Turkey-Slovenia Political Relations
Slovenia, which declared its independence on 25 June 1991, was recognized by our country on 6 February 1992. Our Embassy in Ljubljana has been active since 1 April 1993. Slovenia opened the Ankara Embassy in September 1996.
Bilateral relations between our countries are being carried out in an amicable and rich variety. This trend in our relations makes each field feel itself. Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor’s visit to our country in 2011 during the “Strategic Partnership between Turkey and Slovenia” The document was signed.
In Slovenia there are no prejudices against my country that can be encountered in some other countries of Europe. Slovenian public, within the EU, enlargement and Turkey’s EU membership is among the countries that most support; this issue is voiced by the Slovenian authorities at the highest level.
Bilateral economic relations have not yet reached the potential level. In 2011, the total trade volume between Turkey and Slovenia stood at 967 million US dollars. In Slovenia, small and medium-sized enterprises are in existence, especially in the fields of food, textile, apparel, jewellery and tourism, which our citizens have. The Odelo company, which was acquired by Bayraktarlar Holding in Istanbul in 2011 and manufactures signal lamps and LED headlamps for Audi, BMW and Mercedes vehicles, was awarded the “Investor of the Year” award in Slovenia.
Turkey great interest in Slovenian society is becoming more travel to our country. In 2011, a total of 41,870 Slovenian citizens visited our country. On the other hand, the fact that we, as of August 25, 2010, granted visa exemption for tourist or business trips to Slovenia by our citizens, constituted a positive development in terms of promoting tourism. In the same way, it is observed that there is an increasing interest in Slovenia from our country.
Relations that are seen positively in each area between the two countries also make their impact felt in the field of culture and education. There is a growing interest in Turkish contemporary art and artists in Slovenia, Turkish artists and works of art are also included in important artistic events. Slovenes are also interested in Turkish literature, and accordingly the Slovenian publishing houses translate the works of our major authors into Slovenian. On the other hand, our students trained in Slovenia in the framework of the Erasmus program also play an important role in the development of our cultural relations with Slovenia.