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Consultations of State Secretary František Ružička with Czech Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Povejšil

Consultations of State Secretary František Ružička with Czech Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Povejšil

16.12.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

Today (16 December 2019) State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička held consultations with Martin Povejšil, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic for Security and Multilateral Affairs. The consultations followed up on their talks during the November session of the Slovak and Czech governments in Valtice. The discussion focused on bilateral issues such as the ongoing activities in the formats for regional cooperation. The partners took stock of the first half year of the ongoing Czech Presidency in the Visegrad Group and discussed the priorities and the calendar of activities for the upcoming months. The State Secretary also provided information about the work program of the Slavkov format under the current Slovak leadership for 2020: “Similarly, just as within the Visegrad Group, so also in the Slavkov format we want to use the potential  of the informal regional grouping as effectively as possible, based on the geographic proximity and closeness of opinions on several key European issues, including EU enlargement, thus supporting the promotion of our common interests, and not only in relation to issues on the European agenda. 

 

The partners also delved in the enlargement policy, in the context of which the State Secretary stated: “We are ready to talk about the ways for how to make the EU enlargement process more effective. The constructive attitude of all stakeholders is of key importance. We endorse the time schedule of the steps proposed by the European Commission before the EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb in May next year. During these debates we cannot forget that the opening of the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia remains an issue of the trustworthiness of the EU.”  The partners also confirmed the need for mutual coordination in the ongoing discussion on the priorities of the Eastern Partnership after 2020 and in the process of the spring summit of the Eastern Partnership. With this objective in mind, the ministerial meeting of the Visegrad group with the eastern partners is planned in Prague at  the beginning of the year. 
 

The talks also involved the relations with the EU strategic partners – especially the USA, Russia and China. Both partners also confirmed their will to continue developing the strategic dimension of mutual relations between Czechia and Slovakia.