Deputy Prime Minister Raši and State Secretary Parízek Take Part in the Inauguration Ceremony of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Today, 20 May 2019, Richard Raši, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization and Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the MZVEZ SR and Special Representative for the Slovak Chairmanship in the OSCE took part in the inauguration of the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Minister Lajčák in Estonia speaks on the Future of the EU and Expectations for the European Parliament Elections
On 17 and 18 May, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic visited the Estonian city of Tallin. Minister Lajčák congratulated his new counterpart Urmas Reinsalu on his entry into public service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. During the bilateral meeting, the partners primarily discussed issues related to the strengthening of mutual economic cooperation and current European issues. They also talked about regional security in relation to Slovakia’s current chairmanship of the OSCE. In this regard, Minister Lajčák noted the resolution of the situation in Ukraine as a priority issue of our interest. They agreed that it is necessary that the EU provides strong support to Ukraine, and that Ukraine’s transformation to a stable and prosperous country is important to both sides.
Current political issues linked to security and democracy, the key role of democracy, human rights and the rule of law when it comes to conflict resolution were the themes resonating during the 129th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe which was presided over by Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland -- the host country. The Slovak Republic was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.
The Annual Report on Slovakia’s EU Membership – the assessment and current priorities based on the European Commission Work Program – as well as evaluation of Slovakia’s foreign and European policy priorities in 2018 and their focus for 2019: these were the two core topics of the address given by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, at the 45th session of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. The addresses given by the coalition and opposition MPs attested to their keen interest in foreign policy, with the consensus in foreign policy stirring the most lively debate. “The pillars of our foreign policy are not in danger but they are being called into doubt,” stated Lajčák. As he noted, Slovakia’s NATO membership is being challenged. “However, I want to say that no other defense of our security would be cheaper than that of NATO membership. And gross lies have also been told about the defense cooperation with the USA. In no way does this cooperation endanger or raise any doubt about Slovakia’s sovereignty, nor does it create the possibility for US bases or those of anybody else in the territory of Slovakia, but rather the cooperation is built on Slovakia’s sovereignty,” highlighted Minister Lajčák.
Lajčák attends the talks of EU and Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers and a regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels
Miroslav Lajčák, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, attended the talks of the EU foreign affairs ministers and the heads of diplomacy from Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the regular session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels today (13 May 2019). The ministerial meeting was devoted to the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Eastern Partnership policy. Its objective was to assess the results achieved in the ten years of this policy. The ministers also discussed the upcoming cooperation within the Eastern Partnership. “Slovakia and the entire EU is highly interested in the Eastern Partnership region being a zone of stability and prosperity and the countries participating in this policy being able to efficiently and adequately react to internal and external challenges,” Lajčák stated. He also added that this is not possible to achieve without a consistent and rigorous implementation of social and economic reforms. He also said that the Slovak Republic is ready to share its own expertise from the transformation period.