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Political Affairs

The Proclamation of Independence of the Republic of Slovenia was on June 26, 1991. Canada recognized Slovenia independence on January 15, 1992. Slovenia opened an Embassy in Ottawa on March 13, 1993. The United Nations recognized Slovenia as the 176th Member State on May 22, 1992.

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Ottawa is the official representative body of the Slovenian Government in Canada.

The Embassy maintains diplomatic representation with the Government of Canada and also cooperates with the provinces. The main objectives of the Embassy are:

  • to represent the interests of the Republic of Slovenia in Canada,
  • to promote bilateral political, economic and cultural relations between Slovenia and Canada,
  • to promote Slovenian tourism,
  • to provide consular assistance to Slovenian citizens in Canada.

Slovenia and Canada have excellent political and economic relations and cooperate in many international organizations including: the UN, NATO, The Human Security Network, and the OSCE. As of late 2007 Canada does not have an Embassy in Slovenia, the Canadian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary represents Canada.

There is a strong Slovenian community in Canada and the Embassy assists all Slovenian organizations and citizens on issues with Slovenia and helps promote Slovenia to all Canadians.

In addition, the Office (URAD) of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians living outside of Slovenia supports cultural, education, sports, business and science cooperation among Slovenians abroad. URAD ensures that Canadian Slovenian’s or any Slovenians living abroad can find a link to Slovenia.

Embassy's Contacts: phone: +1 613 565 5781, e-address: sloembassy.ottawa(at)gov.si 

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Recent visits by Canadian dignitaries and representatives to Slovenia:

  • August 2013 - Lynne Yelich, Minster of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)
  • August 2010 - Peter MacKay, Minister for Defence
  • July 2010 - Peter van Loan, Minister for International Trade
  • October 2009 - Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada
  • May 2009 - Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate 
  • December 2008 - Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada
  • January 2008 - David Plunkettm, director general for trade policy and Alain Hausser, director of the EU division, DFAIT
  • November 2007 – Dan Costello, director general for Western Europe and EU, DFAIT
  • September 2007 – Members of Parliament: David Tilson, Louis Temelkovski and Francine Lalonde and Senators Lorna Milne and Yoine Goldsetin visited Slovenia
  • October 2006 – Tom MacDonald, director general for Central and Eastern European Countries and Scandinavia, DFAIT
  • September 2006 – Gordon O’Connor, Minister of Defence attended informal meeting of NATO ministers in Portorož
  • September 2005 – Peter Milliken, Speaker of Parliament

Recent visits by Slovenian dignitaries to Canada:

  • Januar 2010 - Dr. Patrick Vlacic, minister for transport
  • October 2009 - Dr. Bostjan Zeks, Minister for Slovenians abroad
  • November 2007 – Zorko Pelikan, Secretary of State
  • November 2006 – France Cukjati, Speaker of Parliament
  • December 2005 – Janez Podobnik, Minister of the Environment
  • May 2005 – dr. Rupel, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada-Slovenia Relations

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Bilateral Relations

Canada has excellent relations with Slovenia. Canada recognized Slovenian independence in January 1992, and established diplomatic relations a year later. There are approximately 40,000 Canadians of Slovenian origin. Slovenia has an Embassy in Ottawa and honorary consuls in Toronto, Vancouver and Moncton. Canada's Ambassador to Slovenia is resident in Budapest, Hungary. It is assisted by an honorary consul in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Multilateral Cooperation

Canada and Slovenia often seek shared goals due to a common commitment to multilateralism and the rule of law. Canada and Slovenia work together particularly in the Human Security Network. Slovenia is a strong supporter of the Ottawa landmines process.

Defence

Slovenia joined NATO on April 1 2004; Slovenia's membership in NATO has led to close cooperation between our defence forces. Slovenian troops were deployed alongside Canadian forces in Afghanistan in 2003, and were the first non-Canadian recipients of the Canadian General Campaign Star, in February 2006.

Development

Canada had a modest technical cooperation program in Slovenia during the 1990s with a total disbursement of $580,000. When Slovenia entered the EU in 2004 and made a commitment to becoming an aid donor, it joined Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)'s Official Development Assistance in Central Europe (ODACE). This programme creates trilateral projects between Canada and Central European countries to develop their capacities as a donor of foreign aid.

Trade and Investment

Despite its size relative to Canada's other Central European partners, Slovenia is an important customer. In 2009, exports stood at $46.243 million. Most of our exports are in high value-added products (particularly aircraft and spacecraft) which also bring follow-up service sales. The Canadian aerospace sector has supplied both Slovenia's civil aircraft market and the Slovenian military.

Imports from Slovenia to Canada reached $56.543 million in 2009, the largest items being medicines, mechanical machinery, furniture and bedding, clothing, iron and steel, and toys and sport equipment.

Tel.: + 1 613 565 5781Fax: + 1 613 565 5783E-mail: vot@gov.si