“Good afternoon. First of all, let me thank Prime Minister Cerar for the warm welcome, once again, here in Slovenia. This is my fourth visit to your country in my present role and again, as always, I feel very much at home here. Especially that we will visit today the city of Piran, which – like my hometown of Gdańsk – lies on the coast. After my many visits to Slovenia, I understand very well why the words Ljubljana and ljubljena (‘beloved’) sound so similar, at least to the Polish ear.

Thank you Prime Minister for your hospitality but – more importantly – for your enormous engagement in making Slovenia stronger and Europe more united. I admire the way you are able to combine, on the one hand, fighting for the Slovenian interests and, on the other hand, contributing to the unity of the EU. Your efforts show that holding both national and European interests dear does not have to be in contradiction. In my eyes, and not only, you are both a tough Slovenian and a responsible European. Which makes you an extremely demanding, but also a constructive partner. Trust me, in today’s politics this is a unique combination indeed. Whether we are discussing the migratory crisis, Brexit or economic matters, I can always count on your wisdom, forward-looking approach and shrewdness. Under your leadership, Slovenia has become a success story as a stable and reliable country.” (European Council)

At the time of World War II, Slovenians were on the right side of history and together with allies among those who were looking forward to freedom, President Borut Pahor said at today’s ceremony at Topolšica. He added that it was such an important event that, especially because of the generations who did not experience it, it was a matter of memory.

‘This was a moment of great pride, although at the same time, a civil war, which left a lasting impact and which is still being avoided in a certain way, took place simultaneously,’ said President Borut Pahor in Topolšica.” (translated from Sio1)