The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Minsk
The eastern EU vector and Eastern Partnership, as such, are among the main policy programs of the European Union and are also one of the key foreign policy priorities of Slovakia. This was said today (22 June) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his address to the annual meeting of foreign ministers of members countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI), meeting in Minsk. “The CEI’s activities and the EU’s agenda are mutually complementary and enriching. At this time we urgently need to seek and find synergies to accomplish better outcomes. As neighbours, we are pre-determined to jointly build trust and to support one another in managing the challenges that we face,” stated Lajčák in his remarks, while denoting migration and terrorism as the two major challenges of this kind. He also noted that taking account of the complexity and gravity of these issues, it is more than necessary to listen to each other and engage in open dialogue.
Since today (11 June 2017), Ukrainian citizens can visit the countries of the Schengen Area without needing a visa. This means that the decision of the Council of the EU Ministers on visa liberalization for Ukraine exactly a month ago is being met. Waiving the visa requirement applies for Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports if their travels do not exceed 90 days.
Bratislava (10 November) – State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Slovak Government Proxy for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ivan Korčok received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Slovak Republic, Igor Leshchenya, today.
Bratislava (12 October) - State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Parízek, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Republic of Belarus, Elena Kupchyna, held their regular inter-ministerial political consultations. Both parties stated the problem-free nature of mutual relations. State Secretary Parízek emphasized that one of the key aims of these consultations is finding opportunities and instruments for deepening pragmatic cooperation, especially in the economic area. “We are interested in further increasing the turnover of mutual trade with Belarus through, for example, supplies of technological equipment for industrial modernization, for implementation of projects in the areas of energy, food industry, automotive industry and in science and technology,” noted Parízek.
Bratislava (25 May) - At its Wednesday session in Bratislava, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved the nomination of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák for the post of UN Secretary-General. This was done in response to the invitation made by President of the UN General Assembly for the member states to nominate candidates with proven leadership and managerial abilities, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and multilingual skills for this post.