Slovenia, formerly a part of erstwhile Yugoslavia, attained Independence in 1991. India recognized Slovenia on 11 May 1992. Soon after our recognition, the then Foreign Minister of Slovenia Dr. Dimitrij Rupel visited India on 18 May 1992. Slovenia sought Indian support for membership at the UN and for guest membership of the Non-Aligned Movement. Slovenia was admitted into the UN on 23 May 1992.
Opening of Resident Missions
Slovenia opened its resident mission in New Delhi on 1 August 2002. The Mission was initially headed by Charge d'Affaires. The representation was upgraded to Ambassador level in September 2009. India opened its resident Mission in Ljubljana in February 2007.
There have been a number of high level visits between the two countries. From the Indian side, Gen. V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs attended the Bled Strategic Forum (31 August – 1 September 2014). He met the Slovenian Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar on the sidelines of the ASEM meeting in Milan in October 2014. The then Hon'ble Speaker Smt. Meira Kumar along with a Parliamentary delegation visited Slovenia in May 2013. Smt. Preneet Kaur, former Minister of State for External Affairs attended the Bled Strategic Forum in September 2013, August 2010 and August 2009. Shri Anand Sharma, former Minister of State for External Affairs visited Slovenia in March 2008. Other ministerial visits include those by MOS for Science & Technology Prof. Y.K. Alagh (February 1997) and MOS for Finance (Revenue) Shri Gingee N. Ramachandran (January 2003).
From the Slovene side, former President Dr. Janez Drnovsek attended the Satyagraha Centenary Conference in New Delhi in January 2007. In January 2006, President Drnovsek had also attended the inauguration ceremony of International Conference on Human values organised by the Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore. Former President Dr. Danilo Turk attended the Delhi Sustainable Summit in February 2010. As Prime Minister, Mr. Borut Pahor paid a State Visit to India in June 2011. Foreign Minister Mr. Karl Erjavec visited India in November 2013 to attend the 11th ASEM FMM. Other high level visits included those by former Foreign Minister Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, Minister for Economic Development and Technology Mr. Zerjav Radovan, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Relations Dr. Dravorin Kracun, Ministers for Science and Technology Dr. Rado Bohinc, Dr. Lojze Marincek and Dr. Jure Zupan.
• Agreement on setting up Joint Committee on Bilateral Trade and Cooperation (1993)
• Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (1995)
• Agreement between FICCI/ASSOCHAM and the Slovene Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set up Joint Business Council (1995)
• Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations (1996)
• Cultural Agreement for cooperation in the fields of culture, arts, education, sports and mass media (1996)
• National Centre for Trade Information, India (NCTI) – Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia (CCS) Agreement for reciprocal sharing of information (1997)
• Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (2003)
• Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) – Slovenian Export Corporation (SEC) Cooperation Framework Agreement (2003)
• Bilateral Air Services Agreement (2004)
• MOU between ICCR and University of Ljubljana for establishment of Hindi Chair (2009)
• Agreement on Mutual Promotion and Protection of Investments (2011)
• MOU between the Bureau of Indian Standards and Slovenian Institute for Standardization (2011)
• MOU between the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and University of Nova Gorica for Cooperation in the Field of Research and Education (2011)
• MOU for the establishment of Long Term Chair of Hindi at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (2011)
• MOU between Air India, Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria Airways (2011)
• Protocol amending the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (2012)
• Agreement on Short-Stay Visa Waiver for Holders of Diplomatic Passports (2013)
• Agreement between Air India and Adria Airways on code-sharing arrangements (2013)
• MOU between Prasar Bharati and RTV on Co-operation in Broadcasting (2013)
India-Slovenia Foreign Office Consultations
Foreign Office Consultations (FOCs) are held at regular intervals. The eighth session of India-Slovenia FOCs took place in Ljubljana on 3 February 2014. Indian side was led by Joint Secretary (Central Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Director General, Directorate for Bilateral relations and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed the Slovenian delegation.
