EU issues top agenda as Pahor meets Mattarella

Rome – President Borut Pahor held talks with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella on Monday evening. EU issues topped the agenda, the president’s office said.

The presidents focused on peace and stability in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood, the need to coordinate post-pandemic economic recovery policies, and the need for debates on the common European future to be more ambitious.

The talks came after Pahor was received in the Vatican by Pope Francis. It was originally agreed the meeting would be private, but after Mattarella was elected for the second term as president he invited Pahor for dinner at the Quirinal Palace.

Pahor thus became the first foreign statesman to meet with Mattarella in his second presidential term.