The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgrade
The European Union has gone through a range of crises in recent years – from the financial crisis, through the economic one to terrorism as a new phenomenon, as well as coping with Brexit. “Despite this or perhaps exactly because of it, the enlargement agenda is an important instrument of the Union, and nowadays it has been “tabled” again today. The enlarged EU will be better and stronger because stability is in our joint interest. Serbia can really play an important role and Slovakia is lending a helping hand in Serbia’s European integration efforts. This was the message today (6 March) by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in a discussion with students of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade. “It is your choice whether Serbia becomes an EU member or not. For Slovakia, it was a success story. The EU is not perfect – there are discussions and conflicts going on inside as well. However, for small states it is better to exist in an environment respecting established principles, in an environment in which these states can protect their interests. Do have a critical point of view but bear this in mind,” stated Korčok in the discussion directly following up on the State Secretary´s talks with Jadranka Joksimović, Minister of European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. The Serbian counterpart told him that the support for the country´s membership in the EU is rising among the citizens, overreaching 50 percent; however, there is also a certain factor of "patience fatigue" among candidate countries.
The Slovak Republic is convinced that a concrete perspective for candidate countries to enter the EU pursuant to the recently published EU Enlargement Strategy represents a strong signal for the Western Balkans countries, as well as a clear message that the integration process is alive. However, it also clearly sets the expectations the EU has from these countries, including Serbia. This was said today (5 March) in Belgrade by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, when speaking with Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Serbia. “Slovakia is convinced that the EU enlargement process contributes to democratization of the EU neighborhood and to increasing the stability on the European continent. In light of this we also promote continuation of Serbia’s European integration process. It is in our interest to help those countries that can see their future in the EU.
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic published the call for applicants for bilateral scholarships including the students from Serbia. Selected applicants will gain an opportunity to study in Slovakia for a time period of max. 36 months. The Government of the Slovak Republic has published the call within the National Scholarship Programme for the support of mobility of students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists in the academic year 2018/2019.
Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, together with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek, today (23 June) represented the Slovak Republic at the official inauguration of the newly elected President of the Republic of Serbia. This has been one of the biggest meetings of foreign representatives in Serbia in the past 40 years.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, made a working visit to the Republic of Serbia on 27-29 March. During the visit he met with his Serbian counterparts, state secretaries of the diplomacy department, Ivica Tonćev and Nemanja Stevanović, officials from the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, including the Speaker of the Autonomous Province Assembly, Ištván Pásztor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Regulations and National Minorities, Mihalj Njilaš, Minister for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, Miroslav Štatkić, officials from self-governments, media, cultural and religious institutions as well as with members of the Slovak ethnic minority in Kovačica, Baćki Petrovac, Stara Pazova, Kysać, Selenća and Novi Sad.