09 March 2019


Pozdravljena Slovenija!

Hope and optimism for Europe’s future. These are the ingredients that move and motivate the Slovenian people. I could feel it during the day I spent in Slovenia.


Home is where we feel connected, where we belong, where we feel we have opportunities.


In Nazarje, I visited a family-owned factory where production began using local tools. Now the factory provides electric engines for bicycles and households appliances all over Europe and the world.


One in five jobs in Slovenia is export-related. An ambitious European trade policy means giving people, especially young people, opportunities at home: I want to do more to give people these opportunities.


Nobody should be forced to leave their home country for economic reasons.


Boosting investment in research and innovation and creating better living conditions everywhere on our continent are the steps needed to make every single European feel like they belong in their country and in Europe.


Our homes, our dinner tables, should be places where our families celebrate a common European opportunity and a common European hope. Slovenia reminds all of us that we should never forget the importance of freedom and peace in Europe.