Ivan Korčok at FAC: “Close cooperation between EU and NATO is a model that makes sense and brings results”

Ivan Korčok at FAC: “Close cooperation between EU and NATO is a model that makes sense and brings results”

25.6.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

The current dynamics in mutual EU-NATO relations represents a big step forward and a motivation for the future. It is a logical answer to current security challenges that call for joint and coordinated actions by us all as a way of contributing to peace and security. This was said today (25 June) in Luxembourg by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and Council of Ministers of Defence on the topic of security and cooperation in the area of defence.  

“The Slovak Republic supports close cooperation between the EU and NATO. It is a model that makes sense and brings results. We see military mobility, cooperation in international operations and increased  resiliency against hybrid threats as parallel projects in both organizations to be the priorities with the greatest potential. The upcoming NATO summit will be a great opportunity to confirm cooperation between the two organizations – we have great expectations in this regard,” said Korčok during the discussion, which was attended also by Jens Stoltenberg,  Secretary General of NATO. As State Secretary Korčok emphasized, the Slovak Republic also supports actions focused on fighting hybrid threats that have no geographical borders. Both organizations must therefore respond to these challenges by informing each other.

As a separate item, the EU foreign affairs ministers discussed the situation in Jordan, which is disproportionately burdened by the presence of Syrian refugees – the EU has been responding to this situation by mobilising additional tools of financial and material support. The Slovak Republic is present in Jordan via development and humanitarian projects. In 2016, a project was approved to support educational schemes in areas with a dense population of Syrian refugees in the amount of €200,000. 

“The Slovak Republic acknowledges and supports the positive role of Jordan and its contribution to the strengthening of stability in the region, management of security challenges and its significant help to refugees in its territory. We support the economic and political assistance to Jordan as well as the releasing of another €20 million from the EU funds to support solutions to acute economic problems and economic transformation of Jordan, which today is the home for approximately 1.3 million Syrian refugees and annually spends almost €1.5 billion to cover their needs – an amount that would otherwise be invested into the development of the state’s economy,” stated Ivan Korčok in his remarks.

Jordan has been dependent on foreign assistance in the long term, however the budgetary situation has been deteriorating in recent years due to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq – traditional export destinations for Jordanian products.

During their working lunch the ministers discussed the situation in Yemen and listened to delivery of a report by Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen. In the afternoon, they discussed the current situation in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea areas and assessed progress made in implementation of the EU Global Strategy.