EU presidency

News and analysis on Slovakia in the EU Council

I’ve given two years to the EU presidency scandal. I’m leaving.

Whistleblower Hlávková to Foreign Minister Lajčák: You can still tell the truth.Zuzana Hlávková5. Sep 2018, at 12:21

Whistleblower Zuzana Hlávková and her former colleague Pavol Szalai who supported her claims.

Audit authority found violations of law at Foreign Ministry

In general, Slovakia handled the EU Presidency well, assessed the Supreme Audit Office.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Feb 2018, at 1:24

The ceremonial launch of the Slovak presidency's logo.

Economic competition was not distorted during EU Council’s presidency

Despite suggestions of media reports, rules of economic competition were not distorted in Foreign Ministry’s orders during Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, the Anti-trust Office finds.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Jan 2018, at 13:48

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United we stand strong

We realise it will not be easy, but we know what we want to achieve and know we can do it, Ambassador Yordanka Chobanova writes as Bulgaria starts its first EU Council Presidency.Yordanka Chobanova5. Jan 2018, at 13:03

Yordanka Chobanova, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bratislava

Audit Office found no crime, but flaws in Slovakia’s EU Council’s presidency

NKÚ announced that there were no crimes committed by the Slovak organisers of the country’s presidency of EU Council, but added mistakes were made, including incomplete invoices, flawed accountancy and a formal…Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Dec 2017, at 13:59

Federica Mogherini and Miroslav Lajčák at their joint press conference in Bratislava, during Slovak presidency of EU Council.
Updated: 20. Jun 2017, at 23:45

UPDATED: Antimonopoly Office stops investigation of presidency orders

The Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomes the decision, but the ethics watchdog says the scrutiny lacked depth.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Jun 2017, at 13:30

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UPDATED: 27. Apr 2017, at 8:00

UPDATED: MFA did not violate laws with presidency events

The inspection of the Public Procurement Office has not revealed any flaws, despite the criticism of former ministry employees.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Apr 2017, at 14:09

the Slovak EU Council Presidency

EU parliaments to create joint group to supervise Europol activities

Its first session is planned for the autumn.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Apr 2017, at 22:34

The family photo of representatives of EU national parliaments meeting in Bratislava.

Minister Lajčák refutes accusation saying tender not legally needed

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák reacted to most recent accusation by a former ministry employee, retorting that nobody wittingly made a slip in conenction with the Slovak EU presidency.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Mar 2017, at 23:05

FAM Miroslav Lajčák

Ombudswoman: MFA violated the constitution

Transparency International Slovensko now prepares a lawsuit.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Feb 2017, at 22:59

Foreign Minister Minister Lajčák

Police will check overpriced EU presidency

The presidency will also be scrutinised by state auditors.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Feb 2017, at 13:35

The ceremonial launch of the Slovak presidency's logo.

Slovak presidency of EU did not interest Eurosceptics

Slovak Presidency of the EU Council resonated in two thirds of the population, however, it had no impact on perception of the EU.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Feb 2017, at 23:23

Slovakia's EU presidency logo

Roaming fees to end this summer

In June 2017, roaming fees within the different countries of the EU will end for calling, sending short text messages and surfing on the internet.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Feb 2017, at 14:24

EU presidency seen as a success

Slovakia’s first-ever EU presidency took place in unprecedented and turbulent times. Slovakia managed well, although some programme points remain unfulfilled.Michaela TerenzaniRadka Minarechová, 10. Jan 2017, at 14:29

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MFA published documents on presidency events on its site

But a non-affiliated MP warns that none of them disprove accusations.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Jan 2017, at 13:45

Slovakia's EU presidency logo

Over 4,500 soldiers deployed during presidency

Defence minister praises the performance of his department.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jan 2017, at 23:55

Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš after cabinet session September 28.

Foreign Ministry refuses to show presidency documents

Transparency International Slovensko accuses the ministry of “arrogant tactics of violating the law”.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jan 2017, at 13:33

Foreign Minister Minister Lajčák

Politicians comment on Slovak EU Presidency

The presidency winds up on December 31; some Slovak politicians are now summing up the past six months.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Dec 2016, at 12:30

Foreign Ministry State Secretary and Government Proxy for Slovak Council of the EU Presidency Ivan Korčok.

Javorčík proud of Presidency’s trade achievements

Malta takes over the EU presidency from January 1.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Dec 2016, at 14:03

Slovakia’s Permanent Representative to the EU Peter Javorčík

Fico: Good that EU Summit ends with “effective solidarity”

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico commented on the European Council’s conclusions about country’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Dec 2016, at 13:53

Slovak OM Robert Fico in Brussels, December 16