Ivan Korčok has been appointed Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on 8 April 2020 after some thirty years of experience, being recognised among the most skilful members of Slovak diplomatic service.
His latest engagement was representing the Slovak Republic as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he served as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs from August 2015. Between May and December 2016, he served as Government Plenipotentiary for the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU. During the first Slovak EU Presidency, he represented the Council as Minister Délégué before the European Parliament.
Formerly, he was assigned the post of Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU (2009-2015) and Slovak Ambassador to Germany (2005-2009).
Minister Korčok began his career in 1992 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he held many senior positions including Director of the Department for Policy Planning and Analysis (1997-1998), Director General of the Directorate General for International Organizations and Security Policy (2001-2002), and State Secretary (2002-2005).
In 2003, he served as Head of Delegation of the Slovak Republic on Accession Talks to NATO and Member of the European Convention in Brussels.
Ivan Korčok has been a firm believer in strong EU and NATO and committed supporter of transatlantic relations.
The pandemic changed the world in unimaginable ways, accelerating pre-existing challenges, intensifying shifts in power, heightening tensions and showcasing the limits of globalization. The European Union is finding itself at the centre of a global arena that is unstable, at the base of a multilateral order that is in crisis, and tightly woven within the global economy on life support. Caught in the crossfire of US-China rivalry, the EU’s silver lining seems to be the pursuit of ‘European strategic autonomy’, which seeks to promote a more resourceful, independent EU at a time of growing geopolitical competition, follow its strategic interests and rethink its dependencies. How does the EU resolve the lack of common vision demonstrated at home and abroad, and reconcile varying levels of ambition of its Members present within an ever-larger and diverse EU? Could the recent breakthroughs in EU architecture – including the EU shared debt facility as a part of the pandemic response – help preserve the EU’s internal unity and strengthen its sovereignty in the global arena? How can the EU turn the challenging post-pandemic terrain into an opportunity to get its house in order, and re-emerge as a major global player?