31 March, 2016 – 16:00 to 17:30
Central European Policy Institute, Klariská 14

Central European Policy Institute cordially invites to a presentation of the “V4 Goes Global” publication.

The event will take place on 31 March, 16:00-17:30, at Central European Policy Institute, Klariská 14, Bratislava.

Panelists

Marián Majer, Director, Slovak Security Policy Institute, Bratislava

Peter Brezáni, Research Fellow, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava

Moderator

Milan Nič, Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute, Bratislava

Working language: English

Background Information

Over the last few years, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia-comrpising the Visegrad Group (V4)-have been more actively developing the global dimension of their foreign policy and exploring economic opportunities in non-European markets. In the report “V4 Goes Global” the Visegrad countries` cooperation with four major non-European emerging powers-China, India, Brazil and South Africa-is closely examined in three dimensions:political, economic and people-to-people. The report shows that the V4 countries all strive for common goals: strengthening the poilitical dialogue nd reviving economic cooperation. The V4 countries face similar challenges in their relations with these rising global giants, mostly due to development asymetry and limited contacts-a legacy of their shared communist-era heritage. While the Visegrad Group`s pimary focus is on relations in the region and within the EU, cooperation with China, India, Brazil and South Africa can emerge as a new important dimension of the V4`s international role. Although economic cooperation is least promising, their interests complement each other  in the political, cultural, academic, and tourist sectors. Provided there is a reciprocal interest, promoting the Visegrad brand through the V4+ format will prove fruitful in attaining national interests. However, success should not be taken for granted; to make the potential a reality, the V4 will need to strengthen current instruments and mechanisms while also creating new ones.

Presentation of the report is organized within the framework of the project “V4 Goes Global: Exploring opportunities n V4 cooperation with BASIC emerging powers”, supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

Speakers

Marian Majer

Former Head of the Security and Defence Policy Programme