Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will participate in the conference to launch the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, due to take place today in Slovenia.
France has been actively involved in developing this strategy, which brings the countries and regions in the Alpine Space together. Harlem Désir will reaffirm our determination to work with all our partners to promote growth, employment, the development of interconnections and environmental protection within this framework.
During this visit, Harlem Désir will meet with Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. They will work on strengthening our bilateral relations and on developing cooperation in the Western Balkans, notably in the run-up to the conference scheduled to take place in Paris in summer 2016. They will take stock of current European issues, including the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism.