Prime Minister Robert Golob and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussing the need to seek joint solutions to ensure energy security
Prime Minister Robert Golob met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin. One of the key topics addressed in their talks was the energy crisis related to the war in Ukraine and the resulting need to ensure energy security.
As the Slovenian Prime Minister highlighted after the meeting, "the current energy crisis is a priority topic of the EU and no individual solution is better than a joint EU one," adding that solutions for the energy crisis and the coming winter in Europe can only be found together, and that we can get through the winter without reductions in supply even without the Russian gas: "This goal is very ambitious, but attainable if the EU works together."
Slovenia advocates solidarity in the energy supply, which is based on voluntary measures. To this end, the two officials talked in great detail about the promotion of investment in the green transition and alternative sources of energy to ensure energy security. "We must do everything in our power to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, for which investment in solar and wind energy is of exceptional importance," Golob noted in Berlin.
The Slovenian Prime Minister and the German Chancellor also discussed the continuation of a clear EU perspective. In this regard, the Prime Minister repeated the Slovenian government's view that within the framework of the EU enlargement process special attention should be directed to the Western Balkans. According to Golob, the EU's expansion to the Western Balkans is the best guarantee for security, stability and progress in this region.
Therefore, we must find ways to accelerate the process in these countries, as no major developments have been made in this area for over twenty years. "This has been too long. We must find small victories and successes, so we can reward these countries whenever they make a step in the right direction," Golob concluded, welcoming the continuation of the Berlin Process.
The two officials committed to further strengthening the political and economic cooperation between Slovenia and Germany. Last year saw record trade in goods between the two countries, exceeding EUR 13 billion. As underlined by the Prime Minister, Germany has been among Slovenia's most important friends and allies ever since its independence, and there are also no open issues between the two countries.
After meeting with the German Chancellor, the Prime Minister and his delegation, including Infrastructure Minister Bojan Kumer, who accompanied Golob on his first visit to Berlin, also met with representatives of Germany's leading energy companies. They exchanged their positions on the current situation in the energy sector.