22 January, 2014 – 10:00 to 13:00
Kempinski Hotel River Park, Bratislava

Central Europe can play a much bigger role in the EU but it must change its modus operandi. Two leading regional think-tanks, demosEuropa and CEPI, will present and discuss their new report “Central Europe Fit for the Future” on Wednesday, 22 January, in the first instalment of the international series of panel discussions. This new report is the outcome of a year-long work of the Central Europe in the EU project’s High Level Reflection Group comprising the region’s leading officials and opinion-makers. “We call for the refashioning of the region’s growth model with more focus on its global competitiveness and innovation capacity. Closer ties with Austria would be especially important in that effort,” says CEPI’s Milan Nič. The report resulted in twelve practical recommendations for the region’s decision-makers and will be presented by Milan Nič, CEPI’s head of the Central Europe and South-East Europe programmes, and Paweł Świeboda, president of demosEUROPA.The following panel discussion will include Peter Javorčík, State Secretary at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; Rainer Münz, Head of Research at Erste Group Bank; and Edward Lucas, Senior Editor with The Economist & Senior Associate of CEPI. The Bratislava event will be held at 10AM on 22 January in the Kempinski Hotel River Park (Dvořákovo nábrežie 6, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia), and will be followed by presentations in Warsaw (23 January, 2:30PM), and in Brussels (29 January, 8:30AM) co-organised with the think-tank Bruegel.

Members of the Reflection Group are:

  • Josef Christl, Founder & Manager, Macro-Consult, Vienna
  • Danuta Hübner, Chair of the Regional Development Committee in the European Parliament
  • (and former EU Commissioner for Regional Policy), Brussels
  • Peter Javorčík, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) of the
  • Slovak Republic
  • Milan Ježovica, Consultant, M.E.S.A. 10 (and former State Secretary of MFEA), Bratislava
  • Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow
  • at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
  • Roman Kuźniar, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland
  • Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist, London
  • Katarína Mathernová, Senior Adviser, The World Bank, Brussels
  • Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
  • Republic of Poland
  • Rainer Münz, Head of Research and Knowledge Center, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
  • Milan Nič, Head of Programmes, CEPI, Bratislava
  • Jiří Schneider, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Réka Szemerkényi, Chief Advisor on Foreign and Security Policy, Office of the Prime
  • Minister of Hungary
  • Martin M. Šimečka, Editor of Respekt news magazine, Prague
  • Paweł Świeboda, President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, Warsaw