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Slovenian President addresses Members of the European Parliament

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk, left for an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he was received by the Parliament’s President, Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering. The central topic of their talks were issues regarding the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean, the continuation of the Barcelona Process and the initiative for setting up a Euro-Mediterranean University with a seat in Slovenia. The President of the European Parliament, Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering, thanked the Slovenian President, Dr Türk, for his visit and for addressing the European Parliament as the first President of the first of the new Member States that joined the European Union in the 2004 round of enlargement to hold the EU Council Presidency.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia later addressed the Members of the European Parliament. He spoke about the role of the European Union as a global player, with emphasis on EU leadership in addressing global warming and the protection of human rights. In his speech, President Türk also touched on the urgent need to shape an effective immigrant integration policy and the need for further EU enlargement.


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Date: 23.04.2008