State Secretary Ružička visits Tallinn

State Secretary Ružička visits Tallinn

8.2.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic made a working visit to Estonia (8 February), during which he held a meeting with Maati Maasikas, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. In addition, he visited the information centre e-Estonia, and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.


The consultations of the state secretaries focused on current European topics: the future EU budget, migration, Brexit, EU enlargement, but also on regional cooperation and bilateral relations. Both partners agreed that the future EU financial perspective must reflect goals which we wish to achieve. In addition to the funding of traditional policies, it will be necessary to invest in new challenges which will contribute to the modern functioning of the EU and the economic development of the regions. State Secretary Ružička informed his Estonian partner about the interest of the Slovak Republic in bringing the seat of the European Labour Agency to Bratislava.


After the meeting, State Secretary Ružička visited the showroom of the e-Estonia Information Centre, which offers to visitors presentations of the success story of the Estonian approach to the digitalisation of public services and state administration. “It is precisely in the area of digitalisation, innovation and start-ups where I see room for a more intense cooperation with Estonia, which has become an inspiration in the EU in the area of development and the provision of easy access to services for its citizens,” stated State Secretary Ružička. 


At the end of his visit to Tallinn, the state secretary met with Colonel Jaak Tarien, Head of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). The Centre provides to the NATO member states expertise in the area of cyber security and focuses on research and training in the area of technology, strategies and the legal aspects of this sphere. The core of the Centre comprises a diverse group of experts (researchers, analysts, lawyers) from 21 countries, including the Slovak Republic.