State Secretary Štucin at political consultations in Vilnius on the importance of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans
State Secretary Marko Štucin held political consultations with Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Jovita Neliupšienė in Vilnius. They reviewed bilateral cooperation between the two countries and exchanged views on current European and global issues, with a focus on the situation in the Western Balkans and Ukraine.
State Secretary Štucin stressed the importance of continuing the EU enlargement process in the current geopolitical situation. He affirmed that Slovenia would continue to support the Western Balkan countries and other candidates on their path towards the European Union, while also discussing the "Bled Pledge", according to which the candidates should be ready for EU membership by 2030. State Secretary Štucin and Vice-Minister Neliupšienė also considered options to improve the decision-making in the area of EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. In this context, State Secretary Štucin pointed out that discussions on the Union's internal reforms must take place in parallel with the enlargement process.
State Secretary Štucin and Vice-Minister Neliupšienė pledged continued and strong support for Ukraine and addressed some of the legal issues raised by Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Other topics of discussion included the mid-term review and revision of EU's Multiannual Financial Framework, and the strengthening of its strategic autonomy and competitiveness.
During his visit to Lithuania, State Secretary Štucin also met with Margarita Šešelgytė, Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, to discuss the Union's future and institutional reform, particularly with regard to the expected enlargement.