Slovakia does not buy into defining an alternative to the rule of law with Hungary

Justice minister and foreign minister reject the idea that the conservative rule of law institute is a Visegrad Group project.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan KorčokForeign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok (Source: TASR)

Slovak ministers have rejected attempts to bring an alternative understanding of the rule of law within the Visegrad Group.

Speaking in reaction to a statement from Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga about the V4 deal on the so-called "Professional Network, a Junior Program", Justice Minister Mária Kolíková (Za Ľudí) and Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok (SaS nominee) said they do not see any sense in creating alternative views of the rule of law principle within the V4 that contradicts the understanding of the principle across the EU.

Related articleNew government set to put an end to any steps off the Euro-Atlantic road Read more 

They have thus distanced themselves from the rule of law institute that Hungary and Poland, two of the four partners in the Visegrad Group (V4) - a regional political grouping that has been central to Slovakia’s relations with its neighbours since the fall of the communist regime in 1989 - have announced they would set up.

Speaking to the Guardian last week, Varga said: “We need to show Europe that there might be an alternative interpretation.” She mentioned that Hungary and Poland hoped to bring other countries in the region into the initiative.

In its programme statement, the Igor Matovič government stresses Slovakia’s activities within the Visegrad Group (V4) should follow the principle of promoting Slovakia’s interests and the group’s contribution to finding solutions to common European problems.

In this case, however, Slovak Justice Minister Kolíková stressed there has not been an agreement in the V4 on creating the said initiative, and has mentioned an abuse of the V4 brand, the TASR newswire reported.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Haščák of Penta detained and accused

Dozens of police officers raided Digital Park, the headquarters of the financial group.

Jaroslav Haščák

Car industry needs to jump on the latest trends

Economy minister promises extensive support for hydrogen technologies in Slovakia.

The Hydrogen Technology Research Centre (CVVT) is to be launched at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021 in Košice to do R&D in this field.

Responsibility goes hand in hand with EU advantages, says President Čaputová

President Zuzana Čaputová spoke with Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.

President Zuzana Čaputová

Slovak economy will drop more than 6 percent this year

OECD December prognosis expects the economy to grow again next year.

National Bank of Slovakia