The Slavkov format (S3) has taken its name upon initial meeting of Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka and Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Werner Faymann held on 29 January 2015 in Slavkov u Brna.
Slovakia, Czechia and Austria represent neighbourly and historically linked countries thus implying common potential for joint initiatives in various fields.
The aim has been to promote a platform of regional cooperation that could be helpful in stimulating new projects in respective sector areas of common interest, as well as timely exchanging information and coordinating positions (mainly with regard to the EU current agenda). This is for purpose of strengthening mutual ties for the benefit of three countries, surrounding region and EU as a whole.
From the internal point of view, respective activities are coordinated by one of three countries on rotation basis during one year (from July until next June).
Slovak S3 leadership (1st July 2019 – 30 June 2020): Slovakia persistently underlines directing the S3 format in flexible and pragmatic way – concrete projects generating clear added value and meaningful for all the parties involved. We deem it complementary and consistent with other already established regional platforms, thus bolstering regional synergies in favour of the EU unity.
S3 Work Plan for 2020 has been adopted during the S3 national coordinators meeting (state secretaries of foreign ministries) on 12 February 2020. It covers subsequent fields of cooperation:
• Railway transport
• Energy infrastructure and energy security
• Industry 4.0 with focus on artificial intelligence
• European affairs
• International law
• Development assistance
• Western Balkans in the context of supporting its European perspectiveLast Update Date: 6.3.2020 Create Date: 5.10.2017