The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, is taking part in the summit of the Visegrad Group in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. He will also meet the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák for bilateral talks.
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, at the Visegrad Group summit
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Slovakia has invited Mr Burkhalter to attend the summit of the Visegrad Group, at which the four countries are represented by their prime ministers. Joining the Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, in Bratislava are prime ministers Ewa Kopacz (Poland), Bohuslav Sobotka (Czech Republic) and Viktor Orbán (Hungary).
The Visegrad Group was founded by Central European countries Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia in 1991 to provide an informal platform to tackle issues facing Central and Eastern Europe and to boost regional cooperation. Slovakia currently holds the presidency in the Visegrad Group. Switzerland is a member of the International Visegrad Fund through which it funds various projects in Eastern Europe.
- Speech by Mr. Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, at the Forum Switzerland–Slovakia "Growing through innovations" (“Unleashing the talent and the drive for innovation of the young generations”)
- Press release, 08 December 2014 (Political talks, innovation and regional cooperation: Swiss President Didier Burkhalter visits Slovakia)