11 July, 2013 – 09:30 to 12:00

The 2008-2009 global financial crisis and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis in many member states has awakened the European Union from a decade of relatively selfsufficient complacency, which was characterised by a fundamental disagreement over the future shape of supranational institutions and policies. The crisis initiated an unexpected wave of functionalist spill over towards deeper economic and political integration in the Eurozone and beyond.

The result is emergence of multiple horizontal cores of integration in the EU with varying degrees of vertical integration. The 17 Eurozone countries are in the process of moving towards full economic and political union and represent the deepening of the inner core of the EU.Ten countries outside the Eurozone are divided horizontally into three integrative groups with decreasing levels of integration in the following order: the euro plus group, the signatories of the intergovernmental fiscal compact and the periphery group of outsiders.

The Visegrad-4 countries are represented in each of the cores which put them into a potentially crucial strategic position to ensure the internal cohesion of the EU under crisis conditions and the emerging multiple core setups. What potential role each of the V4 countries can play in preventing a permanent horizontal division of the EU’s membership base ? How can they tackle the profound adverse social effects of the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone? What effects this division has on the Visegrad Cooperation? We are looking forward to seeing you all here for the discussion!

The Central European Policy Institute invites you to a policy debate with Dr. Christian Schweiger, Lecturer in Government at the School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University and Visiting Fellow at the Central European Policy Institute. The debate will take place in the premises of the Central European Policy Institute (Klariská 14, 811 03, Bratislava) on Thursday, 11th of July 2013, at 9:30 am.