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First Session of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group for Future Relations of the EU and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Held at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

First Session of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group for Future Relations of the EU and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Held at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

5.2.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

Now that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have left the European Union, a new phase in our cooperation has come, and talks on the future mutual relations are to be launched.

 


This was the objective of the first session of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group for Future Relations of the EU and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the level of state secretaries held today (5 February 2020). This session was also attended by representatives of social partners, and expert and professional organizations.


State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička informed his colleague about the current state of preparations for future relations, especially pointing to the recent draft of the negotiation mandate submitted by the European Commission, which will be the subject of intensive negotiations in Brussels.  The ambition is to adopt it at the February session of the General Affairs Council of the EU.

 


“The core challenges that will dominate the talks on the future relations will be mainly the variety of individual sectors, preserving the unity of the EU, as well as the relatively short period planned to finalize the talks successfully. Our priorities include especially mutual trade, the protection of the citizens of the Slovak Republic, transport (especially road and air traffic), as well as the cooperation in foreign policy, defense and security,” summarized State Secretary Ružička.  

 


The subsequent discussion of the state secretaries confirmed their interest in the early achievement of an agreement with the United Kingdom so that citizens and businessmen will have a clear legal framework in their travels and business activities related to this state.

 


State Secretary Ružička also provided information about the material under preparation for the Government session, the aim of which should be to define the priorities of the Slovak Republic for the talks on the future relations.  This material should be adopted at the next Government session held next week on 12 February.