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First visit by President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to Prime Minister Robert Golob Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia

The Prime Minister, Dr Robert Golob, met with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at Strmol Castle. They discussed the topics to be addressed by the European Council on 15 December 2022, in particular energy, migration, Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the EU's enlargement policy, with a focus on the Western Balkans.

After the meeting, the Slovenian Prime Minister said that tomorrow’s EU-Western Balkans Summit was also important because Albania and North Macedonia had made progress this year towards EU accession. He highlighted his expectation that an important step would be made at tomorrow’s summit towards reaching an agreement on Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Kosovo visa liberalisation.

The two leaders focused, in particular, on the energy sector and the implications for economic development: "The unity of the EU, the preservation of the competitiveness of European industry and how European citizens will assess the performance of European institutions depend on the energy issue," said Prime Minister Golob, announcing a discussion on this topic at the level of ministers and Heads of Government.

The Slovenian Prime Minister and the President of the European Council also discussed migration, particularly in the Western Mediterranean. They agreed that the harmonisation of visa regimes in the Western Balkans is crucial, that some progress has been made in this regard and that it will be important to continue these efforts. The two leaders also touched upon ensuring the right political conditions for the continuation of financial assistance to Ukraine.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Golob underlined that there was considerable, if not complete, consistency between Slovenia's positions and the prevailing positions of the EU Member States.