President Pahor visits Malta with the presidents and representatives of twelve countries, stressing the significance of the European dream

Valletta, Republic of Malta, 14. 9. 2017 | press release

Today, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Colero Preca, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, met with the presidents of twelve European nations in Valetta in Malta.

As part of today’s meeting, President Pahor also met privately with the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Once a year, the presidents meet in one of the participating countries to discuss important political issues at an informal meeting of the heads of state of the Arraiolos convention. Two working sessions were held at this year’s meeting: “Reclaiming Social Europe in the Shadows of a Global Predatory Economy” and “Managing Security Challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean Area.”

During the first discussion, President Pahor presented his view of the future of Europe. He stated that he is an advocate of ‘dynamic harmony’ between competitiveness and solidarity. He emphasised that competitiveness in the free market must be maintained, but efforts must also be made to maintain the European dream, which he finds to be different from the American dream in that it is defined by the values of the community – from cooperation and solidarity to care for security, including social security. Furthermore, the President stressed that the condition for maintaining these values was to maintain equal conditions and opportunities for everyone, to observe international law, to successfully combat corruption, to trust and maintain democracy, to respect human dignity and mutual solidarity. President Pahor stated that we must have a clear vision of Europe, while his vision requires more from a social and competitive Europe.

Valletta is the meeting place of the host, the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Colero Preca, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of Greece, Karolus Papulijas, the President of Hungary, János Áder, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

President Pahor visits Malta with the presidents and representatives of twelve countries, stressing the significance of the European dream
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

President Pahor visits Malta with the presidents and representatives of twelve countries, stressing the significance of the European dream
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA