President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor.
Today was the closing session of the 72nd General Assembly of the UN which also marks the last day of the Presidency of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia in the UN General Assembly. Outgoing President Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador during a ceremony held on 17 September 2018.
Brussels (14 September) – At an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s development segment, at which the Slovak Republic was represented by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the discussion among the development ministers was focused on the proposal of creating the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) by integrating the EU’s external policies in the relevant areas. The discussion was held in the context of the 2021-2027 EU budget negotiations. This has been the very first political discussion concerning this issue since the NDICI proposal was published on 14 June. Slovakia’s priority is the migration issue, particularly in terms of how its fundamental causes in countries of origin and transit can be resolved. An equally important issue for Slovakia is retaining the separate European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Željko Perović, designated Ambassador of Montenegro to the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of presentation of copies of his credentials.
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, together with Monika Kohútová, CEO of EXIMBANKA, opened V4 ECA Conference 2018 in Bratislava today (13 September). This international conference is geared toward providing expert discussion of the V4 + Austria top export credit agencies (ECAs) on current significant problems in the financial and banking areas. The core topics include new fixed interest rates (CIRR), anti-bribery arrangement on officially supported export credits, and adopting prudential measures for the banking sector (Basel III).
Nomination of Ambassador František Ružička for State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Pursuant to a proposal by Miroslav Lajčák, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, the Government of the Slovak Republic has nominated Ambassador František Ružička for State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic at its session held on 12 September 2018. The nomination takes effect on 13 September 2018. His portfolio will concentrate on European affairs. He will represent Slovakia at the General Affairs Council. He will also take the Sherpa function directly linked to the preparations of the European Council sessions and accompanying Prime Ministers at summits.