About: Slovak Presidency Archives

  • A busy week ahead for Juncker

    Social Europe & Jobs 12-09-2016

    On top of delivering his State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (14 September), the European Commission chief will this week field questions from bloggers ahead of the EU’s first 27-state post-Brexit summit. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Slovak diplomat recycles famous Chirac sentence

    Global Europe 07-09-2016

    The Slovak ambassador to Belgium told an audience today (7 September) that older EU members shouldn’t “miss the opportunity” to listen the messages of the Visegrad Group (V4) at the forthcoming Bratislava summit on the future of the EU after Brexit.

  • Visegrad group to table proposals at Bratislava summit

    Future EU 07-09-2016

    Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week's  Bratislava summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said yesterday (6 September).

  • Preparation for Rome Treaty anniversary to begin in Bratislava

    Future EU 06-09-2016

    The Bratislava summit on 16 September will launch a reflection on what needs to be done to overcome the problems the EU faces, which could result in a clearer vision to be formulated in March 2017 - the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty - the Slovak Presidency said.

  • EU army? Much ado about nothing

    Global Europe 05-09-2016

    The creation of a “European army” has appeared to some politicians as a realistic possibility, now that the UK can't obstruct such a goal. Big statements have been made at high levels, but analysts question the substance behind the rhetoric. The EURACTIV network reports.

  • Bratislava summit to focus on security

    Global Europe 02-09-2016

    The informal Bratislava summit of the 27 heads of state and government of the post-Brexit EU will focus mostly on the internal and external security, a high-level diplomat told Brussels journalist today (2 September).

  • Fico lobbies Putin for Lajcak as UN chief

    Global Europe 26-08-2016

    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (25 August), has lobbied for Russian support for his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajcak, to become the next UN Secretary-General.

  • Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

    Future EU 26-08-2016

    At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

    Future EU 19-08-2016

    European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.

  • Slovakia’s coalition partner splits, but government will stay on

    Elections 17-08-2016

    Five members of Slovakia's junior coalition party, Siet, quit the party yesterday (16 August), but they said they would continue to support the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, the faction said in a statement.nt.

  • Britain wants bespoke Brexit that deals with immigration

    Future EU 28-07-2016

    Britain wants a bespoke model for its future ties with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (28 July), adding that its exit deal must address British voters' concerns over immigration.

  • EU budget for 2017: Cohesion down, security up

    EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2016

    Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.