Château Béla Central European Strategic Forum, organised by GLOBSEC, is a three-day closed convening that brings together around forty high-profile political figures and issue experts from the Visegrad region, wider Europe as well as United States to discuss foreign, economic and security policy challenges that are currently influencing developments in the region. To encourage frank and dynamic talks, each year only a limited number of representatives are invited to participate. The setting is kept intimate and informal and the Chatham House Rule applies for the event’s entire duration. The Forum guests are expected to contribute to policy-making and policy-shaping in Central Europe and beyond.
The eighth annual Château Béla 2016 Central European Strategic Forum will provide a regional perspective on a number of issues set on the front burner of the political, security and economic agenda in Europe and North America. The influx of refugees, raise of populism and extremism and the United Kingdom referendum has put the EU under enormous stress. The debates will therefore focus on internal and external challenges the region and European Union face, all in context of the then-concluding Slovakia’s EU Presidency. The result of the presidential election in the United States and its impact not only on Central Europe but global development itself will also feature prominently in the agenda. The Forum will not omit a discussion about NATO priorities, especially how the tasks and commitments from the Warsaw Summit are transforming into reality.
CHÂTEAU BÉLA: A TOUCH OF HISTORY
The Strategic Forum is traditionally organised outside the bustle of Bratislava in the calm of the historical Château Béla, which significantly contributes to the event’s intimate and informal atmosphere. The Château is situated in southern Slovakia, close to the Slovak-Hungarian border formed by the Danube river, 10 km from the Slovak city of Štúrovo – only a bridge away from the Hungarian city of Esztergom. The salons of the Château offer an opportunity to debate in a small circle of old and new friends. The Forum also features a wine-tasting evening led by Mr Miroslav Petrech, a renowned Slovak vintner. The informal atmosphere and exceptionally pleasant family environment has been the key to the success of the Forum over the past seven years.
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