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Meeting of State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ružička with Members of the Council of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of the Slovak Republic

Meeting of State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ružička with Members of the Council of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of the Slovak Republic

6.6.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Ekonomické správy

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička held discussions with members of the Council of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of the Slovak Republic today (6 June 2019). The Council consists of representatives from companies from individual areas of economy, as well as representatives of regional chambers of the Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 


 
In his address, State Secretary Ružička declared the strong interest of the Ministry in promoting and developing the economic dimension of diplomacy and Slovakia’s trade interests abroad. The Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce belongs among the key partners in realizing this task. "The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic has an eminent interest in a regular dialogue with the Council of the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which is also attested to by the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce in economic diplomacy at the beginning of this year. This memorandum represents a solid basis for the further deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation abroad."


 
The State Secretary emphasized that the importance of the cooperation between the private sector and the executive bodies has a significant potential also in public administration at the international level. “The cooperation of the private and public sectors is also of key importance in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Examples include green technologies, sustainable industry and electromobility. Without the active participation of the business community, in many cases the states would not have sufficient means to achieve these goals." 
 


The discussion with the Council members was dominated especially by the future of the EU in the context of an analysis of the European Parliament elections and Brexit. In this regard the State Secretary stated that “the outcomes of the European elections have also brought us two good messages. The first one is the increased interest of EU citizens in EU affairs, which is attested to by the increased participation of the citizens in the election in almost all the EU countries, including Slovakia. The second is the fact that the worries about the increase of political power of populist and extremist parties have not materialized. However, it is still necessary to communicate with citizens about the EU in a fair, clear, and consistent way.” The discussion also delved into the future of the relations of the EU with Great Britain after it withdraws from the EU, the economic impacts of Brexit, and finally EU-US relations.