Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Government Council for Expatriate Issues to be established

A new body will deal with Slovaks living abroad: the cabinet approved the establishment of a special inter-ministerial body – the Government Council for Expatriate Issues.

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák (Source: TASR)

The idea of establishing a permanent advisory and coordinating body was proposed by Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and the head of the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad, Jan Varšo. The body, approved by the cabinet at its September 21 session, was deemed necessary in order to fullfil tasks related to Slovaks living abroad, the TASR newswire wrote.  

The council will be in charge of the strategic coordination of state policy in this sphere. The government hopes to formulate synergistic measures relating to expat issues with respective central state administration authorities and other state administration bodies in this way. The council will also help to implement effectively Slovakia’s State Policy Concept in Relation to Slovaks Living Abroad until 2020.

It will be headed by the foreign affairs minister, while the state secretary will be its vice-chair and the list of its members will also include state secretaries of the foreign Affairs ministry and of the ministries of education, culture, interior and finance. The council will also have a secretary and secretariat. It will meet twice a year or when necessary.

Top stories

Quidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emerge Video

The wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.

Top stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Voters’ indifference affects regional votes - Can Slovaks be lured back from Britain? - Petit Press majority owner dies

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 20 and October 29, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

International Halloween Party

Babiš did not re-write the past

Constitutional Court decided in favour of National Memory Institute which included Andrej Babiš in its list of communist secret service confindants.

Slovak-born Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš