In April 2012, Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (hereinafter referred to as “CEECs”) met at their 1st Meeting in Warsaw, Poland and reached broad consensus on strengthening cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European Countries. Since then, China and the CEECs had been working closely to follow through on the proposed measures and advance cooperation in various fields with solid steps. And work produced initial results.
On 16 December 2014, the 3rd Meeting of Heads of Government of China and CEECs held in Belgrade, Serbia. The result of the meeting was the Belgrade Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (hereinafter referred to as the Belgrade Guidelines) The Belgrade Guidelines recognizes that China-CEEC cooperation has provided new driving force to China-CEEC traditional friendship, built a new platform for mutually beneficial cooperation and served as a new engine for deepening China-Europe relations for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. In this respect the participants also supported cooperation and exchanges on protecting forest, wetland and wildlife, and on developing green economy and eco-culture and share experience of forestry development, with a view to increasing mutual understanding and promoting cooperation.
On 6 November 2015 in Beijing Mr Dejan Židan, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, and Mr Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China signed the Memorandum of understanding on establishment of the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry.
On 24 November 2015, the 4th Summit of China and CEECs formulated and issued the Suzhou Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, which confirmed that the Participants support Slovenia in leading the efforts to establish a China-CEEC coordination mechanism for forestry cooperation and that the 1st China-CEEC High-Level Meeting on Cooperation in Forestry will be held in Slovenia in May 2016. It also issued the Medium-Term Agenda for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, which wrote that during 2015-2020, “the Participants will identify new channels of cooperation and encourage all-round exchanges in the forestry sector. The Participants support the establishment of a 16+1 coordination mechanism for forestry cooperation, and the China-CEEC High-level Meeting on Cooperation in Forestry will be organized alternately in China and one of the CEECs on a regular basis.”
On 24 May 2016 in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, the 1st China-CEEC High-Level Meeting on Cooperation in Forestry took place. At the HLM participants discussed and passed the Action Plan for the Cooperation within the Framework of the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry between China and CEE Countries.
Thus, Slovenia formally took over management of the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry between China and CEE Countries.