Jan Voderadsky, Ambassador of Slovakia

Successful Slovakia in the European Union


In assessing the 6-year-old membership of the Slovak Republic in the EU it is essential to consider that by joining the European Union on 1 May 2004 (as well as by entry into NATO a few weeks before) our country irreversibly resolved the strategic question of its direction. By accepting the values of the Euro-Atlantic space and its most powerful communities, the Slovak Republic firmly anchored in its natural socio-political environment.

The development confirmed the correctness of these integration decisions, not only due to the obvious advantages and privileges of the membership in both groups of integration, which inherently include a common economic space and single market, free movement of persons, the guarantee of collective defense, but perhaps even more in terms of positive changes in social climate, better feeling of self-reliance and increased self-confidence of the society. A guarantee of security and stability for the internal development is a strong asset, by means of which something positive can be created. Therefore, the balance of this 6-year period is clearly positive.

A positive synergic effect of EU membership and in-depth structural reforms that the Slovak government implemented (specifically a flat income tax of physical and legal entities of 19% as well as 19% VAT rate) was also reflected in the dynamic growth of GDP of our country. During the period of 2005-2008 it constantly exceeded the amount of 6.0%. A specific reference to the year 2007 should be made as Slovakia's GDP that year reached 10.4%, while in the fourth quarter of 2007 it reached 14.3%, an unprecedented figure within the EU.

Recession, which resulted in global financial and economic crisis in 2008, naturally weakened the development potential of the Slovak economy, as well. Thus Slovakia after years of high economic growth experienced a decrease in GDP by 4.7% in 2009. Last year was the most difficult in the modern history of our economy. However, thanks to the effective anti-crisis measures implemented by the Slovak Government, Slovakia has experienced significant improvement in the last quarter of 2009. The trend of gradual economic recovery should be more evident in 2010 when positive GDP growth in the range of 2-3%, which is 1-2% higher than the average growth in the Eurozone, is expected.

Slovakia's foreign trade reached a surplus of 1.3 billion Euros in the last year, despite the negative impact of the global crisis on the heavily export-oriented economy of our country. The automobile and electronics industries played a significant role in the development of this macroeconomic indicator. Few people know that Slovakia could be, without exaggeration, called "Detroit of Central Europe". Our country in 2007-2008 took the baton as a world leader in the production of cars per capita. The automobile production in Slovakia should reach 850,000 to 900,000 cars per year in 2010, which is a truly impressive number for a country of 5.4 million inhabitants. The "flagship" car industry in Slovakia includes three companies - Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Kia Motors. It is worth mentioning that the most luxurious, top quality and most sophisticated models - Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne are produced in Bratislava Volkswagen plant.

As far as electronics industry is concerned, production of LCD TV-sets dominates the field, conducted by two of the three top-selling brands in Europe - Samsung and Sony. A "small revolutionary earthquake" is expected in this field with launching of 3D TV-sets functioning on the basis of LCD sets. The Slovak plants of Samsung and Sony are among the first concern factories that will start their mass production.

All recognized rating agencies rate the Slovak Republic as one of the best among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe - Moody's Corporation, has currently assigned our country rating A1 in terms of security of the investment climate, Fitch Ratings A+ and Standard & Poors A + / A1.

By the introduction of the euro as from 1 January 2008 Slovakia entered the club of countries with more stable economy, which use a strong global currency. Slovakia's membership in the EU and the euro area improved long-term potential growth, monetary stability and control of inflation. After joining the EU the living standards and purchasing power of Slovak citizens also increased. As a concrete example, one could mention that the average monthly wage per capita in Slovakia increased by more than 60% between the years 2005-2009.

Our citizens are also especially satisfied with the freedom of movement, which was significantly extended by the accession of Slovakia to the Schengen Area from December 2007.
An undisputable expression of appreciation of the progress of the Slovak Republic within the EU is a recent allocation of an important post of Vice-President of the European Commission for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration to the Slovak nominee Maros Sefcovic.

