12 November, 2014 – 14:30 to 16:30


Please, be kindly advised that this event is upon separate invitation only

All Central European countries are currently on the path of recovery from the economic and sovereign debt crisis. Only close cooperation within the region of V4 and wider region of Central Europe including Austria can increase our efficiency for boosting growth. The level of growth could be increased by targeted measures supporting the further social-economic transformation of the region. The next European Commission will have to use its opportunity to better tune EU programs to the needs of these countries, restart the convergence process and boost the EU’s competitiveness.

The aim of the Policy Session is to discuss and present regional priorities and reflect them on the EU’s political cycle, as well as to recommend to Central European political representatives in which potential fields of cooperation further increase of efficiency is possible. Former and current opinion makers and leaders from Central Europe will share their vision on the future of these countries, and point out some of the necessary fields to reform for the success.
Since the Policy Session partner, the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), together with demosEUROPA- Centre for European Strategy recently published and addressed an Open Letter to the presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and to the European Council signed by key policy makers and governmental representatives highlighting the region’s vision for the next years, debate will reflect the exchange of this initiative. The letter was the follow-up of a report by the High-Level Expert Group entitled “Central Europe- Fit for the Future” that draw the conclusions of the last 10 years in the EU and recommended a growth strategy and reforms for the Central European countries.


Welcome words by

  • Karla Wursterová, Executive Director, International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava
  • Dušan Chrenek, Head of the Representation, Representation of the European Commission in Bratislava

Kick-off remarks by

  • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Former Prime Minister of Poland; Chairman of the Economic Council, The Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw
  • Ivan Korčok, Ambassador, CEA Founding Member, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union, Brussels
  • Rainer Münz, Head of Research and Knowledge Center, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
  • Karel Lannoo, CEO, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Chaired by

  • Vladimir Bilčík, Head of the EU Research, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava

Remarks by

  • Jozef Bátora, Director, Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Comenius University, Bratislava
  • Milan Nič, Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute, Bratislava
  • Michal Horváth, Member of the Council for Budgetary Responsibility, Bratislava
  • Vladimír Vaňo, Chief Analyst, CEE Europe, SBERBANK Europe AG, Vienna
  • Juraj Kotian, Head of CEE Macro Research, Erste Group Bank, Vienna
  • Róbert Vass, Vice-President and CEO, Central European Strategy Council, Bratislava
  • Milan Ježovica, Senior Fellow, MESA10, Bratislava
  • Vojtěch Belling, Director, Department for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Czech National Bank
  • Ivan Hodač, Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Aspen, Prague
  • Jiří Schneider, Senior Fellow and Director, Prague Security Studies Institute, Prague
  • Martin Pros, Deputy Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, Prague
  • Marcin Zaborowski, Director, Polish Institute for International Affairs, Warsaw
  • Roderick Parkes, EU Program Supervisor, Polish Institute for International Affairs, Warsaw
  • Agata Gostynska, Research Fellow, Centre For European Reform, London
  • Sándor Gallai, Director, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Budapest
  • Réka Szemerkényi, Chief Foreign and Security Policy Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, Budapest (TBC)
  • László Turóczy. Deputy State Secretary, Ministry for National Economy, Budapest (TBC)
  • Zoltán Pogátsa, professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Western Hungary, Györ