Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Deal with the Netherlands signed

Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák and his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in various fields during Slovakia’s six-month presidency over the EU Council.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (l) and his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajčák (r)(Source: TASR)

“Our network of representation authorities is not identical, which means that in some countries Dutch diplomats will carry out tasks linked to the presidency instead of us and that we will represent them at some levels,” Lajčák said after signing the deal on June 2, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The agreement concerns, among other things, chairing the working groups and committees of the EU Council, where the Dutch experts should help Slovakia in areas where it lacks its own professionals, such as issues linked to the sea affairs and fisheries policy. This kind of cooperation will take place only at lower levels and in close cooperation with Slovak experts. Lajčák told the press that he invited Koenders to the meeting of Slovak ambassadors to tell them what they can expect during the presidency, what tasks or requests they will have to deal with. Moreover, they were able to discuss also the political agenda and the topics which the Netherlands will leave for Slovakia during its presidency, he added.

Koenders said after the meeting that his country wants to cooperate with Slovakia closely.

“I think this is a unique opportunity, even though the current situation is not very easy for those at the helm of the EU,” the Dutch foreign minister said, as quoted by TASR.

Slovakia has already signed a similar agreement with Malta, which will take over the EU Council presidency in the first half of 2017.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: EU presidency


Top stories

Police detain another person in promissory notes case

Ex-director of private broadcaster TV Markíza, Pavol Rusko, was detained shortly after being heard.

Pavol Rusko

First 500 jobseekers start training to work in automotive jobs

Neither labour offices nor the automotive industry dare to estimate to what extent the project will be successful.

For a Decent Slovakia organise another protest for June 22

At the same time, they are suing ex-PM Robert Fico, in response to his statements made during the protest rallies in February, citing fear-mongering and defamation.

For a Decent Slovakia represenattives - L-R: Lukáš Füle, Karolína Farská, Juraj Šeliga and Veronika Bruncková - filed a suit against ex-PM Robert Fico June 15.

Construction of the longest tunnel in Slovakia gets complicated

Érsek considers delays in construction of the cross-country highway to be unacceptable.

Western portal of the Višňové tunnel