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Exclusive interview with Slovenian Prime Minister

Updated: 2015-11-27
By James Wang (chinadaily.com.cn)
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The Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, talked to China Daily Video on November 26 in Beijing after he attended the plenary session of the 4th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in a eastern Chinese city of Suzhou on Wednesday.
During the exclusive interview, Cerar talked about the lecture that he gave to students of Beijing Foreign Studies University on Wednesday. The Slovenian PM strenthened that he was very happy to find that students are keen to learn Slovenian language and they had some very interesting thoughts.
Speaking of the One Belt, One Road Initiative, Cerar emphasized that Slovenia is very supportive of the initiative. His country is especially interested in participating in the establishment of a new transport corridor between the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea, which would improve connections between the ports of Baltic and Adriatic countries. The initiative could serve as a foundation for the further development of the logistical and industrial capacities of the ports, the PM noted.
The Slovenian PM underlined that the Slovenian Port of Koper is the closest point of access to the sea for other Central and Eastern European countries as well as the closest point of access to the markets of this part of Europe for China. The Slovenian government is therefore taking action to further modernise its infrastructure in order to facilitate the flow of goods from the port to consumers and from manufacturers to the port, the PM said.
Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
Born 25 August 1963, LLD, Professor of Law
Dr Miro Cerar was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia by the National Assembly on 25 August 2014. Until then, he had not been a member of any political party and had not been actively engaged in politics. In 2013, he turned down a public offer from the majority parliamentary coalition to assume, through its support, the office of Prime Minister, because he believed that the former parliamentary parties did not provide the necessary conditions to overcome the social crisis. Approximately a year later, he decided to form, together with a group of his supporters, a completely new political party in order to participate in the early parliamentary elections. The Party of Miro Cerar (SMC) was founded on 2 June 2014 and on 13 July 2014, led by Miro Cerar, the SMC achieved a historic victory, winning 36 deputy seats (out of 90), which is the largest number of seats taken by any political party to-date. At its first congress on 7 March 2015, the party was renamed the Modern Centre Party (SMC).
Before entering politics, dr Miro Cerar was a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, where he lectured on the theory and philosophy of law, comparative law and the ethics of the legal profession.

The Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, talked to China Daily Video on November 26 in Beijing after he attended the plenary session of the 4th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in a eastern Chinese city of Suzhou on Wednesday.

During the exclusive interview, Cerar talked about the lecture that he gave to students of Beijing Foreign Studies University on Wednesday. The Slovenian PM strenthened that he was very happy to find that students are keen to learn Slovenian language and they had some very interesting thoughts.

Speaking of the One Belt, One Road Initiative, Cerar emphasized that Slovenia is very supportive of the initiative. His country is especially interested in participating in the establishment of a new transport corridor between the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea, which would improve connections between the ports of Baltic and Adriatic countries. The initiative could serve as a foundation for the further development of the logistical and industrial capacities of the ports, the PM noted.

The Slovenian PM underlined that the Slovenian Port of Koper is the closest point of access to the sea for other Central and Eastern European countries as well as the closest point of access to the markets of this part of Europe for China. The Slovenian government is therefore taking action to further modernise its infrastructure in order to facilitate the flow of goods from the port to consumers and from manufacturers to the port, the PM said.

Related video: Slovenian PM gives lecture at Beijing Foreign Studies Uni

Miro Cerar

Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
Born 25 August 1963, LLD, Professor of Law.

Dr Miro Cerar was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia by the National Assembly on 25 August 2014. Until then, he had not been a member of any political party and had not been actively engaged in politics. In 2013, he turned down a public offer from the majority parliamentary coalition to assume, through its support, the office of Prime Minister, because he believed that the former parliamentary parties did not provide the necessary conditions to overcome the social crisis.

Approximately a year later, he decided to form, together with a group of his supporters, a completely new political party in order to participate in the early parliamentary elections. The Party of Miro Cerar (SMC) was founded on 2 June 2014 and on 13 July 2014, led by Miro Cerar, the SMC achieved a historic victory, winning 36 deputy seats (out of 90), which is the largest number of seats taken by any political party to-date. At its first congress on 7 March 2015, the party was renamed the Modern Centre Party (SMC).

Before entering politics, dr Miro Cerar was a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, where he lectured on the theory and philosophy of law, comparative law and the ethics of the legal profession.

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