In 2014, the total bilateral trade in goods stood at Euro 213.95 million with India enjoying a trade surplus of Euro 72.91 million. Total bilateral trade in 2013 was Euro 282.41million, with Euro 138.65 million in India's favour. In 2013, the total bilateral trade in goods stood at Euro 282.41million with India enjoying a trade surplus of Euro 138.65 million.
India participated, for the sixth time, in the International Trade Fair in Celje (Sept 2014). India was a focus country at the Business Bled Strategic Forum (Sept 2014). A business delegation from FICCI and CII also visited Slovenia during the Bled Strategic Forum. A selection of wines from India was presented for the first time in Slovenia at the Ljubljana Wine competition (June 2014) and Vino Ljubljana International wine fair (Sept 2014). India participated at the 45th Nature Health Fair (Nov 2014), 30th Slovenian Book Fair (Nov 2014), Alpe-Adria Tourism & Leisure Fair (Jan 2015), Dao Yah Holistic Health Fair (Jan/Feb 2015) and Altermed Fair (March 2015). A Tourism seminar of tour operators and travel agencies of India and Slovenia was held in Ljubljana (March 2015).
State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science & Sport led a delegation for the CII's Knowledge Expo 2014 in New Delhi (Nov 2014). Earlier, a Slovenian delegation attended the first India-Central Europe Business Forum organised by FICCI in New Delhi (March 2014). A large business delegation accompanied then Prime Minister Borut Pahor during his State Visit to India (June 2011). The delegation visited Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The visit focused on enhancement of economic cooperation and strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries. Former Minister of Economic Development and Technology Mr. Zerjav Radovan accompanied by a business delegation visited New Delhi, Agra and Kolkata (Jan 2013).
Science and Technology
Joint Committee of Science and Technology cooperation was established through an agreement in 1993. India-Slovenia Joint Working Group on Science and Technology met in New Delhi on 19 November 2014. Issues of mutual interest were discussed and the joint projects were identified for implementation during POC 2014-2016.
The Mission organized the second edition of the Days of India in Slovenia festival (Jan 2015). The events included sarod musical recitals by Maestro Prabhat Kumar (sponsored by ICCR), painting exhibition "Jaisalmer Yellow" presenting the art of SAARC countries (also sponsored by ICCR), a business conference to promote the "Make in India" campaign at Celje, participation at the Alpe-Adria Tourism & Leisure Fair, Martyrs' Day at Slovenj Gradec and photo exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi. A photo exhibition entitled "Facets of India" was held at Kolpernu Gallery, Jesenice (March 2015), and another exhibition of photos on the North-Eastern States of India was held at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum (March 2015).
In 2014, the Mission had organised the first edition of the "Days of India in Slovenia" festival (Jan 2014). Gurudev Tagore Week was organised during the month of May 2014. The book - Letters from a Father to His Daughter - was translated into Slovene. This was released on 19 November 2014. India and Slovenia released a joint stamp to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on 28 November 2014. "INDIA WEEK" was organised across municipality libraries in Ljubljana from 1-5 December 2014. Various events organised during the festival included display of books on India in the libraries, screening of Indian films, symposiums and roundtables. Indian films were screened at film festivals in Slovenia including the Open Isola Film Festival (June 2014), Bled Film Festival (June 2014), and the Ljubljana International Film Festival (Nov 2014). Two Indian films and a commercial were shot in Slovenia during the year.
A bust of Jawaharlal Nehru was unveiled at Dobrovo, Goriska Brda in May 2013. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, donated by ICCR, was installed at Slovenj Gradec on 1 October 2010. A bust of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, donated by ICCR, was set up in November 2011 in the Municipality of Maribor - the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2012.
Slovene Parliamentary Friendship Group with India
Dr. Franc Krizanic is Chairman of the Slovene Parliamentary Friendship Group with India for the year 2014-18. The Parliamentary Friendship Group with India was established on 6 February 2009. The then Chairman of the Friendship Group accompanied by two more members visited India in November 2009 at the invitation of Government of India.
There are about 150 Indian nationals/PIOs in Slovenia. Most of them are employed, with some married to Slovene nationals.
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