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 lease. We also strictly followed

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 full implementation of the Minsk

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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 – met with Ministry of Foreign

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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.  We affirm the principles of

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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 from around the world along

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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 the award, which honors women

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2016 Ukraine Special Grant Competition

As part of its Public Affairs Grants Program, the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is pleased to announce a special competition for projects seeking to raise awareness in Slovakia about Ukraine’s efforts to build a modern democratic state, address corruption, and combat disinformation. More Information (PDF 233 KB – Get Adobe Reader)

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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. At the time, the residency

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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 of Foreign and European Affairs

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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 of security and border protection.

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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 representatives from the Ministry of

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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 of corruption, the UN General

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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 continuation of the ongoing bilateral

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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 to ensure peace and stability

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The U.S. Embassy Welcomes the Chris Byars Quartet Back to the Slovak Republic

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is pleased to bring a renowned jazz quartet the Chris Byars, back to Slovakia June 30-July 7, 2015 for the 6th time. The first time Quartet visited Slovakia was in 2008. The Quartet will tour Slovak cities sharing ideas and best practices with arts students, teachers, and the general public and will perform in Bratislava,

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Speaking Truth to Power: The Critical Role of a Free Press

Commemorated every May 3, World Press Freedom Day recognizes the essential role a free press plays in a democracy. We pay special honor to the importance of media freedom – a crucial element of freedom of expression – at home and abroad. A diverse and independent press is crucial to holding governments accountable and promoting democracy around the world. We

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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 the U.S. Ambassador’s office, learn

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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, “We are eager to expand

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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 the Embassy applauds them for

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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 Initiative of 14 Trade Associations,

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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 the reverse flow of gas.

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