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M. Klus: „An active approach to the development of European alliances is the basis for a strong Slovakia in the EU"

M. Klus: „An active approach to the development of European alliances is the basis for a strong Slovakia in the EU"

18.5.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia | Koronavírus 2019-nCoV

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Martin Klus, in his capacity as Adviser to the Prime Minister on European Affairs made a series of bilateral telephone conversations with some of his EU partners at the end of last week. This confirms the new government’s interest in developing alliances on strategic issues across the EU. “An active approach to the development of European alliances is the basis for a strong Slovakia in the EU.” We do not have to have the same views on everything, but we need to talk and listen more. Only in this way can we move the Union forward,” stressed Martin Klus.

 

Mr Klus spoke with his partners from Denmark, Romania, Latvia, and Estonia about the relaxation of measures taken to prevent the proliferation of the COVID-19 disease and about the shape of the future Union budget for the next 7 years (the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027). 

 

Currently, the number one topic is the opening of the borders, which is directly related to the approaching summer tourist season. However, in this regard, the partners touched upon a possible second wave of the spread of the disease in the autumn. “The hope prevails that the second wave will bypass Europe, but we must also take this scenario into account and be prepared,” stated Martin Klus.

 

The pandemic will inevitably affect the shape of the next multiannual financial framework, although exactly how is an issue on which not all partners have the same opinion. It is clear that the Union must mobilize to be able to get out of the crisis. The partners support the idea of an extraordinary Recovery Instrument, which would significantly strengthen the possibilities of support for economies. The European Commission should present it at the end of May, together with a draft 7-year budget for the post-corona period. In the discussion, the partners’ attention was mainly focused on the correct conception of the new Recovery Tool. “It should create a space for sound investments. However, the economic condition of all the countries after the crisis must be taken into account, especially through objective criteria such as a drop in the GDP or growth in the unemployment rate,” concluded Secretary of State Klus.