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PM Cerar concludes his participation at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos


Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar is concluding his participation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where the central themes of discussion have included ensuring sustainable growth, helping the socially disadvantaged and preserving our green planet. On the first day, Mr Cerar took part in a panel on the circular economy. Talks on day two were to a large extent devoted to Europe and its role in the world, while yesterday Mr Cerar also addressed the international start-up community involved in blockchain technologies.


In the discussion on the future of Europe, the Prime Minister expressed his commitment to a decisive Europe that continues to defend its values such as human rights, solidarity and the rule of law. "These are the foundations of European society, from which we must not deviate," underlined Mr Cerar, who described himself as an advocate of modernisation and progress. "It is important for Europe and for Slovenia to remain competitive and in this way enable economic growth. But progress must have a human face and purpose. That is why care for social justice and inclusion is essential," he concluded. Mr Cerar reacted enthusiastically to the news that Slovenia is ranked among the top 20 countries in the inclusive growth and development report just published by the World Economic Forum.


Yesterday Mr Cerar addressed the community of international start-ups involved in blockchain technologies. He focused his attention in particular on Slovenian start-ups, which are using the most advanced technologies to contribute solutions in the fields of environmental protection, sustainable growth and humanitarian aid, with the aim of pursuing sustainable development objectives (for more on the event see: ). "I note with satisfaction that Slovenian start-ups are leading the global pack in this area. The Government will continue to encourage them and create a more favourable business environment for them to work in," said the Slovenian Prime Minister in a statement to the media.


On the margins of the economic forum, the Prime Minister conducted bilateral talks with representatives of other countries, including the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, with whom he chiefly discussed the European Union and current topics that are the focus of discussions among European leaders, such as the future of the EU, the multiannual financial framework and the future of economic and monetary union. In the Slovenian Prime Minister's view, Slovenia and Ireland share many similar views in these areas. Mr Cerar also met the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with whom he talked mainly about strengthening economic cooperation. The WEF Annual Meeting was also an opportunity to meet a number of other leaders, including the French President Emmanuel Macron, the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, the Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.