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Unique Slovakia

Unique castles, caves, hot springs, folk architecture, the European equivalent of the Dead Sea, a famous Celtic town, European wildlife and much more. Discover Slovakia’s unparalleled tourist attractions that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

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UNESCO sites

Explore the hidden corners of primeval forests, unique realms beneath the earth’s surface, historic towns or impressive folk art artefacts. Breathtaking natural wonders together with fascinating architecture make Slovakia an attractive destination.

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History and economy

Even though Slovakia is a young country, established only on 1 January 1993 after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, it has a very long and diverse history.

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Language

Through language we learn about its speakers, about their perception of the world, their country and culture, customs or possibly even bad habits. Thus the Slovak language can also work as a shortcut to Slovaks. So what is Slovak like?

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Natural sights

Over 40 percent of Slovakia is covered by woodland, giving the country one of the largest forest areas in Europe. In Slovakia you can find hills, mountains, and parks, as well as bodies of water such as lakes or rivers which forge their way through rocks to create unique landscapes that you will love. Embark on a journey across Slovakia and discover its natural wonders.

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Regions

Despite its small size, Slovakia is an incredibly diverse country. Nature, people and especially its historical development have gradually brought about a division of the territory into regions. The best known regions include Liptov, Spiš and Orava. However, unique untouched nature together with remarkable traditions, culinary specialities and culture can be also found in the Gemer or Horehronie regions. Today, Slovakia is divided into eight administrative regions:

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Cuisine

Are you hungry or thirsty? In Slovakia, you will not only find high-quality gastronomy with traditional dishes, but also modern cuisine with European influences. Regional dishes are as colourful as the Slovak countryside itself.

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Latest news

20 December 2016
European Union Agency for Asylum: Council ready to start negotiations with Parliament
Brussels (20 December) - The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) endorsed, on behalf of the Council a mandate for negotiations on the regulation on the European Union Agency for Asylum. On the basis of this mandate, the presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament.
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20 December 2016
Capital markets union: Council confirms deal on prospectus rules
Brussels (20 December) - The Permanent Representatives Committee approved, on behalf of the Council, an agreement with the European Parliament on prospectuses for the issuing and offering of securities.
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20 December 2016
Money laundering and terrorist financing: Council agrees its negotiating stance
Brussels (20 December) - The Council has agreed its negotiating stance on strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The Permanent Representatives Committee, on behalf of the Council, asked the incoming presidency to start talks with the European Parliament.
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20 December 2016
Control of firearms: Council confirms agreement with the European Parliament
Brussels (20 December) - The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the agreement reached with the European Parliament on the proposal for a directive on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, which reviews and completes existing directive 91/477/EEC.
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25 November 2016
Violence against women - simply unacceptable!
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights in the world and one of the least prosecuted crimes in the world.
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9 November 2016
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the adoption of the 2016 Enlargement Package
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the adoption of the European Commission’s 2016 Enlargement Package, which contains assessment reports concerning the individual candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership. We recognise the fact that this year’s package is centred around an assessment of the implementation of last year’s strategy, while also taking stock of trends in the region in key areas such as the rule of law, fundamental rights, migration, the functioning of public authorities, economy and regional cooperation. The reporting methodology introduced last year was expanded to cover additional areas. This has facilitated a better assessment of the overall progress made over the past year, as well as mutual comparisons between the individual applicants.
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23 August 2016
Joint Statement: Ministerial Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes
(Bratislava, 23 August 2016)
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12 July 2016
Speech by Foreign Minister M. Lajčák at the EP Committee AFET
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7 October 2016
2 climate weeks: „small step for humanity, giant leap for Slovak Presidency“
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16 December 2016
Notice: Last Council under the Slovak Presidency dealing with the revision of the emission trading system
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14 December 2016
Notice: Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, at the meeting of the European Council in Brussels
The Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, will attend the regular meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 15 December 2016. On this occasion, Mr Fico will meet with the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and fellow leaders of the EU member states.
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12 December 2016
Notice: Enlargement package dominating GAC agenda
On Tuesday 13 December, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák will chair the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels.
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12 December 2016
Notice: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg
On Tuesday 13 December 2016 the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, will travel to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament, to mark the end of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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23 June 2016
Presidency glossary
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23 June 2016
Slovak Presidency Website eu2016.sk
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22 June 2016
Accreditation and registration
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5 May 2016
Presidency in Figures
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Venezuela
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on EU strategy on China
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Turkey
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19 July 2016
EU priorities at the United Nations and the 71st UNGA
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