Miroslav Lajčák Opens the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague

Miroslav Lajčák Opens the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague

11.9.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE

,,There is no government, country or a region that has a secret recipe for how to deal with the challenges of technological development. However, together we can seek answers to these questions,” said Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in his opening remarks delivered at the 27th Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF). This traditional event is taking place in Prague, from 11 to 13 September 2019. The subtitle of the event is ,,To support economic development and security in the OSCE region by means of cooperation in the energy sector, new technologies, good governance of public affairs and connectivity in the digitization era.”


The chief Slovak diplomat, his Czech counterpart Tomáš Petříček, the OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania Etjen Xhafaj delivered speeches to open the event. Experts on state administration, members of the academic community, NGOs, internationals organisations and the private sector have all come to meet in the Czech metropolis. They have been discussing how it is possible to secure sustainable development and, at the same time, efficiently protect the environment. ,,When we talk about the OSCE – the biggest security organisation in the world, it is not the economic or environmental issues that come to mind first. The fact is, however, that we are no longer living in a world where we can afford to do things on our own. To the contrary, our economies and our environment have a direct impact on our security and, in many cases, also on our fundamental rights and freedoms,” stated Minister Lajčák in his call for a more intense cooperation of the OSCE participating states.



On the side-lines of the EEF, Miroslav Lajčák met bilaterally with the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček. They talked about Czech and Slovak relations, but also about regional cooperation, the Czech presidency in the Visegrad Group, and current European issues, including Brexit.



Every year, the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum is part of the economic and environmental agenda of the organisation which Slovakia has been chairing in 2019. Since 1993, it traditionally takes place in Prague. The EEF cycle consists of three meetings in each calendar year -- in 2019, the preparatory meetings took place in Vienna and Bratislava.