Distant markets hold promise for exports

Slovenia is an open and export-oriented economy and exports a major driver of economic development. About two-thirds of exports are currently focused on the EU and an even larger share on Europe, but companies and export promotion stakeholders are trying to make sure Slovenian companies get a foothold farther afield.

Drug Traffickers’ Exploitation of Balkan Ports Requires Regional Response

Applying the classification to the nine ports in the Balkans [see below], criminal networks lead the way with a presence in five of the nine: Koper in Slovenia, Rijeka and Ploce in Croatia, Varna in Bulgaria and Constanta in Romania. Mafia-style groups are active in Bar and Albania's Durres. Foreign actors are busy in Greek ports in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Despite shortcomings, Slovenia remains attractive to Austrian investors

Austrian investors still feel Slovenia offers good investment opportunities despite persistent issues such as red tape, high taxes, and shortage of skilled workers, shows a survey by Advantage Austria Ljubljana among Austrian-owned companies in the country.