The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Stockholm
The future of the European Union and the search for answers to foreign policy and security challenges, among which are hybrid threats and migration as well as, for instance, relations with Russia and the future of the Eastern Partnership, dominated the joint meeting of V4 foreign affairs ministers and five Nordic and three Baltic states in Stockholm today (19 June). The delegation of the Slovak Republic was led by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The ministers stated that nowadays Europe cannot rely only on its own viability but that it is in its existential interest to also take care of the stability and security of its own neighbourhood – both at the east and south. It is high time to admit that in the EU neighbourhood there is a fight for positions with other strategic stakeholders, especially Russia, along with various external factors, including the unstable situation in eastern Ukraine and ongoing war in Syria as well as the existing war of propaganda happening at the same time. “In relation to the EU´s Eastern Partnership it is necessary to continue in building the targeted strategy we adopted in March this year, which defines twenty tangible outcomes for our partner countries by 2020. We must push for reforms that would really bring tangible benefits for citizens of these countries,” said Korčok.
The Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava opens a new accredited two-year Master's degree study programme in English.
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.
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held talks with his Swedish departmental counterpart, Margot Wallström, in Bratislava early this evening (14 May). Their bilateral meeting took place before the joint dinner of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4), three EU member states (Latvia, Romania and Sweden), the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, and the EU commissioner for neighbourhood policy and enlargement, that was organized by Minister Lajčák on behalf of the V4 presiding country on the occasion of the ministerial meeting of the V4 with the Eastern Partnership countries in Bratislava on Friday, 15 May.
Support of the further development of bilateral relations between Slovakia and Sweden, exchange of opinions with Swedish counterparts on current foreign policy issues, as well as identifying opportunities for reinforcing economic cooperation between both countries have been atop the agenda during the working visit of State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of the Slovak Republic Peter Burian to the Kingdom of Sweden (November 27-28, 2013).