I. Korčok v diskusii na Trnavskej univerzite: „EÚ vnímame ako samozrejmosť, ale musíme stále pracovať na tom, aby sa pre nás nestala premárnenou príležitosťou.“
Korčok in discussion at Trnava University: “We take the EU for granted but we need to make an effort so that the EU does not become a wasted opportunity”
Another in the series of events “Slovakia engages in a discussion about the EU” took place today at Trnava University. Marek Šmid, University Rector and Béla Bugár, Deputy Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, delivered welcoming remarks to the participants.
Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, discussed with the university students issues related to the future of the EU, Slovakia’s role in the EU core, and also migration issues. “The future of the Union is closely related to how the EU is capable of dealing with the debts of the past. After the past decade of continuous crisis management we are finally reaching a point of launching a real discussion. In today’s debate, we agreed again that there is no need for a thorough reconstruction of the Union – the EU is a good project. What we need is to provide solutions that make sense for citizens and their everyday lives. Slovakia is ready to work on such solutions, also when being part of the EU core group of countries. We don’t have to be afraid of it. For Slovakia, being part of the EU core group is a natural continuation of our integration efforts,” stated Korčok.
The second part of the event focused on opinions and views of politicians, entrepreneurs, NGOs and academics. Invitations to the discussion were accepted by: Jozef Viskupič, MP and newly-elected Chairman of Trnava Region; Zuzana Gabrižová, Editor-in-Chief of the Euroactiv.sk portal; Peter Švec, Spokesperson of PSA Peugeot Citroën Slovakia; and Marek Šmid, Rector of Trnava University, who contributed to today’s discussion with remarks on the future of the EU in the context of doing business, education, and the perception of the EU by regions.
All speakers agreed that education is one of the most important tools for the process of including citizens in European matters.
The project of public events “Slovakia engages in a discussion about the EU” has been initiated by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic with the main goal to continue the nationwide debate on the future direction of the European Union and Slovakia’s place in it.