Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
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.
The current dynamics in mutual EU-NATO relations represents a big step forward and a motivation for the future. It is a logical answer to current security challenges that call for joint and coordinated actions by us all as a way of contributing to peace and security. This was said today (25 June) in Luxembourg by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and Council of Ministers of Defence on the topic of security and cooperation in the area of defence.
Discussion on security and the economic impact of US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran (JCPOA) were the main topic of today’s (28 May) meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, stated in the discussion that the most important thing now is to demonstrate that the EU remains united in the matter of JCPOA and it is of our joint concern that an agreement that restricts and controls Iran’s nuclear programme is retained. “At the same time, we support an intense dialogue with the United States on issues that are of our common interest with regard to Iran,“ said Korčok. “Surely, we must do everything in order to eliminate the impact of American sanctions on European companies.“
The working breakfast of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) devoted to Russia today (27 April) launched the one-day April NATO foreign affairs ministers´ meeting in Brussels, the last but one ministerial meeting before the July Alliance summit (11- 12 July 2018). The discussion showed that it is in the interest of all the member countries that the NATO summit in July confirms the resolve to finalize building the Forward Presence as previously agreed in Warsaw. The ministers focused on how to calibrate the Alliance policy for the years to come in the context of the absent date and agenda for a NATO-Russia Council session (held three times in 2017) and the worsening of mutual relations after the Skripal case. Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic who led the Slovakia´s delegation at the ministerial meeting, stated in his address that Russia clearly attests it does not intend to change its existing course and thus a clear change in its standpoints cannot be expected. “We can expect that Russia will continue in its assertive foreign policy. Therefore, there is no reason to change our existing policy, which is a combination of enhanced defence as well as dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council format. However, we should complete it with robust use of the tools for strategic communication. We must talk with our public more about security and defence in this context. To come back to standard relations from before 2014 it is necessary that the Russian Federation changes its behaviour, especially towards Ukraine,” said Korčok.