Thursday, 11 May 2023, Berlin, Germany: At the Representation of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Plenipotentiary for Federal and European Affairs, State Secretary Heike Raab received the Slovenian ambassador Dr. Ana Polak Petrič, in office since 27 September 2022. Ambassador Polak Petrič was previously her homeland’s head of mission in Austria, and Japan.
One focus of the conversation was the enlargement of the European Union towards the Western Balkan, a region whereto Slovenia possesses a plethora of historical and political connections. Other topics included climate protection ambitions and cooperation in education and higher education. In particular, the new cooperation on teacher training planned for November 2023 was discussed, in which up to ten teachers from Rhineland-Palatinate will be able to observe at the Gimnzija Celje Center in Celje, Slovenia. Heike Raab and Ana Polak Petrič also exchanged views on the fact that in December 2022, with the lawyer and journalist Nataša Pirc Musar, first female head of state of Slovenia.
“Mutual trust characterises the very good relations with Slovenia, a reliable partner in the European Union and NATO. For other EU accession candidates, Slovenia, which has been a member of the Union since 2004, is a real role model” said State Secretary Raab as per statement linked below in its original German version.
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Government of Rhineland-Palatinate:
Embassy of Slovenia in Germany: https://www.gov.si/predstavnistva/veleposlanistvo-berlin/o-veleposlanistvu/