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President Pahor talks with Slovak President Čaputová on the epidemic and the recovery from it

Ljubljana, 18. 3. 2021 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, spoke via video link today with the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová. In a long conversation, they exchanged views on the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic and its political, economic and social consequences.

They emphasised the importance of closer cooperation at the European Union level, which, despite problems with vaccine supplies, they believe remains the most appropriate and effective framework for resolving the current situation. The manner in which the EU institutions and its Member States handle this situation is going to have a significant impact on the debate on Europe’s future. The two presidents agreed that the common European framework and close cooperation between the 27 countries is the best framework and guarantor of our future.

One of the EU’s key tasks is to ensure that the recovery from the pandemic is used to make a shift towards a more environment-friendly economy, as climate change threats are increasing. The two presidents exchanged views on addressing this issue. President Pahor acquainted President Čaputová with the work of his advisory committee.

The two presidents also discussed the Western Balkans and the enlargement process. President Pahor informed President Čaputová of the intention to organise a summit of the Brdo–Brijuni Process initiative when the situation allows.

President Pahor also invited President Čaputová to pay a return official visit to Slovenia in the second half of this year. President Čaputová accepted the invitation and said she would be delighted to visit Slovenia after the pandemic ends. President Pahor had paid an official visit to the Slovak Republic on 22 July last year.

President Pahor talks with Slovak President Čaputová on the epidemic and the recovery from it
Photo: UPRS