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Ružička on a Working Visit to Berlin

Ružička on a Working Visit to Berlin

21.10.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia |

On Monday (21 October 2019) during his visit to Germany, the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of the Slovak Republic František Ružička held discussions with his counterpart the Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office  Michael Roth, the Advisor on Foreign Policy to the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel Uwe Corsepius, and the Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary Renáta Alt. With Michael Roth he opened the 8th session of the Slovak-German Reflection Group which was devoted to the future of the European Union and developments in Ukraine.
 

 

At the meeting with his counterpart Michael Roth current issues of European policy were discussed – Brexit, further possible developments in the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, measures against climate change, and the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU. In this regard Ružička stated, “we perceive the failure to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania as a lost opportunity. The European Union must confirm the European prospect of these states. I’m pleased that Germany also holds a similar view in this regard. However, the opening of talks does not automatically mean EU membership but the beginning of a long European journey for both countries. I firmly believe that we will help North Macedonia and Albania resume their journey again.” 
 

 

During the talks with Foreign Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellor Corsepius, the parties also tackled the topics of the most recent meeting of the European Council: further steps in the EU enlargement process, the preparation of the Multiannual Financial Framework and Brexit.  “The European Union needs an ambitious and well-balanced budget for the next period, which would enable us to face new challenges as well as to continue to fund traditional policies and balance out the differences in the EU. It is not possible to achieve our common objectives without sufficient funding,”  confirmed State Secretary Ružička at the meeting.
 

Together with Renata Alt, Member of the Bundestag, the State Secretary positively assessed the high-quality bilateral relations of the two countries.
 

 

At the meeting of the Slovak-German Reflection Group, the partners expressed their appreciation for the benefits of the discussion forum that provides the scope not only for the deepening of bilateral relations but also for discussing complex topics of pan-European importance. State Secretary Ružička emphasized that “we need to act and propose concrete steps. The aim is to finalize the single market, the union of capital markets, to devote ourselves to the fight against climate change and work on reinforcing our security. The EU must strengthen its voice, and to do so it must build a unity so it can act as one vis-a-vis all its partners.