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President Pahor starts official visit to Poland with a talk with students about the European future

Warsaw, Poland, 19. 5. 2022 | press release

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is on an official visit to Poland.

President Pahor started the first day of his official visit by visiting the University of Warsaw, where he was first received by the Rector of the University, Alojzy Nowak.

The Slovenian President then talked to students about the European future. With such talks in recent years, President Pahor has joined and continues to support the Conference on the Future of Europe, which recently concluded with the closing event on Europe Day, 9 May 2022.

In his opening address, President Pahor noted that the European idea is a brilliant one that has always taken shape as a political concept, that it is a gift to all of us and the world, and that we should be proud that we have it and be brave in preserving and developing it.

President Pahor told the students that he had repeatedly called in the past for a new Convention on the Future of Europe, which would lead to a new European constitution and eventually to a United States of Europe.

On the occasion, he presented his conviction that European citizens should be able to elect a European president. According to him, the United States of Europe does not mean a melting pot like the United States of America, but rather consolidation of close cooperation while respecting different identities.

President Pahor also noted that, as the European integration deepens, it was necessary to strive for its enlargement, especially to the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as to those Eastern European countries that wish to participate.

Students were also interested in the President's views on the war in Ukraine and the situation in Belarus, and how to improve the effectiveness of EU foreign policy.

After the lecture, the President of the Republic met with students of Slovene studies at the University of Warsaw.

President Pahor starts official visit to Poland with a talk with students about the European future
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS