Slovenian, Hungarian governments to meet in Celje tomorrow

Celje – Prime Minister Janez Janša and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban will meet, accompanied by their delegations of ministers, in the city of Celje on Wednesday, as Hungary is featured as the partner country at the 53rd Celje International Trade Fair, the Government Communication Office (UKOM) announced on Tuesday.

The two governments will review bilateral cooperation in economy, infrastructure, defence, home affairs, culture, science and ethnic minorities.

Janša and Orban as well as some ministers will hold bilateral meetings, while the delegations will meet for a plenary over working lunch, to be followed by a joint statement to the press.

Janša and Orban will also address the opening of the Celje fair, with UKOM saying Hungary being the partner country at the fair proves it sees opportunities to deepen economic cooperation with Slovenia.

Several documents to enhance cooperation will be signed on the occasion, with the prime ministers signing a letter of intent on a joint fund for Prekmurje and Porabje, the border regions populated by the Hungarian and Slovenian ethnic minorities.

Memorandums of understandings will be signed by Slovenia’s Chamber of Craft and Small Business and by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Slovenian light airplane manufacturer Pipistrel and Hungary’s Genevation Aircraft will sign a cooperation agreement.

Once all the meetings have ended, a news conference will be held, featuring Slovenian Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

The other officials in Janša’s delegation will be Defence Minister Matej Tonin, Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs and Education Minister Simona Kustec, as well as state secretaries from the foreign and culture ministries, one from the Office for Slovenians Abroad, and the Office for Nationalities head.

Apart from Orban and Szijjarto, the Hungarian delegation will feature Deputy PM Zsolt Semjen, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, Defence Minister Tibor Benko and Human Resources Minister Miklos Kasler.

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