The Economic Forum in Krynica – Zdroj is the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year the Forum, organized at the beginning of September brings more than 2,500 guests. These are political, economic and social leaders as well as approx. 500 journalists. The guests come from over 60 countries in Europe, Asia and America. The Economic Forum, by its concept, is open to various ways of thinking about state and economy. In Krynica people come together not only to present their offers and seek opportunities for cooperation, but also to participate in the first class debates class of business theorists and practitioners. Personal contacts are a great introduction to an agreement on issues that are of great importance.
Central European Policy Institute is a partner of the panel “The Visegrad Group – Security strategies in the region“.
One and half year after the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis the security situation behind the Eastern border of EU and NATO remains risky. Changing security environment compelled European countries, including members of Visegrad Group, to redesign their security policies and adapt the preparation of their armed forces and building of capabilities to the new conditions. Some of the NATO member states accelerated their modernization programs or launched the completely new ones. A major impetus within this trend was the NATO summit in Wales, which defined new goals and needs for upcoming period for the Alliance. However, a performance of the countries of V4 in setting and implementation of the new defence policies and meeting their individual commitments differs to some extent. It has been also reflected in the process of the security strategies` updating. While Poland updated its National Security Strategy in November 2014 and Czech Republic in February 2015 in a response to the Ukrainian crisis, Hungary did so in 2012 and Slovakia in 2005. That might have a negative consequences on the coherence of the group when facing new threats.
Therefore, the panel will address the following issues: How did the political leaderships of V4 countries reassessed the security environment? Have the threat perceptions of these countries changed? Is Russia perceived as a direct or indirect threat to the region? To what extent have the defence and military priorities changed? Has the role of expeditionary, territorial and collective defence operations changed in the political and military thinking of V4 countries? What have been the messages communicated by the political leaderships?
Veronica Anghel, Foreign Policy Advisor, Presidency of Romania, Romania
Peter Siklosi, Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defence, Hungary
Bogdan Klich, former Minister of Defence, Senator, Senate of the Republic of Poland, Poland
Mieczyslaw Gocul, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, Poland
Martin Malek, Senior Researcher, Austrian Ministry of Defence, National Defence Academy, Institute for Strategy and Security Policy, Austria
Moderator: Marian Majer, Head of the Security and Defence Policy Programme, Central European Policy Institute, Slovakia
Discussion will be held in English. Attendance is by invitation only.