The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Sarajevo
Bratislava (29 September) - Minister Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Danka Savić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Slovak Republic, resident in Prague, whose mission will soon end, for a farewell reception in Bratislava today. The minister highlighted the excellent relations between Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on this occasion. Common cultural projects, tourism and student exchanges rank among the important attributes joining the citizens of our countries. Minister Lajčák appreciated the progress accomplished by BiH on its European way and reminded that supporting the EU enlargement policy is one of the priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. For that reason as well the minister expressed his pleasure over the past week’s adoption of conclusions by the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) in which it requested the Commission’s opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the conclusions of the Council of the EU, through which the Council asked the European Comission today to work out its position on the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina to become an EU member. These conclusions stem from meeting the required criteria by the political leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina and also attest to the fact that the EU meets its commitments.
Banja Luka - Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, participated in the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative (CEI) countries today (16 June). The event was held in Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country now holding the CEI presidency. The meeting, attended also by the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, included an exchange of opinions about regional developments and of the practical cooperation between the participating countries. The meeting asserted the high relevance of the European integration idea and of EU enlargement in the prospects of the Western Balkan countries.
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.
Bratislava (28 April) - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák held talks with Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Željka Cvijanović in Bratislava today. Republika Srpska is one of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the talks, the Minister was interested in the current developments in the country, especially in Republika Srpska – especially in terms of the reform process, European integration and preparations for the elections for the local authorities this autumn.