Lajčák: “Agenda 2030 is a blueprint for a fair life in peace through removing disparities, famine and poverty”
The discussion on Slovakia´s priorities in sustainable development today (12 December) was jointly opened by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak government, Peter Pellegrini, and Miroslav Lajčák, UN General Assembly President and Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, at the first session of the Slovak Government Council discussing the 2030 Agenda. The guest of honour was Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD and the former Prime Minister of Finland.
Korčok at the session of EU Ministers for European Affairs on key issues – PESCO, enlargement and Brexit
Preparations for the European Council ahead of the meetings in Brussels (on 14 and 15 December 2017) was the core issue discussed at the General Affairs Council (GAC) today (12 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok. In terms of the summit, he stated the following: “One of the clear political messages will be the launch of the member states´ cooperation in defence. The so-called PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence) is a tangible outcome to which we have already committed at the Bratislava summit. However, we will be able to deem it successful only when this cooperation is reflected in building tangible capacities. It is very good that the leaders will supervise the realization.”
Korčok in Brussels: “Definitive status of Jerusalem can only be based on an agreement. Israel is an important partner for Slovakia, with which we want to especially develop prospective cooperation”.
The prospects of the Mideast Peace Process following US President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, as well as current developments in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iran in light of defining the form of future cooperation with these countries vis-à-vis the EU’s strategic interests in the region, were the core topics of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU today (11 December). The Slovak delegation was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok.
Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed"
The European Commission today (8 December), after 249 days and 6 rounds of talks, announced a breakthrough in the talks on the UK leaving the European Union. In the published joint report from the negotiators, the European Commission recommended that the member states agree to sufficient progress in the talks and to move to the second phase of the negotiations on the settlement of future relations. In this context, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, met with Andrew Garth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Slovak Republic.
Representatives from 57 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) met in Vienna at their 24th annual Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna on 7 and 8 December. State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Lukáš Parízek, who was the head of the delegation from Slovakia, spoke on several timely security issues such as radicalism and extremism on the rise, fighting against terrorism and cyber-attacks as well as the conflict in Ukraine. “The OSCE is an important regional organization contributing to stability and security as well as to addressing conflicts in Europe,” noted Parízek. He concurrently emphasized Slovakia’s strong support for the concept of security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). In that regard he noted that “security sector reform plays a key role in conflict prevention and post-conflict arrangements”. In his address he also expressed support for the OSCE institutions and pointed out the ongoing support from Slovakia.