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Secretary Ružička in Consultations in Helsinki

Secretary Ružička in Consultations in Helsinki

22.7.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia |

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička held a working visit in Helsinki today (22 July). On 1 July 2019 Finland took over the role of the presiding country in the Council of the European Union, which means that a considerable part of the European agenda and events will be concentrated in not just Brussels but also Helsinki and other Finnish cities. 

 

State Secretary Ružička met with Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs of Finland, and delved into current European topics. Finland’s Presidency has established ambitious plans and priorities in several areas – the progress in the talks in the multiannual financial framework, strengthening of EU competitiveness, maintaining the position of the EU as a leader in climate issues, highlighting the principles of the rule of law, freedom and democracy, as well as ensuring the comprehensive protection and security of EU citizens. “It will depend on the joint efforts and mutual resolve of the EU member states how and to what extent these objectives will successfully be met. Slovakia will be a constructive partner in the talks on the multiannual financial framework, which should be balanced and take into account the priorities of all the member states,” said State Secretary Ružička at the meeting. In the talks the partners also and especially discussed the future European budget for 2021-2027, the EU enlargement policy, the impact of Brexit, challenges in the areas of climate and industry, as well as the expectations from the new institutional EU cycle. Both partners agreed that they have high expectations from the new leadership of the EU institutions, the role of which will be to confirm the global position of the EU in innovations, modern technologies and the climate.

 

State Secretary Ružička visited the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki, where he talked with the leading representatives of the Center about the various challenges, tasks and plans, as well as the mutual cooperation of the EU and NATO in countering hybrid threats.  “No EU state nor NATO is immune to the risk of hybrid threats. They are real threats to our democratic values. We must consistently prepare and adopt adequate measures so that we can eliminate these threats and react to them as effectively as possible,” emphasized the State Secretary Ružička.

 

The Center was founded in 2017 due to the urgency of hybrid threats, including cyber-attacks and the spread of disinformation. Its objective is to strengthen the resistance to hybrid threats through education, training and advisory. The activities of the Center currently involve 23 participating states, EU and NATO.