Alojz Peterle, first Prime Minister of independent Slovenia, made a visit to KSE

06.11.2015

On Nov.3-5, the Kyiv School of Economics hosted the visit of Alojz Peterle, member of European Parliament and ex-Prime Minister of Slovenia. 

Mr.Peterle visited Kyiv and Odesa with #UkraineReforms project, which was initiated in 2014 by Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in partnership with Kyiv School of Economics, Reanimation Package of Reforms and Stronger Toghether.

At Kyiv School of Economics Mr.Peterle gave a lecture about the path of Slovenia to European integration and lessons for Ukraine and took part in off-the-record meeting with Vice-Ministers for European integration of Ukraine.

"It was very important for us that our way to European Union never caused division in Slovenia, no political division" – Mr. Peterle mentioned during the lecture at Kyiv School of Economics. Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004, 13 years after it proclaimed Independence and joined the Eurozone in 2007.  

When speaking about the reform process, Mr.Peterle emphasized that it’s important to continue with it, as it has direct impact on the volume of foreign direct investment in the country. “I wish that you develop the business environment that foreign direct investors would love to come to Ukraine and will not fear conflict or too much administrative burdens. In Slovenia we have very few direct investments because Slovenia is not considered a sustainable country because of lack of reforms,” – Mr.Peterle said.

In Kyiv Mr. Peterle also participated in a public expert discussion on legislative and policy aspects of the EU accession together with partners of the project, representatives of Stronger Together information campaign and Reanimation Package of Reforms. 
In Odesa Mr. Peterle met with representatives of Southern Ukrainian division of European Business Association. He also met with students and civic activists to speak about Slovenian success story of European integration. 

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