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President of the Republic receives the Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Ljubljana, 25. 2. 2014 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, who is currently on a working visit to Slovenia.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor received the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, who is currently on a working visit to Slovenia.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

At the meeting, they agreed that Slovenia and Luxembourg had developed friendly relations both at the bilateral level and within the European Union, expressing their expectations of even deeper future ties in the sprit of traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Their discussion also focused on topical issues in the European Union, particularly the elections to the European Parliament between 22 and 25 May. The economic crisis is expected to give rise to an increase in the number of MEPs from Eurosceptic parties, which will be reflected in the balance of forces in the European Parliament. As the elections will indicate the way for the future of Europe as seen by voters, the President and Prime Minister were of the opinion that the European idea had to be advocated in public and the trust of the Union's citizens in its institutions enhanced.

Prime Minister Bettel announced that Luxemburg was preparing measures for the recovery of its banking sector, including those related to fiscal consolidation and reviving the economy. He also added that the general public would not welcome some measures, but they were a prerequisite for the long-term development and competitiveness of Luxembourg and would hence receive his full support. Furthermore, he called on Slovenia for more coordination of European policies, because small countries must join forces in order to successfully defend their interests, as is the case with Benelux.