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A Year of Intensive Slovene-Italian Relations

Ljubljana, 22 December - TOPIC/SLOVENIA/ITALY
President Milan Kučan's visit to Rome in early December closed a year of intensive relations between Slovenia and Italy. Over the past six months, meetings were held by all top political leaders from both countries, except parliament speakers, four bilateral agreements were signed along with a joint statement on trilateral cooperation between Slovenia, Italy and Hungary, and several bilateral commissions continued their work. The improvement came after years of troubled relations during which Italy was blocking Slovenia's accession to the European Union, demanding prior settlement of bilateral issues. The improvement is also evidenced by the fact that after 1993 not one single bilateral agreement was singed, while this year alone the countries concluded as many as four accords.

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