U.S. Embassy Honors Slovak Human Rights Defenders

Ambassador Adam Sterling honored three Slovak citizens on April 25 for their efforts in advancing human rights, women’s rights, and transparency in Slovakia at the Embassy’s annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, formerly of aktuality.sk, received the Transparency Award posthumously for his investigative reporting into corruption, his courage to pursue the truth ...
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Statement

The United States Government continues to closely follow developments in Slovakia following the murders of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova.  As Slovak society wrestles with the implications of this crime, we urge all parties to refrain from resorting to the use of conspiracy theories and disinformation.  The FBI’s Legal Attaché Office ...
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Statement on the Murder of Jan Kuciak

We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Aktuality.sk reporter Jan Kuciak and his partner Martina Kusnirova and extend our deepest condolences to their family, friends, loved ones, and Mr. Kuciak’s colleagues at Aktuality.sk. We note with special concern Police Chief Tibor Gaspar’s statements that the murder appears to have been premediated and most ...
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Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Bratislava, December 9, 2017 Today we celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day as a reminder that the fight against corruption requires concerted efforts from all of our countries. Corruption is more than a bribe; it is also the abuse of public funds and power for private gain, and it affects everyone. It impedes economic growth, harms the ...
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SelectUSA Investment Summit Invites Slovak Businesses to Register

Registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area, June 18-20, 2017. The Summit offers Slovak businesses seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States the practical tools, information, and connections they need to invest. The theme for this year’s Summit – “Grow with US” – highlights the ...
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Embassy Statement on Perimeter Fence Lease

The Embassy has pursued negotiations with the City of Bratislava on the security perimeter lease in good faith. We agreed to the City’s conditions in renewing the lease, including the imposition of an annual rental fee of approximately a half-million Euros. We are prepared to pay this fee as soon as we have a fully-signed ...
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Statement by Ambassador Sterling on Russia Sanctions and the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

On September 15 the European Union extended its asset freeze and travel ban against Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The United States welcomes this step and believes that sanctions are the most important tool the international community has for convincing Russia to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and ensuring ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Slovakia

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava was pleased to welcome a large U.S. Congressional delegation to Slovakia for meetings from August 3-5. Led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the bipartisan delegation – which included Representatives Mike Bishop, Doug Collins, Louie Gohmert, Richard Hudson, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Scott Peters – ...
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Joint Statement on 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 recall the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind. ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Slovakia

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia is happy to announce that Radoslav Mizera of Solved, Martina Drahošová of ixworx, and Petra Dzurovcinova of the Slovak Alliance for Internet Economy will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs ...
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Zuzana Števulová Receives International Women of Courage Award

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry honored Zuzana Števulová with the 2016 International Women of Courage Award today in Washington, D.C. Števulová was recognized for her profound personal dedication in courageously fighting for the rights of refugees and migrants, including during Europe’s migration crisis. Števulová was among 14 women from across the world to receive ...
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Joint Press Release on Meeting between Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley and Minister Ján Richter on February 1

Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Family Ján Richter and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley discussed changes to Slovak and U.S. regulations that have made trans-Atlantic collaboration much easier. As of January 1, the maximum validity of U.S. visas for Slovak workers in the United States has been extended from two to five years. ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Rob Berschinski Travels to Slovakia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Rob Berschinski visited Slovakia January 20-21, 2016 to discuss a broad range of human rights issues within the context of the strong U.S.-Slovak relationship. During his trip, Berschinski met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Robert Kalinak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON – The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards ...
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CIPC and U.S. Embassy Joint Press Release on Visit by U.S. Special Advisor for Children’s Issues

On December 7th and 8th the U.S State Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, visited Slovakia to discuss intercountry adoptions between the United States and Slovakia with Slovak government officials. She met with Andrea Cisarova, the director of Slovakia’s Central Authority for adoptions under the Hague Convention (CIPC), as well as with ...
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Joint Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Corruption is extraordinarily costly, consuming more than 5% of global GDP (US$ 2.6 trillion), according to the World Economic Forum. Corruption leads to waste and the inefficient use of public resources, increases the costs of doing business, scares away foreign investment, and undermines public trust in state institutions. To raise awareness of the corrosive effects ...
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United States and Slovakia Cooperate to Counter Nuclear Smuggling

Joint Press Release of the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Representatives from the United States and Slovakia met in Bratislava October 13-15, 2015, to discuss ways to further strengthen their countries’ joint efforts to counter nuclear smuggling. These discussions are a ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Migration Crisis

The United States welcomes the European Union’s effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated solution to the migration crisis that ensures that lives are protected, that human rights are respected, and that proper screening and registration procedures are in place. Continued unity in confronting this challenge is critical, as only a unified Europe has the strength ...
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Embassies Open Doors 2015

The United States Embassy is pleased to invite members of the public to visit us for the First Annual Embassies Open Doors on May 16, when visitors will have an opportunity to explore some of the city’s most historic buildings and institutions. Visitors will be able to tour a portion of the U.S. Embassy, including ...
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Visit of Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator

U.S. Department of State Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator for Europe George Kent is visiting Slovakia April 20 and 21 to meet with Prime Minister Fico, government offices, Parliamentarians, civil society activists, and the business community. His visit is part of a regional U. S. government initiative to combat corruption and promote transparent governance. Mr. Kent commented, ...
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U.S. Embassy Annual Human Rights Awards

On April 9 the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava held our annual awards ceremony to recognize those who advocate for human rights in Slovakia. Upholding human rights remains one of the top priorities of the United States worldwide. The work of human rights defenders in Slovakia has a direct impact on the lives of many, and ...
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Statement on Ambassador Sedgwick’s Meeting with Prime Minister Fico

United States Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick met today with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico. They discussed Slovakia’s anti-corruption efforts, trans-Atlantic and European unity regarding continued Russian aggression in Ukraine, and strengthening trade and investment opportunities. Ambassador Sedgwick commended the steps Slovakia has taken to fight corruption, including recent cooperation with the Rule of Law ...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Discusses Strategic Cooperation on Military Modernization with Slovak Minister of Defense

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Slovak Minister of Defense Martin Glváč yesterday at the Pentagon to discuss the strategic partnership between Slovakia and the United States. Secretary Hagel took the opportunity to thank Slovakia for its many contributions to regional security, particularly in Afghanistan, but also through its assistance to Ukraine, epitomized by ...
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