On 18th June 2012 The State Secretary Peter Javorčík met with the Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton. The discussions were dominated by the preparation of the European summit in June and the ongoing negotiations on the next European multi-annual financial framework, as well as by the priorities of the Irish Presidency in the Council of the EU. The key topics at the summit will be proposals of growth generating measures that should accompany the consolidation of public finances in the Member States.
Both sides agreed that the discussions on the “euro-budget” should be concluded before the end of this year. Slovakia and Ireland are open to the discussion on further fiscal integration (e.g. banking union), it will be subject to more concrete proposals.
State Secretary Javorčík welcomed the results of the recent Irish referendum on the Fiscal compact which has a positive effect on its ratification in other countries. Ireland will preside in the Council of the EU in the first half of the year 2013.