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5. 9. 2017

Informal meeting of the South-East European Cooperation Process foreign ministers

Group photograph; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and High Represenative Mogherini; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Croatian Foreign Minister Pejčinović Burić; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Albanian Foreign Minister Bushati; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Romanian Foreign Minister Melascanu; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Macedonian Foreign Minister Dimitrov; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Kosovo Deputy Foreign Minister Murtezaj; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and RCC Secretary-General Svilanović; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Montenegrin Foreign Minister Darmanović; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Quick; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Bosnian-Herzegovinian Foreign Minister Crnadak; Photo: STA/MZZ

Minister Erjavec and Moldovan Foreign Minister Galbur; Photo: STA/MZZ

Bled, 5 September 2017 – Today, on the sidelines of the Bled strategic Forum, Minister Erjavec, as the Chair of the South-East European Cooperation Process, hosted an informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs, which was attended by the foreign ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Romania and Turkey, the deputy foreign ministers of Greece and Kosovo, and the RCC Secretary General; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, attended the meeting as a special guest.

 

Minister Erjavec presented Slovenia's programme for the chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process, which will continue until the end of June 2018. Slovenia presides under the slogan 'SEE4FUTURE' and will promote discussions oriented towards the future. The presidency will be based on four priority areas, including further support for the EU enlargement policy and a safe Europe, as well as promoting positive prospects for the young and the digital transformation of society; it will be carried out under the slogans: enlarged Europe, safer Europe, younger Europe, and digital Europe. Yesterday, as part of the Bled Strategic Forum and in relation to the last-mentioned priority area, the Minister of Public Administration, Koprivnikar, led a discussion on digitalisation.

 

In the general part of the informal discussion, the South-East European Cooperation Process foreign ministers exchanged views on the current situation in the territories of the participating countries. The ministers underlined the importance of harmonising views on the main issues, in order to enhance regional cooperation, strengthen stability and security, achieve progress in business relations, as well as engage more in the fields of migration, justice, and fight against organised crime and terrorism. They agreed that both stability and the advancement of the region play important parts on the path to EU membership. In order to achieve these goals, all parties need to be engaged in the process, and the EU should take a proactive approach.

 

Slovenia took over the chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process this July, assuming leadership of the process for the first time since it joined in 2010.