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Slovakia hosts Tatra summit

SLOVAKIA is set to host a meeting of foreign affairs ministers from Visegrad Four (V4) and Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) in the High Tatras on March 12 and 13, making it one of the largest meetings as part of Slovakia’s presidency of the V4, Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák told the TASR newswire.

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák(Source: TASR)

This will be the third such session involving the V4 (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) and NB8 countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), with the first one having taken place in Gdansk, Poland, and the other in Narva, Estonia. Both meetings were productive, and Lajčák said he expects that the event in Slovakia will be similarly fruitful.

The ministers will debate current issues, among them EU’s energy security, Ukraine and issues pertaining to the Eastern Partnership policy  and the fight against terrorism. Slovak Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič has also accepted invitation to the part of debate concerning energy security.

“The format is interesting, as it puts together EU and NATO member countries that have more or less a similar size - with the exception of Poland - while all these countries are in a certain way on the eastern wing of both NATO and EU,” Lajčák said. 

Topic: European Union

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