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Minister Radovan Žerjav met the representatives of the European Commission

The representatives of the Slovenian Government met the representatives of the European Commission yesterday. They discussed the programme of the Slovenian Presidency and other current European issues.


Minister Radovan Žerjav met separately with EU Transport Commissioner, Mr. Jacques Barrot, with whom he discussed the political priorities in the field of transport. The Minister informed the Commissioner in details about the Slovenian presidency programme - transport safety, railway transport, Western Balkans and Galileo – as well as about some events planned during the Slovenian presidency. Mr. Barrot was very interested in the presentation and stated that the European Commission will do everything in its power to reach a full realisation of the current Presidency’s programme. Both the Minister and the Commissioner expressed their full support to firm and constructive cooperation during the 6-month period of the Slovenian Presidency.




In the margins of the meeting, Minister Žerjav and the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Janez Podobnik met the Commissioner for Environment Stavros Dimas and the Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot. They discussed biological diversity, especially in the light of the ninth Conference of signatories to the Convention on biological diversity, which will take place in May 2008 in Bonn. They also discussed climate changes, being a general priority of the Slovenian Presidency, as well as other key activities during the presidency. As far as the legislation is concerned, the biggest attention was paid to dossiers which are important both from the environmental and transport aspects and which are currently on the agenda of the Environment Council – Proposal for a Fuel Quality Directive, the proposal for a Directive on CO2 and vehicles as well as the proposal for Euro VI Regulation.