Van der Pas Encouraging about Slovenia
Ljubljana, 22 June - EU/SLOVENIA/EUROPIAN/COMMISSION/ENLARGEMENT
I have just come back from a visit to Slovenia and I have been rather impressed by the seriousness with which the accession negotiations are being envisaged as well as the state of preparation, head of the EU Negotiations Task Force, Nikolaus van der Pas told the first interactive enlargement briefing on Monday. He cited capital markets liberalization as the outstanding issue that Slovenia will have to address, stressing it was "the essential point" for the entry in the internal market which is not possible without the freedom of capital flow. Van der Pas said resolving this problem was also important for Slovenia, which as a small economy needs to be linked up to the internal market also through the financial markets and through the European and world markets, which is very important for Slovenia's future and an essential condition for accession to the internal market.
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