Slovakia's Foreign Affairs Ministry is to be re-named as of September 1, 2012, following an amendment to the General Administration Act that the government approved on Thursday, May 31. From September it will be known as the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, highlighting its responsibilities for European policies.
The ministry's powers will also be enhanced, as it will co-ordinate the promotion of Slovakia's economic and trade interests and will bear responsibility for their unified presentation abroad. The ministry in its new shape will also receive powers over state policies towards Slovaks living abroad, the TASR newswire wrote. As a result, the state-funded Office for Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ) will deal with the ministry instead of the Government Office, as is currently the case. Meanwhile, criteria for selecting employees of the trade and commerce departments that have been transferred to the Foreign Ministry will no longer be set by the Economy Ministry.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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