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Minister Lajčák on Working Visit to Geneva

Minister Lajčák on Working Visit to Geneva

8.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra

The continuation of the integration and reform processes in the Western-Balkan region in the context of EU development – this was the main theme of the next round of the Strategic Dialogue of the World Economic Forum on the Western Balkans, which was attended by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on 7-8 November 2019, in Geneva.

 

In their contributions, the Western-Balkan partners responded to the fact that negotiations between the EU and Albania and North Macedonia had not been opened despite the recommendations of the European Commission and the fulfilment of the set conditions. “No one in the EU speaks of the conclusion of the enlargement process. However, we have an opportunity to look at the whole process with new eyes, from the viewpoint both of the EU and of the candidates for membership, and make it more efficient. We all know that reforms and adaptation must be present in our everyday activities. This applies to the EU but also to the Western Balkan region,” stated Minister Miroslav Lajčák. He also emphasized that Slovakia continues to see the future of this region in the EU.

 

In Geneva, the chief Slovak diplomat also met with the President of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC). “This meeting mainly focussed on the activities of our Chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine, and opportunities for cooperation with the ICRC in this region,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák.

 

Minister Lajčák also made use of the visit to Geneva to meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó. Both partners confirmed their interest in continuing the trend of good neighbourhood relations, which has been to the benefit of the citizens of both countries. “I informed my Hungarian partners about the upcoming events of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, particularly about the upcoming Ministerial Council which will take place already at the beginning of December in Bratislava,” concluded Miroslav Lajčák.