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Regular Dialogue and Co-operation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Slovak Members of the European Parliament

Regular Dialogue and Co-operation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Slovak Members of the European Parliament

20.5.2020 | Aktivity ministra

Ivan Korčok, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today, May 20, 2020, a group of invited Slovak members of the European Parliament (EP). Their discussions revolved mainly around the priorities of the new Government of the Slovak Republic and, more specifically, those related to European policy. “The European Union represents a fundamental living space for Slovakia; European policies are part of our domestic policies, and, therefore, an efficient framework for co-operation with the members of the European Parliament needs to be in place,” emphasized Minister  Korčok.

 

As a result of the corona crisis, the European Union has been experiencing the most difficult times since its establishment, and its ability to cope with the economic consequences of the crisis will put it to an unprecedented test. Currently, the number one priority is the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework and a special Recovery Instrument which should offer significant assistance to the EU member states. According to the members of the European Parliament, a guiding principle in designing the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Instrument should be “the economic and territorial cohesion, social dialogue and an effort targeted at a transformation towards a sustainable and competitive economy. At the same time, the new rescue schemes should not be allowed to jeopardize the ongoing disbursement of the EU funds.”

 

The Government of the Slovak Republic will be reinforcing the European dimension at the individual ministries and will support a more active approach of the ministries towards the European agenda and a more intense communication with European institutions, including the EP.

 

“The European Parliament will be a key institution not only in the process of the economic recovery and legislature of the EU, but subsequently, with all principal issues regarding the future orientation of the EU – starting with the completion of the single market, fighting climatic change and the post-Brexit relations. The MEPs  embody the bond between European and national policies; thus, it is vital that our mutual communication takes place in this context, including their active participation in the Conference on the Future of Europe,” stated Minister I. Korčok.