Slovakia and Albania to Intensity Cooperation on Several Levels

Slovakia and Albania to Intensity Cooperation on Several Levels

4.2.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Today (4 February 2019), Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Artemis Dralo, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Albanian Republic. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the international Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region, which takes place in Bratislava, from 5-6 February 2019.


The partners appreciated the quality of bilateral relations of Slovakia and Albania, which have not suffered any outstanding issues. The main theme of the meeting was cooperation under the OSCE umbrella, where both parties have an interest in coordinating their activities during the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE in 2019 as well as during the coming Albanian OSCE chairmanship, which it will assume in 2020.  From the position of the Special Representative for the Slovak Chairmanship in the OSCE, Lukáš Parízek offered to his Albanian partner an exchange of experiences regarding the demanding process of preparing for the task of the chairmanship in this prestigious international organisation.


Bilateral issues and the EU integration ambitions of Albania were also discussed, particularly Albania’s interest in starting the accession negotiations early. “Slovakia still remains ready to share with Albania its own experience and know-how concerning the transformation and integration processes, and it will support Albania in the context of the programme of Slovakia’s development aid by means of the SLOVAKAID scheme.  It is in our interest to maintain, also in the future, Slovakia’s good visibility in the Western Balkans region, and in this way to support our priority to intensify cooperation in the economic area and actively help Slovak and Albanian entrepreneurs to discover possibilities for mutual partnerships,” emphasized Parízek.