State Secretary Ružička at the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU in Luxembourg

State Secretary Ružička at the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU in Luxembourg

8.4.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry František Ružička represented the Slovak Republic today (8 April 2019) at the session of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU (FAC) in Luxembourg.


The ministers discussed Afghanistan, focusing on the ongoing peace process. State Secretary Ružička stated that the “EU peace talks send a strong political signal to the Afghan government, as well as to international partners (UN, NATO, USA, CN, RU etc.), about our interest in participating in stabilizing the country and about the results of the last 18 years, especially in  human rights, the rule of law and democracy.” 

 The second topic was the Eastern Partnership, which commemorates its ten-year anniversary. The ministers agreed that it is an appropriate time not only for celebrating the anniversary but also for taking stock of what has been achieved. "It is also of special importance to present visions of this policy for the time to come. In May of this year, a joint ministerial meeting with the Eastern Partnership countries will be held in Brussels. It will be very important that we agree on a joint statement that will determine the continuation of this policy,” stated State Secretary Ružička.


The talks were wrapped up by a working lunch on the developments in Venezuela. It was an opportunity to delve into the current turbulent internal political developments in the country after the second session of the International Contact Group held in Quito, Ecuador, on 28 March.  The only real solution to the current political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is a peaceful, political and democratic one. 

The Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the peace process in Afghanistan, as well as on the Special Report of the European Court of Auditors on strengthening the capacity of the internal security forces in Mali and Niger.