State Secretary Ružička Meets with Christophe Léonzi, Ambassador of the Republic of France

State Secretary Ružička Meets with Christophe Léonzi, Ambassador of the Republic of France

14.2.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, František Ružička, received Christophe Léonzi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France, on February 13, 2020.

The key theme of the meeting was the current development of European affairs.  The partners paid attention to the ongoing preparations of the EU mandate to enter into negotiations concerning the future relations of the Union and the United Kingdom. The common goal is to keep the closest relations possible in the future, within the framework agreement which will clearly define the scope of rights and obligations on both sides.  The State Secretary pointed to the key relevance of the unity of the EU in the upcoming negotiation period: “The cohesion of the EU in the areas of both procedure and content will be the key instrument to pursue our interests. Slovakia attaches primary significance to the issue of the protection of the rights of citizens, the position of the economic entities and the future establishment of mutual relations in the areas of transport, security and/or foreign policy.”

In the context of the recently published proposal of the European Commission to amend procedures of the accession process as well as in light of the upcoming EU-Western Balkans Summit in May, the partners talked about another stage of the Union’s debate on the reform of the enlargement policy. “We consider the European Commission’s proposal to be a good beginning of this discussion. We support the effort to strengthen the credibility, dynamics and predictability of the enlargement process. We believe that the progress made as part of the debate on the enlargement policy will lead to an early opening of the accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia,” stated the State Secretary.

Before the upcoming extraordinary meeting of the European Council (February 20, 2020), the aim of which is to bring forward negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the partners discussed their positions on the final stage of negotiations and on the possibility of there being room for a European compromise. Attention was paid to the ongoing preparations of the mandate of the Council for the Conference on the Future of Europe. The partners agreed that it is the citizens themselves who shall be at the core of the upcoming two-year process of reflections, that is, their interests and priorities with regards to the EU.