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The Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Bulgaria His Excellency Mr. Mariyan Yakubotsi with a Public Lecture at Varna Free University

What are the priorities of Slovakia within the European Union Presidency and what has been achieved - these are the topics of the public lecture "The Experience of Slovakia during the EU Presidency" which His Excellency Mr. Mariyan Yakubotsi - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic in Bulgaria will deliver on 3rd November (Thursday) at 11:00 in Hall 3 of the Academic and Sports complex at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar". 



 His Excellency Mariyan Yakubotsi was born on May 9, 1970 in the town of Martin. After graduating from the Slovak Technical University and the Institute of International Relations at the Faculty of Law at the University "Comenius" in Bratislava, he began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. He was primarily engaged with the countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus. In the period 1998-2002 he was a diplomat at the embassy of Slovakia in Moscow. From 2005 to 2009 he was a deputy ambassador at the embassy in Berlin. Since April 2013 he has been an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia in Bulgaria. 




On July 1, 2016 Slovakia took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council. "The Slovak presidency comes at a time when the European Union is facing several challenges that test its stability. One of them is the immigration wave which is a test for our ability to manage our borders so that we can maintain the integrity of Schengen and find a common solution. There were terrorist attacks that reminded us that in the field of cooperation in internal security we still have reservations. We still suffer the consequences of the economic and financial crisis and our economies show low growth. And to all this we must add the outcome of the referendum in the UK, where citizens chose to leave the EU. So the EU is facing new challenges. But Slovakia intends to give the European Union new energy", said ambassador Yakubotsi.


 The Presidency of the Council rotates among the member states every six months. During this six month period, the Presidency chairs the meetings at every level in the Council, helps to ensure the continuity of the work of the EU Council. Member states that hold the Presidency, work closely in groups of three member states called "triples". This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The triple sets long-term goals and a general plan, which identifies topics and key issues to be discussed by the Council within the 18-month period. Based on this program, each of the three countries prepares their own detailed six-month program.




The presidency is responsible for guiding and stimulating the work of the EU legislation, for ensuring continuity in the implementation of the EU program, systematic legislative processes and cooperation between Member States. To that end, the Presidency must act as an honest and neutral mediator.




Within his public lecture ambassador Yakubotsi will share the experience of his country, just over a year before Bulgaria takes over the EU presidency - on January 1, 2018.

by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър