Working visit of State Secretary Igor Slobodník to OECD

Working visit of State Secretary Igor Slobodník to OECD

17.7.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Igor Slobodník paid a working visit to the OECD today (17 July). In its Paris headquarters, he met with OECD Deputy Secretary-General Stefan Kapferer, OECD Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate Rolf Alter and with Deputy Director of the Global Relations Secretariat Anthony O´Sullivan.

During the talks with the OECD top representatives, Slobodník underlined the importance of the mutual cooperation, which is intensively developing not only at the expert level but also at the top political level. They paid attention to the joint projects in schools and education and the use of the OECD expertise in reforming the public administration of the Slovak Republic.

State Secretary Slobodník emphasized the cooperation with OECD in terms of vocational education, as well as the related OECD study on Slovakia. According to Slobodník, the level of employers´ interest in this sphere has increased with the adoption of new legislation. He expressed the conviction that the OECD study will contribute to a further increase in the quality of this education and training of professionals – not only for big employers but also for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Kapferer spoke about the OECD’s interest in focusing more on the cooperation with the OECD member countries in skills and in formulating the national strategies. This cooperation should be based on using the OECD Education Strategy and the results of individual OECD education programs.

The head of the OECD Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development Rolf Alter emphasized the constructive cooperation with Slovakia in public administration reform. Slovakia belongs among the OECD countries with good governance – however, it should focus more on improving the central government coordination, regional development and addressing regional disparities. In Alter’s view, it’s also important to monitor the course of implementation. Slovakia should also focus more on using the EU structural funds for regional development.

Slobodník confirmed the interest of Slovakia in continuing the public administration reform in close cooperation with the OECD. The OECD Public Governance Review in Slovakia will undoubtedly be a crucial contribution in this effort. He welcomed the OECD’s offer to cooperate in a more efficient use of the European Union funds also in 2014-20.

State Secretary Slobodník also discussed the status of the OECD Global Strategy focused on reinforcing relations with the OECD non-member countries, especially within the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme.

They exchanged views on executing OECD projects in Ukraine in line with the OECD-Ukraine Action Plan. In this regard, Slobodník appreciated the potential of the OECD in terms of providing an impartial assessment and monitoring of the reform efforts of the Ukrainian Government.