Gatherings of the International Club of Slovakia in Years 1993 – 2007

1993

Club meeting at Thermia Palace in Piešťany on international relations of the newly founded Slovak Republic with guests State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs J. Lišuch, Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Committee of the Slovak National Council P. Kanis and the first members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Slovakia

Meeting with the Mission of the International Monetary Fund in Moyzes´ Hall in Bratislava

Meeting of Club members with Austrian businessmen at the Old Town Hall in Bratislava with guest deputy of the Slovak National Council V. Móric

Meeting at the Slovakia bank headquarters in Banská Bystrica on the topic of Slovak government efforts to create a banking centre in this town with guest speakers Vice-Governor of the Slovak National Bank M. Tkáč and Mayor S. Mika

Meeting with Czech businessmen at the Grand hotel in Starý Smokovec

Meeting and party with Polish trade representatives and businessmen at Žilina Town Hall


1994

Lectures of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, J. Lišuch and the director of NARMSP J. Foltín on foreign aid in the area of trade and business, held at the Kyjev Hotel, Bratislava

Meeting with representatives from the US Embassy at the Topolčianky castle, focused on Slovak-American economic relations

Meeting at hotel Tatra in Trenčín regarding the project of the Váh river waterway

Meeting focused on international economic activities in the Nitra region, held at A. Bagar’s Theatre

Meeting on the topic of economic cooperation with the Russian Federation in Hotel Astoria, Bardejov Spa, with lectures given by Russian trade representative in Slovakia J. V. Zelenecký and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, D. Rozbora

Pre-election informative meeting with diplomats from abroad in Bratislava with guests from Slovak political parties such as P. Weis, B. Schmognerová, M. Černák, Ľ. Bystrický, M. Laluha, M. Vášaryová, etc.

Meeting with representatives from foreign travel agencies and airlines in the Spoločenská dvorana, Sliač Spa, on the possibilities of developing tourism in Slovakia

Meeting devoted to preparations for the accession of Slovakia to the European Union at Smolenice castle, speeches given by the chairman of the parliamentary committee of the Slovak National Council I. Slobodník and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ľ. Bystrický

Seminar on Slovak foreign policy with guest former Minister of Foreign Affairs E. Kukan and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, D. Rozbora at SÚZA, Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava


1995

Guests Czech and Slovak Vice-Premiers I. Kočárnik and S. Kozlík speaking on Czech-Slovak economic relations in the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace in Bratislava, also present were ministers J. Ducký, P. Bisák and J. Mráz, MP’s M. Dzurinda, P. Weiss, etc.

Presentation of Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) M. Jusko and State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance R. Autner on the international standing of the Slovak Crown and monetary policy of NBS at Zichy Palace in Bratislava

Meeting with heads of Slovak embassies and consulates abroad in Bratislava at Reduta with the presance of the Deputy Prime Minister J. Kálman, ministers J. Schenk, P. Rezeš, J. Mráz, P. Bisák, deputies of the National Council Tóthová, Slobodník, Húska, etc.

Meeting with experts on the international importance of highway development in Slovakia at hotel Slovakia in Tatranská Lomnica

Meeting on the topic of etiquette and protocol in international business and social relations with guest speaker State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs J. Šesták and lecture by Chairman of ICS R. Hromádka in the Social Centre on Spa Island, Piešťany

Meeting at hotel Stupava in Stupava on the programs supporting Slovak exports, presentation by State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy P. Hrmo

Club members met foreign participants of the Finex Fair in the old Town Hall building in Banská Bystrica with the Mayor I. Presperín and Chairman of SOPK V. Mihók


1996

Meeting devoted to customs and licences in Slovak foreign trade in the Recreation Centre of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Častá-Papiernička

Meeting on the globalisation of the Slovak capital market with lectures by experts at Women’s House in Bratislava

Meeting focused on the presentation of Slovakia abroad using the internet at the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace with guest former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy E. Kukan

Representatives of the Slovak government and European Commission delegates lecturing on the participation of Slovakia in PHARE programs at hotel Grand in Demänovská Dolina

Representative of the Delegation of the European Commission in Slovakia and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Central Tax Authority spoke at the meeting at the Black Eagle Hall in Prešov on the development of tax systems in Slovakia and their adaptation to suit EU conditions

Club members discussed Slovak foreign trade with trade representatives of Slovakia abroad in the conference hall of the savings bank Slovenská sporiteľňa in Bratislava

A meeting focused on “CEFTA – the basis for new forms of economic cooperation in central Europe” took place at the hotel Permon in the High Tatras

Lecture of the Vice President of the European Investments Bank Wolfgang Roth on international credit and loans for Slovakia at hotel Lux in Banská Bystrica, the ICS awarded him the “Linden of Friendship” medal

Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic J. Sitek spoke on the topic “Joining NATO – Slovak foreign policy priority” at hotel Holiday Inn in Bratislava


1997

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, J. Šesták, lectured on the economic dimension of diplomacy at a Club meeting in the Slovak Radio building

Presentation of State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy J. Foltín at a meeting focused on the utilisation of the internet in international trade and travel at the Social Centre, Pieštany Spa Island

Meeting focused on the upcoming accession of Slovakia to NATO at the Congress Hall of the Slovak National Council in Bratislava, lecture by special aide of the Secretary General of NATO in Brussels Jurgen Schulz

Exposé of the head of the department for economic and trade development of the Eeropean Commission in Brussels Antonino Pitrone on overcoming obstacles in Slovak trade with EU countries at hotel Stupava in Stupava

Meeting on Slovak pro-export policy and the role of the Fund for supporting foreign trade as well as Eximbanka SR at the Recreation Centre of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Častá-Papiernička, the Club awarded the gold medal “Linden of Friendship” to the representative of the IMF in Slovakia, Andreas Gheorgiu

State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy, J. Brhel, and representative of European Bank for Recovery and Development in Slovakia, J. Cekota, speaking on the topic “Foreign investments in Slovakia and creating conditions for foreign capital input” in the Great Hall of the City Council in Banská Bystrica

The experiences of Austria upon acceding to the EU were communicated to Club members by the Austrian Vice-Minister of Economy Josef Mayer and Austrian government plenipotentiary for accession to the EU Ambassador Gregor Woschnagg at the Congress Hall of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

The President of the International Association of Public Relations Consultants, Jean-Léopold Schuybrock, spoke on the role of public relations in creating a positive image of a company, organisation, region and country at a meeting in hotel Slovan, Košice

Club meeting with topic “The world, Europe and Slovakia after year 2000 – prognostic study” at hotel Holiday Inn in Bratislava with guests director of the Economic Institute of SAV E. Mikelka and director of the Prognostic Institute of SAV Š. Zajac


1998

Meeting focused on the monetary policy of the National Bank of Slovakia at the Congress Hall of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava with guest Governor of the NBS V. Masár

Meeting on modern information systems of management at the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace in Bratislava with lectures by executives from SAP Slovakia, Oracle Slovakia, PosAm Bratislava and IBM Slovakia

Club meeting with experts devoted to business etiquette and diplomatic protocol at Reduta in Lučenec

“Preparation for candidacy for the Winter Olympic Games 2006 Poprad Tatry” was the topic of a meeting at hotel Patria in Štrbské Pleso with guests from the Committee for this candidacy Mayor of Poprad Š. Kubík and Secretary P. Chudý

Club members discussed tourist travel in Slovakia and its problems with experts at a meeting in the mountain resort hotel Poľana near Hriňová

The Governor of Eximbanka SR, F. Orolín, and the director of the Fund for supporting foreign trade K. Ondrášik informed about their institutions’ work at the Club meeting held on the occasion of Finex Fair opening at the Great Hall of the City Council in Banská Bystrica

The topic “Current utilisation of the internet in the world economy and the future of information technologies in the 21st century” was lectured on by Mr. John S. Parkinson, a representative of Ernst and Young from New York, and by professor J. Gruska, holder of the Computer Pioneer Award, at hotel Devín in Bratislava

At the Recreation Centre of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Častá-Papiernička Club members were lectured to on the political and economic benefits of Slovakia’s accession to the EU and the new pre-accession strategy by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs J. Figeľ and the president of the Centre for economic development E. Jurzyca


1999

Club meeting at Bratislava castle with guest Deputy Prime Minister I. Mikloš speaking on the new government’s economic policy

Meeting devoted to the monetary program of the National Bank of Slovakia and the expected influence of Euro on Slovak finances, with guest Vice-Governor of NBS M. Jusko, at hotel Stupava in Stupava

Integration of Slovakia in the EU and drawing means from EU funds to develop its business environment – this was the topic of a meeting in Reduta, Poprad

State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy, P. Brňo, informed Club members about the program of support for exports at a meeting in the Social Centre, Spa Island Piešťany

Lecture by prof. Rudolf Schoberberger from the Institute of social medicine at the Vienna University on the topic “Current worldwide trends in the area of lifestyle and how managers stay fit” at LD Astória in Bardejovské Spa

Minister of Economy Ľ. Černák spoke on foreign investment in Slovakia at the Club meeting in Liptovský Ján

Mr. George Percy Boulden, Chairman of the board of directors of ALA International, spoke on “The newest trends in organisation and management of production” at the Club meeting at Spoločenská dvorana in Sliač Spa

The Club meeting at mountain resort hotel Áno, prosím in Bratislava-Dúbravka was devoted to the globalisation of world economy and its impact on the transforming developing countries

Vice-Premier P. Hamžík spoke about the Slovak integration in the EU, NATO and OECD at the Mirror Hall in Primatial Palace, Bratislava


2000

Meeting on the monetary program of the National Bank of Slovakia, the standing of the Slovak Crown and use of Euro in foreign trade at the Congress Centre of the Slovak savings bank Slovenská sporiteľňa in Bratislava with guest speakers Vice-Governor of the NBS E. Kohútiková and State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy P. Brňo

The Club met in the Congress Hall in Dunajská Streda with guests State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, V. Podstránský, and Chief Scientist Associate at the Institute of Slovak and World Economy of SAV I. Šujan speaking on the topic “Stimulating economic growth by state measures in Slovakia and abroad”

Electronic trade and payment systems over the internet were the topic of a lecture by doc. J. Dohnal from Prague College of Economy at hotel Slovan in Košice

Club members discussed development of tourism in Slovakia with experts at a meeting in hotel Poľana, Tatranská Javorina

Minister of Finance B. Schmögnerová and President of the bank VÚB a.s. L. Vaškovič informed about the restructuring and privatisation of banks at a meeting held at the Holiday Inn in Bratislava

Bratislava Castle was the venue of the meeting on the positive and negative aspects of European integration, guest speaker Chairman of the Czech Parliament V. Klaus

Meeting devoted to managerial information systems with experts at the Social Centre, Spa Island Piešťany

The Vice-Premier I. Mikloš spoke on the activities of international financial institutions in Slovakia at hotel Stupava in Stupava

Minister for the Administration and Privatisation of National Property, M. Machová, spoke on the “Privatisation of strategic companies” at a meeting in hotel Devín, Bratislava


2001

Meeting devoted to the Slovak capital market with lectures by the Secretary General of the Bratislava Stock Exchange House in Bratislava J. Lazový and Chairman of the Office for the Financial Market J. Makúch at hotel Tatra, Bratislava

Lecture on the topic “EU tax policy” at hotel Slovan in Košice by Administrator of TAXUD from the European Commission in Brussels Susanne Birk Jacobsen

Meeting on supporting exports with trade representatives of Slovakia abroad at the Social Centre on Spa Island in Piešťany with guests State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy P. Brňo and State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs J. Chlebo

The fight against corruption was the topic of presentations by Vice-Premiers I. Mikloš and Ľ. Fogaš and President of Transparency International Slovakia E. Sičáková at the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace in Bratislava; the Club awarded the gold medal “Linden of Friendship” to Austrian Ambassador in Slovakia Gabriela Matzner-Holzer

The Slovak candidacy for membership in NATO was the theme of the speech delivered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs E. Kukan at SÚZA, Bratislava

Vice-Premier M. Kadlečíková and CEO of the International Visegrad Fund U. Rusnák spoke on the “Utilisation of EU pre-accession funds” and “Activities of the International Visegrad Fund” at a meeting in the Officers Pavilion in Komárno

The Minister of Education and Chairman of the Government Council for Information technologies Ľ. Ftáčnik spoke on the e-government in hotel Carlton, Bratislava


2002

Presentation of the Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia M. Jusko on the NBS monetary policy in hotel Devín, Bratislava

Lectures of the Vice-Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic P. Hrušovský on the "Integration and state sovereignty" and writer A. Hykisch on “Globalisation and national cultural identity” at hotel Carlton in Bratislava

Meeting with experts on etiquette and protocol for top managers at the Reduta in Spišská Nová Ves

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and main Slovak negotiator with the EU J. Figeľ and the director of the Institute of Slovak and World Economy of SAV M. Šikula spoke on the status of the final preparations for Slovak integration into the EU and its impact on Slovak economy at the Veľká Fatra Hotel in Rajecké Teplice

Presentations by I. Mikloš, S. Kozlík, R. Nemcsics, L. Gyurovszky, D. Muňko and others on the pre-election economic programs of political parties at the Club meeting in the Congress Hall of the Slovak savings bank Slovenská sporiteľňa in Bratislava

Presentation of important projects for the development of tourism in Slovakia at hotel Partizán, Tále

European Commission expert from Brussels Emmanuel Berck spoke on the European Charter of small companies at the Congress centre of the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra


2003

The vision of Slovak economy development in the next decade was discussed by the Minister of Economy R. Nemcsics, Vice-Governor of the NBS E. Kohútiková and director of the Institute of Slovak and World Economy of SAV M. Šikula at the Congress Hall of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

The Minister of Construction and Regional Development L. Gyurovszky addressed the topic “EU structural funds and our means for the development of less-developed regions” at a meeting in hotel Slovan, Košice

Meeting at hotel Patria, Štrbské Pleso, with guest Minister of Economy R. Nemcsic on the strategy of investment in Slovakia

Slovak pension reform was addressed by the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ľ. Kaník at SÚZA, Bratislava

The Minister of Construction and Regional Development L. Gyurovszky and Director General of the bank Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka Ľ. Konczer spoke about the utilisation of Euro-funds and the possibilities of co-financing projects at the cultural centre Fontána in Piešťany

Meeting with experts on the firm culture with a screening of the model ethical code at hotel Slovakia, Žilina

Vice President of the Slovak Police Force Presidium J. Spišiak and the director of the anti-corruption department in the Office of the Government J. Hrubala spoke on the subject of fighting corruption in Slovakia at hotel Tatra in Bratislava


2004

Meeting with Minister of Economy P. Rusko on the strategy of Slovak economic development at hotel Carlton, Bratislava

Experts lecturing on lifestyles of managers and managerial etiquette and protocol at hotel Sorea Máj in Liptovský Ján

Meeting devoted to the preparation of the European constitution and European relations in the Social Centre on Spa Island in Piešťany with guest State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs I. Korčok and Deputy of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and candidate to elections to the European Parliament M. Beňová

The Vice-Premier and Minister of Finance I. Mikloš and head of Tax Policy Department. of the European Commission in Brussels Michel Aujean spoke on the topics “First experiences from equal taxation system established in Slovakia” and “EU tax policy” at the Congress Hall of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

