Kiska in France Encourages for Further French-Slovak Economic Cooperation

President Andrej Kiska arriving in France for a two-day official visit (Photo by the President's Office)

Paris/Bratislava, November 22 (TASR correspondent) – Slovakia’s great advantage, which is often appreciated by foreign investors, is its quality labour, stated Slovak President Andrej Kiska at a meeting with representatives of the MEDEF (Movement of the Enterprises of France) business association on Tuesday, as part of the programme for his two-day official visit to France (November 21-22).

Kiska noted that words of praise for Slovak skills and diligence can be heard regularly at the meetings of foreign investors and representatives of multinational companies operating in Slovakia. “It’s not only the quality but also the creativity and motivation of our people that forms Slovakia’s great economic potential,” the Slovak head of state told representatives of the association that gathers French employers and represents their interests within the tripartite (government, labour and business).

Kiska also stated that he hopes that Slovakia, mainly thanks to the potential of its young people, will use the advantages offered by the European Union to the fullest. “I’ll be glad when even this meeting is inspirational and contributes to the exchange of experience and the development of French-Slovak cooperation,” he said in reference to talks with MEDEF representatives, which were attended also by Economy Minister Peter Ziga (Smer-SD) and representatives of Slovak companies, startups included.

Earlier in the day Kiska also met National Assembly President Claude Bartolone, and in the afternoon he is set to meet French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace.

Later in the day the Slovak head of state is set to pay tribute in Meudon to one of the founding figures of the Czechoslovak state in 1918, Milan Rastislav Stefanik, who served as a general in the French military and was involved in astronomical research at the local observatory between 1905-10. At the end of his visit, Kiska will visit PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Research and Innovation Centre and meet Slovak expats living in France.