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Presidents Pahor and Vučić in Belgrade: "Only a faster EU enlargement can maintain peace and security in the Western Balkans and reduce the weight of statements about border changes."

Belgrade, 28. 11. 2021 | press release

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is on a working visit to Belgrade, where he met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Alensandar Vučić.

Presidents Pahor and Vučić started out by confirming the very good relations between the two countries.

Presidents Pahor and Vučić in Belgrade: "Only a faster EU enlargement can maintain peace and security in the Western Balkans and reduce the weight of statements about border changes."
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS

President Pahor again voiced his support for EU enlargement to the Western Balkans, saying that it was important both for the wellbeing of the people in the region and the European Union as a whole, and was essential to ensuring peace and security. He reiterated that the EU integration process was too slow, leading to a rise in nationalisms and generating ideas of border changes.

In his statement after the meeting, President Pahor expressed hope that enlargement would stay on the European Union’s agenda. He went on to recall that he was with President Vučić in Novi Sad in autumn 2019 when the Open Balkan initiative was announced and that, at the time, he supported the initiative, which he did not consider to be an alternative, but rather a parallel process inspiring and supporting the European prospect.

The Slovenian President said that he was concerned about current developments in the Western Balkans and certain statements about border changes. In his view, a rapid EU expansion to the region is the only efficient response.

President Pahor expressed his support for the Belgrade–Pristina dialogue and stressed the importance of implementing the arrangements made to date and finding a comprehensive solution. He said that, at tomorrow’s working visit to Kosovo, where he will visit Slovenian units in the KFOR mission and meet with President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti, he will call for agreements reached to be implemented, emphasising that the current deadlock does not benefit anyone.

Presidents Pahor and Vučić also spoke about the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process.

Presidents Pahor and Vučić in Belgrade: "Only a faster EU enlargement can maintain peace and security in the Western Balkans and reduce the weight of statements about border changes."
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/UPRS