The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Budapest
Water is an irreplaceable pillar for the preservation of human life and as such is a significant element in the agenda of sustainable development – the so-called “Agenda 2030”. The new Water Action Decade 2018-2028 is a platform which should provide for the enhancement of cooperation and partnership at all levels while using scientific knowledge for finding effective solutions to problems related directly or indirectly to water (access to drinking water, pollution of water sources, irrigation, fighting drought – desertification, etc.). Miroslav Lajčák, Chairman of the 72nd UN General Assembly and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, agreed on this today, 21 March. Originally, they were both scheduled to deliver a speech on this topic at the UN high-level event in New York, however, owing to unfavourable weather conditions and the related air traffic complications on the way from and to the US, they opted for holding the negotiation in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Bratislava.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, received today (6 February 2018) at the ministry offices Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary with whom he had just officially opened a new building of the Embassy of Hungary in Bratislava. State Secretary Korčok stated in this regard: “I congratulated the minister on the new premises of the embassy, which reflects the importance of Slovak-Hungarian political and economic relations as well as the relations between our citizens that we would like to continue to develop. These create conditions for strengthening person-to-person, business and cultural contacts, as well as realizing joint events – because modern diplomacy is not done behind closed doors anymore."
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, received today (31 January 2018) Tibor Pető, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to the Slovak Republic. During the meeting they appreciated the good bilateral relations developing at all levels and in various areas.
Ministers of foreign affairs of the V4 and the Western Balkans held a meeting with officials from the diplomacy departments from Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, and Estonia (as the country now presiding over the Council of the EU) and with the executive director of the newly-established Western Balkans Fund, in Budapest today (11 October) under the auspices of the Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4). The Slovak Republic was represented in the deliberations by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok.
The future of the European Union, the status of the Brexit negotiations and migration, as well as other timely issues such as the form of the future EU’s multiannual financial framework and the directive on posting of workers, were the core topics of the meeting of the sherpas and the Visegrad Four (V4) state secretaries in charge of EU affairs on 5 and 6 October in Budapest. The meeting was held upon invitation from the Hungarian State Secretary for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ferenc Szabolcs Takács. Slovakia was represented in the deliberations by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok.