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Discussion of State Secretary František Ružička with students of the University of Economics in Bratislava

Discussion of State Secretary František Ružička with students of the University of Economics in Bratislava

3.4.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia | Slovensko a NATO | Slovensko diskutuje o EÚ

“Slovakia’s Membership in the EU and NATO Forms the Basis for the Effective Realization of Our Foreign Policy and Increasing its Importance in International Relations. It Doesn’t Weaken – Quite the Reverse - It Strengthens Our Sovereignty, Importance and Position Internationally" – Discussion of State Secretary František Ružička with students of the University of Economics in Bratislava.

 

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, František Ružička held a discussion with students of the University of Economics in Bratislava and the Faculty of International Relations. The free discussion focused on the EU and NATO as the pillars of the foreign policy orientation of the Slovak Republic, their importance and impact on the life of citizens of the Slovak Republic, the destructive influence of disinformation also on the Slovak society, and last but not least also the necessity of the active participation of young people in European topics and European elections.

 

At the beginning State Secretary Ružička stated that “for us Slovakia’s membership in the EU and NATO is a key for preserving sovereignty and strengthening our voice. It truly helps promote our national interests. On the contrary, weakening and putting our foreign policy orientation in doubt means weakening our sovereignty.“ He added that it is necessary to continue to be in dialogue and discussion with the public, not to avoid difficult topics and sensitively react to people’s feelings and fears. An extremely important role is played by the fight against disinformation as disinformation is an effective instrument for influencing and manipulating the public opinion.

 

The free discussion with students primarily focused on current European topics: Brexit and the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. In relation to Brexit, the State Secretary stated that despite the withdrawal of one of the EU members, the Union remains unified. “Although Brexit is not a happy event in the current European developments, we managed to pull together since we all, from Lisbon to Nicosia, from Riga to Sofia, realize that we are stronger when we stand together.” The European Parliament elections will show what the citizens of the European Union want. The citizens don’t share the opinions of the parties dedicated to the destruction of the European Union, which don’t represent the majority opinion, but it is a fact that they are the most heard. Also therefore it is necessary to consistently and systematically discuss the EU in a fair way.

 

In addition, the students of the University of Economics in Bratislava were interested in the positions of the Slovak foreign policy in the Western Balkans, the EU Eastern Partnership policy, developments in Ukraine, and they also delved into the EU common foreign and security policy.