Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received on November 20, the honorary consuls active in the Slovak Republic. In this context he stated that he sees this type of meeting as a suitable platform for sharing information on issues of common interest. He also told the honorary consuls about his one-year mission as President of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

They also touched on the current developments in the EU including the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the “European family”. “We are in the final phase of the entire process. The negotiated wording is the best possible for both sides since it minimizes negative impacts on citizens and businessmen on both sides,” Lajčák added with regard to Brexit. As for the Slovakia’s European future, he stressed that it is in our interest to continue to be a part of the integration and value core of the EU. The head of Slovak diplomacy continued by outlining to the honorary consuls the main tasks of the Ministry in the upcoming period, among which he named Slovakia’s upcoming OSCE Chairmanship, and that of the OECD Ministerial Council, as well as our ongoing V4 Presidency.

Lajčák also emphasized that the Ministry continuously and systematically pays attention to the consular agenda by assisting our citizens abroad, with the current security situation making increased demands on foreign service in this regard.  He also added that Slovak diplomacy is preparing additional human resources for consular service in the states with a potential for new labor force coming to Slovakia in the sectors suffering from a shortage of workers.

Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic