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President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor holds several bilateral meetings on the second day of the Bled Strategic Forum

Bled, 2. 9. 2014 | press release

Slovenian President Borut Pahor held several bilateral meetings on the margins of the 9th Bled Strategic Forum. In a talk with the President of the European Investment Bank, Dr Werner Hoyer, they focused on the situation in the Eurozone and the effects that the instability in the neighbourhood may have on the EU Member States.

President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor receives the President of the European Investment Bank, Dr Werner Hoyer, on the margins of the 9th Bled Strategic Forum
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

In a discussion with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Suma Chakrabarti, President Pahor welcomed the re-opening of the office in Slovenia. They talked about the EBRD support for the development and stabilisation of the Western Balkans region and the possibilities of cooperation through regional initiatives such as the Brdo Process.

In a lengthy debate with the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, they spoke about the situation in Ukraine and relations between the European Union and Russia and about the possible spread of instability to the Western Balkans region. In this context, Ambassador Ischinger invited President Pahor to attend the next Munich Security Conference as a speaker in the panel discussion.

In a discussion with the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy, Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, they talked about the situation in Ukraine and agreed that the EU should unify its view on Ukraine and speak with a coherent voice. The Senator also presented to the Slovenian President the priorities under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year.

In a talk with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Tibor Navracsics, they touched on the process of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans and serious challenges that the region is facing, especially in light of the escalation of tension in Ukraine and possible consequences in the Western Balkans region. Special attention was devoted to Turkey and its EU integration.