EU – Council presidency – Slovakia succeeds the Netherlands (July 1, 2016)

France thanks the Dutch presidency which, in extraordinary circumstances, drew on all its experience and determination to serve a Europe responding to its various challenges.

Progress was made during the past six months on such concrete issues as managing the refugee crisis, combating terrorism, and countering tax evasion.

We offer Slovakia our best wishes for the success of its first presidency. In this new stage ushered in by the British referendum, we assure Slovakia of our support in moving forward on our common priorities.

Jean-Marc Ayrault is working closely with his Slovakian counterpart, Miroslav Lajcak, whom he received in Paris on May 25.

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