CEPI released the DAV4 II Expert Group Report on Visegrad defence collaboration (VIDEFCO) on Monday, November 18, 2013. Its authors argue that the Visegrad EU battlegroup should serve to deepen regional co-operation in the long-term, ideally by making the unit or its components permanent or assembled on a regular basis. The document was put together by the Central European Policy Institute thanks to the support of the International Visegrad Fund and in co-operation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, International Centre for Democratic Transition and Jagello 2000. More information soon on our website, twitter and facebook channels.

The DAV4 II Expert Group on the future of Visegrad rapid-deployment capacities includes experienced academia and non-governmental experts, defence ministries’ senior civilian and military officers, and diplomats: Col. Zoltán Bali, Jozef Bátora, Amb. István GyarmatiJan Havránek, Jan Jireš, Wojciech Lorenz, Mário NicoliniMilan Šuplata, and Marcin Terlikowski.

About the DAV4 project

The DAV4 II is a project of the Central European Policy Institute, a think-tank by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, and its Visegrad partners (Polish Institute of International Affairs, Jagello 2000 and International Centre for Democratic Transition), supported by the International Visegrad Fund. It is a follow-up to last year’s ‘Defence Austerity in the Visegrad Region’ (DAV4) project, which has played an important role in boosting defence collaboration among the Visegrad countries. The second DAV4 project aims at analysing possibilities for regional collaboration in two specific areas identified by the original report: collaboration on cyber-defence and common rapid-deployment capabilities. This report elaborates on the latter, focusing on why the region should build permanent structures based on the 2016 battlegroup, what options the governments have and what needs to be done to make their ambitions happen.

Making of the report

Throughout 2013, the DAV4 experts carried out research based on interviews with defence and foreign policy professionals and decision-makers, inputs from debates organised by the Central European Policy Institute, and desk research. In the course of the project, two events open to the expert communities were organised, in order to learn, put forward ideas and receive feedback. To launch a broader discussion on the topic among the ministries’ professionals, think-tankers and academics, the Visegrad Security Co-operation workshop took place in Bratislava at the end of January 2013. The debate continued on the margins of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum, the leading foreign and security conference in Central Europe, in April 2013. The expert group had the opportunity there to test their ideas and receive all-important feedback from security and defence policy practitioners. Based on their advice and the data already acquired, a draft of the document has been elaborated and vigorously peer-reviewed.

Original 2012 report

The work of the present DAV4 expert group directly follows on from the work of the preceding expert group, which produced its report4 in 2012 and which deserves credit for launching the initiative. The group led by Tomáš Valášek included top security and defence minds from the region: Jozef Bátora, Jiří Schneider, Gareth Chapell, Gen. (Ret.) Jiří Šedivý, Attila Demkó, Marcin Terlikowski, Amb. István Gyarmati, Gen. (Ret.) László Tömböl, Jan Jireš, Amb. Rastislav Káčer and Marcin Zaborowski.