- 27.04.2017| Aktivity ministra | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia
The only, but also the most important point on the agenda of today’s meeting of the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) in Luxembourg was approval of the final version of the guidelines for negotiations on withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union. The extraordinary GAC meeting, at which Slovakia was represented by its Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, was convened in relation with the withdrawal notification under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union by the United Kingdom and as a follow up to a document that includes the European Commission’s draft guidelines. The negotiation guidelines are aimed at defining the framework for the key principles and positions for the European Union’s negotiations with the United Kingdom for its withdrawal from the EU.
- 25.04.2017| Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
Strategic dialogue between MFEA SR and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces continuesMinister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today (25 April) received a delegation from the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) that is Slovakia’s strategic partner for activities to promote security sector reform. The cooperation of Slovakia with DCAF started in 2006 and since then has resulted in numerous activities within international and regional organizations. Minister Lajčák appreciated the high standard of cooperation with the Geneva Centre with an outlook toward SR’s presidency of the OSCE in 2019. One of the most important Slovakia-Geneva Centre cooperation activities in 2017 will be organizing an international conference on security sector reform (SSR) scheduled for the beginning of June in Bratislava on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the first UN Security Council Open Debate upon the initiative of SR as a non-permanent member in 2006-2007.
- 25.04.2017| Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
Minister Lajčák and Austrian Minister Kurz discuss Brexit, OSCE presidency and bilateral issues in ViennaThe standard of Slovak-Austrian relations is satisfactory and is founded on strong economic links and practical cooperation in a series of areas; yet the foreign affairs ministers feel the need to meet more often and exchange opinions about key topics at least twice a year, in Bratislava and in Vienna. This was acknowledged today (25 April) by the heads of diplomacies of the Slovak Republic and of Austria, Miroslav Lajčák and Sebastian Kurz, during their bilateral meeting in Vienna. The working visit by Minister Lajčák immediately preceded the official incoming visit of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, in Slovakia, and besides the timely bilateral and European topics the discussion also resonated with Austria’s forthcoming presidency of the Council of the EU and use of the SK PRES-related experience and also Slovakia’s upcoming presidency of the OSCE in 2019 for which Slovakia wants to draw from the experience of Austria (the country presently presiding over this organization) as well as timely developments in the Western Balkans and in Turkey.
- 24.04.2017| Aktivity ministra | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia
Brexit and the status of EU citizens in the United Kingdom, the EU27’s unity as the fundamental principle in negotiations with London and the future of the EU in a multipolar world were the key themes that resonated today (24 April) during the meeting of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani who is attending the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Bratislava. As the minister emphasized in the discussion, Slovakia and the European Parliamentarian are in the same boat when it comes to the EU’s priorities in the forthcoming negotiations with the United Kingdom, namely the legal status of EU citizens in the British Isles following the departure and financial settlement.
- 24.04.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák: “Montenegro has progressed most of all Western Balkan partners in their EU and NATO integration processes”On the side line of the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments taking place in Bratislava during these days, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, welcomed the speaker of the legislative body of Montenegro, Ivan Brajović, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (24 April). Minister Lajčák emphasized in the discussion that Montenegro is entering the final phase within its Euro-integration effort as attested by fulfillment of its more than a decade-long dream of full-fledged NATO membership. “The fast ratification process of the Accession Protocol in all Alliance member states is a clear display of support for Montenegro and recognition of the accomplished results on its way of reforms. The example of Montenegro confirms the vitality of NATO’s open door policy and may motivate other Western Balkan countries as well and demonstrate that sincere reform effort pays off,” said Minister Lajčák who also appreciated the country’s progress on its way to the European Union.