To conclude with, the membership of Slovakia in the Euro-Atlantic integration structures acted as a catalyst for necessary internal reform processes. Nearly six years of membership in the EU is a success story for Slovakia. Today, more than 60 percent of Slovak citizens consider EU membership "a good thing" and as many as 77 percent believe that Slovakia benefits from the membership. Furthermore, these figures are considerably more favorable than they were before the accession to the EU.




- ΙΩΣΗΦ ΙΩΣΗΦ, Πρέσβυς της Κύπρου στην Ελλάδα

- Δρ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Επίτ. Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic
- MACIEJ KRYCH, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland


- ΑΛΕΞΑΝΤΕΡ ΧΟΜΕΝΚΟ, Διευθυντής Ρωσικού Πολιτιστικού και Επιστημονικού Κέντρου

- ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΓΕΡΟΥΛΑΝΟΣ, Υπουργός Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού

- ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ ΤΖΙΤΖΙΚΩΣΤΑ,  Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εθνικής Επιτροπής για την UNESCO
- TOM NORRING,  Ambassador of Denmark in Greece

- ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Ιατρός Πλαστικός Χειρουργός, Επίτιμος Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- Ε. ΚΟΖΑΚΟΥ-ΜΑΡΚΟΥΛΗ, Υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας

- ΑΝΝΑ ΖΩΗΡΟΥ, Σύμβουλος ΛΑΟΣ σε θέματα Οικονομικών & Διεθνών Σχέσεων

- ΠΑΡΗ ΡΑΠΤΗ ΛΥΡΑ, Ιατρός Ενδοκρινολόγος - Διαβητολόγος

- ΠΕΤΡΟΣ ΛΕΩΤΣΑΚΟΣ,  Δημοσιογράφος, τραπεζικός συνάκτης

- ΝΙΚΟΣ Γ. ΣΥΚΑΣ, Σύμβουλος Στρατηγικής & Επικοινωνίας


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- SVERRE STUB, Ambassador of Norway
- MEHDI HONARDOOST, Ambassador of Iran

- DRAGAN ZUPANJEVAC, Ambassador of Serbia

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine

STEPHEN G. MILLER, Επίτιμος Καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Berkley, Καλιφόρνια, ΗΠA

- ΝΤΕΪΒΙΝΤ  ΛΑΝΤΣΜΑΝ, Πρέσβυς της Μ. Βρετανίας στην Ελλάδα

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού "Politistiki Diplomatia"

- ΠΑΝΟΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΥ, Χρηματιστηριακός τεχνικός αναλυτής διευθυντής GSTA/ EKTA

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
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- JOZSEF TOTH, Ambassador of Hungary 


- JAN VODERADSKY, Ambassador of Slovakia
- MANDISA DONA MARASHA, Ambassador of South Africa    

- ΙΕΡΟΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Εκπρόσωπος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Ελλάδα

- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα
- MΕHDI HONARDOOST,  Αmbassador of Iran to Grecce

- ΧΑΪΔΕΥΤΟΣ ΚΟΜΝΗΝΟΣ, Πρόεδρος της Ομοσπονδίας Ελληνικών Κοινοτήτων Σουηδίας

- VILI SHEFKI MINAROLLI, Αmbassador of Albania to Greece
- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
- SINE RIISAGER, The Danish Institute

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- EUSEBI AYENSA, Instituto Cervantes de Atenas

- CAPOCCI, Προέδρος του Ελληνο-Ιταλικού Επιμελητηρίου


- ΕΥΔΟΞΙΑ ΠΑΝΤΑ, Πρόεδρος Ομοσπονδίας Ελλήνων Βελγίου

- ΗΡΑ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ, Director of Cultural Affairs of the Hellenic American Union

- VALERIY TSYBUCKΗ, Ambassador of Ukraine to Greece

- HAKAN MALMQVIST, Ambassador of Sweden to Greece


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- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα