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State Secretary Ivan Korčok discusses the challenges facing the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU attended the workshop of the National Convention on the European Union which took place on 26 April in the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica.

The workshop focused on the challenges facing the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the discussion, Ivan Korčok outlined the international political context of the Presidency, which will be determined not only by ongoing conflicts in the immediate vicinity of the Union and developments in the migration crisis, but also by the outcome of the Brexit referendum.

He believes that the main indicator of success is an ability of the country holding the Presidency to make progress on legislation and to communicate effectively with the other EU institutions – especially the European Commission and the European Parliament. “For the success of the Presidency, it is important to understand that for the six months during which you hold the Presidency, you become the representative of all 28 member states in the Council, and your aim is to reach a consensus of opinion. In fact, only consensus enables the Council to make progress in negotiations on individual legislative proposals,” Mr. Korčok explained.

At home, the main ambition is to build a sense of common ownership of the Slovak Presidency across the population. This idea is also being promoted through events organised by the National Convention on the EU, to be held in a number of regions this year.

“The first ever Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU in history will bring great prestige and represents a unique opportunity for Slovakia. I believe that the experience and knowledge gained during the Presidency will provide an important contribution to effective promotion of Slovak interests within the EU,” stated the State Secretary at the end of the event.

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