Amritsar (4 December) – “Only a peace process led and owned by Afghans themselves can lead to a lasting peace in Afghanistan.“ This was said by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, attending the ministerial Heart of Asia conference in the Indian city of Amritsar devoted to the support and stabilization of Afghanistan on Sunday, on behalf of the European Union as the representative of the country presiding in the Council of the EU.
Bratislava (1 December) – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Slovak Republic Margarita Ganeva on the occasion of her leaving the diplomatic mission to Slovakia.
Today (30 November) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the first session of the Slovak Government Council for Compatriots´ Issues (RVKO) was held, IT WASIt was opened by the Council Chairman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, and also attended by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek and Secretary General and Deputy Chairman of the Office for the Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ) Peter Prochácka and Council members: ÚSŽZ Chairman Ján Varšo, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport Peter Krajňák, State Secretary of the Slovak Interior Ministry Rudolf Urbanovič, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Slovak Finance Ministry Dana Meager, and Director General for the International Cooperation Section of the Slovak Culture Ministry Gabriela Madrová (substituting for the Council member Ivan Sečík State Secretary of the Culture Ministry).
Minister Lajčák attended the V4 ministerial meeting with partners from the Western Balkans countries in Warsaw
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák attended the annual V4 ministerial meeting with the Western Balkans countries under the baton of the V4 Polish Presidency in Warsaw today (29 November). The meeting was also attended by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as foreign affairs ministers and deputy ministers of Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia.
Bratislava (28 November) – Slovakia and Norway signed the Memorandums of Understanding on implementing the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism in Bratislava today. The documents were signed by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák on behalf of Slovakia, and by EEA and European Affairs Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Elisabeth Vik Aspaker. This will enable Slovakia to draw the EEA and the so-called Norwegian funds in the amount of €113 million by 2021, a substantially higher sum than in the previous period. “Slovakia has traditionally led among the 16 recipient countries in the negotiations on concluding memorandums on financial mechanisms. This year we have become the second to have signed the interest to draw the funds provided by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein,” said Minister Lajčák.