Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Korčok talks priorities of Slovak presidency at EESC

Slovakia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU wants to focus on two key principles: arriving at specific results with a positive impact on the lives of EU citizens and preventing further fragmentation of the EU.

Ivan Korčok, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU in Brussels (L) and Miroslav Lajčák, Foreign Affairs Minister.(Source: SITA)

Ministry State Secretary and Government Proxy for Slovak Council of the EU Presidency Ivan Korčok on July 13 presented the programme priorities of the Slovak presidency at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, the Slovak Foreign Ministry informed the TASR newswire.

The priorities concentrate on four areas: an economically strong Europe, the single internal market, sustainable migration and asylum policies and a globally committed European Union. “Focusing on areas in which there is an agreement between member states and in which there is a possibility to make progress, is our motto,” Korčok said for TASR. “Today, we’re all facing challenges as to how to communicate the benefits of the EU more understandably and how to restore citizens’ trust in the EU.”

Korčok added he was convinced that cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee – a bridge between the EU institutions and civil society – will help fulfil this aim.

The EESC is a consultative body of the EU and as an advisory body adopts, on average, 170 advisory documents and opinions on current EU issues annually. The EESC members feature representatives of employers, employees (trade unions) and representatives of various other interests. The committee dates back to 1959 and has 353 members.

Topic: EU presidency


Top stories

Slovakia responds cautiously to possible EC-Gazprom deal

EC says commitments by Gazprom would improve trade in Russian gas in Europe.

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference regarding Gazprom at EU headquarters in Brussels on March 13.

Verdict reached on attacker in the case of the neo-Nazi attack on the Mariatchi bar Video

This is the third sentence concerning the attacks in front of the bar, but the main trial still waits for expert opinion.

Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between March 24 and Apr 2, including concerts, ballet, dance, comedy show, meeting, courses, festivals, exhibitions and more.

Hostages to fortune

Britain will trigger Article 50 to leave the EU on 29 March. She and her EU partners could, and should, guarantee the rights of their citizens living abroad – including tens of thousands of Slovaks in the UK. That…

Theresa May announced Brexit will start on March 29.