Parízek with ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenia on more intense dialogue between the Slovak Republic and countries of Central Asia
On 20 March 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs met with the accredited ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenia with the aim to continue an active political dialogue between the Slovak Republic and these countries of Central Asia. Parízek stated that the current meeting is a follow-up to the meeting of ministers of the V4 and Central Asian countries in Budapest, and a continuation of an interactive dialogue the aim of which is to identify potential areas of cooperation with the Central Asian region in the context of the newly-drafted EU strategy on Central Asia.
Today (20th March), the Council of the EU for General Affairs dealt with the proposal of conclusions of the EU Council meeting that will be held at the end of the week in Brussels. At the GAC meeting, the Slovak delegation was led by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. One of the key issues to be negotiated by leaders on Thursday is international trade “which, for us, is a source of growth and jobs. That is also the reason why we consider the announced action to introduce import tariffs by the US unfounded from the economic viewpoint, moreover such action is going to harm us also politically. A spiral of counter-measures is the last thing we need,” stated Korčok. Korčok also confirmed support to currently held negotiations of Commissioner Malmström in Washington on an exemption for the EU as the whole.
State Secretary Parízek: Priorities of the Slovak Presidency in the Mediterranean Contact Group result from listening to our partners
“The OSCE´s Mediterranean Partnership for Co-operation is becoming more and more important and dynamic. Its political profile is growing, as well as the scope of the tangible cooperation in all three dimensions of the OSCE,” stated Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Special Representative of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister for the Slovakia´s Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, on Monday (19 March) during the opening meeting of the Mediterranean Contact Group (MCG) under the Slovak Presidency at the OSCE premises in Vienna. He also called upon all the participating OSCE countries and partners to reinforce the mutual cooperation in an atmosphere of open dialogue.
From 19 to 23 March 2018, an evaluation mission of experts of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the aim of which is to assess the development cooperation system in the Slovak Republic, is being held in Bratislava. Since Slovakia joined the OECD/DAC in September 2013 this is to be the first comprehensive evaluation of the development cooperation system in Slovakia. The assessors from the OECD's Development Co-operation Directorate and from the OECD member countries – Finland and Iceland – were received at the Ministry by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on 19 March 2018. He informed them about the global engagement of the Slovak Republic in development cooperation, current challenges and results achieved.
Korčok at FAC in Brussels: “We appreciate reform results Ukraine has achieved in difficult conditions
The European Union confirms the invariability of its positions regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea and sends a clear signal supporting the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. It also expects from Moscow and Kiev full implementation of the Minsk agreements. This was stated today (19 March) at the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union where the Slovak delegation was led by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The opening discussion on Ukraine followed up on the working breakfast with Ukrainian Minister Pavlo Klimkin – the ministers encouraged Kiev to continue in the launched reform process. “Since the last FAC discussion in February 2018, Ukraine achieved progress in realizing several reforms: in decentralization, health care and education. The Slovak Republic appreciates these results achieved in difficult conditions that Ukraine faces due to the conflict in the eastern part of its territory. We support the Ukrainian government in its efforts to reinforce its own resilience towards the external threats in parallel with measures for political resolution of the conflict in Donbas,” stated Korčok.