Bratislava (26 May) – At the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on Thursday, a plenary session of the pan-societal discussion platform of the National Convent on EU was held. President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, who was visiting Slovakia with regard to the upcoming Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, also gave an address at the event. The Convent was opened on behalf of the Prime Minister by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments Peter Pellegrini. He was followed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, who emphasized the importance of the Convent as a discussion platform for representatives of the state administration, political parties and the non-governmental sector on crucial issues related to the EU.
Paris (26 May) – Objectives and priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union were on the agenda during the meeting of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris. This has been their first bilateral meeting since the French Minister took office in February and since the new Slovak Government has been formed.
Brussels (23 May) – Preventing illegal migration, continuing regional strategy for fighting terrorism and cooperation with the European Partnership countries were on the agenda of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers´ meeting at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday. For Slovakia, this regular monthly meeting was held in the run-up to the upcoming Presidency in the Council of the European Union.
Podgorica (21 May) – The highest state recognition of Montenegro was awarded by its President Filip Vujanović to Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Montenegro’s independence. A new street named after Slovakia, the Slovak Street (Slovačka ulica) was festively unveiled in the capital city of Podgorica on the same occasion.
Brussels (19 May) – The North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) has grown bigger by one new member. Foreign ministers of the 28 member countries of NATO signed the Accession Protocol for Montenegro in Brussels on Thursday. At the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, Slovakia was represented by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The agenda of the two-day meeting of ministers includes, besides Montenegro, discussions of further relations with Russia and the role of the Alliance in responding to the challenges coming from the southern neighborhood, such as illegal migration and terrorism originating within the so-called Islamic State.