LJUBLJANA – The Bled Strategic Forum

The most important foreign policy event in Slovenia hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Europe after Brexit and COVID-19” and welcomed the prime ministers of Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, who participated in person, as well as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, who both took part via video link.

According to PM Conte, the pandemic highlighted the value of solidarity and that the EU proved it could respond as a community of interests inspired by common values. The current coronavirus crisis is a great opportunity to set a stronger and more cohesive Union, he added.

IMF’s Georgieva, who participated via video link from Sofia, said there was a reason for optimism, noting that together, states had created the ground under their feet of the global economy by creating liquidity.

Georgieva added that it was normal for countries to have shut themselves within their borders at the start of the pandemic.

However, with its Next Generation package of financial support, the EU proved it was able to respond.  (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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