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Van Rompuy: I appreciate Slovak government's decision to participate

President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy used a visit to Bratislava on Thursday, July 7 to praise the Slovak government for its decision to meet its commitments related to the problematic situation in the eurozone and the EFSF and ESM mechanisms. Van Rompuy pointed out that the advantages from which EU countries have benefited to date now carry obligations.

President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy used a visit to Bratislava on Thursday, July 7 to praise the Slovak government for its decision to meet its commitments related to the problematic situation in the eurozone and the EFSF and ESM mechanisms. Van Rompuy pointed out that the advantages from which EU countries have benefited to date now carry obligations.

"We realise that these steps aren't easy for member states. The decisions are crucial for the future of the euro and the whole EU project, however," he said, adding that this isn't only about Greece but about maintaining financial stability throughout the eurozone.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová praised the fact that the EU has postponed decisions concerning Greece until September, the TASR newswire wrote. She said that she knows that this isn't easy for the countries that draw financial assistance or for those who are supposed to help. There is no other option, however, she added. Radičová and van Rompuy agreed that the united Europe has been a successful project. "We are still attractive. The European Union is still sexy, not just its President," joked Van Rompuy, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Sources: TASR, SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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