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Predsednik Pahor osrednji govornik na Sarajevskem poslovnem forumu

Ljubljana, 25. 4. 2018 | sporočila za javnost, govori

Predsednik Pahor osrednji govornik na Sarajevskem poslovnem forumu

Predsednik Republike Slovenije Borut Pahor se na povabilo Bakirja Izetbegovića,  predsedujočega Predsedstva Bosne in Hercegovine, danes in jutri mudi na delovnem obisku v Sarajevu.

Obisk je nadaljevanje političnega dialoga med državama na najvišji politični ravni. V okviru obiska bo imel predsednik Republike Slovenije Borut Pahor jutri srečanje s predsedujočim Predsedstva Bosne in Hercegovine Bakirjem Izetbegovićem in članoma Mladenom Ivanićem ter Draganom Čovićem, kot osrednji govornik pa je danes že nastopil na Sarajevskem poslovnem forumu. 

Govor predsednika republike Vam posredujemo v nadaljevanju. Velja govorjena beseda!

“It is a great honour for me to have the opportunity to address you here at the Sarajevo Business Forum. The Sarajevo Business Forum has already established itself as one of the most important events in the region, aimed at identifying new business opportunities in and inviting foreign investment and capital to the region.

Allow me to begin by pointing to the good and friendly relations between Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and other Western Balkan countries. 

I would like to reiterate the solid support of Slovenia for the endeavours of the countries in the region to join the European Union and Nato. We are prepared to share all the experiences and knowledge at our disposal that these countries will need on their path to achieve this goal.

Sarajevo Business Forum wishes to promote long-term business cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries, which depends greatly on the assessment of investors and business partners regarding predictability and its political future. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has everything it needs to give its people a European way of life. But it also has certain old and current issues which make its political future somewhat less predictable. 

After 2008, the financial and economic crisis literally broke off progressive thinking and the endeavours of the European Union regarding its expansion into the Western Balkans. 

The current general recovery of the European and world economies and the awareness of the consequences of disinterest in this part of Europe again revived the political will for the enlargement process. 

In this sense, we can see the recently adopted decision of the European Commission as something very positive. Naturally, it also has many deficiencies. It must be highlighted in particular that the European Commission does not see expansion into the Western Balkans as a very political process, but wishes to see it as an ordinary technical process. 

And this will be particularly difficult in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The foundation and state structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina are special and, in my opinion, require a very tactful political approach by the European Union. 

For many legal, political and national reasons, it will be difficult for Bosnia and Herzegovina to meet conditions and conduct negotiations with the European Commission. After Croatia’s accession and the expected accession of Serbia, it is difficult to imagine that Bosnia and Herzegovina could remain long outside the European Union without the risk of major tribulations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, It is paramount that the Western Balkan countries ensure by themselves the credibility of the reform process, in particular by implementing reforms strengthening the rule of law, by harmonising their legislation with the European Union acquis and by building institutions essential for overall progress.

Regional cooperation remains an essential tool for the promotion of reconciliation and prosperity. Although Slovenia’s economy is prevalently oriented towards western markets. Today is accounting for 87.8 % of our global trade. The Western Balkans countries are Slovenia’s second most important business partner in terms of trade volume. Since the crisis year 2009, data on business cooperation between Slovenia and the Western Balkans show a constant upward trend. In comparison with 2016, the present volume of trade with Western Balkans countries increased by 10.5%.

In this context, please allow me to reiterate that it is imperative for the region to be able to realise its potential by starting to act without delay. Waiting for solutions and decisions from outside is not an option. 

I wish you successful networking during the conference and every success in your future work. Thank you.”