13 June, 2016 – 14:30 to 16:00
EPC Auditorium (3rd floor), 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels

The European Policy Centre and the GLOBSEC Policy Institute are delighted to invite you to this Policy Dialogue.

Many things have recently been said about the Visegrád Group as the new ‘block of troublemakers’ in a crisis-driven, fragmented and increasingly polarized European Union (EU). However, the reality is much more complex and nuanced than this black and white image conveyed in Brussels and other EU capitals. There is thus a need to explain in more detail the Central European views and differences on a number of key issues that are likely to determine Europe’s future, including the Union’s response to the migration/refugee crisis, a potential Brexit, the leadership role of Germany, as well as the prospects for relations with Russia. In more fundamental terms, there is a need to shed light on the increasing perception of a growing schism between the EU’s ‘West’ and ‘East’ and the role of the upcoming Slovak EU Presidency, which aims to counter the increasing fragmentation between Member States.

At this Policy Dialogue, speakers from the Visegrád countries will explore these and other issues. Adam Balcer, Dániel Bartha, Martin Michelot, and Milan Nič will introduce the debate, moderated by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and participate in a Q&A session with the audience.


This project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.



Milan Nič

Head of Future of Europe Programme

Adam Balcer

Project Manager EU in Eurasia, WiseEuropa

Martin Michelot

Head of Research, Europeum Institute for European Policy

Dániel Bartha

Former Managing Director, Centre for Euro-Atlantic