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What EU membership brings to Slovakia

Slovakia’s accession to the European Union is one of the landmark moments in its history as an independent country. Over the course of several years, we have joined the core of European integration. Membership of the European Union has brought a number of positive changes for Slovakia, though also several new challenges and obligations.

In 2004, the Slovak Republic became a fully-fledged member of the EU, concluding a process of integration that had spanned over 10 years. Slovakia’s EU membership has opened up new economic opportunities for the country whilst bringing free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The EU’s single internal market has given us the opportunity to work, run a business, travel and live in another EU Member State. At the same time, Slovakia’s exports to EU Member States have increased significantly.

Improvements were made in the areas of business opportunities, public awareness and consumer rights. Slovakia opened itself up to foreign direct investment. Fellow EU member countries now account for around 90 percent of foreign direct investment in Slovakia. In keeping with the common European rules, the Slovak body of laws also changed with Slovakia’s accession to the EU.

The joining of the Schengen Area in 2007 was another milestone in Slovakia’s EU membership. It resulted in a significant simplification of cross-border movement, since 94 percent of Slovakia’s borders are internal EU borders. Thanks to EU membership, Slovakia also participates in the Common Foreign and Security Policy, which strengthens the country’s position on the international political landscape.

A significant change came with the adoption of the euro in 2009. The common European currency enhances overall economic stability, reduces exchange costs and creates favourable conditions for long-term business decisions.

Being an EU member also brings the right to be fully engaged in the Union’s decision-making, particularly via the Council of the EU. In return, Slovakia has transferred some of its powers to the EU institutions. For instance, it has ceded some powers in trade and agricultural policies, as well as in environmental and technical standards.

Through programmes such as Comenius, Socrates and Erasmus+, Slovakia has obtained new opportunities to improve the quality of education and training for young people.

As far as the area of transport is concerned, the possibility to finance projects with EU funds is the most palpable benefit arising from EU membership. For example, a total of EUR 3.16 billion was earmarked for Slovakia from the ‘Transport’ operational programme during the 2007–2013 programming period. This concerns the construction of motorways, as well as the modernisation of railway infrastructure and the renewal of rolling stock. Ensuring that EU funds are absorbed more effectively is a central challenge facing Slovakia.

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Control of firearms: Council confirms agreement with the European Parliament
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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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Joint Statement: Ministerial Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes
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12 July 2016
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Notice: Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, at the meeting of the European Council in Brussels
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Notice: Enlargement package dominating GAC agenda
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Notice: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg
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23 June 2016
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Council conclusions on EU strategy on China
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Turkey
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EU priorities at the United Nations and the 71st UNGA
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