Miroslav Lajčák Receives Former Chairwoman of the National Council of the Slovak National Minority in the Republic of Serbia
The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, received today (November 19, 2019) the former chairwoman of the National Council of the Slovak National Minority in Serbia Anna Tomanova Makanova. He acknowledged her long-term activities and support of the development of the Slovak community in the Republic of Serbia which she continues to carry out even now after completion of her term of office. “I am very happy that you are still actively engaged in the Slovak compatriot community and that you keep helping with the enhancement of relations between the Slovak community in Serbia and the Slovak Republic,” concluded Miroslav Lajčák. The key themes of the meeting were the issues concerning the current status quo of the Slovak national minority in Serbia and its prospects, including that of their institutions. The partners also touched upon the plans of Ana Tomanova Makanova for future engagement in the area of compatriot issues.
Today (November 19, 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received Luís Antonio Baldíno Carneira, at the event of the completion of his mission to Slovakia.
On Monday (18 November 2019), František Ružička, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, made a working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During the visit, he met with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok and also visited the prestigious Clingendael Institute of International Relations. They discussed issues related to the future European budget, the enlargement of the European Union and the measures to be taken to address climate change, especially the reduction of emissions.
Negotiating documents which in as soon as two weeks will be subject to the endorsement of the participants of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – this was the main reason why the permanent representatives of the OSCE participating states visited Bratislava today, November 19, 2019, together with the representatives of their foreign affairs ministries and the OSCE Secretary-General, Thomas Greminger. The Ministerial Council will meet on December 5-6, 2019 and will be the high point of the chairmanship of Slovakia this year of this biggest regional security organisation with 57 participating states. The event today was opened by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in his capacity of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
Today (November 18, 2019) in Brussels, Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic met with Josep Borrel, Vice-President Designate of the European Commission and the future High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy. The meeting was a follow up of the discussion that the two officials had at the beginning of October this year. The talks focussed on the current challenges of the EU foreign policy. With regards to the South-Eastern region of Europe, Miroslav Lajčák said that it was in the interest of the EU that the enlargement process continues in a trustworthy manner, and that there is no alternative to the full-fledged membership of those countries in the region that fulfil the necessary criteria.