REVIEW OF MAJOR EVENTS UNDER THE SLOVAK PRESIDENCY OF THE VISEGRAD GROUP, January 2019 – June 2019
V4 Expert Meeting on High Speed Rail, 8 January 2019, Bratislava
V4 Experts on High-Speed Rail discussed on 8 January in Bratislava the possibilities of the development of a high-speed railway network in Central Europe. Experts dealt with operational and technical issues necessary for a successful planning of the project. It was the first meeting of the Working Group established during the V4 Ministerial Meeting on High Speed Rail, which took place on 30 September – 1 October in High Tatras under the Slovak V4 Presidency.
Meeting of the Defence Committees of the V4 Parliaments, 22 – 23 January 2019, Bratislava
The National Council of the Slovak Republic hosted the meeting of the Defence Committees of the V4 Parliaments in January. Members of delegations discussed the role of the OCSE in preserving and restoring peace in Europe, priorities of the Slovak Chairmanship of the OSCE and illegal migration as national security challenge. Parlamentarians underlined the importance of the V4 unity and called for the restoration of the proper functioning of the Schengen area and deepening of cooperation, particularly the security dimension of cooperation. The meeting also focused on exchange of experience with regard to transposition of the European Firearms Directive into national legislation of the V4 countries and the situation in Ukraine posing a serious security concern for V4 countries.
Consultations of V4 and Russian Political Directors, 24 January 2019, Moscow
The consultations of the V4 Political Directors with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A. Grushko took place on 24 January 2019 in Moscow. The discussion focused primarily on the EU-Russia and NATO-Russia relations, conflict in Ukraine, Western Balkans and Syria. During the meeting, the V4 partners reiterated the common EU and NATO positions on these issues.
Visegrad Military Medicine Conference - VIMIMED 2019, 4 – 6 February 2019, Liptovsky Mikulas
The conference took place in Armed Forces Academy in Liptovsky Mikulas on 4 – 6 February 2019 as a part of Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Group and is hoped to become the beginning of periodical tradition for V4 military medical services. Conference was attended by about 20 participants from each country. In addition, we were pleased to welcome representatives of NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine Budapest and Multinational Medical Coordination Centre Koblenz.The conference emphasized cooperation and knowledge exchange among V4 countries covering a variety of military medicine areas. Participants had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in working groups focused to areas mentioned below.
Highlights of the conference were: