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The Minister of Transport in Italy

The Minister of Transport, Dr Patrick Vlačič, is a member of the official delegation accompanying the state visit of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk, to the Italian Republic from 17 to 19 January 2011. As part of this visit, Dr Patrick Vlačič will hold a separate meeting this afternoon with the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Altero Matteoli.

The Slovenian Minister of Transport will highlight the good levels of cooperation that exist between the two countries thus far, particularly with regard to the construction of the Trst-Divača cross-border railway connection within the scope of the 6th Priority Project.  The ministers are expected to exchange information on proposed solutions for the alignment of the new Trst-Divača line, as well as on cooperation in the area of marine transport. Strong levels of cooperation between the northern Adriatic ports in the preparation and implementation of mutual projects is a prerequisite for being able to put forward an effective alternative to the northern European ports.