Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikuláš Dzurinda, invited by his Czech counterpart Karel Schwarzenberg, met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the V4 and the Western Balkans in Prague on 4 November 2011. The meeting of the foreign ministers within the format of the V4 and the Western Balkans is an expression of the long-term interest of the V4 in cooperation with these countries. Such meetings have become a tradition already during the Slovak and Hungarian Presidency of the V4. The meeting was aimed at the exchange of views on the current situation in the European Union and the Western Balkans, the discussion about the European Union’s enlargement policy, and developing a common stance regarding the EU’s enlargement agreement before the forthcoming December Council and the European Council meetings. The intention was to encourage the Western Balkan partners in further reform and accession process, to discuss new possibilities of mutual collaboration, to support regional cooperation in the Western Balkans, to evaluate the current situation in the region, and to exchange views on the European integration process. The meeting of Ministers is a follow-up to similar meetings in Budapest (2009) and in Bratislava (2010).
During the visit Minister Dzurinda signed an agreement addressing reciprocal diplomatic and consular representation of the respective states for visa procedure, as well as the protocol to the agreement, with the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg. Pursuant to this agreement, the Czech Republic will be authorised to issue a Slovak Schengen visa in the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Ghana, Mongolia and the Philippines while Slovakia is to be able to represent the Czech Republic in Kenya. The Agreement will come in force 30 days after the date of the signature. Slovakia has already made such agreements with Hungary, Austria, and Slovenia, and prepared the agreement with Latvia, while the negotiations with Poland, Latvia, Germany, and Spain are ongoing. Both Ministers also signed an agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in providing consular services and in addressing emergencies in third countries.
Minister Dzurinda also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Radoslaw Sikorsky and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki. European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, Foreign Minister of Slovenia Samuel Žbogar and Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the EU's External Action Service Miroslav Lajčák have also been invited to this meeting.