Prime Minister Janez Janša attends an Eastern Partnership leaders' video conference
Prime Minister Janez Janša attended a video conference of the leaders of the EU Member States and six Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia).
The purpose of the conference was to reaffirm the strategic importance and commitment to the Eastern Partnership policy and to exchange views on the future objectives of this policy based on the European Commission's proposal for five long-term partnership goals beyond 2020 in order to strengthen the region's resilience. The leaders also discussed tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.
In his speech, Prime Minister Janez Janša emphasised the strategic and geopolitical importance of the Eastern Partnership for the future of the European Union. The EU needs to be more focused and bold in realising its long-term vision than it has been in the last ten years. The future of the EU cannot be imagined without all the countries of the Western Balkans and at least some of the Eastern Partnership countries as its full members. The Prime Minister drew attention to the forced frozen conflicts in the region, the aim of which is to prevent the realisation of this vision. He stressed that he was pleased that the coming trio Presidency would also focus on the Eastern Partnership and hold a summit in March 2021 when Portugal will hold the EU Presidency.