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Minister Miroslav Lajčák with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov.

26 January

Azerbaijan is a constructive partner in addressing the EU’s energy security

Bilateral issues and regional relations dominated today’s (26 January) discussions between Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The partners agreed that there is untapped potential for cooperation between the countries, with possibilities especially in the economic and investment areas. They identified prospective areas as primarily energy, construction, building infrastructure, agriculture, information technologies and tourism with an emphasis on the spa industry.

Minister Miroslav Lajčák during lunch with ambassadors of Arab States.

22 January

Slovakia has no problem with Islam, it is extremism and intolerance that has to be fought

“Slovakia is prepared to get actively involved in resolving problems related to religious extremism and terrorism that are hiding behind Islam,” said Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at a meeting with ambassadors of Arab states with residence in Bratislava today (22 January 2015). Against the background of the recent tragic events in Paris and averted attacks in Belgium, they jointly discussed issues of political Islam, radicalism and misusing Islam by terrorists.

Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Secretary of State Peter Javorčík during a press conference to SKPRES.

22 January

A unique opportunity to be “drawn into” history and design a logo for Slovak presidency of EU Council

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic is offering a unique opportunity to the public to be drawn into the history of Slovakia and the EU to design the logo for the first Slovak presidency of the EU Council, which will represent the country before 500 million citizens of the European Union. The call for submitting the designs was announced today (22 January 2015) by Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. “We want our domestic public to be an active and direct participant in our presidency,” stated Minister Lajčák, adding that the competition is open to both the professional and lay public. Designs must be submitted by 16 March 2015 and the terms and conditions are available on the Ministry’s website.

Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Vice-President of the Republic of Croatia Parliament Nenad Stazić during welcome.

21 January

Minister Lajčák: “There is more joining us with Croatia than just our holiday tourists at the Adriatic”

Slovak diplomacy has watched internal political developments in Croatia with interest as well as the campaign before the presidential election that was won by Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. Croatia, as the newest EU member state and at the same time part of former Yugoslavia, has a unique position and the potential to influence the internal societal processes of the entire region in favour of European prospects. This is what was discussed today (21 January 2015) during the meeting between Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and Nenad Stazić, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, who is visiting Slovakia.

Minister Miroslav Lajčák at the FAC Meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

19 January

FAC: Talks of foreign affairs ministers focus on topic of EU relations with the Russian Federation

The future direction of relations with Russia, combatting terrorism and the situation in the Arab world were topics of discussions of foreign affairs ministers of member states of the European Union at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (19 January 2015). “We were discussing what policy to adopt in the EU in relation to Russia if the situation changes,” said Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, after the meeting.

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, with his counterpart Borg Brende

15 January

Slovakia-Norway: Establishing relationships via students, innovation and research

“Slovakia is interested in intensifying economic cooperation with Norway especially in research and innovation and also continue the very-well launched cooperation between our universities,” said Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during his visit to Oslo (14-15 January 2015) where he held talks with his counterpart Børg Brende and Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs.

Minister Lajčák discusses Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council with political leaders.

12 January

Minister Lajčák discusses Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council with political leaders

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, today (12 January 2015) held a meeting with the leaders of Slovakia’s political parties to jointly discuss the Slovak presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2016.

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    27.1.2015 | Aktivity ministerstva

    Statement of MFEA SR on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz–Birkenau

    Today (27 January) the world remembers the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz–Birkenau that was the site of the deaths of the largest number of victims of Jewish origin during World War II. In addition, thousands more persons of Roma ethnicity, persons with physical disabilities and persons belonging to various other vulnerable groups perished in the camp.

  • Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Secretary of State Peter Javorčík during a press conference to SKPRES.

    26.1.2015 | Aktivity ministerstva | Predsedníctvo SR v Rade EÚ

    Opportunities for sponsors to support Slovakia’s Presidency of Council of EU and be seen by half a billion consumers

    Businesses and firms have a unique opportunity to present themselves to the Slovak and European public if they decide to participate in sponsoring the first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They can get involved by responding to the call addressed to potential sponsors of the presidency announced by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The purpose of the call for submission of preliminary sponsoring bids is to conduct a market survey to help the ministry identify specific sponsors and areas.

  • Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Ambassador to Moldova Andrei Popov during welcome.

    26.1.2015 | Aktivity ministra

    Slovakia-Moldova: Strong support on way to reforms

    Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today (26 January) in Bratislava Andrei Popov, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova for the Slovak Republic, based in Vienna. Their discussion focused on timely issues of Slovak-Moldovan relations as well as the internal political situation in Moldova and the European ambitions of the country.