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Slovenian Ambassador to Albania Peter Japelj expresses optimism that Balkans will move towards the opening of negotiations

  • 7/13/2021 8:36 AM
Slovenian Ambassador to Albania Peter Japelj expresses optimism that Balkans will move towards the opening of negotiations

Slovenian Ambassador to Albania Peter Japelj has listed some of the main priorities of the EU presidency. In an interview with journalist Marsela Karapanço, he said that they are working on a project with Portugal and Germany aimed at the recovery of Europe after Covid-19 which will be the slogan of the presidency.
"Slovenia is building the work together with Portugal and Germany. We will work on a joint program and hope that this program will help us all in the future. The slogan of the presidency will be "Recover Europe together" which is built on 4 pillars:

-Recovery of the strategic autonomy of the EU
-European Arms Conference
-Living in the EU
-Security policies
Asked whether Slovenia will help countries in need to get out of the Covid crisis, he said that this is not Slovenia's task.
"It is not Slovenia's duty to do so. What Slovenia will do is find the right solutions. Recovery is not just for Covid, but we must give Europe the opportunity to face a possible pandemic in the future and a cyber attack that will include the Western Balkans. In September we will have a forum where leaders from all over the world will gather "- said Japelj.

Asked why Albania is still standing at the door of the EU and failed to get a positive answer, Japelj expressed optimism that it will move towards the opening of negotiations, citing the words of Mrs. Merkel that the Balkans is the geostrategic interest of the EU.

"This is not a simple question. It is a very long exchange of discussions. When I came to Albania in 2019 I thought that negotiations would be opened then and now in the middle of my term I am a modest optimist. I assure you that Slovenia will do whatever possible. We are stuck and therefore it is necessary to move towards the opening of negotiations. This process is not just about getting EU legislation. Chancellor Merkel also said that the Western Balkans is the EU's geostrategic interest," the ambassador added.

/Klara Ruci/