The eastern EU vector and Eastern Partnership, as such, are among the main policy programs of the European Union and are also one of the key foreign policy priorities of Slovakia. This was said today (22 June) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, in his address to the annual meeting of foreign ministers of members countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI), meeting in Minsk. “The CEI’s activities and the EU’s agenda are mutually complementary and enriching. At this time we urgently need to seek and find synergies to accomplish better outcomes. As neighbours, we are pre-determined to jointly build trust and to support one another in managing the challenges that we face,” stated Lajčák in his remarks, while denoting migration and terrorism as the two major challenges of this kind. He also noted that taking account of the complexity and gravity of these issues, it is more than necessary to listen to each other and engage in open dialogue.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s law-making body, in the premises of the diplomacy department today (21 June). As the minister noted in the conversation, the visit by the Speaker of the Knesset attests to the growing dynamics in mutual relations between Slovakia and Israel and the interest of both countries in developing pragmatic cooperation. “There is a lot we can learn from Israel, especially in the areas of science, research and innovative solutions. We have friendly relations, we share the same values derived from anti-fascist and democratic traditions,” stated Lajčák.
Minister Lajčák in meeting of economic diplomats: “The department’s role, as I perceive it, is coordinating, integrating and accelerating processes”
Slovakia’s economy is doing well, we have the lowest unemployment rate in our history and that presents space for our economic diplomats abroad to make use of the available potential. This was said today (21 June) by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, on the introductory day of a meeting of economic diplomats from the representation offices of the Slovak Republic abroad. The meeting is held periodically and is intended to serve for exchange of experiences and ideas of how to handle the challenges stemming from the roles of economic diplomacy.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák met with OECD Secretary-General, José Ángel Gurría, on the occasion of launching the OECD Economic Survey of the Slovak Republic 2017, in the premises of the diplomacy department on Wednesday 21 June. Minister Lajčák appreciated the role of OECD and the importance of the organization’s recommendations for shaping Slovakia’s sectorial policies: “I am pleased that the submitted OECD report reflects Slovakia’s key needs especially in the areas where we feel that we are lagging behind such as health and especially education. We are interested in further deepening our mutual cooperation, in particular in the areas that pose a strong challenge to us such as combating corruption and implementing sustainable development goals,” stated Minister Lajčák.
Relations between Slovakia and Cuba, and the European Union alike, have been experiencing a favourable period. This was said by the head of Slovak diplomacy, Miroslav Lajčák, during today’s first ever visit to Slovakia by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. “Our bilateral relations are very dynamic and the prerequisites for that have been presented by the new policy of the Cuban government and the policy of reforms that included also releasing all political prisoners and an overall change of the atmosphere in Cuba,” explained Lajčák after the meeting with his departmental counterpart. Európska únia podľa neho na túto situáciu zareagovala zrušením spoločnej európskej reštriktívnej politiky voči Havane, ktorá bola v platnosti od roku 1996. Aktuálne vzťahy nastavuje na základe novej Dohody o politickom dialógu a spolupráci, pri ktorej zohralo Slovensko významnú úlohu, keďže bola podpísaná počas slovenského predsedníctva v Rade EÚ.