The Slovak Republic joined the EU in May 2004 and has been a member ever since. However, along with 14 other EU member states, it is considered geographically under-represented in the European institutions. Slovak women and men working in the EU bodies currently account for only 1.4% of the total number of posts. Slovakia's target rate for geographical balance is 1.8%. Our colleague Elena Seeber discussed this topic with with Andrej Stancik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Gertrude Ingestad, Director General for Human Resources and Security at the European Commission. In the interview, she stressed the need to significantly increase the number of Slovaks in the institutions.
In the story you will find out:
- Slovakia is the first country to sign the action plan for geographical balance. How will this improve its position?
- What does the selection process for new EU posts look like?
- What is the ideal number of representatives from a given country in the EU bodies?
- Which other member states need to increase their representation?
Slovakia in the EU
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