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State Secretary František Ružička in Brussels Calls for Effective Implementation of the New EU Strategic Agenda

State Secretary František Ružička in Brussels Calls for Effective Implementation of the New EU Strategic Agenda

18.7.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Ministers for European Affairs of the European Union member states met in Brussels at the General Affairs Council of the EU on Thursday (18 July 2019). The Slovak Republic was represented by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička.

 

This was the first session under the lead of the Finnish Presidency that has now taken over from their Romanian colleagues. The Finnish Presidency presented their program priorities and the plan for talks over the next 6 months on the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-27. The ministers supported the efforts of the Finnish Presidency to actively continue in the talks on the future European budget so that by the end of 2019 there will be concrete results. The ministers agreed that the EU budget for 2021-27 must take into account the stated priorities, traditional policies, as well as new challenges which the EU will face in the near future.

 

In the discussion of the new strategic agenda, State Secretary Ružička called for the implementation of the agreed priorities and their materialization into concrete results that will be advantageous to citizens. He appreciated the efforts of the Finnish Presidency to actively promote the efficient implementation of the Strategic Agenda. “The Strategic Agenda is the document on which we all agreed and that contains many important elements that must  primarily be of service to citizens. Not only the Finnish Presidency but also the next Presidency must continue in the efforts to transform the Strategic Agenda from something merely on paper to something in the real world,” stressed Ružička. On this topic the Ministers also delved into the opportunities for the approximation of the EU to its citizens.  “Our motto is “united in diversity,” and this should also be reflected in our communication. The topics that resonate in one region of the Union do not have to resonate in the other. The EU citizens have the right to know what we do and why; they have the right to ask, and we are obliged to respond in an understandable way,” stated Ružička who argued in support of a proactive and regionally tailored communication strategy.

 

The end of the meeting was devoted to the protection of principles of the rule of law. The European Commission explained its plan for further reinforcing of tools to protect the rule of law in the Union. It submitted a draft of concrete measures geared towards the promotion, prevention and enforcement of the principles of the rule of law. The European Commission also gave a statement on the current situation in Poland regarding the violation of the principles of the rule of law.