President Pahor concluded the Bled Strategic Forum with First Vice-President of the European Commission Timmermans

Bled, 5. 9. 2017 | press release

At the conclusion of the 12th Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), with the title New Reality, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today met with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and US diplomat Hoyt Yee.

In his talks with Frans Timmermans, President Pahor assessed that the presence of the European Commissioner and First Vice-President of the European Commission at this year's Bled Strategic Forum was very important, as it represented the voice of the European Union at the managerial level and provided a framework for discussion and reflection on changing realities in the field of politics, the economy and security. The interlocutors had a very constructive discussion on the future of the European Union and on multilateral topics related to security and political issues. President Pahor and the First Vice-President of the Commission also exchanged views on the situation in the neighbouring region of the Western Balkans and agreed that the region deserved more attention from the EU.

Regarding the future of the EU, President Pahor and the Vice-President of the European Commission agreed on the need to restore confidence between Member States and confidence in the EU's working institutions, and that we must continue to cooperate and focus on what connects us. President Pahor assured Vice-President Timmermans that the Republic of Slovenia is still firmly in favour of a connected and united EU, and in this context responded to his interlocutor's interest in the Ljubljana Initiative, a proposal to change the institutional framework of the European Union.
In the morning, President Pahor met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the United States, Hoyt Yee. The interlocutors confirmed the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and committed to further deepening political dialogue. The President and US Diplomat Hoyt exchanged views on the situation in the neighbouring region of the Western Balkans, with President Pahor reiterating that respecting agreements and international agreements on stability in this region was crucial. They also discussed other international issues and confirmed the importance of the good strategic relations between Slovenia and the US as allies in NATO.

At the conclusion of the 12th Bled Strategic Forum the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, met with the European Commissioner and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans
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