The second day of the Munich Security Conference was opened on Saturday (17 February) with addresses given by Sigmar Gabriel, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister. They confirmed their concerns over the massive shifts in the world order featuring unpredictability, as the German minister called it. As Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attending the conference, assessed it, the state leaders´ speeches attested to the fact that "we will not move forward without multilateralism and strong European and transatlantic ties. The European Union must simply be stronger and more assertive to solve its internal misunderstandings and tensions, as well as to prove it can be a global player. We must invest in global security because as Theresa May, the British PM said - security of people in our home countries depends on the overall security of the world.” On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry also had a bilateral meeting with Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, on priorities of the future EU Multiannual Financial Framework. “Our citizens have great expectations from the EU. We must meet them. For the upcoming period we need a budget that would evaluate every single euro in favor of the citizens – in the areas such as security, stability, employment, and prosperity. Slovakia fully stands up for continuing the efforts in economic growth and social approximation inside the EU and continuing the use of cohesion funds and instruments of the Common Agriculture Policy – it is necessary to apply a balanced attitude towards funding new EU priorities such as migration and foreign policy, with the original objectives grounded in the EU Treaties,” stated Korčok in the interview.
On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met today (17 February) with representatives of Schaeffler AG, one of the biggest German industrial concerns in the world producing key mechanical components for the automotive industry. It is the third biggest private company doing business in Slovakia, employing more than 10,000 people in the country.
Korčok at Munich Security Conference: “The world needs diplomatic damage control, full use of instruments to de-escalate tension”
The current international policy and security environment is marked with weakening of the world order framework as defined after World War II. The well-recognized principles such as individual freedoms, human rights, international institutions and free markets, forming the value basis of the so-called western circle of civilization have been put in doubt and endangered by erosion. Such an atmosphere promotes strong powers – both global and regional – to attempt to extend their spheres of influence outside the agreed systems and rules. From this point of view, the near future will be marked by mutual competition of different models of domestic policies and the international order. This was stated today (16 February) during several speeches given by prominent world leaders during the first day of the Munich Security Conference.
At the regular informal EU Foreign Affairs Ministers´ meeting held once a year during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the so-called Gymnich format – today (15 February) in Sofia, Bulgaria, the heads of diplomacy discussed the current developments in Syria, the European perspective of the Western Balkans and current developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The first discussions delved into developments in Syria. The ministers confirmed their support for the Geneva process under the UN auspices as the only way to achieve an intra-Syrian political solution. “It is necessary to go to Geneva to search for a political resolution to the Syria situation,” stated State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, Ivan Korčok, stressing that the military engagement of regional players has a potential to seriously endanger this dialogue and the prospects for a political solution. “It is therefore of core importance not to give a rise or escalate the tension in the current circumstances," he added.
State Secretary Parízek speaks with the ODIHR Director about mutual cooperation and preparations for Slovakia’s Presidency of the OSCE in 2019
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, met Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, the OSCE’s Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw on Tuesday (13 February 2018). They talked about preparations for Slovakia´s Presidency of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2019 and its possible priorities in the human rights’ dimension. They also discussed the Office´s activities, with an emphasis on the work planned for next year.