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State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry František Ružička Talks with Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Finland

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry František Ružička Talks with Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Finland

20.11.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

František Ružička, State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, received today (20 November 2018) Maria Louisa Marinakis, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Taero Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, and Jukka Pesola, designated Ambassador of the Republic of Finland. 
 
At the beginning of the meeting with Greek Ambassador Maria Louisa Marinakis, Ružička expressed his gratitude for her personal contribution to the development of our bilateral relations, whose intensity has recently increased. He emphasized that “Greece is a strategic partner not only for the Slovak Republic but also for the European Union.” They agreed that there is still significant scope for further development within the bilateral relations.  The State Secretary stated that Slovakia sees the important stabilizing role of Greece in the context of various geopolitical and security interests. However, Athens is also an important partner of Bratislava at the European level, which is attested to by its participation in the Cohesion Summit which is currently being prepared and which will be held in Bratislava on 29 November 2018. The Ambassador of Greece stressed that the bridge connecting both countries is especially constituted by the generation of young Greeks who decided to work and study in Slovakia.
 
During the meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea on the occasion of ending his diplomatic mission in the Slovak Republic, State Secretary Ružička deemed the mutual relations to be friendly, based on common values and without open issues that would hinder their further development. The partners stated that the political dialogue of both countries has been developing more intensively and stated the historic first visit of Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska to the Republic of Korea in April 2018 as an example. “Our relations are dominated by economic cooperation including the area of modern technologies, IT, science and technology, and the cyber area.  The investors Samsung Electronics and Kia Motors have brought with them to our country almost 100 Korean subcontractors creating job opportunities and contributing to a positive change in the Slovak economic profile,” said Ružička. They jointly deemed the first session of the inter-governmental commission for economic cooperation and the business forum held in Soul on 27 November to be an important opportunity for the further development of the economic dimension of our ties. The talks also featured the cooperation of Slovakia and the Republic of Korea in international organizations, as well as current developments on the Korean peninsula.
 
State Secretary Ružička and the designated Ambassador of the Republic of Finland held talks on the occasion of the latter presenting copies of his credentials and starting his diplomatic mission. They deemed Slovak-Finnish bilateral relations as friendly without any issues and with further potential in developing business relations. The State Secretary appreciated the activities of Finnish companies in Slovakia, for instance the Finnish Metsä Tissue in Žilina. In this context he stated that “as for the experiences of Finland with developing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their country, our economic diplomacy should concentrate more on developing long-term trade relations and contracts between Slovak and Finnish SMEs, which, in contrast to larger companies, are in need of greater support from economic diplomacy.” As for European topics, they stated that the positions of Slovakia and Finland are mostly in agreement.  This might be attested to by the planned Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU in the latter half of 2019. Finland will hold the Presidency at the time when new European Commission will be formed following the European Parliament elections.  Finland will focus on big projects such as, for instance, the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027, the launching of the implementation of the EU strategic agenda to be adopted at the May summit in Sibiu, Romania, next year, as well as the expected negotiations on the future relations with the United Kingdom.