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Slovenian President receives EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response

Ljubljana, 17. 10. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the EU International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, who is on a visit to Slovenia to attend the Slovenian Development Days.

Commissioner Georgieva congratulated President Pahor on the Brdo Process and expressed her support for the project. She proposed that the leaders of the Brdo Process discuss the initiative for cooperation in the field of civil protection and protection against humanitarian disasters at their next meeting.

Commissioner Georgieva expressed her appreciation for the support voiced by President Pahor to resolving the crisis in Syria; she also praised the emphasis in the speech delivered by the President at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, where Mr Pahor drew special attention to the issue of global security, stressed the humanitarian aspect of the crisis in Syria and identified a political settlement as the only means of stopping the conflict in that country.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the EU International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, who is on a visit to Slovenia to attend the Slovenian Development Days.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

President Pahor highlighted the need to recognise that the crisis in Syria would be long-lasting and noted that Slovenia wanted to help by warning the international community about the humanitarian aspects of the crisis and the need for a political solution.

Commissioner Georgieva also presented the "No Lost Generation" project, in which the European Union is cooperating with Great Britain. The project is aimed at helping children, particularly with regard to access to education, as an increasing number of children who previously had access to basic education are now being left without such opportunities. President Pahor and Commissioner Georgieva agreed that with the benefit of its experience, Slovenia could take part in the project by building a school in Syria.