During a working visit to Milan yesterday afternoon, the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor met with Attilio Fontana, President of Lombardy, to discuss cooperation, especially economic, and opportunities for developing and strengthening relations. Letizia Moratti, Vice President of Lombardy and the Committee on Social Affairs, also attended the meeting. During the conversation, President Pahor expressed his desire to deepen relations between Slovenia and the Lombardy region. He invited the President of Fontana Land to visit Slovenia together with a business delegation, and Fontana accepted the invitation.
President Pahor added that relations between the two countries have never been as good as now, Italy is one of Slovenia’s most important foreign policy partners and it is particularly important to strengthen bilateral economic relations with Lombardy, with which Slovenia has the bulk of the trade.
The Presidents of Slovenia and Lombardy also discussed the experience of treating the Covid-19 epidemic. Pahor said he monitored the situation in Italy in the first wave of the epidemic, admired their courage and expressed sympathy for their victims, adding that Slovenia had learned much from their bitter experience. He expressed the hope that European funds from the country’s Recovery and Sustainability Plan will bring development and a step towards sustainable development and not just rebuilding what was lost.
The Lombardy region is optimistic about the future, which will be helped by preparations for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy. The two countries will strengthen excellent relations in the field of culture in 2025, as Slovenia Nova Gorica and Italian Gorizia will then proudly hold the title of European Capital of Culture, which is a remarkable example of cross-border cooperation.
“I am pleased that in October we will address the people in the European Square that connects both Gorizia with the President and the Italian friend Mattarella and inspire them in a common European spirit to live in coexistence and respect,” the President announced. . He added that Slovenia has a rare privilege to have wonderful relations not only with neighboring countries, but also with all nations and states in general.
“We are ready to improve relations between Slovenia and the Lombardy region. I will be happy if you also have an open heart for cooperation, “concluded President Pahor.
Prior to the conversation, Pahor met with representatives of the Slovenian community in Milan. Representatives of the Association of Slovenes in Milan, the Association of the Slovenian Business Club, the Consul General in Milan and a representative of the WTO in Italy took part in the conversation.