Lajcak: Slovakia Forms Part of Closest Circle of Talks on EU Future

Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, July 20 (TASR) – Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak discussed the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council and the future challenges of the EU with the representatives of NGOs and with EU-member state ambassadors to Slovakia on Wednesday, TASR has learnt from the ministry’s press department.

Lajcak evaluated the course of the Slovak presidency in terms of readiness and capacities. He also recalled the first specific successes that have been achieved since July 1 – the opening of key chapters in the EU accession process with Serbia, and the agreement of EU-menber states on next year’s budget, stated the ministry’s press department.

“Slovakia is at the hub of European discussions on the future of the EU. Therefore, it’s important for the ministry to become familiar with the opinions and ideas of people from different areas of society and take their views into account,” said Lajcak.

The Slovak chief of diplomacy stressed that Slovakia is intensively working on preparations for the Bratislava summit on September 16, in which presidents and prime ministers of the 27 EU-member states [without Britain] will discuss the post-Brexit future of the EU.

Diplomats were also informed about the next EU meetings within the Presidency that will take place in Slovakia. Next week Bratislava will see an informal session of EU ministers of the General Affairs Council (GAC).

In September, an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the EU Council (Gymnich) will take place in the capital.