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05.04.2012, 17:26

In a week GLOBSEC shall welcome two dozens of Ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents

Next week Slovakia shall be the political centre of Europe. Bratislava will become the venue of the three-day GLOBSEC forum that shall welcome more than 500 politicians, diplomats and experts from all over the world. Foreign policy and security, economic and European issues shall be discussed. At the same time, one of five most important global conferences will be the last important event in Europe prior to the May NATO Chicago Summit.

Bratislava, April 5, 2012 - In just a few days Bratislava's international GLOBSEC forum shall be the venue for meetings of Presidents of Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia: Ivo Josipović, Danilo Türk and Ivan Gašparovič in the eve of Croatia's joining of the European Union. The biggest regular foreign policy event in Central Europe shall be on April 12-14 in Bratislava's Kempinski River Park hotel. Topics will include security cooperation in our region, turbulent economic situation in Europe, integration of the Balkans and the world after the Arab Spring.

On top of Presidents, Bratislava shall be the destination of two dozens of high state officials from Europe and the US including Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers mostly of Foreign Affairs and Defense. "Attendance has been confirmed by the Prime Minister of Monte Negro, by the Deputy Prime Ministers of Georgia and Albania, Foreign Affairs or Defense Ministers of Bulgaria, of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Macedonia and Norway, to mention a few," stated Róbert Vass, founder of the forum and Secretary General of the Slovak Atlantic Commission that is the event's lead organizer.

Other influential personalities of international politics as well as high NATO and EU officials shall make the journey to join GLOBSEC. "Insofar, confirmed guests include Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Ivo Daalder, former foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama and currently U.S. Ambassador to NATO. GLOBSEC shall also see the presence of the highest ranking woman in the US Army, Vice-Admiral Carol M. Pottenger and NATO Parliamentary Assembly Chair and German politician Karl Lamers," added Róbert Vass.

"We managed to attract top experts in various fields from around the globe. Thanks to the partnership with the most influential European economic think-tank Bruegel, Slovakia shall be the venue of discussions concerning the future of the EU, of the Euro zone and the debt crisis," explained Róbert Vass. Besides Bruegel boss Jean Pisani-Ferry, the invitation was accepted also by the author of a number of Italian tax reforms and former Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti. The head of the investment division at Goldman Sachs, Jim O'Neill and advisor to the European Central Bank on European Financial Integration, Ignazio Angeloni, shall join the discussion as well.

This year's GLOBSEC shall welcome distinguished people from around the globe. After a year, leader of Belarus' opposition Aleksander Milinkievič shall come again. The invitation was accepted also by the world-famous Egyptian political economist and publicist Tarek Osman who predicted the fall of Egypt's regime a few months before the revolution broke out. Raghida Dergham, a distinguished journalist and Al Hayat correspondent who is considered one of the world's fifty most influential Arab women and Anas El Gomati, a respected Libyan political analyst and commentator shall be there as well.

GLOBSEC shall be the first top international event for the new Slovak Government that shall be represented by a number of its representatives including the designated Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák.

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