President Pahor in Brussels on his first official visit after beginning his new term

Bruselj, 8. 1. 2018 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is in Brussels on his first official visit after beginning his new term. Today, the President met the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Predsednik Republike Slovenije Borut Pahor in predsednik Evropskega sveta Donald Tusk
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

The President asked them to become more quickly and actively involved in efforts to establish a border between Slovenia and Croatia as determined by the arbitration tribunal.

In his statement, given jointly with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President stressed that the Commission has a political, legal, and moral duty to establish a border between Slovenia and Croatia, and that the integrity of the European Union is at stake. On this occasion, the Slovenian President asked the Commission not to delay in taking the first step, and to inform Croatia that it is serious in expecting the enforcement of the agreement. He asked Croatia to inform Ljubljana and Brussels as soon as possible that it is willing to abide by the judgment of the arbitration tribunal.

Predsednik Republike Slovenije Borut Pahor in predsednik Evropske komisije Jean-Claude Juncker
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

The Special Agreement made it possible for Croatia to become an EU Member State in 2013, noted President Pahor, while emphasising that, by not acknowledging the arbitration decision, Croatia was violating its own treaty of accession to the EU, as well as international and European law. On this occasion, the Slovenian President asked the Commission not to delay in taking the first step, and to inform Croatia that it is serious in expecting the enforcement of the agreement. He asked Croatia to inform Ljubljana and Brussels as soon as possible that it is willing to abide by the judgment of the arbitration tribunal.

After meeting the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President stated that the discussion had resulted in progress in understanding the responsibility and role of the European Commission in implementing the arbitration decision concerning the border.

Furthermore, President Pahor stressed that it was no coincidence that he chose Brussels as his first state visit, and that Slovenia is a very pro-European country that wishes to see an EU renaissance, in which it would actively cooperate.

During the talks with both partners in dialogue, President Pahor also emphasised the importance of the Brdo Brijuni Process, which enables open discussion and the integration of countries in the neighbouring Western Balkans in all areas of joint interest, including the discussion of open issues within the region.

Tomorrow, on 9 January 2018, the President of the Republic of Slovenia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, Borut Pahor, will meet the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. This will be the President's first visit to NATO headquarters since Slovenia joined the alliance. This year will mark 14 years since Slovenia joined NATO.