State Secretary Lukáš Parízek receives Ukrainian partner and opens Slovak-Ukrainian discussion forum
On 19 September 2018 in Bratislava, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, held negotiations with Vasyl Bodnar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The partners addressed a broad range of bilateral issues, including cooperation in areas such as trade, economy and energy. They discussed the current situation in Donbas and the annexation of Crimea and focused on Slovakia’s upcoming chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2019. The partners exchanged their views on the relationship between the European Union and Ukraine and addressed the transformation and reform processes in the context of Ukrainian ambitions to be integrated into Europe. State Secretary Parízek and Deputy Minister Bodnar opened the 4th Slovak-Ukrainian Discussion Forum that took place in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The event was co-organized by non-governmental partners – the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism“.
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.
President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor.
Today was the closing session of the 72nd General Assembly of the UN which also marks the last day of the Presidency of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia in the UN General Assembly. Outgoing President Lajčák handed over the gavel to his successor María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador during a ceremony held on 17 September 2018.
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).
Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Željko Perović, designated Ambassador of Montenegro to the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of presentation of copies of his credentials.