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European Diplomacy Speaking (Also) Through a Slovak Voice

European Diplomacy Speaking (Also) Through a Slovak Voice

1.12.2019 | Slovensko a Európska únia

Bratislava/Brussels (1 December) – The face and voice of EU foreign policy in the media will be that of a Slovak diplomat. Former spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Peter Stano, has become the chief spokesperson for EU foreign affairs and security policy after the new European Commission took up its office on 1 December 2019. Foreign and security policy is in the portfolio of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the vice president of the European Commission, Josep Borrell.

Peter Stano is the only Slovak citizen in the team of spokespersons of the new European Commission. Stano operated in Brussels between 2011-2014, when he held the position of spokesperson for the then Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, Štefan Füle from the Czech Republic. He is the very first Slovak among the spokespersons of the European Commission. 

Stano has 16 year of experience in the public media, including Slovak Television, Slovak Radio, BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle. In 2009, he joined the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs as a spokesperson, serving two tenures in this position. After that he worked at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beirut, Lebanon and subsequently served as ambassador at large for migration. Peter Stano graduated with a degree in journalism. He is fluent in five languages and can communicate in two more.