Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tirana /Newsroom /
20.07.2020  

Prime Minister Janez Janša meets with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria

Today, Prime Minister Janez Janša held a video conference call with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, who congratulated the Prime Minister on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a very effective and timely manner.

The purpose of the call was to mark the 10th anniversary of Slovenia's membership in the OECD. On this occasion, a report on Slovenia was presented, highlighting among other things the demographic challenge for Slovenia. The Prime Minister said that Slovenia was aware of the challenge. A demographic fund and a government office for demographics will soon be set up to help improve the demographic situation and family policy, while contributing to the education of young people.

The Prime Minister also touched on the preparations for the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2021, and pointed out artificial intelligence and digitalisation among the key priorities of its presidency. Both priorities will play an important role in Slovenia's activities within the OECD.

The Prime Minister and the Secretary-General also spoke about the digital economy and the OECD's work relating to the drawing up of proposals for appropriate taxation of the digital economy.

The two also exchanged views on current EU issues. The Prime Minister, who held a video conference call from Brussels, where the marathon meeting of leaders of the EU Member States is still being held, briefed the Secretary-General on the progress of negotiations regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Instrument.