State Secretary Ružička Opens Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic in Hamburg

State Secretary Ružička Opens Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic in Hamburg

3.6.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Honorárne konzuláty

During the first day (3 June) of his working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička officially opened an honorary consulate of the Slovak Republic to Hamburg. He presented the consular patent into the hands of Honorary Consul Michael Stein with the scope of activities covering the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as well as the State of Schleswig-Holstein. This is the fifth honorary consulate of the Slovak Republic in Germany.


The opening ceremony was held in the historical building in the seat of the Hamburg Übersee-Club with the city representatives and its consular staff in attendance. “I’m pleased that after a five-year-break the Slovak Republic is now coming back to the family of consulates in Hamburg. I’m convinced that Honorary Consul Stein will be our active partner, from whom we expect an intensification of the trade-and-cultural relations between Slovakia and Hamburg, as well as the State of Schleswig-Holstein,” stated Ružička during his speech.  “Moreover, we cannot forget that the honorary consulate is also the place of the first contact for our citizens who find themselves in distress in this city,” recalled the State Secretary.


The Slovak Republic wants to follow up on a strong trade exchange of our country with Germany, and the reopening of the honorary consulate in Hamburg is another stimulating element in this direction.  As an open harbor city, Hamburg represents a huge potential with its economic power - and not only with its industry but also as the city with a significant boom of startups, digitalization and support for science and research.


The Slovak Republic strengthens Slovak diplomacy by building the network of consular offices throughout the world, which are led by honorary consuls. They represent an important part of the promotion of Slovakia in the different countries with respect to the support and development of mutual economic cooperation, business and trade exchange, the presentation of Slovak culture, work with the compatriots’ community, as well as in the consular area of providing help to the citizens.