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Prime minister meets with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades

Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec met today with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who is on an official visit to Slovenia.

 

The two members of the European Council exchanged opinions on the future of the European Union and current issues such as Brexit, migrations and the European elections. They both agreed that we need a strong, unified and more effective European Union that adheres to the values and principles on which it was founded.

 

They agreed that migration is a shared problem which has to be dealt with in a systematic and sustainable manner with the cooperation of all member states. Slovenia’s position on this issue remains that we urgently need increased cooperation with other countries, particularly African countries, in order to eliminate the causes of mass migration, as well as increased monitoring of the EU’s external borders.

 

With regard to Brexit, the leaders agreed that the best possible agreement had been reached with the UK, but expressed concern over the possibility of a hard Brexit.

 

They also shared concerns over the spreading of populism in Europe. The upcoming European elections will therefore be all the more important, the leaders agreed.

 

Their discussion also touched on the topic of the Western Balkans, where Slovenia takes the view that the potential for the countries of the Western Balkans to join the EU is a major incentive towards the security and progress of the individual countries in the region.