The Distinguished Speaker Series invites prominent experts and practitioners in international affairs to discuss topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law, and conflict prevention.
On Thursday, 22 May, The Hague Institute for Global Justice was honored to host Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, as part of its ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series.
Following a prestigious career in the Slovak diplomatic service during which Mr. Lajčák served as Ambassador to Japan, Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro), Republic of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Mr. Lajčák went on to hold positions as Personal Representative and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy to facilitate the referendum on the independence of Montenegro, and as the High Representative/European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 2007 to 2009.
More recently, Mr. Lajčák served as Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service as well as the EU Chief Negotiator for Association Agreements with Ukraine and Moldova and the EU Representative for the “5+2” Talks on Transnistria Settlement in December 2010.
Based on his tremendous experience working in various countries of the former Yugoslavia and participating in the mediation of protracted conflicts, Mr. Lajčák shared his views and insights on the process of EU enlargement to the Balkans as well as the current crisis in Ukraine.
- Miroslav Lajčák
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia
Topic: “EU Enlargement: Blessing or Curse?”
- Dr. Abiodun Williams, Moderator
President, The Hague Institute