State Secretary Ingrid Brocková Represents Slovakia at a Video Conference of the Visegrad Four Countries and Turkey

State Secretary Ingrid Brocková Represents Slovakia at a Video Conference of the Visegrad Four Countries and Turkey

19.6.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a V4

The COVID-19 pandemic and the possibilities for post-pandemic cooperation, cooperation between the Visegrad Group (V4) and Turkey, the European Union’s relations with Turkey and migration issues -- these were the themes of today’s (June 19, 2020) meeting of the foreign affairs ministers of the Visegrad Group countries and their Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The Slovak Republic was represented by Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.


Together with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Turkey, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, the State Secretary Ingrid Brocková discussed the lessons learnt and the recommendations that follow from the current pandemic. “Only solidarity and cooperation between countries can make a major contribution to a more effective response to similar crises in the future,” the State Secretary said. The current challenge for all countries is the recovery of their economies and the management of the social and societal impacts of the pandemic. The enhancement of cooperation between the Visegrad 4 countries and Turkey in areas such as the strategic production of medical equipment and supplies, transport, energy and the revival of tourism could also contribute to solving these issues.


The partners agreed that the relations between the EU and Turkey are complex and multi-layered, with economic, security, migration and anti-migration interests intersecting. “Slovakia is a natural part of the European Union - but we are interested in an open EU dialogue and cooperation with Turkey since it is our important ally in NATO and an EU candidate country,” State Secretary Brocková said in support of cooperation with Turkey.


The conclusion of the meeting focused on migration issues. The Visegrad 4 acknowledged the position of Turkey which has received almost 4 million refugees, mainly from Syria, while the EU helps Turkey to bear the associated financial burden. The partners supported the further implementation of the EU-Turkey Migration Agreement of March 2016, as well as the EU-Turkey negotiations on the future of this agreement.


All partners expressed their appreciation for the fact that the event took place despite the existing restrictions.