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President Borut Pahor on his first official visit to Brussels

Brussels, Belgium, 9. 1. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is currently on his first official visit to Brussels, where he has met with all the key representatives of the EU institutions, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and today, late in the afternoon, he meets with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.
President Borut Pahor on his first official visit to Brussels

The common thread running through the discussions was the future of the European Union and the role of Slovenia in it. President Pahor re-affirmed his commitment to the European idea and his support for reforms to be carried out by Slovenia in order to effectively deal with the economic and financial crisis.

President Pahor assured his counterparts that he will attempt to create, within his competence, the political conditions under which it may become easier to implement key reforms. This was assessed by all as being of the utmost importance for Slovenia's remaining among the most successful EU Member States.

During the lengthy discussion yesterday evening with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, which was held in a relaxed and highly constructive atmosphere, President Pahor reiterated Slovenia's positions on key European issues, and highlighted the importance of the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014–2020 and the importance of cohesion funds for Slovenia.

This afternoon, at a working lunch, President Pahor met with the Slovenian members of the European Parliament. They agreed to hold regular meetings in Slovenia at which substantive debates will be held on the role of Slovenia in the EU and the effects of further integration on Slovenia.

Today, late in the afternoon, President Pahor will also meet the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. The talks with President Barroso will focus on the further integration of Europe and strengthening the European Monetary Union, while the talks with EU High Representative Ashton will devote particular attention to EU enlargement and the situation in the Western Balkans.