October 16, 2019

NRW welcomes Ambassador But

Premier Armin Laschet & Ambassador Franc But – Picture by Land NRW.

Friday, 21 June 2019, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: Premier Armin Laschet received the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Franc But, for a bilateral conversation at Government House. The main topics of the dual exchange were the current challenges in European policy, and closer economic cooperation between North Rhine-Westphalia and Slovenia.

Both countries are linked by a variety of economic relations, characterised by a strong automotive supplier industry. North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the top three export regions for Slovenian companies; 20 Slovenian companies are located in North Rhine-Westphalia. There are also civil society cooperation, for instance within the framework of a town twinning between Ljubljana and Leverkusen as well as Grevenbroich and Celje.

Around 4,600 Slovenians live in North Rhine-Westphalia; that is to say, about a quarter of all Slovenians living in Germany.

Ambassador But is accredited to Germany since 20 September 2017. Previously he held the post of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia, and served his homeland as ambassador to Czechia and Serbia. Ambassador Franc But is fluent in German, English, Czech, Serbo-Croatian and French in addition to his native Slovenian. 

For further information:
NRW Government: https://www.land.nrw/de/pressemitteilung/ministerpraesident-armin-laschet-empfaengt-slowenischen-botschafter-franc

Embassy of Slovenia to Germany: http://www.berlin.veleposlanistvo.si/index.php?id=935&L=2

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