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Presidents Pahor and de Sousa discuss the future of Europe with the young

Kranj, 1. 6. 2021 | press release

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, the President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is paying an official visit to Slovenia yesterday and today.

The two presidents began the second day of the official visit in Kranj. They visited Gimnazija France Prešeren Kranj, where they met with students and talked to them about the European future. This is how the two presidents take part in the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Presidents Pahor and de Sousa discussed the role of the European Union in our common future with upper secondary students from Kranj. A particular focus was on sustainable development and the climate future. The topics included the opportunities offered by the European Union to young people and the role of the EU in the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end, the presidents and students talked about the possibilities of EU enlargement and exchanged views on Brexit.

Presidents Pahor and de Sousa discuss the future of Europe with the young
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

President Pahor and President de Sousa then took a walk through the old town of Kranj. They unveiled a bench of friendship between Slovenia and Portugal in front of the France Prešeren Monument in the town centre. The location was chosen with good reason as Prešeren, when writing the Sonnets of Misfortune, was inspired by the great Portuguese poet Camoes, to whom he also paid homage in his Gloss.

As part of his official visit, President de Sousa met in the morning with students of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana who attend the Portuguese language course. On this occasion, the University of Ljubljana confirmed the introduction of the study programme "Portuguese Language and Literature", which is to start in the next academic year. According to President de Sousa, this will further strengthen the bonds between the Slovenian and Portuguese cultures.

The official visit ended with a lunch hosted by President of the Portuguese Republic de Sousa in honor of President of the Republic of Slovenia Pahor.

Presidents Pahor and de Sousa discuss the future of Europe with the young
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA