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Economic cooperation


Economic cooperation

With a bilateral trade of over 6 billion euros a year, Italy is Slovenia’s second trading partner and the fourth investor in the country. In turn, Slovenia is among the top ten of our trade partners by per capita values, firmly in eighth place, just behind Switzerland and before other important partners such as China, India, and Brazil.

ITA - Italian Trade Agency

ITA is a public body aimed at developing, facilitating and promoting Italian economic and commercial relations with foreign countries. The worldwide network of ITA offices, which overseas constitute the Trade Promotion Sections of the Italian Embassies, provides Italian companies with direct and personalized assistance, thanks to the knowledge of the particularities and specificities of the markets, of the regulations, of the correct methods of approach, of relations with the most qualified commercial and industrial environments.

The ICE Office in Ljubljana hosts one of the 11 Desks dedicated to structural funds and the Balkans, as part of the initiative promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development and coordinated by the European Affairs Line, located at the Rome office, for monitoring, information and assistance on development programs, projects and calls for proposals published by the competent Slovenian administrations.

The Desk also provides services to Italian companies interested in receiving specific information on the eligibility of project proposals or on specific calls for proposals concerning activities subject to financing within the Structural Funds.

ICE website


For further
information of Slovenian economy, please look at the website Info Mercati Esteri.

For requesting assistance to the economic-commercial section, please click here.


#COVID-19: Extraordinary Call for Proposals

The CEI has launched an Extraordinary Call for Proposals 2020 to promptly support its Member States*.

Three areas of intervention:

· Healthcare and telemedicine (MED)

· Education and e-learning/distance learning (EDU)

· Support to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

All public and private entities and NGOs, based and registered in a CEI Member State as well as international/regional organisations.

What’s in?
A total budget of EUR 600.000 will be available for applicants from CEI Member States, with a priority focus on non-EU countries. Each applicant can request a CEI grant up to 100% of the value of their project, or up to a maximum of EUR 40.000 addressing specific needs at their local level; each applicant can submit up to two distinct project proposals, provided that the beneficiaries are different.

Due to the extraordinary nature of this call, we will only accept applications received by 9 April 2020.

Kindly share this call with your network and with anyone who might be interested!

*Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.


CEI - Call for proposals

CEI - Application form