State Secretary Korčok discusses intensive mutual cooperation with ambassadors of Slovenia and Hungary

State Secretary Korčok discusses intensive mutual cooperation with ambassadors of Slovenia and Hungary

3.10.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a V4

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received the incoming Ambassador Designate of Slovenia to Slovakia, Gregor Kozovinc, today (3 October).

In the conversation Korčok evaluated relations and cooperation between the two countries as problem-free, strongly influenced positively by both countries’ membership in NATO, EU, Schengen and the Eurozone. The partners jointly appreciated that Slovakia and Slovenia generally stand for the same or similar positions within negotiations in respective EU formations, and cooperation under the V4+ format that Slovenia is highly interested in, also is beneficial.
The discussion of European issues resonated with topics such as the future of the EU, Brexit, internal border controls within the Schengen area, the new financial prospects of the EU and the Directive on Posting of Workers. “Slovakia, being a Eurozone and Schengen member, seeks to be a part of the core and to actively co-shape the future form of the European Union,” underscored Korčok.

The new Ambassador of Slovenia to Slovakia presented copies of his credentials to the MFEA SR state secretary.
State Secretary Korčok also welcomed the Hungarian Ambassador to Slovakia, Tibor Petö, today in the premises of the diplomacy department, and appreciated in their discussion the present set-up of the neighbourly relations in which both countries jointly invested much energy and effort. Both parties highlighted the importance of bilateral infrastructure projects. The foundation stone of a new bridge over the Danube, joining the cities of Komárno and Komárom will be laid in several days. The festive ceremony on 17 October will be attended by the prime ministers of both countries, Robert Fico and Viktor Orbán. We consider as equally important our joint bilateral energy and security projects.  

We have been engaging in an intensive dialogue within the present Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Four (V4). In a week, on 13 October in Bratislava, an informal meeting of the prime ministers of the V4 countries will be held on the sidelines of the European Consumer Summit. The deliberation topics for the V4 prime ministers will include the future of the EU, the Directive on Posting of Workers and coordination before the October European Council. “The V4 now is a relevant player on the European political stage. The joint V4 voice is very important; we have to defend our legitimate interests to be correctly understood in Brussels as well as in the capital cities of EU member states. Especially with regard to the discussion of the future of the EU we must make sure that we do not provide arguments to those partners who give preference to splitting up the EU into smaller clubs,” stated Korčok.