Republic of Slovenia
Brazil was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Slovenia, in May 1992 - until then, Slovenia was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Embassy of Brazil in Ljubljana was opened in 2008. The Embassy of Slovenia in Brasilia was inaugurated in 2010.
The first bilateral contacts were established through the representations of both countries at the UN, because of the frequent convergence of positions on multilateral issues. Slovenia is in favor of the reform of the UN Security Council, having submitted a proposal to expand the organ very similar to the project advocated by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan (G4). Recent examples of bilateral cooperation within the UN are the Brazilian support for the entry of Slovenia in the Human Rights Council ( term 2016-2018) and the Slovenian co-sponsorship of the resolution "Right to Privacy in the Digital Age" presented by Brazil and Germany to the UN General Assembly in 2013.
Cooperation in science and technology is a central axis in relations between the two countries. Since 2009, joint announcements of sponsorship to binational research projects are launched in areas such as biochemistry and materials for the aircraft industry.
The installation of the Embassy of Brazil in Ljubljana has contributed to strengthen economic and trade relations, including to attract Brazilian exporters to the Port of Koper, an important gateway to central Europe. Slovenian companies, especially in the pharmaceutical, aeronautical and civil construction sectors, have an interest in re-establishing partnerships with Brazilian companies.
The Brazilian and Slovenian Governments have also developed projects to strengthen cultural links between the countries, such as translations of contemporary Brazilian authors – for example Bernardo de Carvalho and Christopher Tezza - and the project of releasing the first reference book on Slovenian history, in Brazil, by FUNAG.
Chronology of bilateral relations
1992 – Brazil recognizes the independence of Slovenia
1992 – Establishment of diplomatic relations
1994 – Embassy of Brazil in Vienna (Austria) becomes cumulatively responsible for relations between Brazil and Slovenia.
1997 – Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement
1998 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Boris Frlec, visits Brazil. Signing of the Framework Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation and of the Political Consultation Memorandum
2002 – The Minister of Science and Technology, Ambassador Ronaldo Sardenberg, visits Slovenia
2007 – Signing of a bilateral cooperation covenant between CNPq (National Counsil of Technological and Scientific Development) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Slovenia (in force since 2009)
2008 – The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Danilo Turk makes official visit to Brazil, in the context of the preparation for the EU-Latin America Summit (EULAC)
2008 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Ljubljana
2008 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Celso Amorim, makes official visit to Slovenia in the context of the Ministerial Meeting of the EU - Brazil High Level Political Dialogue
2009 – The Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, visits Slovenia
2009 – Signing of General Agreement between the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the National Institute of Biology of the Republic of Slovenia (NIB) having as object the exchange of faculty, students and technical-administrative staff and teaching, research and extension activities
2010 – Business Mission of the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brazil) to Slovenia
2010 – Opening of the Embassy of Slovenia in Brasilia
2011 – Framework Agreement for Cooperation in the Educational Domain
2011 – The Minister of Defense of Slovenia, Ljubica Jelusic, visits Brazil
2012 – Visit to São Paulo of business and science, technology and innovation mission of Slovenia, headed by the Minister of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia, Radovan Zerjav
2013 – Bilateral meeting of President Dilma Rousseff and the Head of State Slovenian, Borut Pahor, on the sidelines of the Pope Francis' Mass for the Inauguration of the Pontificate (Rome)