L. Parízek: “European Defense Capabilities are a Must”

L. Parízek: “European Defense Capabilities are a Must”

19.7.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a NATO

Current defense initiatives in the European Union, and the strengthening of the cooperation with NATO, as well as EU missions and operations, these were the topics discussed by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative of the Minister for Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, and General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC). This was General Graziano’s first visit to Slovakia in his official capacity in this position.   Previously he visited Slovakia as the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army.


“Building the European defense capabilities has become a must in the present globalized world," underlined Parízek. However, the partners agreed that it is necessary to build these in a way that is complementary to NATO, and that the EU defense capabilities should not represent a duplicate of or competition to NATO.


Graziano expressed his great appreciation for the contribution of the Slovak Republic to the EUFOR ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is important in maintaining the security in the country. He also encouraged Slovakia to consider contributions to other EU military missions and operations. “The investments in defense are like insurance that, in the best case, will not be used, but it still represents a guarantee of security for inhabitants,” stated State Secretary Parízek. He assured the Chairman of the EU Military Committee that Slovakia strives to be a reliable partner during the current dynamic modernization of defense capabilities.  It is modernization that will help achieve a better complementarity of Slovak contributions to the EU missions and operations in the future.  


State Secretary Parízek also explained various V4 initiatives in defense cooperation and also touched upon current issues concerning security challenges in the European neighborhood.


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