Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák participated in the EU-Western Balkans conference in Sarajevo on June2, the TASR newswire was told by the Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman, Peter Stano.
According to Stano, the summit of the foreign affairs ministers was organised on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Zagreb summit which determined the pro-EU-integration orientation of the region and it was organised by Spanish Presidency of the EU. In addition to diplomatic heads from the EU countries and countries from the Balkans, representatives from Russia, Turkey, USA, NATO, the Council of Europe, OSCE and the Regional Council for Co-operation are participating in the conference.
The goal of the discussions is to evaluate the progress in EU enlargement and to confirm the determination of the EU to continue in this process and to encourage the countries of the region in their efforts to fulfil the accession criteria and to confirm their commitment to carry out the needed economic and political reforms.
Before the conference, Lajčák (until his appointment a year and a half ago was the EU’s and the UN’s senior political representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina) met his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, the new British Foreign Affairs Minister, William Hague, as well as his colleagues from the Visegrad Four countries.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Jun 2010 at 14:00