Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
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The Slovak Republic is one of five EU countries that do not host any European agency. Out of these five countries, Slovakia has been rated best in its economic performance. It has a very good geographic location...
Two EU Agencies - EMA (European Medicines Agency) and EBA (European Banking Authority), currently residing in London, are moving to new headquarters in 2019, in connection with Brexit.
The presentation material of our candidacy provides a real and positive picture of Slovakia and its Capital, Bratislava, which we offer for the future possible seat of the European Agency.
Settle in slovakia EMA (pdf; 50.38 MB)
- 13.11.2017Korčok about PESCO: “The security and defence agenda has been acquiring new dynamics one year since the Bratislava Summit”State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, alongside the Defence Minister SR, Peter Gajdoš, upon the mandate granted by the SR government, signed the notification on accession to the so-called Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence within the EU, an important initiative to further strengthen EU member states’ cooperation in defence, on behalf of the Slovak Republic, today (13 November) in Brussels. The relevant instruments were signed by 23 states. “Creating PESCO means that certain member states decided to jointly do more in cooperation in the area of security and defence. This has confirmed what we have been saying for a long time already: European integration will be faster and will go deeper in certain areas. The security and defence agenda has thus acquired new dynamics a year since the Bratislava Summit. Several ambitious initiatives have been launched and PESCO is their epicentre. This pace needs to be kept,” noted Korčok while reminding that the process is just starting through the signing of the notification.
- 13.11.2017EU’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) discusses issues of strategic communication, EU-Africa relations and cooperation in the area of defenceThe topic of strategic communication within the EU and signing of the notification on Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence dominated today’s (13 November) Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, first at the level of foreign ministers from the EU member states and later in a format extended by the defence ministers. State Secretary Ivan Korčok of the diplomacy department, who was representing the Slovak Republic at FAC, evaluated the discussion dedicated to strategic communication as a stimulating one, especially its part where the ministers delved into the opportunities to strengthen the existing capacities and long-term financing of the fight against dissemination of propaganda. “I share the feeling of urgency on the topic,” noted Korčok, “because propaganda and disinformation campaigns are a threat to the EU and undermine the values it is built on.
- 06.11.2017The Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs organized another event within the project entitled “Slovakia discusses the EU” in the auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice today (6 November). The participants were welcomed by Rector Pavol Sovák and Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization from the Government Office of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini.
- 17.10.2017The EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg today (17 October) in a session of the General Affairs Council. The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok. The goal of the meeting was preparing the session of the European Council scheduled to be held at the end of this week (19-20 October) with special emphasis on migration, security and defence, and the digital agenda as well as the Union’s approach to Turkey. The upcoming summit should reiterate the political resolve to start the permanent structured cooperation (the so-called PESCO) in the area of security and defence by the end of this year. Slovakia is now assessing the possibilities of participation in projects for development of defence capabilities and a strategic decision will be adopted by the SR government in course of November.
- 16.10.2017The nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) concluded in 2015 is the best way to prevent Iran from using its nuclear program for military purposes. This is one of the core messages of the EU Foreign Affairs Council session held in Luxembourg today (16 October), in which the Slovak Republic was represented by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok. “We are convinced that the nuclear deal with Iran attests to the importance of the efficient international cooperation. It is a matter of mutual trust. We are equally convinced that the deal will be realized. This is also attested to by the results of the latest inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Slovakia is sure that the deal, as it was made, meets its purpose and is the best agreement that could be made under the circumstances," said Korčok. Putting this agreement in doubt could halt the way to achieve similar deals with other states. “The world is nowadays, as far as nuclear weapons are concerned, in a very precarious situation. Especially with respect to putting pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), we don’t want to weaken the nuclear agreement with Iran – quite the opposite," he added.