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Miroslav Lajčák Meets with Advisor to the French President Macron

Miroslav Lajčák Meets with Advisor to the French President Macron

7.12.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

Today (December 7, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met in Bratislava with Clément Beaune, Advisor to the President of the Republic of France for Europe and the G20. Today’s meeting was a reflection of the strategic partnership of Slovakia and France, which has been demonstrated by the intensity and quality of the meetings of the political representatives of the two countries. The partners talked about the preparations for the upcoming December European Council meeting, particularly about the issues related to the subsequent EU budget and the climate agenda. Miroslav Lajčák and Clément Beaune agreed on the need to build a prosperous, competitive and united Europe. “We will be able to manage the current challenges only by joint effort, dialogue and cooperation,” concluded the chief Slovak diplomat in this regard.

 

The meeting also presented an opportunity to discuss the EU enlargement process in relation to the Western Balkans region. In this regard, Miroslav Lajčák supported the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. According to the minister, the EU’s political engagement towards the mentioned region should increase. “We agree that the prospective new members must be well prepared, should they wish to join the EU. The accession process must have clear and fair criteria. We wish for the EU Summit on the Western Balkans in Zagreb to be successful,” said Minister Lajčák. With Clément Beaune, he talked about the situation in Russia and Ukraine also with regard to the upcoming Normandy Four Summit in Paris (December 9, 2019).