Hosted by František Ružička, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, an informal meeting of state secretaries for EU matters and so-called V4 sherpas – the closest advisers to prime ministers in EU matters -- took place on 23-24 September in the town of Modra. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss, in an informal milieu, further collaboration and coordination of the Visegrad countries on key European topics.
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic paid a working visit to Egypt from 22-24 September 2018. As part of the visit, he held talks with partners at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade of Egypt. The content of the meetings included mutual relations, a political focus and the course of the Slovak chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group.
As part of his working visit to the US, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, met yesterday (23 September 2018) in New Jersey with representatives of the community of Slovak compatriots living in the US that annually organize a traditional “Festival of Slovak Heritage”.
Today (21 September 2018), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, held talks with high-level OSCE representatives – Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and to the Trilateral Contact Group; Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine; and Marcel Peško, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre. It was a substantial working meeting prior to Slovakia assuming the chairmanship of the OSCE next year.
State Secretary Lukáš Parízek receives Ukrainian partner and opens Slovak-Ukrainian discussion forum
On 19 September 2018 in Bratislava, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, held negotiations with Vasyl Bodnar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The partners addressed a broad range of bilateral issues, including cooperation in areas such as trade, economy and energy. They discussed the current situation in Donbas and the annexation of Crimea and focused on Slovakia’s upcoming chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2019. The partners exchanged their views on the relationship between the European Union and Ukraine and addressed the transformation and reform processes in the context of Ukrainian ambitions to be integrated into Europe. State Secretary Parízek and Deputy Minister Bodnar opened the 4th Slovak-Ukrainian Discussion Forum that took place in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The event was co-organized by non-governmental partners – the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism“.