L-R: Anže Logar, Slovenia's Minister of Foreign Affairs; Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs; Credit: MAEE

On Wednesday 24 February 2021, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, received his Slovenian counterpart, Minister Anže Logar, for a working visit to Senningen Castle.

The visit was firstly an opportunity for Luxembourg and Slovenia's Foreign Ministers to take stock of bilateral relations and their development prospects in the economic field, particularly in the area of ​​information and communication technologies (ICT) and sustainable tourism.

The ministers discussed the preparation of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union which will begin on 1 July 2021. Minister Anže Logar provided initial indications of the priorities that the Slovenian Presidency wishes to put forward in the second half of the year. The ministers then addressed the current challenges of the European agenda, including the epidemiological situation and the coordination of the European Union's (EU) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with regard to the free movement of people and the deployment of vaccines. They also addressed iinter-institutional discussions devoted to the Conference on the Future of Europe, ecological transition, respect for the rule of law and the issue of migration.

This working visit also provided the opportunity to analyse the regional situation in the Western Balkans and to discuss the next steps in the EU enlargement process.

Finally, Luxembourg and Slovenia's Foreign Ministers addressed international issues, including in particular transatlantic relations and relations between the EU and China.