During a meeting on March 16, Shmyhal expressed hope that Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of this year would strengthen bilateral cooperation, in particular on the path to Ukraine’s full membership in the EU.
"Ukraine hopes that Slovenia's presidency of the Council of the EU will strengthen the consolidation of EU policy in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state. Ukraine's integration into the EU is our strategic goal and underlies the activities of the leadership of the state and government," Shmyhal said.
The PM added that Ukraine is also committed to developing the Eastern Partnership through effective projects that will be beneficial for both the population and business.
Shmyhal thanked Logard for Slovenia’s technical assistance in carrying out systemic reforms in Ukraine, primarily the decentralization reform.
He also noted the growing trends in mutual trade between Ukraine and Slovenia and added that these positive changes provide an opportunity to further increase trade.
In addition, Shmyhal welcomed the launch of a dialogue between Ukraine and Slovenia in the field of cybersecurity and noted that cooperation in this area should be developed and strengthened.
The prime minister thanked the Slovenian side for its strong support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. He noted that Ukraine is counting on Slovenia's participation in the Crimean Platform summit.
In the end, Shmyhal accepted the invitation from Prime Minister Janez Janša to visit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as the epidemic situation allows.
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