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State Secretary Korčok in Tallinn on experiences from Slovakia´s Presidency in the Council of the European Union and the EU future

State Secretary Korčok in Tallinn on experiences from Slovakia´s Presidency in the Council of the European Union and the EU future

10.5.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok paid a two-day visit to the Republic of Estonia on 9-10 May to share Slovakia´s expertise acquired during its Presidency of the Council of the EU. Estonia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 50 days (since 1 July). 


 
The Slovak Government´s Proxy for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union met with his Estonian counterpart, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of the Estonian Foreign Affairs Ministry Matti Maasikas. “I felt specially challenged by representing the Council of the EU before the European Parliament. It is worth investing into the relations with the European Parliament as no Presidency can succeed without the cooperation of this EU institution,” said Korčok to his counterpart.


 
The experiences from the Presidency of the Council of the European Union also dominated the seminar with employees from the Estonian Foreign Affairs Ministry and Government Office, who are already intensively preparing to take over this challenging role.  “I could see great enthusiasm, as well as natural worries from this uneasy task. The fact is that the Presidency is expected to deliver 100% results, whether it is a perfect organization or progress in the talks.  I believe that our expertise and advice will help Estonia during its Presidency in these difficult times.  The European Union will launch talks with the United Kingdom regarding its EU Brexit and together we will try to find ways to improve the European project,” stated Korčok. 


 
In talks with the head of the European Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament Toomas Vitsut, they focused on the political importance of the Parliamentary dimension despite the fact it is not an official part of executing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  They agreed on the growing importance of a deeper cooperation among the EU member states in internal security and protecting citizens against terrorism threats. Exchange of information and cyber-security belong among the priorities of the Estonian Presidency.   


 
At the end of his visit, Korčok presented the positions of the Slovak Republic on the EU future at Tallinn University.  “Tallinn University students showed a keen interest in European topics and discussion on the EU future. We also spoke about the multi-speed EU concept, which, however, does not correspond to the citizens´ loss of trust in the EU. We agreed that the academic community has an important role in communicating the advantages and results of the EU,” said Korčok.