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State Secretary Štucin holds consultations with Slovak State Secretary Mišík

State Secretary Marko Štucin hosted State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Peter Mišík in Ljubljana. They confirmed excellent relations between Slovenia and Slovakia, expressed great interest in further strengthening cooperation between the two countries and exchanged views on current European, regional and international affairs.

The State Secretary and his Slovak counterpart discussed various topics, including the situation in Ukraine, boosting the competitiveness of the European economy, economic governance and the mid-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework. They also touched on the future of Europe. In this context, they considered options to improve decision-making on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and talked about finding pragmatic solutions within the scope of the existing EU treaties. Their discussion also covered migration, with a focus on EU external border control, the Schengen area and the abolition of internal border checks. In this regard, State Secretary Štucin underlined the importance of a fully functioning Schengen area.

The state secretaries went on to exchange views on EU enlargement and the situation in the Western Balkans. They agreed that the EU enlargement process provides a strong incentive for the countries in the region to implement reforms. State Secretary Štucin stressed the importance of the EU maintaining the credibility of its enlargement policy as it offers a guarantee for stability in the region, which is critical given the current geopolitical instability.