- 16.01.2017| Aktivity ministra
The new premises of the Council of the EU in Brussels were the venue for the first 2017 meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council that ended on Monday afternoon, 16 January. The Slovak Republic was represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák.The ministerial deliberations, led by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, were opened with a discussion of timely developments in Syria, in the context of the prepared intra-Syrian dialogue in Astana and then in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.
- 02.01.2017| Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ
Bratislava (2 January) – The Presidency of the Slovak Republic of the Council of the EU was successful in all regards and presented a contribution to both the EU and to Slovakia. The Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Robert Fico, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Slovak Government Proxy for the Presidency, Ivan Korčok, agreed on this conclusion at the evaluation press conference at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of SR in Bratislava on Monday. “I consider the Presidency of the Council of the EU a clear success”, stated Prime Minister Fico. He reported on the favorable evaluation of the Presidency’s performance and outcomes by top officials of European institutions, member countries and European media. He identified the launch of the Bratislava process – that has started the EU’s self-reflection following Britain’s decision to leave the community – as the most important outcome of the SK PRES.
- 02.01.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák expresses condolences to his Turkish counterparts about New Year’s attack in Istanbul nightclubMinister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, expressed condolences to his Turkish counterparts, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Minister for EU Affairs Ömer Çelik with regard to attack at the Istanbul club Reina that claimed 39 lives and left 65 persons with injuries. Minister Lajčák strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed deep condolences to both counterparts: “At this difficult moment we stand on the side of the people of Turkey in our common fight against the threat of terrorism. Our thoughts are with the families of the innocent victims who lost their lives in this tragedy.”
- 20.12.2016| Aktivity ministra
Cairo (20 December) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, who was representing Slovakia at the ministerial meeting of the European Union and the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo on Tuesday called for tighter cooperation between these two groupings in addressing regional and global problems. The beginning of the discussion between the 28 EU member states and 21 LAS members was marked by the most recent attacks on civilians in Berlin, the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara and the attack on the security forces in Karak, Jordan and the participants in the ministerial meeting jointly condemned the attacks.
- 19.12.2016| Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ
Bratislava (19 December) – The talks of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák with representatives of the Slovak non-governmental organizations and EU member states ambassadors to Slovakia in Bratislava today featured mainly an evaluation of the course and results of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. “I am hearing very positive evaluations made by my colleagues in Europe vis-à-vis the Slovak Presidency – they say that although we have presided over the Council for the first time, we have shown professionalism, reliability and expertise,” said Minister Lajčák at the meeting with non-governmental organizations.
- 18.12.2016| Aktivity ministra | Kultúrna diplomacia | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ
Vienna (17 December) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák awarded the world-famous opera singer Edita Gruber with the Golden Plaque of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs for her lifelong extraordinary artistic contribution and representation of Slovakia abroad. “The artistic quality of Edita Gruber is admired by vocalists and opera lovers all over the world. Not only does she electrify audiences around the world with her performances on the cultural scene, but she also contributes to spreading the good reputation of Slovakia,” stated Minister Lajčák during the Golden Plaque ceremony. He also congratulated her on her birthday and emphasized her successful professional work launched in Vienna fifty years ago.
- 16.12.2016| Aktivity ministra
Bratislava (16 December) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák received Ambassador of the Republic of Italy Roberto Martini in Bratislava today on the occasion of ending his diplomatic mission to the Slovak Republic. Their meeting focused on evaluating the work of Martini in the Slovak Republic over the past four years and the on current developments in Italy after the referendum on constitutional changes, as well as European issues in light of the session of foreign affairs ministers and that of prime ministers and presidents of EU member states this week.
- 15.12.2016| Aktivity ministra
Brno (15 December) – The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Slovak Republic and of the Czech Republic, Miroslav Lajčák and Lubomír Zaorálek respectively, presented a unique joint Slovak-Czech project in Brno on Thursday. They invited ambassadors seated in Prague and Bratislava to the Moravian metropolis for a preview screening of the coproduction film “Masaryk“ on the life and work of the then Czechoslovak Ambassador to London, later Foreign Affairs Minister Jan Masaryk.
- 14.12.2016| Aktivity ministra
Bratislava (14 December) – At the 25th International Christmas Bazaar in Bratislava, €80,389.32 has been collected for charity purposes. This was announced by Coordinator of the International Women´s Club in Bratislava Zuzana Merrifield at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on Wednesday evening during the Christmas meeting of Minister Lajčák with representatives of the diplomatic corps.
- 13.12.2016| Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ
Lajčák: We are wrapping up the Presidency of the Council of the EU with dignity and a long list of positive resultsBrussels (13 December) – “At the beginning of its first ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Slovakia promised to focus on positive agenda and on strengthening of the EU for the benefit of all the European Union citizens. At the end of the Presidency, I humbly think we delivered on this promise.“ This was stated by Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák in presiding over the last General Affairs Council of the European Union held in Brussels on Tuesday.