Activities

  • 22.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    The eastern EU vector and Eastern Partnership, as such, are among the main policy programs of the European Union and are also one of the key foreign policy priorities of Slovakia. This was said today (22 June) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his address to the annual meeting of foreign ministers of members countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI), meeting in Minsk. “The CEI’s activities and the EU’s agenda are mutually complementary and enriching. At this time we urgently need to seek and find synergies to accomplish better outcomes. As neighbours, we are pre-determined to jointly build trust and to support one another in managing the challenges that we face,” stated Lajčák in his remarks, while denoting migration and terrorism as the two major challenges of this kind. He also noted that taking account of the complexity and gravity of these issues, it is more than necessary to listen to each other and engage in open dialogue.
  • 21.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Slovakia’s economy is doing well, we have the lowest unemployment rate in our history and that presents space for our economic diplomats abroad to make use of the available potential. This was said today (21 June) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, on the introductory day of a meeting of economic diplomats from the representation offices of the Slovak Republic abroad. The meeting is held periodically and is intended to serve for exchange of experiences and ideas of how to handle the challenges stemming from the roles of economic diplomacy.
  • 21.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s law-making body, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (21 June). As the minister noted in the conversation, the visit by the Speaker of the Knesset attests to the growing dynamics in mutual relations between Slovakia and Israel and the interest of both countries in developing pragmatic cooperation. “There is a lot we can learn from Israel, especially in the areas of science, research and innovative solutions. We have friendly relations, we share the same values derived from anti-fascist and democratic traditions,” stated Lajčák.
  • 21.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko v OECD
    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák met with OECD Secretary-General, José Ángel Gurría, on the occasion of launching the OECD Economic Survey of the Slovak Republic 2017, in the premises of the diplomacy department on Wednesday 21 June. Minister Lajčák appreciated the role of OECD and the importance of the organization’s recommendations for shaping Slovakia’s sectorial policies: “I am pleased that the submitted OECD report reflects Slovakia’s key needs especially in the areas where we feel that we are lagging behind such as health and especially education. We are interested in further deepening our mutual cooperation, in particular in the areas that pose a strong challenge to us such as combating corruption and implementing sustainable development goals,” stated Minister Lajčák.
  • 20.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra |
    Relations between Slovakia and Cuba, and the European Union alike, have been experiencing a favourable period. This was said by the head of Slovak diplomacy, Miroslav Lajčák, during today’s first ever visit to Slovakia by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. “Our bilateral relations are very dynamic and the prerequisites for that have been presented by the new policy of the Cuban government and the policy of reforms that included also releasing all political prisoners and an overall change of the atmosphere in Cuba,” explained Lajčák after the meeting with his departmental counterpart. Európska únia podľa neho na túto situáciu zareagovala zrušením spoločnej európskej reštriktívnej politiky voči Havane, ktorá bola v platnosti od roku 1996. Aktuálne vzťahy nastavuje na základe novej Dohody o politickom dialógu a spolupráci, pri ktorej zohralo Slovensko významnú úlohu, keďže bola podpísaná počas slovenského predsedníctva v Rade EÚ.
  • 20.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | Oficiálna rozvojová pomoc | Slovensko a Európska únia
    The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, arrived for an official visit to the Slovak Republic today (20 June) and was welcomed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Miroslav Lajčák in the premises of the diplomacy department. The visit presented an opportunity to discuss themes related to implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as where the UN and the EU priorities come together within the context of our upcoming presidency of the 72nd UN General Assembly.
  • 19.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a Európska únia
    Assessing the state-of-play in terms of implementing the EU Global Strategy after a year since its adoption, especially in security and defense, in which most progress was achieved – mainly as for reinforcing military and civil capabilities necessary for a quick reaction to crises and conflicts – was the opening item on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Ministers´ meeting (FAC) held in Luxembourg today (19 June). “This is good news for the EU citizens, who expect reinforced internal security of our countries from us. It’s good that the EU adapts to the changing situation; we must be more assertive if we want to be a relevant global player,” stated Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák in his address.
  • 09.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Security cannot be considered to be something once given and constant, we must continue in its strengthening and improving, including the investments in our capability to defend ourselves. The context of dramatic security threats – including those we have witnessed recently in Manchester and London – reminds us of this over and over again. This was said today (9 June) in the address given by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák at the DESCOP (Defence and Security Conference Prague) 2017 conference, which he attended at the invitation of Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
  • 06.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Despite the current complicated developments in global politics, we see Russia as an important economic and trade partner and we are interested in developing further economic cooperation with Russia. This is the précis of the talks held today (6 June) between the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Kaliningrad. “We live in a complicated and volatile security environment. Russia plays an important role in international security and stability. Therefore we consider the dialog with Russia to be very important. We are diplomats, and thus it is our principal obligation to lead a dialog. I’m pleased that we are successful and able to continue not only in the political dialog. This also involves trade exchange and economic cooperation where we show tangible results also due to the work of the Intergovernmental Commission, including the agreement on the cyclotron center. We consider cooperation in energy, wherein Slovakia is interested in this partnership in gas transit and the efficient use of the existing infrastructure in oil and gas transport, to be one of the biggest future challenges,” said Lajčák during the talks.
  • 05.06.2017
    | Aktivity ministra
    Reinforcing peace requires collective efforts during the whole process – as violence cyclically recurs too often. This was said today (5 June) by Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák during his opening remarks at the international conference entitled The Role of Security Sector Reform in Sustaining Peace: Challenges and Opportunities. The two-day conference held at the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry focuses on providing scope for representatives from global and regional organizations and partner countries to discuss developments in the Security Sector Agenda (SSR) in the past decade as this February it has been ten years since the first open debate of the UN Security Council on SSR, which was initiated by the Slovak Republic during its 2006-07 UN SC membership based on the knowledge that efficient security institutions and justice under democratic supervision significantly contribute to conflict prevention, building peace, as well as restoring and building stability and security in the aftermath of armed conflicts.