Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
Today (18 September) František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in the meeting of the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels. As part of a packed agenda, the ministers dealt with the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, legislative priorities for next year, the issue of rule of law in Poland and Brexit issues, as well as the agenda for the October European Council meeting.The policy debate of the ministers focused on the priorities that should be primarily covered as part of the new budget framework after 2020. The proposal reflects new challenges that the EU must currently face. These are, for example, strengthening of programmes focusing on citizens’ security, protection of external borders and also issues related to migration in the countries of origin. The cohesion countries, however, notified that these ambitions cannot be pursued to the detriment of traditional policies such as the cohesion policy and common agricultural policy.
Brussels (14 September) – At an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s development segment, at which the Slovak Republic was represented by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the discussion among the development ministers was focused on the proposal of creating the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) by integrating the EU’s external policies in the relevant areas. The discussion was held in the context of the 2021-2027 EU budget negotiations. This has been the very first political discussion concerning this issue since the NDICI proposal was published on 14 June. Slovakia’s priority is the migration issue, particularly in terms of how its fundamental causes in countries of origin and transit can be resolved. An equally important issue for Slovakia is retaining the separate European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
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.
The Eastern Partnership is an EU policy that has proven itself – since 2009 it has been serving as the most relevant modernization and pro-reform EU instrument for Eastern partners. We have achieved a whole set of goals in a complicated environment. This was said today (16 July) by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. “The set of 20 specific deliverables for 2020 is a useful instrument to stimulate reform processes in the countries of the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership simply delivers concrete results. Today, however, we must start thinking beyond the horizon of 2020 and determine how we are going to strengthen its political dimension, where we see the potential to enhance dialogue and cooperation, and to define new incentives for the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
The Slovak Republic supports the fight against human traffickers and for comprehensive protection of the borders of the European Union and a solution to the primary causes of migration in their places of origin. This was said today (26 June) in Luxembourg by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the meeting of the EU General Affairs Council (GAC) during the discussion on the preparations for the European Council.