Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO in Brussels
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Special Representative for the Slovakia’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), met with James Appathurai, NATO´s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, on 19 June 2018 and emphasized Slovakia´s adherence to Euro-Atlantic values and principles. “Slovakia remains a responsible ally,” he said and informed about increasing its defence expenditures to 1.6% of GDP by 2020 to achieve the 2% threshold in 2024. “Slovakia will use these resources for modernization of the crucial equipment of our armed forces," Parízek stressed.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, presented new initiatives for more intensive communication of the foreign and European policy priorities of the Slovak Republic in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR today (30 November). “Slovakia is an integral part of the EU and NATO, a certain civilization area to which we avow and belong. Yet, we do perceive certain overpressure of information that is not always true. In conducting our activities we would like to offer people fundamental information about the benefits we draw from our membership and how much it costs,” said Korčok in that regard. Active communication about Slovakia’s clear pro-European and pro-Atlantic orientation is in line with the joint statement by the country’s three top constitutional officials.
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.