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Korčok: Priorities of the Maltese Presidency in the Council of the EU reflects continuity and cooperation of the Presidency Trio

Korčok: Priorities of the Maltese Presidency in the Council of the EU reflects continuity and cooperation of the Presidency Trio

24.1.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia

Valletta (24 January) – On 23-24 January, an informal meeting of EU ministers and state secretaries was held in the Maltese capital Valletta to openly discuss the Maltese Presidency priorities and the EU of the future.  The Slovak Republic was represented by State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Government Proxy for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU Ivan Korčok.

 

In the first panel, the ministers and state secretaries focused on priorities the Maltese Presidency set for the upcoming six months.  Malta would like to concentrate especially on migration, reinforcing the single market and security, as well as social issues, minority rights and naval policy.

 

“I welcome that our Maltese colleagues follow up on the results of the Slovak Presidency in several areas, thus keeping a significant level of continuity in the Presidency of the Council of the EU,” stated Slovak Government Proxy Korčok. He underlined that the core EU priority in the upcoming half-a-year is to work on deepening the consensus among member states in migration and bring results for citizens in terms of the single market, for instance through the definitive waiving of roaming charges or geo-blocking.

 

Ministers and state secretaries in the second panel of the informal meeting discussed the future of the European Union in the context of the EU leaders´ summit to be held in Valletta (3 February) and in Rome.  In the discussion they agreed that although they do not always share the same views on solving current issues, it is still necessary to work on consensus building in searching for joint solutions.   “The current challenges indicate that it will be necessary to break the vicious circle and to self-confidently mobilize our efforts – and not only in the internal European policies, an area where – also owing to the Bratislava summit – concrete results were realized,” stated State Secretary Korčok.

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