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Announcement: Extended ministerial meeting of the Visegrad Group countries and countries of the Western Balkans to be held in Bratislava on May 28, 2019.

Announcement: Extended ministerial meeting of the Visegrad Group countries and countries of the Western Balkans to be held in Bratislava on May 28, 2019.

23.5.2019

On 28 May 2019, a traditional meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of the Visegrad 4 countries and the countries of the Western Balkans will take place in Bratislava, hosted by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In addition to partners from the Visegrad 4 countries and the countries of the Western Balkans, the meeting will be attended also by the Foreign Affairs State Secretary Ms Maria Magdalena Grigore who will represent the Romanian presidency in the Council of the EU; MS Angelina Eichhorst, Deputy Executive Director of the European External AcV4tion Service who will represent the High Representative of the EU Ms Frederica Mogherini.

 

The ministerial meeting will be an opportunity to evaluate the current status and readiness of the countries of the Western Balkans for the EU integration process and a forum for the exchange of opinions and ideas with the aim to increase the reform endeavours and improve the credibility of the integration process. The meeting will take place one day before the expected publication of the so called “enlargement package” in which the European Commission evaluates the implementation of the enlargement policy and the progress made in the individual countries of the Western Balkans. The intention of Slovakia as the country presiding over the Visegrad 4 is to confirm the importance of the European perspective of the whole region of the Western Balkans for the region itself but also for the stability and prosperity of the Central Europe and the entire European Union.

 

We kindly ask the media representatives to get accreditation in advance, at tlac@mzv.sk until Monday, 27 April 2019, 1200 am.

 

Media registration starts 45 minutes before the beginning of the event, at the main entrance desk to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Hlboká cesta 2, Bratislava or 30 minutes before the media opportunity. Please note that parking is not possible within the Ministry area.

 

Agenda

 

08:25 am Registration of Accredited Media

The Main Reception Desk of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

 

9:05 am Arrivals of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad 4 countries, Romania and EEAS Delegation. Welcoming by Minister Lajčák.

The Main Reception Desk of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Photo shoot

 

9:20 am Coordination Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad 4 countries, Romania and EEAS Delegation.

Photo shoot at the beginning of the meeting

 

9:50 am Arrivals of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Countries of the Western Balkans.  Welcoming by Minister Lajčák                            

Photo shoot

 

10:05 am Family Photo

Photo shoot

 

10:10 am Plenary Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad 4 countries, Romania, the Western Balkans and the EEAS delegation.

Photo shoot at the beginning of the meeting

 

14:25 am Press Conference