Lukáš Parízek attends informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Vienna

Lukáš Parízek attends informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Vienna

31.8.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ

Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today (31 August) completed a two-day working visit in Vienna. He took part in an informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Gymnich where several current issues in the international arena were discussed.


During the first day of the meeting (30 August 2018), the ministers discussed recent developments in the Near East, with special emphasis on the peace process and the situation in Syria and Iran. “It is the EU’s endeavour to discuss and seek joint solutions and this was provided in Gymnich,” Parízek underlined. The negotiations continued on the topic of transatlantic relations and then with a meeting with Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria. The working dinner, with participation of candidate countries, created room for open discussion. “I am very glad that the Austrian presidency has also found room for the meeting with candidate countries at which we discussed the enlargement process and directly heard the opinions of ministers from the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey.”


On the second day (31 August 2018) the ministers talked about current issues in the Western Balkans, also in the context of the Sofia Summit. Parízek explained that the Western Balkans remain a priority for Slovakia’s foreign policy and highlighted the fact that this item had been included in the Gymnich agenda. In the presence of foreign affairs ministers of the candidate countries and Turkey, the discussion focused on possible common steps towards a better concept of efficient multilateralism.