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State Secretary Korčok in Nitra: “Once the topic of the core has been raised we can see a livelier debate of our view of the future of the EU”

State Secretary Korčok in Nitra: “Once the topic of the core has been raised we can see a livelier debate of our view of the future of the EU”

2.10.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia | Slovensko diskutuje o EÚ

Numbers say it all: since the Slovak Republic joined the EU our gross domestic product went up by 100%, the unemployment rate went down by more than a half and the minimum wage went up from €215 to €435. All these are unquestionable benefits from our European Union membership. Many more arguments about the benefits of our Union membership need to be communicated. This was the key message from today’s (2 October) discussion between State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of SR, Ivan Korčok, and representatives of certain parliamentary political parties along with students in the premises of the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. “I really believe this debate makes sense: Slovakia has been a European Union member since 2004 but only once the topic of the core has been raised can we see a livelier debate of our view of the future of the EU,” said Korčok in one of the series of events entitled Slovakia Discussing the EU where students have an opportunity to exchange opinions with leading officials from political life. The program of the Nitra event also included an address by the Prime Minister of SR, Robert Fico.


 
“Being critical over Brussels is not a taboo; the problem is just making blunt simplification claiming that the EU is to blame for all problems. The truth is that the EU is not just institutions and the member states have a strong share in what the Union looks like,” noted Korčok at today’s event.
It was clear from the remarks made by the students that they are interested in hot topics these days in Europe including migration, Brexit, the EU core, and also other issues representing the expectations that the young people associate with their future within the Union. “We also feel that the young people want a debate and discussion of the EU. It is natural, the European Union is all of us and the European topics do concern us,” noted Korčok in response to remarks by the students from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra.   


 
Today’s event in Nitra is a component of a lasting effort by the diplomacy department to vitalize discussions of issues concerning our EU membership within academia. There already was a discussion with university students in Banská Bystrica and similar events to the one in Nitra will follow in Košice and Trnava this year.