Public stakeholders event in Bratislava
On 29 April 2015, New Pact for Europe and Centre for European Affairs organized a public debate Is Federation an Answer to European Problems? in Bratislava.The panelists who kicked off the debate were State Secretary from the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peter Javorčík, leader of Slovak political party SIEŤ, Radoslav Procházka, Chairman of the Council for Budget Responsibility, Ivan Šramko, Janis Emmanouilidis from European Policy Centre in Brussels and Former Slovak Minister, Pavol Demeš, who chaired the session.
It was agreed that the EU faces number of internal and external pressures. Panelists underlined the issue of illegal immigration, considering the recent tragic developments in the Medditeranean, the situation in Eastern Ukraine as a test for the EU´s Eastern Partnership Policy as well as the energy policy and the internal solidarity between the member states. Moreover, they also pointed to the need of deepening the integration within the Economic and Monetary Union in order to make it more resilient against future crisis or economic downturns.
The Energy Union project was also brought forward to the discussion. Delivering secure, sustainable and affordable energy is the ultimate goal, but a lot needs to be done at the EU level. Some of the member states, including Slovakia, are fully dependent on a single supplier - Russia - therefore, as stated by Radoslav Procházka, 'it is extremely pressing issue for Slovakia'. The EU markets remain fragmented and the necessary political will is not yet present.
When it comes to Slovak position on tackling these complex web of challenges, it will be 'mirrored in programme of our EU Council Presidency', as was noted by State Secretary, Peter Javorčík. However, as he added, 'Slovakia belongs to a more ambitious wing of Member States and is ready to push for more integration in projects where the EU has enough competences'.