US President Bill Clinton meets with V4 state officials. Following the meeting, PM Vladimír Mečiar says that Slovakia's entry to NATO is merely a matter of time.
Mečiar signs the Partnership for Peace, a framework political document for NATO accession.
After the kidnapping of President Kováč's son earlier in the year, Slovakia is warned by a high-standing US official that it lags behind the other V4 states in terms of adhering to democratic principles and that it may be politically isolating itself.
The US administration sends a démarche to Slovakia reminding the state that respect for democracy is crucial for the country's progress in its transformation.
NATO Secretary General Javier Solana says Slovakia is still on the list of candidates for NATO entry, but appeals to the state to prove that it is a democratic country.
Foreign Minister Pavol Hamžík is told that the US expressed concern about democracy in Slovakia.
Mečiar publicly admits that Slovakia may be left out of the first wave of NATO expansion since the fall of communism.
The referendum on Slovakia's NATO entry is officially announced but is thwarted by the Mečiar government.
A NATO summit in Madrid decides that Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic will be invited to join the alliance.
PM Mikuláš Dzurinda meets with NATO and EU officials, soliciting a "good signal for Slovakia" from the NATO's April 1999 summit.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright says Slovakia is one of the best prepared NATO candidates.
The Slovak cabinet opens Slovakia's skies to the alliance in connection with NATO operations in Yugoslavia.
Slovakia is included on the list of NATO candidates.
Slovakia approves National Programme for the Preparation for NATO Membership.
Parliament approves a security strategy that includes plans related to Slovakia's future NATO membership.
NATO Secretary General George Robertson says during a visit to Bratislava that Slovakia is on the right path in reforming the army and strengthening democratic principles.
Slovakia, along with six other post-communist states, is invited to join NATO at the Prague summit of the alliance.
The ratification of accession protocols starts.
Parliament approves Slovakia's accession to NATO.
NATO expansion is approved in all member states.
March 29, 2004
Slovakia and six other post-communist states formally enter the alliance after handing in their national ratification documents to the US administration. NATO expands from 19 to 26 members.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from SITA reports
5. Apr 2004 at 0:00