“Greece does not threaten anyone, but it does not allow anyone to threaten it,” stressed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his joint statements with his Slovenian counterpart Janez Janša, following their meeting at Maximos Palace.
“Our countries share common values in Europe and NATO. Slovenia’s maritime front may be small but its role is large. We support Slovenia’s accession to MED7,” the Greek PM added.
Regarding the new European Pact on Migration and Asylum, Mitsotakis stressed that Greece, as a host country, can not alone face the burden of a problem that affects the entire European continent.
On his part, Janez Janša, congratulated Kyriakos Mitsotakis for managing the pandemic in Greece, while emphasising that the ties between Greece and Slovenia are deeply rooted in the past: “Many elements are lost over the centuries and others are recent.”
Both leaders also strongly support the European decision on the ‘green pass‘.
The certificate proposed by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, aims to open a fast lane for travel, without the restrictions caused by rapid tests and mandatory quarantine.
Janša stressed, in fact, that citizens are entitled to such a thing “after the pain they experienced with covid-19”.
The two PM’s also discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans, with the Slovenian Prime Minister claiming that the implementation of EU reforms and standards has begun in his country. He acknowledged that there was “evidence of fatigue” during the process, but said that enlargement was the first issue on the agenda, adding that “the old vision for a free and peaceful Europe must be fulfilled”.
He also thanked Mitsotakis for his support in the accession of Slovenia to MED7 and referred to the Greek Independence bicentennial: “We saw that in Greece, when a nation gains its independence, this is a historic, holy moment. Whichever EU member state celebrates its independence, all this wealth is European,” Janša added.