18 February, 2016 – 09:00 to 18:00
Czernin Palace, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague


In 2016, the Visegrad Group (V4) celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding. The world, and in particular the political map of Europe, looked quite different then and now. Nevertheless they had one thing in common: the need to strengthen mutual trust and solidarity. The fact that the Visegrad Group has chosen these two goals as a basis of its cooperation proves the timelessness of its focus.

The Institute of International Relations Prague, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the International Visegrad Fund and the Think Visegrad platform organize closed expert conference on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Visegrad cooperation. The conference will take place in the Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and among its highlights will be the public speeches of the V4 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, a presentation of a report by the Eminent Personalities on the future of the Visegrad Group and a presentation of the V4 Presidency Mid-Term Review by the Think Visegrad as well as appearances by many distinguished speakers both from the V4 and from the outside regions.

Programme of the event:

10:40 – 11:45    Future of the V4 on the Background of Results Achieved in 25 Years

  • Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
  • Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
  • Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
  • Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Libor Rouček, Former member of the European Parliament
  • Chair: Michal Kořan, Deputy Director, Institute of International Relations Prague (tbc)

11:45 – 12:15    Think Visegrad – V4 Presidency Mid-Term Review Presentation

12:45 – 13:30    A presentation of the report on the future of the Visegrad Group by a panel of eminent persons

  • Pavol Demeš, Independent Expert, Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund
  • Wojciech Jerzy Gizicki, Associate Professor, Institute of Political Science and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • Jacek Purchla, Head of the Department of Economic and Social History, Krakow University of Economics
  • Libor Rouček, Former member of the European Parliament Katalin Szili, Commissioner of the Hungarian Prime Minister at the State Secretariat for National Policy
  • Chair: Dániel Bartha, Executive Director, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID), Hungary

14:30 – 16:00    Central Europe in the Future EU: A Non-Visegrad Perspective

  • Matej Avbelj, Associate Professor of European Law, Dean at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies
  • Rick Fawn, Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
  • Martin Michelot, Head of Research at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague
  • Chair: Benjamin Tallis, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations Prague and the Coordinator of the Institute’s Centre for European Security

You can download the programme here.