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“The future lies in more Europe”

29.01.2016

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“The slow loosing of common policies and increasingly declining trust among Europeans in the project of common Europe could fundamentally threaten the peace, security and welfare of the old continent,” the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, said in his address to the diplomatic corps in Slovenia a few days ago. Most of those present would probably agree. The whole week has been marked by efforts to preserve the Schengen system, with the Slovenian initiative that has led to a meeting of interior ministers in Amsterdam being part of these efforts. At the informal meeting, the Slovenian interior minister, Vesna Žnidar Györkös, highlighted two crucial things: a call to set common criteria for receiving or denying entry to persons on the border and assistance for Macedonia on the border with Greece. In this respect, she stressed that the main purpose of the initiative was to reduce the number of people on the migration route and send a strong signal to potential migrants before they embark on their journey.

Europe should overcome the selfish actions of individual member states and share responsibilities, ranging from migration to economic issues, or in any other crisis that may occur. A more connected and stronger European Union will also be better equipped to meet expectations about its global role.

In the words of President Pahor, “The future lies in more Europe, not less.”

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