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State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Marek Eštok represented Slovakia at the negotiations held by the leaders of European foreign affairs ministries today. He attended the session of the General Affairs Council of the EU in Brussels on 20 February 2024.

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Marek Eštok attended the session of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU (FAC) in Brussels on 19 January 2024. Main topics of the talks by EU foreign affairs ministers were the situation in the Middle East, as well as developments in Ukraine and the African Sahel region.

On 5 February 2024, Marek Eštok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and sherpa* of the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, chaired a meeting of the Strategic Commission for European Affairs in Bratislava. The meeting was attended by State Secretaries of all Slovak ministries. Marek Eštok informed them about current European issues that require inter-ministerial cooperation.

On 2 February 2024, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Marek Eštok attended the third India-Pacific Forum of the European Union in Brussels.

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Marek Eštok attended the session of the General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels on 29 January 2024.

On 22 January 2024, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Blanár, attended a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels. The main topics of the meeting of the EU chief diplomats were the situation in the Middle East and aid to Ukraine.

On 30 December 2023, the EU Member States unanimously approved the agreement on the partial integration of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen zone. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Blanár, welcomed the decision, which will include the two countries into the Schengen open-borders area by air and sea as of March 2024. Negotiations about land borders are set to continue at the European level next year.

On 22 December 2023, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Marek Eštok, received Pascal Le Deunff, Ambassador of the French Republic.

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Marek Eštok, attended a meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels on 12 December 2023.

On 11 December 2023, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Blanár, attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. In their discussions, the foreign ministers of the EU member states focused primarily on the situation in the Middle East, the Sahel and continued their talks on Ukraine. The ministerial meeting took place ahead of an EU summit, which is due to grant political approval to a number of decisions.

On 27 November 2023, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Marek Eštok, held talks with Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Laurence Boone, in Paris.

Š0n 21 November 2023, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Marek Eštok held a series of bilateral talks with ambassadors, in Bratislava. He separately met with Ambassador Lorea Arribalzaga Ceballos of the Kingdom of Spain, Ambassador Merle Pajula of Estonia, and Ambassador Gautam Rana of the United States. During discussions with Ms. Ceballos, they exchanged views on the current challenges of EU foreign and security policy, as well as on ways to enhance cooperation.

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Marek Eštok, attended the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels on 15 November 2023. The meeting focused on the preparation of the December European Council that also plans to revise the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, discuss the military conflict in Ukraine, the situation in the Middle East and EU enlargement.

On 13 November 2023, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Blanár, attended his first EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels since taking the office.

On 9 November 2023 Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Juraj Blanár attended a session of the European Affairs Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, where he got his mandate for his first negotiations at the Council of the EU for Foreign Affairs in Brussels.

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