“The lack of rule of law inevitably leads to corruption. While we are all faced with the same global crisis, some of us perform and others not. When we look at where the effects were milder, the answer points to those countries where the rule of law works better.

Therefore, the main reason for the crisis is not only in seemingly external or cyclical causes, but basically in the lack of values. In many cases, the management of public interests left behind the idea of the public good, transforming into clienteles and other sorts of destructive expressions.

So, the basic ethical problem which we are now confronted is that this cost is now expected to be shared by everybody. Our duty is to rebuild the elites, also within politics. We need elites that would exercise ethics at all levels of decision-making and practice it for the common good.”

Alojz Peterle has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004 and is currently member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and substitute member of the committee on the environment, public health and food safety (ENVI).

He is also the Vice-Chairman of the delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and member of the delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Moreover, he is the President of the parliamentary group Friends of Turkey, President of MAC group, Co-chair of ENVI Health Working Group and member of governing board of Knowledge4Innovation.

Formerly, Prime Minister of Slovenia, the first since the country’s independence, Mr. Peterle also held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs twice. He was Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and Head of the Slovenian National Delegation in the EPP. In 2005, he was appointed as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office for Central Asia.

He was appointed from the European parliament as member of the Observation Delegations in Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Ukraine. He was also appointed by High Representative/EC Vice-President Catherine Ashton as Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission to Nigeria and to Kenya. Mr. Peterle has been an active promoter of cancer care, in particular as President of the informal all-party forum, ‘MEPs against Cancer’.