The EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg today (17 October) in a session of the General Affairs Council. The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok. The goal of the meeting was preparing the session of the European Council scheduled to be held at the end of this week (19-20 October) with special emphasis on migration, security and defence, and the digital agenda as well as the Union’s approach to Turkey. The upcoming summit should reiterate the political resolve to start the permanent structured cooperation (the so-called PESCO) in the area of security and defence by the end of this year. Slovakia is now assessing the possibilities of participation in projects for development of defence capabilities and a strategic decision will be adopted by the SR government in course of November.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, arrived in London yesterday (15 October) upon invitation from Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Together with foreign ministers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia they discussed timely foreign policy topics, inter alia the decision by US President Donald Trump not to certify that Iran is complying with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran's nuclear program.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of France, Benjamin Griveaux, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (12 October). In the conversation Korčok appreciated the important trade and investment relations with France and very positive mutual collaboration as attested also by the Slovak-French Business Forum scheduled to take place in Bratislava at the end of October. Both partners highlighted that the positions of Slovakia and France in negotiations at the EU level have been approximating, as seen in areas such as defence policy, posted workers and the Eurozone. Slovakia and France have been engaging in an intensive dialogue also in preparations for the thematically-complex Strategic Partnership Action Plan for 2019-2024.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received a German delegation led by Deputy of the German Federal Assembly, Bartholomäus Kalb, in the premises of the SR diplomacy department today (12 October). In the introduction of the meeting Korčok highlighted the many years of service of Kalb in the position as the Chair of the Slovak-German Parliamentary Group and his personal contribution to the development and promotion of mutual relations between the two countries.
The future of the European Union, the status of the Brexit negotiations and migration, as well as other timely issues such as the form of the future EU’s multiannual financial framework and the directive on posting of workers, were the core topics of the meeting of the sherpas and the Visegrad Four (V4) state secretaries in charge of EU affairs on 5 and 6 October in Budapest. The meeting was held upon invitation from the Hungarian State Secretary for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ferenc Szabolcs Takács. Slovakia was represented in the deliberations by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok.