International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today, on May 17, we mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. We celebrate human diversity and reaffirm the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they are or whom they love. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights are human rights – all people deserve equal dignity and to live ...
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Media Invited to Campaign Launch Press Conference

MEDIA NOTE The United States Embassy in Bratislava is celebrating 25 years of U.S.-Slovak relations and the centennial of Czechoslovakia. On Monday, January 8 at 2:00 PM in Korzo Restaurant on Hviezdoslavovo namestie 3 we invite the media to participate in a press conference launching our campaign to commemorate more than a century of partnership. ...
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The U.S. Embassy and University Library Renew Agreement to Host the InfoUSA Center

On January 17, 2017, General Director of the University Library in Bratislava, Silvia Stasselova, and the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Jason Khile, signed an updated memorandum of understanding to continue hosting the information and cultural center, InfoUSA Bratislava, for an additional three years. These partners have jointly operated the InfoUSA center since February 2005. Among ...
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Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Embassy Condolence Message

We mourn the loss of the first President of the Slovak Republic Michal Kovac. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia we express our sincere condolences to his family and relatives. Michal Kovac played a key role in building the independent Slovak Republic, and as President, he steadfastly defended the values of democracy through ...
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Embassy Hosts 2nd Annual Alumni Family Day

The Embassy’s second annual Alumni Family Day took place in the Bratislava suburb of Petrzalka on Sunday. Approximately 65 people attended the event, including alumni of the IVLP, Fulbright, Benjamin Franklin, SUSI, and Humphrey Programs. The Embassy organized the outing in cooperation with the Slovak Fulbright Alumni Association, the only standing USG alumni association in ...
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Winter on Fire Comes to Slovakia

“Winter on Fire” director Evgeny Afineevsky visited Slovakia on June 1 to show his Academy Award nominated film about the events on Kyiv’s Maidan in 2013-2014. Afineevsky met with people from all sectors of Slovak society to speak about his film, the sacrifices Maidan protestors made for basic civil liberties, and their courage in the ...
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Embassy Helps English Teachers Improve Skills at Two-day Workshop

Fifteen English language teachers (ELT) from journalism departments all over Slovakia gathered for a two-day workshop at the InfoUSA center in Bratislava to improve their teaching skills. English Language Fellow Nathan Meyer, visiting from Serbia, explored innovative teaching methods during the workshop’s morning sessions, while visiting American Fulbright lecturer, Professor of Journalism Robert Kochersberger, presented ...
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Visiting NAACP Speaker Hilary Shelton on Diversity, Integration

NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton visited Slovakia from February 29-March 2. During his visit, Shelton helped to re-launch the Embassy’s Youth Advisory Council, holding a discussion about diversity and civil rights at the Ambassador’s residence with students from Comenius University, the Economics University and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. He also spoke ...
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Embassy Outreach in Kosice and Presov

PAO Jason Khile and members of the PAS Bratislava team visited Kosice and Presov, the second and third largest cities in Slovakia, from February 10-11. Khile spoke to about 200 students at Presov’s Konstantin Gymnazium and at the InfoUSA Center in Kosice about Chicago as part of the Embassy’s U.S. Travel and Tourism series. The ...
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U.S. Chargé Visits 5th Special Forces Regiment in Žilina

Charge d’Affaires Liam Wasley paid a visit to the 5th Special Forces Regiment in Žilina on February 9. He thanked them for sacrifices they made in Afghanistan and said, “I would welcome future Slovak contributions to provide training to Afghan security forces.” During the visit, Charge Wasley learned about the regiment’s history and its main ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence – mostly by an intimate partner. Gender-based violence is pervasive. According to a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, close to one-quarter of women in Slovakia report having suffered abuse. Gender-based violence comes in many forms, from intimate partner violence, to rape ...
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USNATO Ambassador Douglas Lute talks about NATO

America’s Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Douglas Lute, visited Bratislava from December 6-7 to speak with public audiences and government representatives about the importance of the NATO Alliance. He said that NATO member countries represent a political, economic and military force without historical equal, and stressed that all 28 members were committed to each other’s’ ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Speaks on Security Issues at Trnava’s University of Cyril and Methodius

On December 1, Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley delivered a lecture on current security issues, covering the NATO alliance, preparations for the 2016 Warsaw Summit, military cooperation and Slovak defense modernization efforts, energy security, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and refugees/migration. The audience included approximately 50 students. The Embassy was happy to have the opportunity to speak with Slovak ...
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Summer Work and Travel Thanksgiving Reception

The Embassy hosted approximately 50 alumni of the Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence on November 24 for a Thanksgiving reception. The reception also served as an award ceremony for the Embassy’s annual SWT photo contest. The contest, which took place on the Embassy’s Facebook page, reached 340,000 people – ...
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Embassy-sponsored “Face2Face” discussion on migration

As part of our popular “Face2Face” discussion series, Embassy Bratislava partnered with the Open Society Foundation to host a discussion about refugees and migration on November 19. The discussion took place in Zilina and included representatives from the Slovak Human Rights League (HRL), People in Peril, and a naturalized Syrian émigré who has been working ...
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Highlighting U.S. Higher Education and Summer Work & Travel

In conjunction with International Education Week, the Embassy traveled to Banska Bystrica to hold our fifth annual GoUSA! fair at a popular local shopping mall, where we attracted approximately 400 guests interested in learning more about opportunities to study, work, and travel in the United States. Representatives from the Public Affairs Section (PAS), the Consular ...
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Joint Statement in Support of LGBTI Rights

As members of the international community, we consider advocating for respect for universal human rights to be a fundamental aspect of our work, our mission, and our world. We affirm the principles of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which includes the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, ...
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2nd Cavalry Regiment visits Slovakia

Approximately 500 soldiers and 150 vehicles from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment visited Slovakia from September 14-17 as part of Dragoon Crossing, a movement from Germany through Czech Republic and Slovakia to Hungary. The U.S. soldiers participated in a joint religious service and soccer match at Malacky Airfiled near Bratislava on September 15. The ...
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Message to President Kiska

Dear Mr. President: Together with the American people, I offer best wishes to you and the people of the Slovak Republic this Constitution Day. Our mutual commitment to the transatlantic family of nations fortifies our partnership as we stand together to build a Europe whole, free, and at peace. The Slovak Republic’s transition to a ...
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Concern over Anti-Roma Statements in Slovakia and Anti-Roma Protests in Bulgaria

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States is concerned about recent statements made by Slovak politicians that Romani students needed to be segregated into special education classes due to genetic deficiencies caused by higher levels of incest in the Romani community. These assertions are not only highly ...
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Statement by Marie Harf on Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Marie Harf, Acting Deputy Spokesperson April 22, 2015 Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian ...
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