Kiska: It’s Politicians’ Task to Bring Young People Back to Slovakia

Slovak President Andrej Kiska (stock photo by TASR)

Bucharest, October 11 (TASR corespondent) – Many talented young people are leaving Romania and Slovakia to work abroad, stated Slovak President Andrej Kiska during his two-day official visit to Romania that started on Monday (October 10), TASR learnt on Tuesday.

According to Kiska, more than two million people have already left Romania, and many talented people have been among them.

“This is happening to us as well. Young and competent people are fleeing Slovakia, and it’s our job as politicians to think about how to bring them back,” said the Slovak president. According to him, one of the solutions is to bring successful companies to Slovakia for which young people would like to work. Another possibility is to create suitable conditions for start-ups and innovations so that new companies could be set up in Slovakia that would attract young people and convince them to stay.

Kiska noted that Slovakia and Romania have a lot in common in terms of the economy. For example, both countries are economically very successful, they both have a strong orientation towards the automotive industry, and the development of both countries depends on the size of the technically educated labour force.

“However, there’s a fundamental difference – in fighting corruption,” stressed the Slovak head of state, who added that Romania has begun vigorous anti-corruption action against thousands of state officials, including top politicians, with 80 percent of the accused convicted.

According to Kiska, regarding economic developments and the arrival of foreign investments, it’s extremely important for the country to know how to fight corruption and enforce the law.

“This is one of the most important conditions for every single investor. So, when we speak about development and about Slovakia’s future in terms of the economy, we must also speak about fighting corruption and enforcing the law,” said the Slovak president.

According to Economy Minister Peter Ziga (Smer-SD), who is accompanying Kiska on his working visit, Romania is among Slovakia’s ten most important trading partners. He sees an opportunity to develop economic cooperation between the countries further; for example, in the automotive, electrical engineering and engineering industries.

Earlier in the day Kiska took part in opening a Slovak-Romanian economic forum, visited the paediatric oncology department of Clinical Institute Fundeni and held talks with Romanian Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Chamber of Deputies Chairman Florin Iordache. Later in the day Kiska will pay a visit to a Slovak community that has been living in Romania for more than 200 years.