Slovakia has made significant progress in transitioning from being part of a socialist, pro-Soviet republic to an independent, democratic nation. However, much hard work is still ahead, as highlighted in the 2010 Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on November 10, 2010. During her speech, Radičová acknowledged Slovakia’s achievements as an independent state and expressed gratitude for the aid and support the country has received from friendly nations and trans-Atlantic partnerships. She emphasized Slovakia’s strong commitment to maintaining good relations with the U.S. and other European nations and its unwavering dedication to the European Union.
Following her lecture, Ted Russell of the Friends of Slovakia presented Prime Minister Radičová with the group’s Medal of Honor. Thomas Dine of the American Friends of the Czech Republic presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation.