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President Pahor and President Čaputová welcome the financial agreement of EU leaders

Bratislava, 22. 7. 2020 | press release

Today, at the invitation of the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is on his first official visit to Slovakia. This is also the first official visit hosted by President Čaputová since she was appointed. And it is also the first official visit by President Pahor with a strong economic delegation– he is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšekand Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr Simona Kustec– since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic.

After being received with military honours, Slovenian President Pahor and Slovak President Čaputová had a longer one-on-one meeting, followed by plenary talks between the delegations of the Republic of Slovenia and Slovakia led by their respective presidents.

President Pahor and President Čaputová welcome the financial agreement of EU leaders
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The main topic of President Pahor’s talks with President Čaputová was the situation in the European Union following the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with its consequences. The two presidents also exchanged examples of good practice for economic recovery following the COVID-19 health crisis.

President Čaputová also briefed President Pahor on her ambitious plans in the field of environmental protection. Slovakia is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and is working to cut emissions by 45% until 2030. She emphasised that she was aware of examples of good practice and successes of Slovenia in these fields and that she wished the countries to cooperate and inspire each other.

During the talks, the two presidents expressed their support for the countries of the Western Balkans in their integration into the European Union.

At a press conference, President Pahor noted that Slovenia and Slovakia enjoyed friendly relations and had opportunities for cooperation in many fields: "I want to further strengthen these relations," he stated. He also emphasised that this was his first official visit with a strong economic delegation since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, which reflects the two countries’ desire to continue economic cooperation and strengthen it, especially in the fields of green technologies and innovation.

President Pahor also commented for the media on the recently adopted financial agreement of the European Union: "I welcome the agreement of the leaders of the European Union; I consider it historic because it is the right answer at the right time to the challenges that Europe is facing after the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic. The agreement is good for Europeand good for Slovenia. This is encouraging for our belief that together we can do more and better. It proves that the 27 countries of the European Union are capable of achieving unity on such important issues as the recovery strategies of countries following the COVID-19 epidemic." President Pahor also seized the opportunity to congratulate the Slovenian negotiators on their success in obtaining funding for the Slovenia’s western development region: "This is welcome for the development of Slovenia in terms of both domestic policies and economics," he noted.

President Pahor further pointed out that he and President Zuzana Čaputvá had a very similar personal political approach and also share faith in a common European future: "Both Slovenia and Slovakia need friends. This is beneficial for the cooperation of both countries in the future."

President Pahor and President Čaputová welcome the financial agreement of EU leaders
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA