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State Secretary Parízek discusses preparations for SR’s OSCE Presidency with departmental partners

State Secretary Parízek discusses preparations for SR’s OSCE Presidency with departmental partners

3.10.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, in the presence of the Permanent Representative of SR to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Radomír Boháč, met with partners from selected departments (economy, culture, defence, justice, education, interior, environment and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for Investments and Informatization of SR) to discuss Slovakia’s first ever OSCE Presidency, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (3 October 2017).

 

 
The main goal of the meeting was introducing the activities undertaken by an OSCE presiding country and informing partners about the status of preparations for the OSCE Presidency that will be assumed by Slovakia in 2019.


 
“Active participation of our departments in preparations for and execution of the Presidency is important to us. The effort of us all is to make sure that Slovakia confirms the expectations of a successful OSCE Presidency through specific results,” underscored Parízek. The attending officials from the state administration bodies welcomed the open discussion and acknowledged the need for a coordinated process and collaboration in preparation of the content.


 
The OSCE Presidency presents an opportunity for the Slovak Republic to contribute to improving the climate in relations between the West and Russia and to strengthen peace, stability and conflict prevention in our neighbourhood as well as in the Euro-Asian area as a whole. “OSCE is the only platform pursuing the idea of cooperative security where conflicts are prevented through cooperation,” said Parízek.


 
The OSCE Presidency, following the Presidency of the Council of the EU, will present another opportunity for Slovakia to pursue its foreign policy priorities within the region covering the area from Vancouver in Canada to Vladivostok in Russia. “Slovakia will thereby be among active providers of security safeguards and will not remain just their passive user,” concluded State Secretary Parízek.