On Mediterranean Day, we want to mark the importance of the region in its cultural heritage, rich tradition and great biodiversity, as it is home to many endemic animal and plant species. Along the shores of this important sea, where Slovenia also lies, the greatest civilizations have developed throughout history, founding universities, formulating philosophical ideas, developing science and building the most famous trade centers.
Therefore, on Mediterranean Day, we want to emphasize the importance of a common Mediterranean history, a common identity and similarities that unite us and overcome the differences between peoples and nations in the region. The common desire of these countries is to emphasize the importance of cooperation in the fields of trade, cultural exchange and other areas, to ensure that the Mediterranean remains a region of prosperity and the cradle of civilization, offering its people opportunities for a bright future.
International Day is marked by the adoption of the Barcelona Declaration on 28 November 1995, which established the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED), which laid the foundations for the Union for the Mediterranean on 13 July 2008.
Slovenia maintains close ties with the countries of the Mediterranean. By joining the EU MED group on 7 September in Athens, when the group was transformed into EU Med, Slovenia took a step forward to increase its visibility in the region and strengthen cooperation with the Mediterranean countries.