Results achieved by the Slovak Presidency to date
In its first month, the Slovak Presidency recorded two major achievements at Council of the EU meetings in Brussels: agreement of the member states on next year’s EU budget, and the opening of two chapters in the accession negotiations with Serbia.
Budget and Serbia
The member states agreed on a Presidency compromise proposal on next year’s EU budget in record time – just 18 days after the Commission submitted its proposal. The Slovak Presidency’s chief negotiator on the EU budget, Vazil Hudák, said that the proposal offers "the appropriate means to stimulate growth, help creating jobs, reinforce security inside and outside the EU and tackle the migration crisis". In autumn, the Slovak Presidency will start to negotiate the draft budget with the European Parliament.
Another important achievement by the Slovak Presidency is the opening of two negotiating chapters in the accession negotiations with Serbia. One of the Presidency's priorities is to strengthen the credibility of the enlargement process. During the intergovernmental conference led by the Slovak Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, the EU opened two important and challenging chapters. The first of those chapters covers the judiciary and fundamental rights, while the second focuses on justice, freedom and security.
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Bratislava Declaration on Young Researchers
After an informal meeting of the ministers responsible for competitiveness, the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers was officially presented in Bratislava. In November, the declaration will be submitted for discussion by the Council of the EU in Brussels. The declaration presents a summary of ambitions, problems and solutions in the field of research at all levels – from secondary schools to postgraduate posts. For example, it proposes introducing individual grants for researchers on the basis of their ideas for innovation, and talks of the possibility of mobility between the private and public sectors.