Štátny tajomník Ministerstva zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí SR Ivan Korčok dnes (20. júna) vystúpil v Prahe na medzinárodnej konferencii o budúcnosti Európskej únie pod názvom Prague European Summit 2018. Spoločne s českým partnerom Alešom Chmelařom diskutovali o tom, kde sa dnes Európska únia nachádza, aký pokrok dosiahla od Bratislavského summitu v septembri 2016 a kde by mala byť o päť rokov...
Statement of the MFEaA of the Slovak Republic to the decision of the USA to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic recognizes the vital contribution of the United States of America to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. We can therefore but regret the decision of the United States Government to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. Slovakia firmly believes in effective multilateralism. The Human Rights Council has been standing on the sound foundations of the UN Charter and its principles. And it delivers on many important human rights issues thus contributing to the protection and promotion of the human rights worldwide. The Council is a solid human rights instrument defending the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights. Protection and promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every individual is the best and the most efficient preventive strategy for people to live in peace and prosperity.
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Special Representative for the Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), met with James Appathurai, NATO´s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, on 19 June 2018 and emphasized Slovakia´s adherence to Euro-Atlantic values and principles. “Slovakia remains a responsible ally,” he said and informed about increasing its defence expenditures to 1.6% of GDP by 2020 to achieve the 2% threshold in 2024. “Slovakia will use these resources for modernization of the crucial equipment of our armed forces," Parízek stressed.
Korčok in Stockholm: “As for the EU´s Eastern Partnership we must push for reforms bringing tangible benefits for citizens of these countries”
The future of the European Union and the search for answers to foreign policy and security challenges, among which are hybrid threats and migration as well as, for instance, relations with Russia and the future of the Eastern Partnership, dominated the joint meeting of V4 foreign affairs ministers and five Nordic and three Baltic states in Stockholm today (19 June). The delegation of the Slovak Republic was led by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The ministers stated that nowadays Europe cannot rely only on its own viability but that it is in its existential interest to also take care of the stability and security of its own neighbourhood – both at the east and south. It is high time to admit that in the EU neighbourhood there is a fight for positions with other strategic stakeholders, especially Russia, along with various external factors, including the unstable situation in eastern Ukraine and ongoing war in Syria as well as the existing war of propaganda happening at the same time. “In relation to the EU´s Eastern Partnership it is necessary to continue in building the targeted strategy we adopted in March this year, which defines twenty tangible outcomes for our partner countries by 2020. We must push for reforms that would really bring tangible benefits for citizens of these countries,” said Korčok.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Slovakia joining the Council of Europe and also the 20th anniversary of the membership of the Slovak Republic in the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the 53rd joint meeting of CEB bodies was held today (15 June) in Bratislava.