Paris, 08 March (STA) - Slovenian photovoltaic modules producer Bisol signed in Paris on Tuesday a contract on the supply of its modules to French energy company GDF Suez. The contract, reportedly worth millions, was signed during Prime Minister Borut Pahor's official visit to Paris.
"GDF Suez entering the photovoltaic market and the contract are of exceptional importance for the development of the photovoltaic industry in France," representatives of Bisol told the press after the signing, which also featured Pahor and and French Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy Eric Besson.
Representatives of GDF Suez also stressed the importance of the contract for them and added they were happy with the quality of the product as well as the price.
The contract was singed after a panel debate featuring Pahor, Besson and Slovenian and French business representatives, among them representatives of French giants Lafarge, Areva and Alstom.
Besson took the opportunity to say he was happy about France being Slovenia's third-largest trading partner, although he would not mind improving on that even further.
He highlighted joint interests in energy, transport and the environment, labelling the partnership of Renault and Slovenian car maker Revoz a "symbol of cooperation".
Besson confirmed the interest of Areva in participating in the construction of a second reactor at the Krsko Nuclear Power plant, but added that his job was not to run the commercial policies of companies but merely to help build contacts and define general guidelines.
While highlighting the importance of nuclear energy for France in terms of energy security, the minister again pointed to cooperation in the transport sector, especially the railways.
Besson's comment came after STA found out on the sidelines of Pahor's visit that the French are interested in several billions-worth of investments in the Slovenian railway system.