- 22.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today (22 February) received the incoming, newly appointed Ambassador of Brazil, Luís Antonio Balduín Carneiro, who has replaced Susan Kleebank in the office. In their discussion Lajčák pointed out Slovakia’s interest in expanding relations with Brazil, Slovakia’s 26th largest export partner and an important investor in our country, and expressed hope that thanks also to the experience Carneiro has in the business and economic areas there will be a successful follow up to the cooperation thus far. As emphasized by the minister, besides the economic area, Slovakia is interested also in continuity of the political dialogue that we expect to strengthen this year through the visit of Prime Minister Robert Fico to Brazil. Minister Lajčák addressed to his partner an invitation for officials from Brazil to attend the Globsec conference that will be held in Bratislava on 26-28 May 2017. The Ambassador of Brazil then presented the copies of his credentials to Minister Lajčák.
- 21.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today (21 February) received the Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, to primarily discuss development of mutual relations of the two countries and the planned reciprocal visits by top state officials from SR and Japan.
- 18.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák at Munich Security Conference: “Minsk agreements are not dead, they just need new energy”The challenges of today’s world cannot be resolved separately by any country; only multilateral, international cooperation will bring us stronger and more effective functioning under the EU, NATO and UN platforms. The European Union is in a difficult situation now; Brexit has reduced the 28 to 27, but those 27 countries now more than before have to ask how we can be stronger and more effective. This was said today (18 February) by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her introductory address of day two of the Munich Security Conference. According to her, now the most necessary thing to do is to focus on issues that really matter such as development of the society, economy, creating jobs and internal and external security. The words by the German Chancellor echoed also in the address by US Vice President Mike Pence who in a way put a period after the week-long diplomatic effort by Washington to reiterate the foreign policy priorities of the new US administration towards its European allies.
- 18.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Úvodnými prejavmi ministrov obrany Nemecka a USA sa v Mníchove v piatok (17. februára) oficiálne začala v poradí 53. Mníchovská bezpečnostná konferencia, od ktorej sa očakáva zásadná diskusia najmä o postojoch novej americkej vlády v otázke zahraničnej politiky a bezpečnosti, ale aj o budúcnosti EÚ a úlohách a postavení NATO. Isté odpovede už priniesli slová amerického ministra obrany Jamesa Mattisa, ktorý ocenil líderskú úlohu Nemecka v Európe a potvrdil, že transatlantické puto je rovnako pevné ako kedykoľvek v minulosti, a je tou najsilnejšou zbraňou proti nestabilite, pričom článok 5 zmluvy o NATO je „záväzkom pevným ako kameň“.
- 16.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák at Munich Security Conference: “Western Balkans have always played one of the key roles in the European security concept”Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, travelled to Munich today (16 February) to attend the prestigious Munich Security Conference where he presented his remarks on the first day of the event at discussion panel Future of Euro-Atlantic Security – A New Role of the Balkans? alongside Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, President of Croatia, and Srđan Darmanović, Foreign Affairs Minister of Montenegro. Minister Lajčák pointed out in his discussion remarks that the Western Balkans have for a long time been, so to say, in the European Union’s spotlight and have always played one of the key roles in the European security concept. Despite that the region even today is still just searching for stability in the international setting.
- 14.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Lajčák on mediation conference in Brussels: “Mediation success depends on the engagement of all key stakeholders on the spot”Preventive diplomacy as an instrument for conflict prevention and mediation as a tool for conflict settlement dominated the High-Level Conference on Mediation in Brussels today (14 February), wherein Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák also gave an address. In the address, he highlighted ten fundamental attributes of mediation according to his own experience during his extensive practice (especially in the Balkans): “Knowledge and understanding of the environment, distinctive features in history, mentality and traditions, adaptability to constantly changing conditions, meticulous attention to impartiality and own non-obtrusive perception of actualities, promoting principles and the process – involving not only individual stakeholders. These are the fundamental prerequisites for successful mediation. Mediation success depends on the engagement of all key stakeholders on the spot and, naturally, on the support from international community,” said the Minister.
- 13.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Lajčák in Belgium: “Only a strong, balanced, secure and assertive EU can be attractive for its citizens”The two-day visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák to Brussels, where he will give an address at the high-level conference on mediation and conflict prevention, started with a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Didier Reynders today (13 February). This topic also featured in the more than hour-long meeting of the ministers. As Lajčák recalled, Slovakia considers preventive diplomacy to be the best instrument in preventing bloodshed and conflict escalation in the world. “The current practice – wherein countries devote enormous efforts and resources in solving already burning conflicts – requires a change. Preventive diplomacy and mediation are far more effective instruments saving lives and money and have the potential to bring stability in conflict areas,” said the Minister. They also touched on issues surrounding the need to reform the EU’s functioning, which should feature in talks at the upcoming summit of the European Council in Rome, and stated that nowadays – 60 years after signing the Rome treaties – the unity of the EU faces unprecedented challenges. “Only an economically strong, socially balanced, internally secure and externally assertive EU can be attractive for its citizens and be respected by global players,” stated Lajčák.
- 06.02.2017| Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a Európska únia
Developments in Ukraine in light of the escalating violence in its south-east, political and security developments in Libya, as well as prospects for developing relations with Egypt as one of the most important partners for the EU in the Middle East were up for discussion Monday (6 February 2017) during the regular EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, attended by Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák.
- 02.02.2017| Aktivity ministra | Branding Slovenska | Kultúrna diplomacia
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák today (2 February) awarded Professor Štefan Nosáľ, a long-term artist-in-chief and choreographer of the Lúčnica folklore ensemble, for his extraordinary lifetime artistic contribution and excellent presentation of Slovakia abroad, on occasion of the celebration of his 90th birthday. “Professor Nosáľ is our cultural Ambassador: His artistry brings the essence of Slovakia to the world, presenting this essence in the best light to the world. He belongs among the personalities that greatly account for creating the positive image of our country abroad and embodies the fact Slovakia is full of smart and creative people whose enthusiasm for tradition and endurance empowers all the generations,” said Lajčák. On the occasion of presenting Nosáľ with Golden Plaque and the meeting with Lúčnica Director General Marian Turner and Manager Julius.Jackuliak, Minister Lajčák introduced “Lúčnica and Slovakia. Good Idea” logo to be part of the Lúčnica brand as a cultural ambassador of Slovakia abroad.
- 02.02.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák today (2 February 2017) received new Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Slovakia Gabriele Meucci. In talks with the Ambassador he appreciated the intensive political, economic and cultural relations with Italy at all levels and expressed the hope that the cooperation and the bilateral dialogue will further deepen in the future. Italy is our eighth most important trade partner and fourth most significant foreign investor – as more than 400 Italian companies do business in Slovakia. They exchanged views on current foreign policy issues, including migration, which especially affects Italy. In this context Lajčák emphasized that it’s necessary to search for solutions that will be acceptable for all. They also discussed Great Britain leaving the EU, as well as the first steps of the new US administration.