Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO in Brussels
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic sees an increasing interest by the public on issues related to Slovakia’s integration and anchors in western organizations. For that reason the ministry has been intensifying public communication about Slovakia’s positions and interests within the EU and NATO and also about the benefits for SR’s citizens of membership in these integration groupings.
Coordination of NATO’s key positions before the May Alliance Summit in Brussels, NATO’s roles in the fight against terrorism, including stabilization of Iraq, Syria and Libya as well as modalities of dialogue with Russia and the security situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine were the key topics of discussions by foreign affairs ministers of NATO-member countries in Brussels today (31 March). The Slovak Republic was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs SR, in this meeting.
Valletta (24 January) – On 23-24 January, an informal meeting of EU ministers and state secretaries was held in the Maltese capital Valletta to openly discuss the Maltese Presidency priorities and the EU of the future. The Slovak Republic was represented by State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Government Proxy for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU Ivan Korčok.
(Brussels, 7 December) – The NATO foreign affairs ministers continued their session in Brussels today, meeting with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and discussing the Resolute Support operation in Afghanistan. Slovakia was represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák. NATO appreciated implementation of the Ukrainian defense sector reforms. It also sent a clear message to its Ukrainian counterpart that it expects more rapid reforms with respect to fighting corruption and in the justice system. Minister Lajčák highlighted the existing support by Slovakia in energy security and the leading role of the Slovak Republic in the NATO trust fund involving disposal of unexploded ammunition in Ukraine. Several allies confirmed their financial contributions to this fund at the session today.
Brussels (6 December) – NATO foreign affairs ministers are holding talks on today’s security challenges 6-7 December. Slovakia is represented by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák. With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, as well as partners from non-member countries Finland and Sweden in attendance, the Alliance ministers discussed and adopted more than 40 proposals for implementation of the EU-NATO Joint Declaration from the July 2016 Warsaw Summit (the same list adopted that day at the session of the Council of the EU). The agreed measures will deepen the cooperation in such areas as the fight against hybrid threats, cyber defense, sea security, building defense capacities, trainings and support of partner countries in building their defense and security. “We see the decision made today as a beginning of the approximation process of the two institutions. There are more opportunities for cooperation and we will work hard to see that they are fully used,” stated Minister Lajčák.