Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed

8.December

Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed"

The European Commission today (8 December), after 249 days and 6 rounds of talks, announced a breakthrough in the talks on the UK leaving the European Union. In the published joint report from the negotiators, the European Commission recommended that the member states agree to sufficient progress in the talks and to move to the second phase of the negotiations on the settlement of future relations. In this context, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, met with Andrew Garth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Slovak Republic.

State Secretary Parízek addresses the plenary during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna

7.December

State Secretary Parízek addresses the plenary during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna

Representatives from 57 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) met in Vienna at their 24th annual Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna on 7 and 8 December. State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Lukáš Parízek, who was the head of the delegation from Slovakia, spoke on several timely security issues such as radicalism and extremism on the rise, fighting against terrorism and cyber-attacks as well as the conflict in Ukraine. “The OSCE is an important regional organization contributing to stability and security as well as to addressing conflicts in Europe,” noted Parízek. He concurrently emphasized Slovakia’s strong support for the concept of security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). In that regard he noted that “security sector reform plays a key role in conflict prevention and post-conflict arrangements”. In his address he also expressed support for the OSCE institutions and pointed out the ongoing support from Slovakia.

Ivan Korčok opens national presentation of art by disabled artists from Slovakia

7.December

Ivan Korčok opens national presentation of art by disabled artists from Slovakia

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, opened an exhibition organized by the Slovak Agency for Support of Citizens with Disabilities in the premises of the congress hall at the MFEA SR today (7 December). The artists and Arpád Beník, the President of the Agency, attended the launching ceremony. ‘Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life’. “I can fully identify with this quote by world-acclaimed artist Pablo Picasso. The works on display are evidence that there are people amidst us who do have to face serious difficulties in their lives but they still find strength to create art. Their artwork, beautiful with their ideas just like with how they captured them, are an inspiration to many of us,” said the state secretary in his address.

State Secretary Korčok at meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels: “We support the expansion of NATO because it brings greater stability and security. However, the countries must meet the conditions laid down.”

6.December

State Secretary Korčok at meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels: “We support the expansion of NATO because it brings greater stability and security. However, the countries must meet the conditions laid down.”

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, attended the periodic autumn meeting of foreign ministers of NATO-member countries in Brussels on 5-6 December 2017. The deliberations were dominated by the theme of NATO’s continuing adaptation and preparations for next year’s summit. During the introductory deliberations the foreign ministers and state secretaries from NATO-member countries along with their departmental counterparts from Finland and Sweden and with participation of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, engaged in discussions to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation.

Ivan Korčok in meeting with EU foreign ministers and US Secretary of State

5.December

Ivan Korčok in meeting with EU foreign ministers and US Secretary of State

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, attended a working luncheon of the EU foreign ministers and the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in Brussels today (5 December). The key discussion themes included issues of mutual relations, Iran’s nuclear program, the situation in the eastern area of Ukraine and relations with Russia as well as the Middle East peace process. This was the first EU-U.S. meeting at the foreign ministry level under the current American administration. The meeting confirmed the importance of Trans-Atlantic relations for the security and prosperity of people living on both sides of the Atlantic. “It is especially at the time of uncertainty, regional conflicts, a tense global security situation and much disinformation that we need to keep reminding about what our security stands on, its foundation is EU-US cooperation based on trust and common values,” noted State Secretary Korčok.

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