Czech Prime Minister Fiala to Meet Slovak Counterpart Fico

Kateřina Šulová

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala will welcome Slovakia’s newly re-elected Prime Minister Robert Fico at Straka Academy this Friday. The meeting aims to discuss the continuation of bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

The visit of the Slovak Prime Minister is a traditional first official foreign visit of a newly elected head of the Slovak government. The Government Office highlighted this tradition in its press release. Such meetings play a critical role in maintaining the close ties and cooperation between the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Fico is expected to be welcomed in a formal ceremony with military honors at the Government Office’s garden. This event is scheduled to commence at 11:30.

The Czech and Slovak prime ministers will mainly discuss the continuation of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. A joint press conference is scheduled at 13:05, where both leaders can address the media.

Both politicians recently met on the sidelines of a European Union summit in Brussels. This upcoming meeting is expected to be more extensive and focused on bilateral issues.

Fico became the Slovak Prime Minister at the end of October, inaugurated by the Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová. This is his fourth term in power. Fico’s party, Direction, has formed a coalition government with Peter Pellegrini’s Voice and nominees of the Slovak National Party led by Andrej Danko.