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František Ružička in Berlin: The Last Months of our V4 Presidency will be used for the Preparation of the Migration Project

František Ružička in Berlin: The Last Months of our V4 Presidency will be used for the Preparation of the Migration Project

7.3.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Clarification of the basic lines of a joint contribution to a solution to the primary causes of migration in Africa and the fight against illegal migration were the main goals of the working visit of František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on 6 March 2019, in Berlin. The consultations of the Visegrad Group with Germany took place at the invitation of Jan Hecker, Advisor to Chancellor Merkel for foreign policy.  The working meeting was a follow-up to the February Summit of the Visegrad 4 Prime Ministers with Angela Merkel.

 

 

“We wish to use the remaining months of our Visegrad 4 Presidency to draw clear lines for the project - as it was agreed by the leaders at their recent meeting in Bratislava. Despite the challenges that illegal migration poses for many countries, Slovakia is ready to contribute to solutions as part of a voluntary and shared solidarity, particularly in the countries of origin and transit. Joining forces with Germany is beneficial in the search for specific solutions,” added František Ružička. He also expressed his belief that the implementation of a cooperation project with Morocco will begin already this year.

 

 

The worsening situation in the Western part of the Mediterranean is a proof of how important such action is. “There are significant shifts in the migration flows from Libya to Morocco, which is a fact we cannot ignore. It is therefore necessary to be aware of the needs of the countries in the North of Africa when defining the realistic factors that are to shape the project. We will therefore conduct consultations between the V4 countries and Germany, and with other potential partners or the Frontex Agency,” stated the State Secretary after the meeting.

 

 

In addition to issues concerning migration, the meeting focused on the current foreign-policy themes, which, from the viewpoint of Slovakia as the chairing OSCE country, can be regarded as key. These were mainly the relations between Ukraine and Russia or the developments in the region of the Western Balkans. “The countries of the Western Balkans must feel the presence and hear the encouraging voice of the EU, particularly in a situation which is not straightforwardly positive or politically simple. We should not miss the opportunity to open the door to negotiations on accession to the EU for the countries that are ready for it. One of them should be North Macedonia and also Albania. There we feel our political commitment.” 

 

 

The fact that the visit yesterday in Berlin by the State Secretary in his official capacity, which was his fifth meeting with the German partners in the past six months, is a proof of how intense Slovak relations with Germany are.