Slovakia and France to Deepen Cooperation in Field of Cyber Threats

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, October 26 (TASR) – Slovakia wants to be a responsible partner for the European Union (EU) and wants all its activities to contribute to cementing the unity, strength and self-defence of the Union, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) said following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is paying an official visit to Slovakia on Friday.

Pellegrini assured Macron that Slovakia will always be on France’s side in this. The two officials discussed the issues concerning deeper integration within the eurozone, as well as cyber threats and defence projects.

In connection with cyber threats and the recent cyberattack on the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, Pellegrini and Macron agreed to deepen cooperation in this field. “Slovak and French experts will meet soon to analyse the things that happened in the two countries and seek ways to avoid them in the future,” said Pellegrini.

During his meeting with Pellegrini, the French president also spoke about two threats that the EU is currently facing – division and fatigue. “Although many people convince us that the EU is too structured, our common work shows we are able to overcome these divisions,” stated Macron. Concerning fatigue, the French head of state said that Europe is a matter of course for its citizens, we have peace here since time out of mind, which is a challenge for those who want to destroy Europe.