Switzerland and Slovakia seeking deeper ties
20 May 2022 11:01
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová was welcomed to Switzerland on May 19 for a State Visit. This was actually the first State Visit by a head of state of Slovakia to Switzerland since the Slovak Republic celebrated its independence in 1993.
According to a press release, Čaputová held talks with Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, among other leading Swiss politicians. During the talks, both parties highlighted the potential collaboration opportunities between Switzerland and Slovakia.
The two countries already maintain positive exchanges in the areas of economic relations and cooperations between research institutions. “This State Visit is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our bilateral ties and to develop our mutual interests”, Cassis emphasized in a speech to mark the State Visit. According to the press release, both countries see major potential in the area of cleantech in particular.
Alongside economic cooperation, issues such as the war in Ukraine and climate change were on the agenda for the State Visit. Moreover, President Čaputová paid a visit to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) to commemorate Aurel Stodola, a scholar from what is now northern Slovakia who worked as an ETH professor for mechanical engineering at the end of the 19th century. With his advances in turbine construction, Stodola “made a significant contribution to the success of Swiss industrial companies such as Escher Wyss and Brown, Boveri & Company”, the press release explains.