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President Pahor and Croatian President Josipović Will Host Leaders of Brdo Process in Dubrovnik

Ljubljana, 10. 7. 2014 | press release, Brdo Brijuni Process

The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović will host the leaders of the Brdo Process in Dubrovnik including this year's special guest the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On 25 July last year, Brdo pri Kranju hosted the first meeting of the leaders of the Brdo Process. A special guest of the meeting, hosted by the Slovenian and Croatian President, was the President of the French Republic François Hollande. This was the first time that all the leaders of the Western Balkan region attended a meeting together.

The Brdo Process initiative will be continued with a second meeting of the leaders of the Western Balkan region that will take place on 15 July 2014 in Dubrovnik and will be hosted by the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipovič. A special guest of the meeting will be the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel. The meeting will also be attended by the Presidents of the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. It is expected that they will be accompanied by their Ministers for Foreign Affairs.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović will host the leaders of the Brdo Process in Dubrovnik

The Brdo Process initiative grew out of the recognition of the necessity of strengthening political dialogue, increasing the levels of trust and the immediate resolution of outstanding bilateral and regional issues.

The topics of this meeting will be divided into three sections:

1. The highlight of the section devoted to political debate will be the commitment to the European future of the Western Balkan countries and the importance of regional cooperation in light of the resolution of bilateral and regional issues. The discussion will focus on the future of the region, a part of which will be the proposal to convene an EU – Western Balkans summit in the next year;

2. The debate on infrastructure projects in the region will highlight the Adriatic-Ionian motorway and the Munich-Istanbul railway, emphasizing Slovenia's interest to direct the route via Ljubljana;

3. This will be followed by a political debate on energy security, energy efficiency and energy plans for the future development of the region.

Slovenia will reiterate the need for young people to have education opportunities in the countries of the European Union and will propose a donors' conference for scholarships within the EU for students from the Western Balkans region.