State Secretary Lukáš Parízek Speaks at MGIMO about Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship

State Secretary Lukáš Parízek Speaks at MGIMO about Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship

19.2.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Krajania v zahraničí | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

On February 18, 2020, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs visited the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). 

The State Secretary delivered a speech at the MGIMO about the Slovak experience with its chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Lukáš Parízek described his personal experience with the chairmanship in this organisation, while providing information about its structure, principles and role in the international arena. As the Vice-Rector of the MGIMO Artem Malgin confirmed: “It is always pleasant to pay respect to our graduates by organising a diplomacy workshop, where experience is passed on to the younger generations.” The Slovak Chairmanship in the OSCE in 2019 has proved that the Slovak diplomatic service can rely on a good number of prominent graduates, including the current Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák.

Lukáš Parízek emphasized that “This university has significantly contributed to the shaping of successful generations of Slovak politicians and diplomats, who represent with dignity the interests of Slovakia abroad.” He expressed his belief that the potential for cooperation between selected Slovak universities and the MGIMO will be better utilized in the future. The MGIMO is one of the leading international educational institutions and regularly ranks in the top 100 best universities in the world. Currently, more than eight thousand students are enrolled at this university, 35 of them from Slovakia. Moreover, 53 foreign languages are taught, including Slovak, owing to which the university has been included in the Guinness Book of Records. Three ministers of foreign affairs of the Slovak Republic are among the graduates of the MGIMO and several state secretaries and diplomats who hold high posts in important international organisations, such as the UN, the European Union, and the OSCE.

Lukáš Parízek also met with the university management and talked informally with the Slovak students. The State Secretary also visited the MGIMO History Museum.