State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received the new Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Karin Kneissl, in the diplomacy premises today (9 January 2018). This was her very first trip abroad in her office as a minister following the appointment of the new Austrian government. During their discussion the counterparts appreciated the quality of neighbourly relations between the countries and especially highlighted the standard of mutual economic collaboration. “I am very pleased that Minister Kneissl picked Bratislava as the goal for her first visit. I perceive this as reiteration of the fact that our countries are interconnected not just through geographical proximity but also an array of shared priorities. Austria ranks among our leading economic partners and following the Netherlands is the second major investor in SR,” emphasized Korčok.
From 1 January 2018 the Slovak Republic is becoming part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship Troika together with Italy as the incoming chair and Austria, the outgoing country chairing the largest regional security grouping in the world. Within the Troika, Slovakia will participate in the OSCE Chairmanship with a consultative role in adopting the most important decisions made by the organization, which Slovakia will eventually chair in 2019.
In response to the information published by certain media on Slovakia supposedly “considering the relocation” of the Slovak embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic underscores that the position of the Slovak Republic has been repeatedly and unequivocally made clear: we consider the two-state model the only sustainable solution to the situation on the ground, addressing the concerns of both parties – safety on the side of Israel and statehood and sovereignty on the side of the Palestinians.
Lajčák: “Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty”
The discussion on Slovakia´s priorities in sustainable development today (12 December) was jointly opened by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak government, Peter Pellegrini, and Miroslav Lajčák, UN General Assembly President and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, at the first session of the Slovak Government Council discussing the 2030 Agenda. The guest of honour was Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD and the former Prime Minister of Finland.
Korčok at the session of EU Ministers for European Affairs on key issues – PESCO, enlargement and Brexit
Preparations for the European Council ahead of the meetings in Brussels (on 14 and 15 December 2017) was the core issue discussed at the General Affairs Council (GAC) today (12 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok. In terms of the summit, he stated the following: “One of the clear political messages will be the launch of the member states´ cooperation in defence. The so-called PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence) is a tangible outcome to which we have already committed at the Bratislava summit. However, we will be able to deem it successful only when this cooperation is reflected in building tangible capacities. It is very good that the leaders will supervise the realization.”