Guido Westerwelle in Bratislava
On the first visit to Slovakia since taking office arrived on Wednesday the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the invitation of its Slovak counterparts M. Lajcak.
"The physical presence of the Minister G. Westerwelle in Bratislava and his meetings with the President and Prime Minister gives new dimension to our relationship," said Mr Lajcak after joint negotiations.
Germany sees Slovakia as a reliable strategic partner in political and economic areas.
"There are no geographical boundaries between us and Germany, they are our neighboring country, we welcome the active engagement in the Central Europe , and we expect that it will continue," said Minister M. Lajčák.
He and his German partner expressed satisfaction with the high quality of the mutual relations and strong trade contacts. Germany is one of the biggest investors in Slovakia as well as trading partner. „The satisfaction of the German investors in Slovakia is important for our government since more than 400 German companies employ around 70 000 of our citizens,“ Mr. Lajčák added.
In similar new today Volkswagen just announced an expansion of its huge site near Bratislava. The German automaker continues to work on its project focused on the production of new vehicles New Small Family (called UP!). Pursuant to its investment plan, the company will spend about €107m in order to increase its daily capacity by 600 cars to 1,800 per day.
The German Minister Mr. Westerwelle recalled the attitude of the current German government to place emphasis on good relations not only with the bigger members of the EU but also with the smaller ones. „All of us are inhabitants of the same European house that’s why it is important to treat each other with respect and on the same level,“ Mr. Westerwelle said.
He also appreciated the success story of Slovakia, which had managed to build its statehood and to transform political and economical system in a relatively short period of time. Both ministers have discussed the EU enlargement in Western Balkans too. At the end of their talks they signed joint declaration about an amendment to the treaty on cultural cooperation, which should strengthen the legal status of the German School in Bratislava.