|Andrej Kiska (Independent, since 2014)
Robert Fico (Smer-Social Democracy, since 2012)
|Size||49,035 km2 (18,932 sq miles)|
|MEPs||13 (Joined the EU in 2004)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
By March 2020
|Presidency of the Council||January – June 2030|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||28 July 2016|
|Brexit priorities||The UK has been an important ally for Slovakia in pushing against more powers being transferred to the EU and in defending Eastern boarders from Russian aggression.
It wants to have a unified European approach to Brexit and to make it look unattractive for other countries to leave as well.
One of Slovakia’s biggest priorities in the negotiations is to ensure the rights of its citizens residing in the UK. An estimated 75,000 Slovaks currently live in the UK.
|What Mr Fico said on Brexit||17 September 2016
“V4 [Visegrad group] countries will be uncompromising.”
“Unless we feel a guarantee that these people are equal, we will veto any agreement between the EU and Britain.”
18 September 2016
“What would you say if you were in their position? Even if it is the fifth-biggest economy in the world — I understand their financial importance — this will still be very painful for the UK,” “They are bluffing. If you were in their position you would say the same. ‘It will all be fine, it will be fantastic, you will see’.”
19 January 2017
“It would be very wrong to have the EU emerge from the talks weakened and Britain strengthened,” “That would be the worst example set for each and every single country for EU, where public pressure to leave the EU might be felt.”
|Slovakia’s priorities||The Government coalition nearly collapsed in August 2017 after the Slovak National Party announced it wanted to renegotiate the coalition deal with Most-Hid Hungarian minority party and PM Fico’s Smer-Social Democracy Party. The crisis was averted when the parties agreed to amend the coalition agreement. These governing parties have a narrow 79-seat majority in Slovakia’s 150-member parliament.
This Government’s priorities are to relax budget cuts and increase transparency on public spending. It wants to mainly invest in health and education. The Government has also stepped up efforts to tackle corruption, though many are calling for more measures to be taken. Transparency International recently ranked Slovakia as the seventh most corrupt Member State.
Furthermore, the Slovak Government is heavily opposed to the EU’s refugee recolation system and has formed an alliance with other Central- and Eatern European countries (Visegrad group) to block this proposal.
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