Slovene Minister about Slovenia's Cooperation with CEFTA and EFTA Countries
Bled, 18 October - BUSINESS/MEETING/POINT
Cooperation between CEFTA and EFTA countries was the major topic discussed on the second day of the Regional Business Meeting point at Bled. Minister of Economic Relations and Development Janko Deželak initially emphasized that four free trade agreements influenced an increased trading with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. Three years ago Slovenia's trade with these countries amounted to US$ 300 million and is expected to reach US$ 1.4 billion by the end of this year. Deželak said the Central European Trade Agreement (CEFTA) was not a substitute for the European Union since Slovenia's strategic aim was full membership in the EU.
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