The Brussels Region– the Capital (The Kingdom of Belgium)
The first official contact started in 2003 when the Slovak Prime Minister, during his visit to Belgium, met the Governor of the Brussels Region– the Capital. Their discussion resulted in an initiative and interest to conclude an agreement on co-operation with a partner Slovak region. The office of the Government then contacted the Bratislava Self-Governing Region. The Bratislava Self-Governing Region and Brussels Region– the Capital, after having exchanged affirmative letters on joint interest in future co-operation, agreed to conclude an agreement. Both parties wished to sign the agreement even prior to Slovakia joining the EU.
The o-operation Agreement between the Brussels Region– the Capital and the Bratislava Self-Governing Region was signed on March 9th, 2004, in Brussels.
The Agreement focuses on co-operation between regional self-government and local/municipal governments, co-operation in economy, culture and the issues of cultural heritage, exchange of experience from operation and financing of regional institutions, European integration, etc.
Partners from the Brussels Region– the Capital assisted with establishing the Bratislava Self-Governing Region Office in Brussels, though it was established even before the Co-operation Agreement was signed.