European Union Society Hosts Slovak Ambassador

Society hosts Slovak Ambassador during the EU Council presidency visit to Scotland

28 Sep 2016

The Edinburgh University European Union Society hosted the Slovak Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Ľubomír Rehák, this week for a lecture on Slovakia's place in Europe and the current state of European affairs.

In his lecture, entitled Slovakia's European Journey, Ambassador Rehák reflected on Slovakia's transition from communism to EU membership and the links between Slovakia and Scotland. He also outlined the priorities for the Slovak EU presidency, including the challenges facing Europe and the scope for future EU-UK relations.

The Ambassador's lecture came as part of the Slovak EU presidency visit to Scotland. It has been the custom for several years that the ambassador in London of the country holding the six-month EU Council presidency make a visit to Scotland during the course of the presidency. Ambassador Rehák was the fourth consecutive diplomat to be hosted by the European Union Society, following the ambassadors of Latvia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Following his remarks, the Ambassador engaged in a discussion with the student audience. The event was organised and chaired by Anthony Salamone, President of the European Union Society, with support from the Society's Executive Committee.

Anthony Salamone, Europa Institute Member, is PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Europa Institute is the University of Edinburgh's research centre on European integration. Founded in 1968, it is the oldest organsation of its kind in Scotland and the UK. The Institute occupies a strategic position in academic and policy debates on Europe and organises a range of events and activities for academics, practitioners and the wider public.