Malta–Slovakia relations

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Malta-Slovakia relations
Map indicating locations of Malta and Slovakia

Malta

Slovakia

Malta–Slovakia relations are foreign relations between Malta and the Slovakia. Malta is represented in Slovakia through a non resident ambassador based in Valletta (in the Foreign Ministry). Slovakia is represented in Malta through its embassy in Rome (Italy) and an honorary consulate in Valletta. Both countries are full members of the European Union and both are fully within the Eurozone.

History[edit]

The Slovak Republic has excellent bilateral relations with Malta, both in political and economic spheres, partly due to Malta’s backing of the Slovak Republic to join the eurozone.[1] In 2000, Maltese Prime Minister Edward Fenech Adami also told Slovak President Rudolf Schuster in Bratislava that Malta supported Slovakia in its efforts to join NATO and the European Union.[2] Since both countries' entries to the European Union, officials have also made efforts to strengthen relations based on tourism.[3]

Bilateral agreements[edit]

As of 2008, Slovakia and Malta had six bilateral agreements spelling out cooperation in the avoidance of double taxation, air services, health care, combating crime, visa abolition, and investment.[4]

In September 2009, Malta and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding setting the framework within which authorities from the two countries will identify, screen and facilitate the process of adoption of Slovak children by couples in Malta.[5]

Official visits[edit]

In 2001 Slovak prime minister Mikuláš Dzurinda visited Malta at the invitation of Maltese premier Edward Fenech Adami, and negotiated the integration of both countries into the European Union and the economic cooperation between Malta and Slovakia.[6] Also in 2001, President of Malta Guido de Marco made a two-day official visit to Slovakia and met with Slovak President Rudolf Schuster. They agreed to widen cooperation in food and wood processing industries along with tourism.[7] In 2008 Slovak agency SARIA signed with Malta Enterprise a treaty of reciprocal assistance related to third world countries.[8] Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico visited Maltese capital Valletta in 2008.[9]

Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Dusan Caplovic visited Malta in October 2008 and had a meeting with Foreign Minister Tonio Borg. Dr. Borg described Maltese/Slovak relations as excellent. The Foreign Ministers discussed EU matters, notably the Lisbon Treaty, bilateral relations, illegal immigration, climate change and energy security issues.[10]

Dr. Borg and the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajcak, met in October 2009. Dr. Borg said that Slovakia is committed to help Malta to share its burden on illegal immigration and the Slovak Government announced that it will be taking a number of illegal immigrants from Malta.[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malta and Slovakia to strengthen bilateral political and economic relations". The Malta Independent. December 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Slovak president, Maltese premier discuss cooperation, EU, NATO bid". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2000-05-17. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Improving ties with Slovakia". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Malta-Slovakia discuss cooperation". Times of Malta. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Agreement on adoptions signed". Times of Malta. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Informácia o priebehu a výsledkoch oficiálnej návštevy predsedu vlády SR Mikuláša Dzurindu na Malte v dňoch 18. - 19. júna 2001". Úrad vlády Slovenskej republiky (Slovak Government). Retrieved 2009-05-11.  (Slovak)
  7. ^ "Slovak, Maltese presidents agree on need to encourage mutual trade". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2001-03-27. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Príhovor podpredsedu vlády SR počas spoločenského podniku pri príležitosti štátneho sviatku SR a 40. výročia nadviazania diplomatických stykov medzi SR a Maltou vo Vallette.". Úrad vlády SR (Slovak Government) (Slovak). Retrieved 2009-05-11.  (Slovak)
  9. ^ "Fico na Malte rokuje s premiérom o skúsenostiach s eurom a obchode". Hospodárske noviny online. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  (Slovak)
  10. ^ "Malta-Slovakia discuss cooperation". Times of Malta. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Slovakia will also be taking illegal immigrants from Malta". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Slovakia to take". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  13. ^ "Slovakia may help Malta in resettlement of migrants". Times of Malta. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 

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