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State Secretaries for European Affairs of Visegrad 4 Countries and France Meet in Prague

State Secretaries for European Affairs of Visegrad 4 Countries and France Meet in Prague

28.11.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a V4

On November 28, 2019, František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the meeting of state secretaries for European Affairs of the Visegrad 4 countries in Prague, which was also attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France, Amélie de Montchalin.

 

The Visegrad 4 partners discussed with France the current themes on the European agenda, particularly in the context of the preparations for the December meeting of the European Council. “France is our strategic partner. We wish to develop an active dialogue also in a broader format such as this one and together seek solutions to the current challenges, such as the preparation of the EU budget, carbon neutrality and its achievement, and EU enlargement,” stated State Secretary František Ružička.

 

One of the key topics of the December summit will be the climate policy. As early as June of this year the Slovak Republic gave its support to the goal of a carbon-neutral Europe to be achieved by 2050 the European level we face the challenge of achieving in December the unanimous consent of leaders, which would define the climate future of Europe. According to the MZVEZ SR State Secretary František Ružička, “it is important that this agreement will take into account the impact of the achievement of the climate goals on the competitiveness of European industry, will respect the general principal of technological neutrality, and will be applied fairly and in a socially sustainable manner.” The partners of the Visegrad 4 countries and France agreed on the need for an open and sincere dialogue in the interest of building a strong and competitive Europe.

 

In the discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework, they agreed to support an increased financing of new challenges related to migration, climate change and security. They equally emphasized the need for sufficiently funding traditional policies, such as the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy.

 

Regarding the topic of enlargement, the Visegrad Group expressed its belief that the enlargement policy is the most effective instrument for the support of stability, security, democracy and prosperity in the region of the Western Balkans. The Group further expressed its support for the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.