Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
The summit of the EU with its Western Balkan partners that was held today (6 May 2020) was originally planned to have been the top meeting of the leaders in Zagreb under the lead of Croatia’s Presidency in the Council of the EU. Instead, due to obvious reasons this was realized as a video conference. The addresses given by the leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans highlighted the importance of mutual assistance and cooperation, which has also been shown in the context of the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The coronavirus is a challenge for the entire world. Slovakia supports the joint efforts to act. Therefore, we announce today that our country has decided to contribute with a sum of three quarters of a million EUR for the initiatives that will lead to the development of treatment methods and a vaccine against this disease." These were the words of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok in relation to the international donor event (Coronavirus Global Response) organized on 4 May 2020 by the European Commission jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Martin Klus had a phone call with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia Andreja Metelko-Zgombić today (Thursday, 30 April 2020).
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the appointment of Miroslav Lajčák as a EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and Other Western Balkans Regional Issues.
Today (March 26, 2020), Igor Matovič, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic used his first talk with the European leaders to send a strong signal, expressing that the new government of the Slovak Republic is involved in a maximum mobilisation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting of the leaders, which took place in the form of a videoconference and replaced the regular March summit, the Prime Minister confirmed the clear pro-European direction of the new cabinet. He assured the European leaders that Slovakia will be a reliable partner that will support joint and effective European solutions, and this not only in response to the current crisis.