Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
The European Union appreciates the existing results of the reform efforts made by the government of Moldova and supports Moldova in its approximation to the EU. Along with this support we expect concrete results from Kishinev in the areas where changes are required – especially in the rule of law, fighting corruption and the establishment of a business environment that is favorable for developing the economy and the inflow of foreign investments. This was stated today (26 February) in the opening discussion of the February session of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels, where the Slovak Republic was represented by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
Brussels (20 February) - State Secretary Lukáš Parízek held discussions today with other EU development ministers on current challenges of the development cooperation policy, including the suitable set up of relations with development partners and adequate funding of sustainable development. The informal meeting of the development section of the EU Foreign Affairs Council paid special attention to evaluation of the review process regarding external financial instruments of the EU. The ministers emphasized that these must be linked to the political priorities of the EU, as well reflecting the need to react to political and security challenges. “The new set up of the financial instruments should effectively react to current gaps in development cooperation, such as in the area of effective connection of development with security, which creates the fundamental framework for sustainable development,” underlined State Secretary Parízek. The need for streamlining decision-making processes, as well as making them more effective and flexible resonated strongly during the meeting. The ministers also agreed that public finances cannot be the only source of funding development objectives and challenges but that it is necessary to search for other innovative forms of financing, including engagement of the private sphere.
Discussion regarding the prospects of the Mideast Peace Process was the core topic discussed in Brussels during the first session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) today (22 January), in which the Slovak Republic was represented by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign And European Ministry. Slovakia has consistently adhered to the opinion that restoring direct talks between Israel and Palestine is the best way to reach a lasting peace resolution. “Unilateral steps, coming from whatever side, are not a solution. We expect support for a real intra-Palestinian reconciliation, a constructive approach toward the peace proposals and a stop to inciting of hatred in Palestine. Also the Palestinian side must consistently consider statements that are counterproductive. The United States, as a Quartet member, remains a key stakeholder," stated Korčok during his working lunch with Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine. The Slovak Republic and the European Union remain impartial in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the EU as a Mideast Quartet member supports peace and diplomatic solution of conflicts.
Preparations for the European Council ahead of the meetings in Brussels (on 14 and 15 December 2017) was the core issue discussed at the General Affairs Council (GAC) today (12 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok. In terms of the summit, he stated the following: “One of the clear political messages will be the launch of the member states´ cooperation in defence. The so-called PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence) is a tangible outcome to which we have already committed at the Bratislava summit. However, we will be able to deem it successful only when this cooperation is reflected in building tangible capacities. It is very good that the leaders will supervise the realization.”
The prospects of the Mideast Peace Process following US President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, as well as current developments in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iran in light of defining the form of future cooperation with these countries vis-à-vis the EU’s strategic interests in the region, were the core topics of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU today (11 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok.