Ivan Korčok in Brussels: “The Eastern Partnership has results, it is time to begin thinking beyond 2020 and determine what is next for these countries”
The Eastern Partnership is an EU policy that has proven itself – since 2009 it has been serving as the most relevant modernization and pro-reform EU instrument for Eastern partners. We have achieved a whole set of goals in a complicated environment. This was said today (16 July) by Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, during the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. “The set of 20 specific deliverables for 2020 is a useful instrument to stimulate reform processes in the countries of the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership simply delivers concrete results. Today, however, we must start thinking beyond the horizon of 2020 and determine how we are going to strengthen its political dimension, where we see the potential to enhance dialogue and cooperation, and to define new incentives for the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Today (13 July), at the UN General Assembly, its member states endorsed the final text of the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Legal Migration. It is a result of an almost two years of thematic discussions and consultations among the UN member states with the ambition to cover all aspects of the migration phenomenon and represents the first ever document prepared by the UN on this issue. The process of consultations on the global compact on migration was complicated; the representatives of the member states and regional groupings presented different attitudes on the topic of migration; therefore the final document that will be formally adopted in Morocco in December this year at an intergovernmental conference is a compromise and represents the common denominator of interests of all participating states.
State Secretary Ivan Korčok at NATO Summit in Brussels: “When safeguarding our security there is no better and cheaper alternative for Slovakia than NATO”
“The Slovak Republic has been investing into modernisation of its armed forces, increasing its readiness and serviceability and in this way also fulfilling the goals that we are jointly setting for ourselves in NATO. When safeguarding our security there is no better and cheaper alternative for Slovakia than NATO”, stated Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs during the summit of leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance countries that took place on 11-12 July 2018 in Brussels.
Statement of Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on Slovakia assuming the presidency of Visegrad Group
As of 1 July 2018, the Slovak Republic assumes its fifth presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4). The duration of the presidency is one year (until 30 June 2019); the Slovak Republic is assuming the presidency after Hungary and will pass it on to the Czech Republic in one year’s time.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the results of the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties (CSP) to the Chemical Weapons Convention that was held in the Hague on 26-27 June 2018. In their final decision the Conference adopted a milestone commitment to strengthen the mandate and capabilities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to deal with the threats related to the use of a chemical weapon. The adopted decision will contribute to a more efficient implementation of this Convention and adoption of necessary measures leading to the identifying of individuals suspected of using chemical weapons. In this regard the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs appreciates the highly professional and independent work of the OPCW Technical Secretariat and its expertise.