- 21.04.2017| Aktivity ministra
The current situation in the region of South-Eastern Asia, the status of negotiations on the EU-Japan economic partnership and free trade as well as the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the U.S. has abandoned this project, were discussed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and the Ambassador of Japan to Slovakia, Jun Shimmi, today (21 April). In their discussion the partners also focused on the opportunities for further multilateral cooperation, including under the United Nations platform where Slovakia shares the same priorities with Japan, namely sustainable peace, conflict prevention and mediation, sustainable development, promotion of peace operations and combating terrorism; the partners also discussed issues concerning reform of the UN Security Council where Japan now is a non-permanent member. With regard to bilateral relations the minister especially appreciated the high frequency of visits at the ministerial level, including his planned trip scheduled to take place in July this year and the planned meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishido.
- 20.04.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister Lajčák: “Republic of Cabo Verde can be a democratic example to many other African countries”Luís Filipe Tavares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of the Republic of Cabo Verde, arrived for his first ever visit to the Slovak Republic, in Bratislava today (20 April). The visit is a part of a diplomatic initiative by this island republic related to the 10th anniversary of the EU-Cabo Verde Special Partnership to further extend the partnership and cooperation with EU member countries. This theme also dominated the meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, and followed up Lajčák’s November 2016 working visit to Cabo Verde when he, representing the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, was leading ministerial dialogue and subsequently initiated several specific proposals to complement EU-Cabo Verde cooperation. “We perceive the Republic of Cabo Verde as an important partner in the region with whom the EU has been maintaining close relations for over three decades and who, in avowing to democratic values, can be an example for numerous other African countries. Ten productive years of cooperation is an opportunity to evaluate where we have come and to outline the areas for the next years towards development of a strategic partnership. I highly appreciate the positive signal in this regard, namely the decision by Cabo Verde’s government to lift the visa obligation for EU citizens starting in May this year,” stated Lajčák.
- 20.04.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received the new Ambassador of State of Palestine to Slovakia, Attala Subhi Ahmed Qubia, on the occasion of the beginning of his diplomatic mission, today (20 April). In a brief discussion, the minister reminded of his recent visit to Palestine in March this year, when he was accompanying Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska, and especially his discussion with Riyad al-Maliki, Palestine’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and pointed out Slovakia’s unchanging position related to the two-state arrangement of Palestine-Israel relations. In that regard he called on the ambassador to periodically communicate the views of this issue by Palestine.
- 19.04.2017| Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách
Minister Lajčák meets with UNESCO experts: “The time has come for UNESCO and Slovakia to finally get to know each other better”Slovakia must be interested in more effectively involving its ministries and institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector, young people as well as the public at large in UNESCO activities to make sure the programs of this international organization become accessible to broad groups of Slovak society. This will be the role of a new body, the advisory group of experts to the Slovak Commission for UNESCO whose members and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, the chair of this commission, met in the premises of the diplomacy department today. “We have been long aware in Slovakia that we do not sufficiently use the potential that UNESCO presents. We want and must improve this. We want to see more Slovakia in UNESCO and more UNESCO in Slovakia, to bring the UNESCO ideas closer to our entire society and promote its values to let them reach people of various age groups and the lay as well as professional public. The issue not only is that UNESCO safeguards art monuments and tangible and intangible cultural heritage; the aim also is to bring UNESCO ideas and values to school and out-of-school activities, to cultural institutions and media, and also to young scientists, researchers and let them have real effects on life in Slovakia,” stated the minister.
- 19.04.2017| Aktivity ministra
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today (19 April) received Luis Belzuz de Los Rios, the incoming Ambassador of The Kingdom of Spain to Slovakia. The key theme of their discussion was the future of the EU particularly in relation to Brexit and the visions for the future. “With regard to Brexit, our interest is minimizing its adverse effects and maintaining EU unity in negotiations with the United Kingdom. As for the discussion of the future of the EU, it is lively and has numerous streams. Slovakia certainly is and wants to remain within the European integration core,” confirmed Minister Lajčák. In that regard the partners acknowledged that more needs to be done for the EU to effectively become a global player, especially in the setting of the multi-polar world where the EU’s ambition is to be one of the poles.