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State Secretary Ružička in Talks with the Finnish Presidency about the Future Multiannual EU Budget

State Secretary Ružička in Talks with the Finnish Presidency about the Future Multiannual EU Budget

10.9.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia |

The talks about the EU Multiannual Financial Budget for the period of 2021-2027 have reached their culmination. Therefore, the current Finnish EU presidency organized a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of the EU member states with the aim of looking for overlapping priorities and interests of individual countries in order to give them consideration in the final proposal. Yesterday, September 9, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, František Ružička, met with the Finnish Minister of European Affairs, Tytti Tuppurainen. At the meeting, he emphasized the Slovak priorities for the future European budget and provided reasons for them: “The Slovak Republic supports the efforts of the Finnish presidency to reach an agreement about the future European budget by the end of the year. The EU must have an ambitious and also a balanced budget which will allow for adequate responses to internal and external challenges. The budget should also reflect the new and traditional policies.  For Slovakia, it will be key to acquire a sufficient financial allocation for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, while maintaining a sufficient level of flexibility for their utilisation.” The multiannual financial framework will be subject to the further negotiations of the Council for General Affairs at the level of ministers of foreign affairs, and then at the EU Summit of the Heads of State and Government.

 

In Brussels, State Secretary František Ružička also took part in a bilateral meeting, with Piotr Serafin, Head of the Cabinet of the European Council. The partners evaluated the work of the European Council over the past five years and dealt with the current themes which will affect the work of the new President of the European Council, Charles Michel. From now until the end of the year, discussions at the European level will mainly cover Brexit, EU enlargement and the future EU budget. 

 

Today, September 10, Ursula von der Leyen, Designated President of the European Commission, announced the composition of her new team and the individual portfolios of the commissioners.  Shortly thereafter, State Secretary Ružička met with the head of Ursula von der Leyen’s team, Bjoern Seibert.  “The renewed election of Maroš Šefčovič as the Vice-President of the Commission and his acquiring of the portfolio for inter-institutional relations and foresight is an appreciation of his professional work,”  said State Secretary Ružička during the meeting. In addition to the topic of the new Commission, the partners discussed the most current issues, such as Brexit and the preparations of the EU budget, which will be at the centre of attention of the new European Commission in the first days after assuming office. Mr. Seibert acknowledged the cooperation and dialogue with the Slovak Republic, and its constructive role in the process of reaching European solutions. He emphasized that the new Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Layen will, from the very beginning, make every effort to achieve the EU’s green goals and implement the commitments leading to the carbon neutrality by 2050. The EU must become the global leader in the area of modern technologies. The issue of European values and respect for the rule of law will equally be at the centre of attention.