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State Secretary Korčok in Romania: "Investing in preparations for the presidency pays off; you will be stronger in representing your interests”

State Secretary Korčok in Romania: "Investing in preparations for the presidency pays off; you will be stronger in representing your interests”

16.6.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, visited Romania on 15-16 June to support the country’s preparations for its first-ever Presidency of the Council of the EU that Romania will assume on 1 January 2019.

 

The working visit started with a reception by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Teodor Melescanu. Their conversation focused on timely foreign policy issues, European themes and especially on preparations for the Presidency of the Council of the EU. “There are strong historical ties joining the Slovak Republic and Romania. We have many identical positions and common interests. I believe our experience from preparations for the presidency will contribute to a successful course of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU,” noted the state secretary.

 

Sharing the Slovak experience related to managing the Council of the European Union continued with deliberations with the State Secretary for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, R. Manoui, the special representative for Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, C. Badescu, as well as with L. Orban, advisor to the President of Romania. During their meeting the partners focused on all areas of preparations for the presidency. “Every single detail is important; nothing must be underestimated during the preparation. We know from our experience that the success of a presidency is assessed not only by the number of specific legislative outputs but also by the capabilities to organize flawless events,” emphasized Korčok during the talks.

 

On Friday, 16 June, the state secretary addressed the weekly meeting of the Coordination Committee for Preparations for Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU that was also attended by state secretaries of various departments. “The presidency is an immense responsibility and a unique opportunity at the same time. The presidency is a kind of ultimate chapter for a full-fledged EU member. Investing in the preparations pays off because the country, having performed its presidency, is then stronger and more capable to represent its interests,” noted State Secretary Korčok.