr. Philip Hammond, to the Republic of Slovenia, in the context of discourse with the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister dr. Miro Cerar and Secretary of State Dragoljuba Benčina at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

In February 2011, the President of the House of Commons John Bercow visited Slovenia. In October 2013 there was an official visit to the UK Parliament by then the President of the National Assembly Janko Veber, who met among others with President of the House of Commons John Bercow and the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D'Souza. Also in May 2014, a return visit to Slovenia by a British-Slovene All-Party Parliamentary Group took place.

In November 2015 Slovenian Prime Minister dr. Miro Cerar visited UK and met the British Prime Minister David Cameron to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation and to exchange views on several most pressing political issues in Europe. During the visits to the UK the Prime Minister dr. Miro Cerar also met Lord Mountevans, Mayor of the City of London; Mr Sumo Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); and parliamentarians Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza and Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP.

In February 2016 the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Baroness D’Souza visited Slovenia meeting President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr Borut Pahor, President of the National Council Mr Mitja Bervar, President of the National Assembly Dr Milan Brglez, and Parliamentary Friendship Group with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.