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Free trade dominates at the reception of the Ambassador of Canada by State Secretary Javorčík

Free trade dominates at the reception of the Ambassador of Canada by State Secretary Javorčík

12.6.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

Peter Javorčík, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Mark Bailey, Ambassador of Canada to Slovakia, resident in Vienna, today (12 June). The meeting was dominated by the topic of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. The text of the agreement was introduced at the EU-Canada Summit in September 2014 and its signing has been expected in the coming next months. Slovakia, during its presidency of the Council of the EU in the latter half of 2016, may play an important mobilizing role in support for the following ratification processes within the European Union.

Slovakia traditionally is a country that promotes liberalizing free trade with third countries. It also supports the conclusion of the most ambitious agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the USA. Slovakia realizes the importance of communicating the benefits of CETA to the professional as well as general public, also taking account of the experience in Canada/Slovakia TTIP negotiations. In Bratislava several events were organized in that regard for the business community, for experts as well as for the general public. Ambassador Bailey informed the State Secretary about his meeting with the members of parliament in the National Council of the Slovak Republic last month.

The partners, inter alia, briefly discussed the situation in Greece. In that regard State Secretary Javorčík reiterated Slovakia’s position that Greece has to meet its commitments. In the matter of discussions in Great Britain concerning the nature of its EU membership the State Secretary said that “the newest public opinion polls have indicated Great Britain will stay in the Union.”