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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic Chmelař Visits Bratislava

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic Chmelař Visits Bratislava

25.10.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry František Ružička received his counterpart, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic Aleš Chmelař, for work consultations today (25 October 2019).

 

The partners evaluated the current situation regarding bilateral relations and expressed their conviction that the upcoming joint session of the governments of Slovakia and Czechia in Valtice on 11 November 2019 will bring new impetuses for the development of mutual relations and joint projects.  Chmelař provided information about the realized and the planned activities of the Czech Presidency in the Visegrad Four.  Ružička expressed his appreciation for the existing successful course of the V4 Presidency and for the maintaining of continuity with the program and outcome of Slovakia’s previous Presidency. “I´m very pleased that we will preserve the continuity in many issues and initiatives, and I am also glad to see progress in the joint V4+Germany project in Morocco, where concrete activities geared toward its early realization are being launched as early as next year,” stated Ružička. This is an example of a project focused on cooperation with transit migration countries with the objective of decreasing migration flow and improving its controls.

 

The partners also delved into some current issues on the European agenda including the creation of the new European Commission, the multiannual financial framework and climate change. The talks also revolved around the Eastern Partnership, disinformation and hybrid threats.

 

They agreed that the outcomes of the October General Affairs Council of the European Union and the European Council, which failed to adopt a decision on the opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, were disappointing.  “It is about the trustworthiness of the EU in the region. On this issue we would like to be active towards our partners in the Western Balkans region, as well as in the EU. We are ready to discuss with our EU partners who are concerned about the further process.  That is why we support the intention of the Czech V4 Presidency to continue in the organization of the V4 ministerial meetings with the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries,” stated State Secretary Ružička.

 

As for Brexit, the partners expressed their appreciation for the consensus on the new wording of the deal having been reached. As for the developments in the situation, an extension of the deadline seems to be best possible solution, especially given the efforts to prevent a no-deal withdrawal of Great Britain.

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