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In Belgrade, President Pahor expressed hope that the declaration of the Brdo–Brijuni Process leaders inspires the European Union to expand at an accelerated pace

Belgrade, 14. 5. 2021 | press release

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić. The purpose of their meeting was to prepare for the Brdo–Brijuni Process leaders’ meeting, which will take place on 17 May in Slovenia, marking the 10th anniversary of the initiative.

President Pahor explained to the media that today’s candid, honest and friendly discussion with President Vučić concluded his round of separate meetings with all the leaders of the Brdo–Brijuni Process.

President Pahor and President Vučić talked about the specific elements of the declaration, which the leaders are to adopt at the Monday summit and which were presented by President Pahor: (1) the expansion of the EU to include the Western Balkans is a geopolitical issue, (2) the expansion must be implemented faster, (3) the EU must bear in mind the entire Western Balkans space.

“It would be excellent if the countries of the Western Balkans were to join the EU more or less simultaneously,” said President Pahor, adding that only such an approach enables peace and stability, which is in the interest of everyone, regardless of their differences.

President Pahor also expressed sincere hope that the Monday summit of the Brdo–Brijuni Process will adopt the declaration that will inspire the EU to expand at an accelerated pace. This is the message Pahor says he would like to pass onto Brussels on Monday, following the summit.

On Sunday, 16 May 2021, at 6 pm, Pahor is to meet with the President of the Republic of Croatia and fellow leader of the initiative, Zoran Milanović, in Bled. On this occasion, the Presidents will give statements for the press.

In the days leading up to the Brdo–Brijuni Process gathering in Slovenia, President Pahor met yesterday with the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani. Last week, he met with the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, and the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta. President Pahor has already met with the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski (in late September 2020), and with all three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Milorad Dodik (Chairman), Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić (in March this year).

In Belgrade, President Pahor expressed hope that the declaration of the Brdo–Brijuni Process leaders inspires the European Union to expand at an accelerated pace
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA