Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO in Brussels
Today (15 April 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, spoke at the 19th Review Conference on Slovak Foreign and European Policy, organized by the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In his remarks, the minister evaluated developments on the global and European scene, important trends of Slovak foreign policy and internal developments.
Call for applications within the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic is open for study, research, teaching and artistic stays during the academic year 2019/2020.
Today (18 February 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the regular meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. Prior to the FAC meeting, the Minister met with Pavlo Klimikin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to discuss the current developments in the country in the context of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections and the current state of Russian-Ukrainian relations.
Today (29 January 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) presented, in the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the priorities that Slovakia will aim to accomplish during its chairmanship throughout this calendar year. In the discussion with the permanent representatives of the member states of the North-Atlantic Alliance, he emphasized as essential the need to direct all action towards helping people who have suffered due to bad humanitarian situations. He also underscored the need for dialogue and stability since the Slovak Republic will be laying emphasis on conflict prevention, the mitigation of the consequences of conflict, and on the work with the young generation. In this regard, the minister informed the audience about his working visits to Moldova and the Ukraine and specifically made a point about the critical situation along the line of contact. He also recalled that the North-Atlantic Alliance has been helping our Eastern neighbour by means of the NATO-Ukraine Trust Fund, which has been administered by the Slovak Republic and whose goal is to dispose of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Miroslav Lajčák also called for support of efficient multilateralism, including NATO-OSCE cooperation. “These two are international security organisations based on compatible values, norms and principles,” stated the Head of the Slovak diplomatic service. He added that the priority area of mutual collaboration is weapons’ control in the context of the Helsinki Convention, especially with regard to proposals to upgrade the Vienna document and support the Structured Dialogue. The permanent representatives of the NATO member states agreed that the cooperation of the two mentioned organisations constitutes a straightforward contribution to the strengthening of security and expressed support for the intentions of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE.
František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, represented Slovakia at the regular autumn NATO foreign affairs ministerial meeting on 4 December 2018. The session started with the discussion between the Alliance and the partners from Georgia and Ukraine. The talks confirmed the ongoing strong support of the allies for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their partners. The foreign affairs ministers of Georgia and Ukraine detailed the current developments in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait and drew attention to the destabilizing activities by Russia. They deemed the situation to be extremely serious. In his address, State Secretary Ružička conveyed Slovakia’s concerns and called for a de-escalation of tensions as soon as possible and for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.