By: Anita Gužvič / Nova24tv
Although the desire of our media that the EU-Western Balkans summit, hosted by Slovenia during its presidency of the EU Council, be overshadowed by violent protests, the truth is completely different. Most of the leaders of the countries participating in the summit face the same violent protests from anti-vaccinators and opponents of the measures at home, and this is not a sensation for them. Judging by the responses, the sensation is the EU-Western Balkans summit, as it has barely started, but praises are already pouring in. Socialising and conversations of leaders take place in a relaxed and friendly manner, which certainly raises Slovenia’s international reputation.
Arriving at the castle in Brdo near Kranj, the President of the European Council Charles Michel wrote on his Instagram profile that the reception in Slovenia never disappoints. “Thanks for hosting us here Prime Minister Janez Janša.”
Moreover, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said they had a very productive discussion about recent geopolitical events, including Afghanistan, the situation in the Indo-Pacific and relations with China, over an informal working dinner. “Our Union remains a firm supporter of multilateralism and a rules-based international order.”
Meanwhile, Slovak President Eduard Heger thanked Janša for the warm welcome and added that it was important that we first establish our “global role” at home and in our immediate neighbourhood. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo also thanked Janša for the friendly reception, while Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin wrote on his Twitter account that he could hardly wait to discuss the EU’s role on the international stage, Afghanistan, energy recovery and the economy.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Janša received all participants in the EU-Western Balkans summit at an informal working dinner, followed today by a plenary session, a joint photo and a session of leaders.