The Visegrad Group (V4) has recently drawn attention thanks to its unity and disunity during the migration crises. However, the V4 cooperation is more structured and covers a wider ranges of areas than it might have been acknowledged when the salience of the migration issue overshadowed other discussions at the EU level.
It is long overdue, therefore, to get a better understanding of the Central European perspective on the current direction of the EU. CEPI, in cooperation with the Association for International Affairs (AMO), is please to invite you to our international presentation and discussion Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015 happening on 19 November 2015 in Brussels.
The event will feature the presentation of the results of a unique survey which thoroughly examined the opinions of 430 top foreign policy trend-setters from the V4 countries. Furthermore, the invited V4 MEPs will contribute with a viewpoint of the Brussels’ insiders on the Central European contribution to the EU’s policies.
Programme of the event
9:30 – 9:45 OPENING REMARKS
- Ambassador David Konecký, Deputy Head of the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
- Stefan Gehrold, Head of European Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
9:45 – 11:15 PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS: “TRENDS OF VISEGRAD FOREIGN POLICIES”
- Vít Dostál, Director of the Research Center, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Czech Republic
- Agnieszka Łada, Head of the European Programme, Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Poland
- Milan Nič, Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), Slovakia
- Zsuzsanna Végh, Research Fellow, Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University (CENS CEU), Hungary
11:15 – 11:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:45 – 12:45 PANEL DISCUSSION of MEPs
- Ivan Štefanec, MEP (KDH/EPP), Slovakia
- Tamás Meszerics, MEP (LMP/Green), Hungary
Chair: Milan Nič, Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), Slovakia
12:45 BUFFET LUNCHEON
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The event and the study is part of the Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015 project. The project demonstrates the extent of cohesion and areas of disagreement in this influential Central European grouping. It has addressed relevance of particular foreign policy issues, quality and importance of relations with individual countries, future of the EU as well as expectations regarding the Visegrad cooperation, international affairs, and transatlantic relations. The acquired data can thus serve as an information basis for a subsequent analysis of the Czech, Polish, Hungarian and Slovak foreign policy and the V4 itself. By comparing different positions of the stakeholders we can get better understanding of the existing obstacles in mutual Central European cooperation.