Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak Ambassador to EU notes five years of success

Slovakia has used the first five years of its EU membership efficiently, Slovak Ambassador to the European Union, Maroš Šefčovič, told the TASR newswire on April 29, adding that the country enjoys a very positive and pro-European image. “I think Slovakia's story is viewed as very successful in the EU, as we're really a country that has increased the quality of life and standards of living in a short time, maybe the most from all the 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004. We're one of the first new countries to adopt the euro, so we've really joined the exclusive club of the most-developed economies within the EU and I think ... we always try to take a constructive, pro-European constructive stance,” said Šefčovič, as reported by TASR. In Šefčovič’s opinion, the accession negotiations between the EU and Slovakia were very difficult, as Slovakia had to catch up with countries that had started their negotiations earlier.

Slovakia has used the first five years of its EU membership efficiently, Slovak Ambassador to the European Union, Maroš Šefčovič, told the TASR newswire on April 29, adding that the country enjoys a very positive and pro-European image.

“I think Slovakia's story is viewed as very successful in the EU, as we're really a country that has increased the quality of life and standards of living in a short time, maybe the most from all the 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004. We're one of the first new countries to adopt the euro, so we've really joined the exclusive club of the most-developed economies within the EU and I think ... we always try to take a constructive, pro-European constructive stance,” said Šefčovič, as reported by TASR.

In Šefčovič’s opinion, the accession negotiations between the EU and Slovakia were very difficult, as Slovakia had to catch up with countries that had started their negotiations earlier.

Slovakia is remarkably disciplined in adopting EU legislative and its implementation in the Slovak law, Šefčovič said. He also pointed to Slovakia's ability to define its strategic priorities and its purposefulness in fulfilling them. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

25 years on, most Czechs and Slovaks still oppose their breakup

More than two thirds of Czechs and Slovaks still believe there should have been a referendum on the division of their common state in 1992.

Vladimír Mečiar (L) and Václav Havel discuss the division of Czechoslovakia in 1992. There was no referendum to support the decision.

No new nuclear power plant planned

The state postpones the construction of a new utility in Jaslovské Bohunice, claiming there is no need for it.

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Skyline over Jaslovské Bohunice is changing

The four cooling towers are expected to be removed until the end of 2018.

State in mid-December 2017