State Secretary Ružička Opens the Slovak Security Forum 2019

State Secretary Ružička Opens the Slovak Security Forum 2019

7.10.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a NATO

On Monday (October 7, 2019), František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic opened the 13th year of the annual Slovak Security Forum 2019 (SSF).


The Euro-Atlantic Center and the NATO Depository Library (which belongs to the University Library in Bratislava) prepared the second biggest security conference organized in the Slovak Republic under the aegis of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. “This important event definitely contributes to a broader and more substantive discussion about our security. We do not live in easy times. It is key that experts take part in this discussion, that the media grasp it and politicians deal with it.”


State Secretary Ružička recalled: “We have seen the crisis of multilateralism, while unilateralism and nationalism have been gaining strength. Multilateral legal frameworks on disarmament and trade are being called into doubt. New technologies are launched that bring unprecedented opportunities but also unforeseeable threats. Cyber-attacks are now a common part of the security environment. Hybrid tactics are the key element of conflicts. Therefore, also traditional partnerships must respond to new challenges and situations.” In this regard, the State Secretary emphasized that such trends point to the growing importance of alliances. The existence of rules and adhering to them bring stability and security guarantees for countries like Slovakia.


The main themes of the SSF were the pro-European and pro-Atlantic anchorage of Slovak foreign policy, cyber security and our view on Ukraine. The participants also recalled the 15th anniversary of Slovakia joining the European Union and NATO, and the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.


Traditionally, the SSF Conference takes place on the premises of the University Library in Bratislava and hosts more than 150 representatives of state administration, the diplomatic corps, the academic community, the NGO sector, and journalists.