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  • 02.08.2019
    | Slovensko a NATO | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva
    Concerning today’s declaration of the North Atlantic Council and also the EU Declaration on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty of 14 July 2019, the Slovak Republic together with NATO and the EU member states expresses disappointment at the fact that the Russian Federation has not, despite numerous diplomatic calls from NATO and the EU member states, used the past six months to take the actions that are necessary in order to preserve this key pillar of European security.
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    04.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministerstva | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
    “The dynamics of foreign policy events pushes us to continue maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our foreign service,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his concluding remarks delivered at the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions. As he clarified, demands on multilateral political, consular and economic dimensions of foreign policy are high, and therefore it is important to continue to deliver consistently. “I wish to thank you for always having the interests of the Slovak Republic and its citizens in mind while carrying out your tasks,” emphasized the head of the Slovak diplomatic service, addressing the Slovak ambassadors as he was formally closing the four-day meeting.
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    03.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity veľvyslancov | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
    Being received by the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputova was the most important item of the agenda of the meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (July 3, 2019) in Bratislava. “I took office with the idea that I wish to be an active president in the area of foreign policy among others. I will clearly and straightforwardly communicate our values and our interests and defend them, as I wish for Slovakia to be perceived as a confident country with its values firmly anchored. I will not be silent should our values be besmirched, or should there be confusing signals coming out of Slovakia or acts against our interests as a member of the EU and NATO. This is mainly what we discussed with the minister of foreign affairs Miroslav Lajčák and our ambassadors. I very much appreciate the work they do for Slovakia. I promise I will do everything I can so that they can be proud of Slovakia and have good conditions for their demanding work. I want our diplomatic service to continue to be respected and of quality,” proclaimed the Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová.
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    03.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | Prezentácia Slovenska v zahraničí | Verejná diplomacia
    “I appreciate that in part owing to the national brand we are seen today much more positively abroad,” stated the Minister of Foreign and Euroepan Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, referring to the results of the prestigious ranking “FutureBrand Country Index 2019” in which Slovakia has moved up 24 places since 2014.
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    02.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | Ekonomické správy
    Economic diplomacy, development aid and cooperation with the business sector at home and abroad were the three dominant themes of the second day of the standard meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (2 July 2019) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Bratislava. “Economic diplomacy, development aid and generally coordinating activities with the business sector are one of the main tasks of the heads of diplomatic missions,” the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, said as he welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization Richard Raši and the Minister of Economy Peter Žiga.
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    02.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Slovensko a NATO
    Today (2 July 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart William Peach. The partners discussed the existing security situation in Europe and the plans of NATO to strengthen its readiness for current cyber and hybrid threats. The chairman of the Military Committee appreciated the Slovak Republic’s effort to increase its defence expenditure, and the ongoing modernisation of Slovakia’s armed forces. He also highlighted the importance of the unity of allies and the ability to speak the same language. “I do appreciate that NATO has goals that are clearly defined, and has been fulfilling them systematically. At the same time, NATO has been adapting to new challenges, which makes it a success story,” stated Miroslav Lajčák. Both officials assessed the situation in Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Western Balkans. They also gave attention to the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship. The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is participating in the Military Leaders Conference, at the invitation of the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces. The conference is being organized by the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces.
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    01.07.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity veľvyslancov
    Delivering introductory remarks, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, opened today (1 July 2019) the standard meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions of the Slovak Republic abroad. The ministry organizes this forum every year as a platform for discussion on principal issues of Slovak foreign policy and as an opportunity to analyse in detail the results achieved. “The foreign policy milieu has changed and so has the situation at home. Foreign policy today is, more than ever before, subject to internal political debates,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák when speaking to the present heads of diplomatic missions. According to Slovakia’s chief diplomat, it is therefore necessary for our diplomatic missions to continue to execute their agendas professionally, in all required areas. “Be it in relation to the political or economic agendas, development aid, but in particular to the consular agenda, our work means service to all our citizens,” underscored Miroslav Lajčák.
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    15.04.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Prejavy a vystúpenia ministra
    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.
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    05.03.2019
    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.
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    18.02.2019
    | Aktivity ministra | SR a EÚ |
    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.
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    29.01.2019
    | Slovensko a NATO | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |
    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.
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    04.12.2018
    | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov
    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.
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    21.08.2018
    | Aktivity ministra
    Today (21 August 2018) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the ministry addressed the ambassadors of the Slovak Republic abroad. They gathered in Bratislava to take part in a regular meeting of heads of representation missions of the Slovak Republic.
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    19.06.2018
    | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a NATO
    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.
  • 30.11.2017
    | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a NATO
    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.
  • 22.05.2017
    | Aktivity ministerstva
    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.
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    31.03.2017
    | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO |
    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.
  • 24.01.2017
    | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia
    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.
  • 07.12.2016
    | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO
    (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.
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    06.12.2016
    | Aktivity ministra | SR v medzinárodných organizáciách | Slovensko a NATO
    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.