Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič and his wife Silvia are conducting the first-ever visit by a Slovak head of state to Denmark, at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen Margarethe II and her husband Prince Consort Henrik. The two-day visit will focus on providing a further boost to bilateral economic and trading ties, especially in green technologies, energy efficiency, water and waste treatment, the TASR newswire reported.
On the first day of the visit, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark opened a Danish-Slovak innovation and trade forum, at which President Gašparovič gave a speech. He stressed that Denmark represents an important source of inspiration for Slovakia and that it is a typical Scandinavian social state that puts great emphasis on its knowledge-based economy.
Gašparovič said he sees great potential for Slovakia in co-operation and sharing of experience in innovation, a sphere where Denmark is particularly strong and holds second place in EU after Sweden. The time is right for boosting bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of business, trade, research and development. He pointed out that despite the grim estimates surrounding economic growth in EU, the GDP growth forecast for Slovakia is among the most optimistic in the EU, at 2.5 percent.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark said that Denmark and Slovakia have a lot in common since Slovakia joined EU in 2004 and this similarity has translated positively into the development of economic relations.
“Both countries have open, export-oriented economies and both face the same challenges,” said the prince, as quoted by TASR, adding that both countries perceive power engineering, green technologies and agriculture as being of key importance.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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24. Oct 2012 at 10:00