Miroslav Lajčák on the First Day of the Munich Security Conference

Miroslav Lajčák on the First Day of the Munich Security Conference

14.2.2020 | Aktivity ministra | Medzinárodné fóra a konferencie

“I see the Munich Security Conference as one of the most prestigious in the world since in terms of participation and scope it sets the trends in the area of security policy. I made good use of the first day of the conference, and in addition to the main programme of the event, I took part in five bilateral meetings and three accompanying events.” These were the words of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, after the first day of the security conference which started today (February 14, 2020) in the Bavarian metropolis. At the first accompanying event with the title European Leadership Network, the main theme was the use of modern technologies for national security and also transatlantic relations. “It was a platform where I emphasized the importance of transatlantic ties; these have been strong and identical,” noted the chief Slovak diplomat. He also added that the transatlantic relations need to renew the element of strategic predictability. The Balkan Security Round Table was the title of the second accompanying event which was attended by the highest state officials from Southeastern Europe.

“It was a unique opportunity for me to stress again to our partners that Slovakia supports the integration ambitions of the countries in this region. At the same time, we could have evaluated the effects of the recent decision of the EU not to begin accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia and discuss what a more efficient accession process might look like,” underlined the chief Slovak diplomat. The third accompanying event carried the title The World Economic Forum, and in terms of participation it has been of global significance. Its main agenda concerned global issues in the times of multilateralism. In addition to the heads of state, this forum was also attended by the chiefs of diplomacies of the US, some EU member states and countries of the Middle East.   

The chief of Slovak diplomacy also used his presence at the Munich Security Conference for bilateral meetings. With his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlić-Radman, he spoke about the current issues of Croatia’s presidency and EU enlargement. With Alina Plyakova, President of the CEPA NGO (Center for European Policy Analysis), he discussed the current affairs of the Visegrad Four countries. On the side-lines of the Munich Security Conference, Minister Lajčák met with the highest Kosovar officials, the President Hashim Thaci, the Prime Minister Albin Kurti and the chief of Kosovar diplomacy Glauk Konjufca. They primarily discussed the development in the relations between Pristina and Belgrade. The Montenegrin ambitions for EU membership and the developments in the region of the Western Balkans were discussed during the meeting with Milo Djukanovic, President of Montenegro.