Ivan Korčok, the Slovak Ambassador to the USA, was awarded the Czech and Slovak Transatlantic Award at the NATO Days in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on September 16, 2018. Ian Brzezinski, son of US foreign policy legend Zbigniew Brzezinski, presented the award to Amb. Korčok in recognition of his many years of efforts in supporting transatlantic relations. Korčok led the Slovak delegation during accession talks with NATO in 2002 and Slovakia became a member in 2004. He also served as ambassador to Germany and the EU, engaging significantly in European politics over the past decade.
During the award ceremony, Korčok stressed the importance of communication between the EU and the USA, especially during this challenging time in their relationship. He emphasized that even though they may have differing opinions on certain issues, they cannot afford to become rivals on the global stage. Korčok assumed the post of Slovak ambassador in Washington just a few days before receiving the award.
Ian Brzezinski commended Korčok for his 26 years of excellent service to his country and his significant contributions to the development of the EU and NATO. Brzezinski stated that Korčok has earned respect and appreciation from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.