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Prime Minister Cerar on working visit to Luxembourg

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar is on a working visit to Luxembourg at the invitation of Luxembourg’s Prime Minster Xavier Bettel. The prime ministers focused primarily on the European Council session to be held on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, and also on migration and asylum policy. They also confirmed the excellent relations between their two countries. The Slovenian prime minister will continue his visit to Luxembourg at a meeting of the heads of state of Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia and the Czech Republic, in order to exchange opinions on Europe’s most pressing issues.

In the bilateral discussion, Prime Minister Cerar noted that Slovenia highly appreciates the improved cooperation established between Slovenia and the Benelux countries during this term, as a strong and integrated Europe is of crucial importance to these countries. 


The prime ministers agreed that migration is the main topic of this session of the European Council and that the heads of state must do everything in their power to avoid unilateral moves that would harm the entire European Union. 


Both prime ministers rated the discussion at Sunday’s informal meeting at the headquarters of the European Union as constructive and a good basis for further discussion.


Prime Minister Cerar presented his counterpart from Luxembourg with the situation in this area in Slovenia and emphasised that improved protection of the EU’s external borders, support for the countries of the Western Balkans and the countries of origin and adherence to bilateral agreements related to international protection and returns are crucial. 


He supported the reform of the European asylum system, which must above all reflect solidarity, and it must also envisage the methods by which Member States can carry out asylum procedures effectively in times of major crises. 


They also touched on relations between the two countries, which are excellent and friendly, which is also demonstrated by the frequency of their meetings in recent years. 


They agreed that there are still opportunities for enhancing economic cooperation.


The Slovenian Prime Minister is continuing his visit to Luxembourg at a joint meeting of the heads of state of Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia and the Czech Republic. 


The meeting is divided into two parts: the priorities of the upcoming European Council session and views on the future of the European Union.