Turkish Embassy in Ljubljana

Info Notes

Bilateral Relations, 27.12.2016

Slovenia declared her independence on 25 June 1991 and was recognised by Turkey on 6 February 1992. The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ljubljana opened in 1 April 1993 and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Ankara opened in September 1996.

 The bilateral relations that has been developing since then were elevated to the level of “strategic partnership” with the document signed by the then Prime Ministers of two countries in 2011. The relations between our countries continue in a friendly fashion and rich diversity.

 The official visit of H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia to Turkey upon the invitation of H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey in January 2014 has strengthened the existing relations.

 5th Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting which was held in Ankara in February have given impetus to the efforts to further develop the economic cooperation between the two countries.

 H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey has paid an official visit to Slovenia in March 2015. During the visit, a Letter of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Energy as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Between

Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) and Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology (SPIRIT) were signed and a Business Forum was organized with the participation of businessmen from both countries.

 The 6th JEC Meeting which was held in Ljubljana in March 2015 has been useful to determine the mutual steps to be taken for strengthening our economic and commercial relations.

 Mitja Bervar, President of National Council has participated in the Ceremonies to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Çanakkale Battles on 24 April 2015 as the representative of President Pahor.

 Dr. Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly has paid an official visit to Turkey between 28-30 April 2015.

 H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia has paid an official visit to Turkey between the dates 14-17 December 2016.

Slovenia is among the EU members which support Turkey`s EU membership.

 On the other hand, bilateral economic relations have been increasing despite the fact that they fall short of the real potential. The volume of trade between Turkey and Slovenia in 2015 is 1,154 billion USD. Currently, 17 Slovenian companies are operating in Turkey whereas Turkish investments in Slovenia, apart from a single big company which manufactures luxury car headlights consist of mostly small and medium enterprises in restaurant, textile and tourism fields.