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Slovakia aims to operate the most cost-effective Presidency of the Visegrad Group countries. The total expenditure incurred over the course of the four and a half years of preparation and the six months of the Presidency itself should not exceed EUR 70 million.

Slovakia receives more than EUR 1.67 billion annually from the EU budget, and only once in the fourteen years of its membership it pays back a very small fraction of this amount to the Union, in the form of preparation and exercise of the Presidency. The expenditure on the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union is strictly linked to the preparation and exercise of the demanding duties arising from the Presidency.  

The most significant item of the total planned budget of EUR 70 million covers the cost of human resources, i.e. experts, diplomats, and staff responsible for the preparation and actual exercise of the Presidency. This is also connected with spending on education and training.

The central government bodies and other government entities, both in Slovakia and abroad, have hired additional staff in connection with the Presidency. Altogether, 374 staff members are financed from the Presidency budget. In terms of the preparation and exercise of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has temporarily recruited 76 new employees. They have been employed on fixed-term contracts, usually until the end of the Presidency.

In addition, the budget covers logistics and security, cultural and social presentation, and expenditure on administrative and technical support.

A significant proportion of the funds will be spent in Slovakia, since performances, services and goods are purchased mainly in Slovakia, from Slovak providers, suppliers, producers and artists. At the same time, the Presidency supports activities of Slovak non-governmental organisations and schools.

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3 November 2016
Joint debate on research and innovation in the Danube region
This morning, within the framework of the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (Danube Strategy), ministers and their representatives responsible for research and innovation, together with the European Commission, met to discuss how to coordinate investment activities in the field of research and how to prevent the brain drain from the region.
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28 October 2016
EU-Canada trade agreement: Council adopts decision to sign CETA
Brussels (28 October) - On 28 October, the Council adopted by written procedure a package of decisions on the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada (CETA), including:
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27 October 2016
'Bratislava Agenda' – a new impetus for European industry
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26 October 2016
EU 2017 budget: Council cannot accept EP amendments
Brussels (26 October) - On 26 October 2016, the Council informed the European Parliament that it cannot accept all its amendments for the 2017 EU budget, adopted the same day.
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23 August 2016
Joint Statement: Ministerial Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes
(Bratislava, 23 August 2016)
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12 July 2016
Speech by Foreign Minister M. Lajčák at the EP Committee AFET
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12 July 2016
Speech by Finance Minister P. Kažimír at the conference "Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme"
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6 July 2016
Speech by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in the European Parliament
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7 October 2016
2 climate weeks: „small step for humanity, giant leap for Slovak Presidency“
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19 October 2016
Notice: Prime Minister Robert Fico to attend a summit of EU leaders in Brussels
The Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, together with the Slovak Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and the Family, Ján Richter, will attend the Tripartite Social Summit and a regular session of the European Council in Brussels on 19-21 October 2016. On this occasion, Mr Fico will meet the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the leaders of fellow EU member states.
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17 October 2016
Notice: Slovak PM Robert Fico and Social Minister Ján Richter to participate in a Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels
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16 October 2016
Notice: EU trade ministers meet to discuss CETA between the EU and Canada
On Tuesday 18 October, Slovak Minister of Economy Peter Žiga will chair the trade segment of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC Trade) in Luxembourg. The extraordinary meeting was called by the Presidency to discuss the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada (CETA).
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16 October 2016
Notice: First ever Eastern Partnership meeting on climate and environment
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23 June 2016
Presidency glossary
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23 June 2016
Slovak Presidency Website eu2016.sk
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22 June 2016
Accreditation and registration
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5 May 2016
Presidency in Figures
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Venezuela
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on EU strategy on China
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Turkey
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19 July 2016
EU priorities at the United Nations and the 71st UNGA
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