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Being responsible

24.07.2015

Editorial

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The Slovenian government and the PM personally strive to ensure that the work of the arbitration tribunal is impartial and independent, said PM Miro Cerar regarding procedures before the court of arbitration determining the border with Croatia, adding that we will continue to do everything in the future to support this tribunal. The PM expects the arbitration court to continue working in accordance with the existing rules, both international and in the arbitration agreement, and conclude its work with a decision that is binding on both sides. At the same time, Cerar expressed concern that it is obvious that someone connected to the Croatian side is spying in order to influence the arbitration process. "I find that outrageous," said Cerar.

A lot of work has been invested in the arbitration agreement by both sides. Governments and parliaments were involved, and in Slovenia, people went to a referendum, said President Borut Pahor. “Therefore, I want the court to finish its work and resolve a problem that has more or less unnecessarily poisoned relations between the two countries for 18 years. Relations are amicable at the moment and should remain that way."

Slovenia is able to act responsibly and be a good manager that stresses care for people. Only three days after the act on debt relief for the poorest members of the population passed in the National Assembly, the PM and labour minister Anja Kopač Mrak signed an agreement on helping the poorest groups, and a letter of intent to help evicted families, with over 50 representatives of municipalities, public companies, insurance companies and humanitarian organisations. According to Cerar, the act and the signing of the agreement are two of the many small steps to help the poorest groups of the population and strengthen the social state, whereby every individual has every opportunity to maintain their dignity.

This week, the EU reached an agreement to accommodate 55,000 refugees; Slovenia will take in about 250. The interior ministry, together with other departments – for work, family and social affairs, education, health, public administration and defence – have been preparing a detailed plan to accommodate and take care of all the people after their arrival in Slovenia.

At the end of the week, a traditional ceremony will be held at the Russian chapel under Vršič. Representatives of all the religions whose members fought on the Isonzo Front have been invited to the 99th anniversary of the chapel. The ceremony will have a tolerant and religious dimension to remind everyone that war has not taught us enough, that there are still unnecessary calls to arms, even in Europe, and that peace should be protected. In addition to the Slovenian PM, one of the main speakers at Sunday’s ceremony will be the Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, who is heading the Russian delegation for the first time.

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