“Slovenia and Portugal in 2021 will take the helm of the European Union.

Political cooperation between Slovenia and Portugal will be strengthened in the coming years. Both countries are already preparing for 2021 when they will preside over the Council of the EU. They shall also seek to deepen economic ties.

Portugal will preside over the EU Council in the first half of the year, Slovenia in the second. As in 2007 and 2008, it will be once again part of the same trio Presidency countries, resulting in a stronger interaction between the two governments are following the talks in Ljubljana, confirmed the Prime Minister of Slovenia and Portugal, Miro Cerar and António Costa. According to the Slovenian Prime Minister, relations between the countries are diversified and friendly, with the greatest opportunities for their deepening in the economic field. Trade in goods is rising, reaching 122 million euros ($148.6 million) in 2016, reaching 136 million ($165.6 million) in the first three quarters of last year. Both the Slovenian Prime Minister and the Portuguese Prime Minister are convinced that they can further strengthen the country, especially by encouraging participation in the automotive industry, pharmacy, logistics and biosciences.” (translated from Delo)