Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

05/07/2021 | Press release | Archived content

Martin Klus: “The Conference on the Future of Europe is not only an initiative of Brussels or the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry. Rather, it is a pan-societal discussion[...]

7.5.2021 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia | Konferencia o budúcnosti Európy

'If the Conference on the Future of Europe is to be successful, we must evoke in its citizens an interest in European issues and engage the public in discussions on the further direction of the European Union. It is our living space, and therefore we at the diplomacy ministry would also appreciate very much the engagement of the members of the European Parliament in this project. I see the role of Slovak European MPs to be of key importance because, as democratically elected deputies, they are closest to the citizens, whose voice they represent at the European institutions. Similarly we also approached representatives of the self-governing regions, cities and municipalities of Slovakia, whom we equally consider to be important partners in bringing the Conference on the Future of Europe as close as possible to our citizens.'

This was stated by the State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, Martin Klus, on Thursday, 6 May 2021, at a working meeting with selected deputies of the European Parliament. The objective of the talks was to evaluate the mutual cooperation, but especially to have a discussion on current European topics, including the EU climate policy, the coordination of measures in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 and the Recovery Plan and the resilience of the European economies after the corona crisis.

The State Secretary of the diplomacy ministry thanked the present members of the European Parliament for the existing cooperation and at the same time used this opportunity to call for their active participation at the approaching Conference on the Future of Europe, whether in the public events under the MYSMEEÚ (WEAREEU) brand or in the more expert-focused National Convent on the EU.

'We would appreciate your active participation very much, whether in the form of your participation at expert discussions or the organization of own events or other accompanying activities. Our common task will be to bring the projects in the Conference on the Future of Europe as close as possible to our citizens,' stated the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs State Secretary, Martin Klus.

He also recalled that the Conference on the Future of Europe will officially start symbolically on Sunday, 9 May 2021, that is, on Europe Day, at the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. On the same day on this occasion an official meeting of three top constitutional officials of the Slovak Republic and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic will be held at the Bratislava Castle.

Among other topics dominating the working meeting were climate change and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of other things, the representatives of the European Parliament together with State Secretary Klus agreed on the support for the next coordinated efforts of the EU in the fight against the pandemic and the need to procure and distribute vaccines to the European Union member states more quickly.

The present members of the European Parliament agreed that there is a very good level of cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic as well as the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU in Brussels and supported the contacts as well as the regular exchange of views on the topics that they cover in the European Parliament.