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The President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor attends Bled Strategic Forum

Bled, 2. 9. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the opening of the Bled Strategic Forum, which this year has the title “A Changing Europe in a Changing World”. The forum is being attended by high-level politicians, businessmen and representatives of the scientific community from more than 50 countries.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the opening of the Bled Strategic Forum, which this year has the title “A Changing Europe in a Changing World”
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

President Pahor took part in the main panel discussion, entitled “A Changing Europe in a Changing World”, together with Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and presented his views on Europe’s future in light of combating the economic and financial crisis. In President Pahor’s opinion, the EU plays a crucial role in preserving the identity of small countries like Slovenia. He stressed that he still believed in a United States of Europe, not as a melting pot but as a union that respects the national identities of Member States.

He also emphasised that the Lisbon Treaty was no longer sufficient for the future of Europe and that therefore a new document should be drafted and presented to all Member States for decision. In this regard, he expressed his belief that the European elections next year presented an opportunity for the European Commission and the European Council to start working on the project of the European Constitution.