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Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at Review Conference on Slovak Foreign and European Policy

Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at Review Conference on Slovak Foreign and European Policy

15.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Prejavy a vystúpenia ministra | Slovensko a Európska únia

Today (15 April 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, spoke at the 19th Review Conference on Slovak Foreign and European Policy, organized by the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In his remarks, the minister evaluated developments on the global and European scene, important trends of Slovak foreign policy and internal developments.

 

Miroslav Lajčák concluded that now 30 years after the Velvet Revolution, we are experiencing a transformation of the world order defined by an increased number of new players in the international field as well as by the renewed competition among the world superpowers. Therefore, Slovakia advocates an efficient system of multilateralism based on rules, not on power. The chief of Slovak diplomacy further spoke about the European Union. In this regard, he concluded that the Union has been trying to develop its approaches to key world players in the area of foreign policy. “If the EU does not wish to be just an object but rather a builder of the world order, it clearly needs to identify its place in it,” stated the Minister in this regard and added that the current time, which is characterized by the cumulation of several things – the elections to the European Parliament and the drafting of the Multiannual Financial Framework or Brexit – creates a unique momentum for the shaping of the future of the EU.


As for the Visegrad 4, Miroslav Lajčák emphasized that even though the group is experiencing one of the more turbulent periods in its history, nobody can doubt that this regional grouping contributes to the stability of Central Europe.

 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also spoke about the priorities and goals of the Slovak chairmanship in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which our country holds in the current calendar year. In this respect, he said that the Slovak Republic has been trying to unblock dialogues and processes at the highest level, where there is a will, and also wishes to find solutions to issues at the local level, particularly for people affected by conflicts in the OSCE area.


Minister Lajčák also described Slovakia’s attitude to two priorities in the area of foreign policy - the Western Balkans and the countries of the Eastern Partnership. He also highlighted the role of the North-Atlantic Alliance as the main guarantor for the sovereignty and security of the Slovak Republic.
 

At the end of his speech, the Minister concluded that the consensus which had been characteristic for Slovak foreign policy over the past years is rather an exception these days. “It does not mean, however, that we should underestimate and give up on this asset that has greatly helped Slovakia in the past. However, if it is abused for internal political purposes it means scoring an own goal and also playing with the credibility and security of our country,” warned the chief of Slovak diplomacy.
 

 

 

 

Opening remarks of the Minister of MZVEZ SR at the Review Conference on the Slovak Foreign and European Policy 15 April 2019 in Bratislava

 

Speech by President A. Kiska

 

Speech by Prime Minister P. Pellegrini