6 May, 2014

The “Juncker for President” Campaign in Bratislava to celebrate 10 years of Slovakia’s EU membership

Bratislava, 06 May 2014

The EPP candidate for President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker was in Bratislava on 6 May to meet the leaders and candidates of the four EPP member parties in Slovakia and to attend a gala dinner in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the country’s accession to the EU.

In the afternoon, Jean-Claude Juncker arrived in Bratislava on board of the “Juncker for President” campaign bus where he was received by former Prime Minsiter Mikuláš Dzurinda.

Jean-Claude Juncker and Mikuláš Dzurinda held a press conference in which they was joined, in a unique show of unity, by the four leaders and the four lead candidates of the four EPP member parties in Slovakia, who all expressed their solid support for Mr Juncker and their common goal of helping him become the next President of the European Commission.

Those joining Mr Juncker during the press conference were: for the Chrsitian Democratic Movement (KDH), President Ján Figeľ and lead candidate Anna Záborská; for Most-Híd, President Béla Bugár and lead candidate Zsolt Simon; for the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS), President Pavol Frešo and lead candidate Ivan Štefanec; and for the Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP), President József Bérenyi and lead candidate Pál Csáky.

In the evening, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a keynote speech at a gala dinner in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Slovakia’s accession to the European Union. The dinner was hosted by Mikuláš Dzurinda.

During his speech, Jean-Claude Juncker said, regarding the EU’s enlargement of 2004: “The EU’s enlargement story is a success story.

This is an achievement we should be proud of, and one that won the EU the Nobel Peace Prize: Ten years ago, on 1 May 2004, the EU enlarged from 15 to 25 Member States. An enlargement that reunited a continent, and now, with three more countries having joined since then, 507 million people. An enlargement which ensured that peace is now irreversible among the 28.”

About the need to protect what has been achieved and about the freedom of movement in particular, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Free movement is a cornerstone of European integration.

A right granted to each and every EU citizen, to live, study and reside anywhere in the European Union.

This is the single market: Four fundamental freedoms. And you cannot separate one from the other. You cannot have free movement of services and capital, but not of persons. Not in our Union.”

Following the event, Jean-Claude Juncker left in his campaign bus to go to Vienna, Austria, his next stop on the campaign trail.

Pictures of the visit are available for download royalty-free on Jean-Claude Juncker’s Flickr account here.