Ingrid Brocková at Extraordinary Virtual Summit of Central European Initiative Member States

Ingrid Brocková at Extraordinary Virtual Summit of Central European Initiative Member States

15.5.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ingrid Brocková represented the Slovak Republic at the extraordinary virtual summit of the heads of governments of the member states of the Central European Initiative (CEI) on 15 May 2020. “Due to the strengthening of prevention, knowledge sharing and coordination at the regional level, we have a chance to overcome the current crisis faster and come out of it stronger for the future,” was her message to her partners from the member states of this oldest European regional platform.

The main topic of the meeting of the heads of governments of Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, which was organized by Montenegro that presides over the CEI in 2020, was the discussion about solving the social-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national economies and citizens in the 17 CEI member states. The participants of the meeting exchanged information about the measures adopted in their countries and at the same time searched for synergies in the processes to minimize the impacts of the pandemic including the gradual revival of the economy of the entire CEI region. In her address, State Secretary Brocková also stated examples of Slovakia’s engagement in the assistance to the most affected areas, whether financially and materially, or with a financial contribution to international organizations including the support for the development of a vaccine against COVID-19. She emphasized the importance of keeping to the principles of mutual help and respect not only vis-à-vis members of institutions such as the European Union and the CEI but also towards other countries that were also affected by this pandemic. 

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional grouping geared towards political, economic and cultural cooperation, with the aim of supporting the process of transformation and EU integration. In 2019 the CEI celebrated the 30th anniversary of its foundation.  There are 17 member states, out of which 9 are EU member states, and the others are the Western Balkans countries and the Eastern Partnership countries. 

At the end of the summit, a joint resolution of the heads of governments was adopted, which emphasized the principle of solidarity and cooperation of the CEI member states in minimizing the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.