State Secretary Ružička Visits Lithuania

State Secretary Ružička Visits Lithuania

2.12.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

František Ružička, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, took part in working consultations in Lithuania, on December 2, 2019.

The aim of the visit was to discuss, in deeper terms, the current European themes. 

The meeting with the Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania, Asta Skaisgirytė, focused mainly on the preparations of and the expectations from the December European Council summit, Brexit and the Single Market. The partners laid special emphasis on the strategy of carbon-neutrality by 2050 and the issue of how to fund it, including the horizontal use of means from the Just Transition Fund.

In addition to the issues related to the December European Council meeting, the talks with Albinas Zananavičius, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania focused on the topics of enlargement, strategy communication and the strengthening of societies against misinformation campaigns.

State Secretary Ružička reiterated that “the mutual Slovak-Lithuanian relations have the potential for further development in the political, economic, and cultural spheres and in many other areas. Our cooperation in the area of European topics has been very active, and we share opinions on many topics which are then easier to present jointly in Brussels.” 

The partners also discussed the current topic of climate change, where the state secretary emphasized that “Slovakia has been actively dealing with the issue, the proof of which is the process of transformation in the Upper Nitra region.”

In fulfilling our aims, Slovakia has been trying to target technological neutrality, sustainability, and the fair distribution of means.

František Ružička was also received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius. The partners talked about security policy, Slovakia’s chairmanship in the OSCE, and about the upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava.

In the context of the NATO framework, Slovakia is also one of the security guarantors for Lithuania and the Baltic region. 

Therefore, the working agenda also included a visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and the NATO Force Integration Unit, with the representative of the Slovak armed forces, Maj. Štefan Devera.