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State Secretary František Ružička on a Working Visit in the Kingdom of Denmark

State Secretary František Ružička on a Working Visit in the Kingdom of Denmark

10.1.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

On 9-10 January 2020, František Ružička, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs attended working consultations in the Kingdom of Denmark.

 

The purpose of the visit was to discuss, in a greater detail, current European issues, as well as some issues concerning the external relations of the European Union and current challenges in global politics with an emphasis on the development in the Middle East.

 

The talks with Carsten Grønbech-Jensen, the Danish Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for European Affairs and the Arctic Area were mostly focused on bilateral issues. State Secretary Ružička confirmed that “Slovak-Danish relations have the potential for further development in areas such as politics, economy, and culture, among others. Our collaboration in European issues has been very active, and we have shared opinions on many issues. With regard to issues where our views differ, we have tried to find constructive and mutually beneficial and acceptable solutions.”

 

The meeting also touched upon European issues, including the enlargement policy, the EU’s new institutional framework, the rule of law, as well as the withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU. “It is important for the countries in the Western Balkans to have a European perspective, to know the rules, and to believe in the trustworthiness of the accession procedures. The Western Balkans should feel that the EU is seriously interested in their accession and that the continuation of transformation and reforms will have a long-term added value for them,” said State Secretary František Ružička.

 

The talks with permanent under-Secretary of State Jean-Charles Ellermann-Kingombe from the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, were focused on climate policy, the EU budget, the enlargement policy and the EU’s climate goals. According to František Ružička “the crucial thing in the discussion about the future EU budget is to reach a compromise among the member states in order to create a modern budget that takes into account the strategic goals of the European Union as well as the individual needs of the member states. For Slovakia, the important aspects are convergence and development with an emphasis on flexibility, owing to which there will be sufficient funding to address all the challenges that the EU is facing today.”

 

The working visit with Jesper Møller Sørensen, the Danish Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for Political Affairs was dedicated to the external relations of the European Union, including the relations with Russia, China and Turkey, as well as to the situation in the Near East. The state secretaries also assessed the situation in Ukraine and the Slovak activities during its chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). They agreed that hybrid threats now present a growing challenge. State Secretary Ružička informed his Danish partner about the activities of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in the area of strategic communication. The partners also discussed the situation in the Arctic and agreed that this region has been gaining geopolitical significance.

 

The meeting with Dorthe Nøhr Andersen, Deputy State Secretary of the Danish Foreign Ministry for Climate, Energy and Public Services focused on the issue of climate change. State Secretary Ružička emphasized that “Slovakia has actively approached this issue and has presented several measures focused on supporting ecological technologies, electromobility, recycling of plastic materials, and the transformation of lignite regions. As early as at the June summit, Slovakia subscribed to the 2050 goals for carbon neutrality.”

 

At the end of the working visit, the State Secretary attended a showcase of the activities of the Danish agency State of Green, which coordinates the activities of the Danish public and private sector in the area of environmental policy.