The Parliamentary Friendship Group with Slovenia hosted the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Serbia of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia today in the National Assembly House.
The Head of the PFG with Slovenia Milija Miletic welcomed the Slovenian delegation, saying that relations between the two countries have never been closer and that the 83-member PFG is a strong indicator of the parliamentarians’ interest in continuing to cultivate and strengthen the ties between the two very close the nations. Miletic said that economic cooperation is on the rise with a tendency to increase and thanked Slovenia for the many investments in Serbia and the companies that employ a large number of Serbian citizens. He took the opportunity to reiterate that European integration remains Serbia's main foreign policy goal and thanked Slovenia for its support. In the course of the conversation, Miletic said that he expected the European Union and its member states to continue to support the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina and the Brussels Agreement, and that Serbia is fighting for peace and stability in the region despite the violence perpetrated by Albin Kurti on the territory of Kosovo-Metohija.
The Head of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Serbia in the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia Lena Grgurevic thanked the MPs for the hospitality, stressing that the two nations share a common history, as well as the same goals that they strive for in the future. She agreed that economic cooperation is increasingly extensive, expressing hope that Serbia's investments in Slovenia would reach the levels that Slovenia has achieved in Serbia. She said that cooperation is also developing in the fields of education, tourism and culture, pointing out that parliamentary contacts and joint sessions of the governments of the two countries are largely responsible for this. She said that Slovenia would continue to provide strong support to Serbia on its European path and advocate for the fastest possible accession to the EU not only of Serbia, but the region at large. She indicated that the delegation believes the tensions in the region would decrease with the entry of all the countries of the region into the European Union, with the opening up of the borders and new forms of cooperation. She underlined that Slovenia supports the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo-Metohija, stressing that both parties should respect the signed agreements.
The topics of discussion also concerned climate change, green transition, cooperation in the field of science and innovation, demography and the falling birth rates in both countries. The two delegations also discussed the Serbian minority in Slovenia and the improvement of their position, as well as future meetings of parliamentarians. The Head of the Slovenian Friendship Group expressed her condolences on the tragedies that happened in Serbia at the beginning of May, stating that it is very important to insist on family values and respect for human rights.
PFG members Milimir Vujadinovic, Bratimir Vasiljevic and Branislav Josimovic took part in the meeting.