Today (30 November) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the first session of the Slovak Government Council for Compatriots´ Issues (RVKO) was held, IT WASIt was opened by the Council Chairman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, and also attended by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek and Secretary General and Deputy Chairman of the Office for the Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ) Peter Prochácka and Council members: ÚSŽZ Chairman Ján Varšo, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport Peter Krajňák, State Secretary of the Slovak Interior Ministry Rudolf Urbanovič, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Slovak Finance Ministry Dana Meager, and Director General for the International Cooperation Section of the Slovak Culture Ministry Gabriela Madrová (substituting for the Council member Ivan Sečík State Secretary of the Culture Ministry).
Minister Lajčák attended the V4 ministerial meeting with partners from the Western Balkans countries in Warsaw
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák attended the annual V4 ministerial meeting with the Western Balkans countries under the baton of the V4 Polish Presidency in Warsaw today (29 November). The meeting was also attended by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as foreign affairs ministers and deputy ministers of Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia.
Bratislava (28 November) – Slovakia and Norway signed the Memorandums of Understanding on implementing the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism in Bratislava today. The documents were signed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák on behalf of Slovakia, and by EEA and European Affairs Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Elisabeth Vik Aspaker. This will enable Slovakia to draw the EEA and the so-called Norwegian funds in the amount of €113 million by 2021, a substantially higher sum than in the previous period. “Slovakia has traditionally led among the 16 recipient countries in the negotiations on concluding memorandums on financial mechanisms. This year we have become the second to have signed the interest to draw the funds provided by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein,” said Minister Lajčák.
Bratislava (27 November) – Already the 25th Christmas Bazaar was opened in Bratislava on Sunday by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák along with Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal and Coordinator of the International Women´s Club Zuzana Merrifield. Involved in this international charity event held in Stará Tržnica are 30 countries, five charity organizations and three international schools. All of them offered traditional products, food, souvenirs and typical specialties at their stands.
Bratislava (22 November) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in Bratislava yesterday (Tuesday) presented the Goodwill Envoy Awards to three successful Slovaks acting abroad. It’s the fifth year this award has been given out to Slovaks active abroad and contributing with their work to spreading the good name of the country, thus helping build the brand of Slovakia. The official ceremony with guests from the diplomatic corps and personalities in attendance was held on the 95th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Dubček, if alive.