The Minister of Construction and Regional Development L. Gyurovszky and Director General of Oracle Slovakia J. Jurkovič spoke on the utilisation of EU structural funds and the information portal on the European Funds at a meeting in hotel Tatra, Trenčín

Vice-Premier P. Csáky delivered a speech about the first experiences with Slovak membership in the EU at a meeting at hotel Carlton in Bratislava


2005

Experts presented the topic “Managers under stress and how to fight stress” at a meeting in the Recreation Centre of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Častá-Papiernička

The issue of industrial parks and their impact on the development of less-developed Slovak regions was addressed by the Minister of Economy P. Rusko, Chairman of the Banská Bystrica Region M. Marčok and Chairman of the Košice Region R. Bauer at a Club meeting in hotel Slovan, Košicie

The meeting on tourism in Slovakia took place at hotel Kaskády in Sielnica with guests Vice-Chairman of the National Council of the Slovak Republic V. Veteška, Deputy of the Parliament D. Muňko, director of the travel and tourism department at the Ministry of Economy G. Kuliffay and president of the Slovak Association of Hotels and Restaurants Z. Šedivá

Meeting at hotel Bôrik in Bratislava with guest speaker Minister of Transportation, Postal Services and Telecommunications P. Prokopovič, focused on the implementation of information technologies in the Slovak society

State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior M. Pado addressed the issue of the security situation and law enforcement in Slovakia at a meeting in hotel Carlton, Bratislava

The chairman of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Š. Luby and the president of PAS M. Krekáč spoke on the development of science and economy in Slovakia at a meeting at the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace in Bratislava


2006

Slovak Minister of Transportation, Postal Services and Telecommunications P. Prokopovič spoke on “The development of transport infrastructure in Slovakia” at a meeting in hotel Tatra, Bratislava

Discussion on the theme “Liberal economy versus socially oriented market economy” at hotel Bôrik in Bratislava with guests Vice-Premier and Minister of Finance I. Mikloš, European Parliament Deputy P. Maňka and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Economy of SAV P. Staněk

The current status of the utilisation of the European funds and new possibilities of their drawing was addressed by the Minister of Construction and Regional Development L. Gyurovszky at Reduta in Lučenec

Meeting with the Directors General of Železiarne Podbrezová a.s. V. Soták and Alcatel Slovakia a.s. J. Mlynček and Country Manager of Lugera & Maklér s.r.o. M. Straka on company culture in theory and in practice at hotel Kaskády in Sielnica

The issue of Slovak membership in the EU and our near-term goals in this area was the topic of the meeting at hotel Bôrik in Bratislava with guest European Parliament Deputy M. Flašíková-Beňová

Meeting on the preparations for Euro currency with the Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia I. Šramko and State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance F. Palko at hotel Carlton in Bratislava


2007

The Minister of Foreign Affairs J. Kubiš discussed the foreign policy of the new Slovak government at SÚZA, Bratislava, also present was the former Slovak President M. Kováč, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Z. Kramplová and the diplomatic corps

The utilisation of European structural funds for the development of information technologies and science oriented society was the topic of a meeting at the Municipal Theatre in Levoča with representatives of the Slovak government and Ministry of Education

Meeting focused of the construction of highways with Minister of Transportation, Postal Services and Telecommunications Ľ. Vážny and Slovak government plenipotentiary for the construction of highways I. Choma at Kursalon, Piešťany

Club meeting on Slovak energy policies at the Recreation Centre of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Častá-Papiernička with guests Minister of Economy Ľ. Jahnátek and Director General of the Slovak Innovations and Energy Agency M. Vavřinek

The themes “Foreign investment in Slovakia” and “New law on investment aid” were discussed by the Director General of the Agency SARIO P. Hajaš and Director General of the Strategy Section at the Ministry of Economy V. Ferencz at a meeting in hotel Carlton, Bratislava