As in all previous years, CEPI team is contributing to the Tatra Summit, an annual conference in Bratislava on EU politics and economic issues. This year, CEPI is co-organizing a policy session titled Central European Perspectives on the EU Integration and a roundtable titled V4’s energy security and markets: challenges ahead.

The roundtable will focus on the energy security in the Visegard region and the role of the V4 countries in increasing EU’s energy security. According to the EU Energy Security Strategy, in the long term perspective, Member States should reduce their dependency on particular fuels, energy suppliers, and supply routes. In addition, EU countries should continue to develop well-functioning internal energy market. In the area of gas supply, the main challenge is the  insufficiency  of  supply  diversification  and  the  resulting  vulnerability  to  Russia.  The  potential implementation of the proposed Nord Stream 2 project is an issue of great concern for the V4 countries. If implemented, Nord Stream  2 will likely cut the Russian gas supplies through Ukraine to Central and Eastern Europe. This development might seriously undermine the recently implemented gas market diversification policies.  How  can  V4  countries  cooperate  on  infrastructure  building?  How  to  boost  investment  into modernization and improvement of efficiency of existing capacities? What policies should be implemented to improve cooperation on connecting electricity markets in the region? The roundtable will also feature the presentation of the new policy paper ‘V4’s role in increasing EU’s energy security’ led by the Central European Policy Institute.

You can find out more about the panel here.

The policy session ‘Central European Perspectives on the EU Integration‘ will discuss regional views on the EU’s future and common interests in policy areas that have recently dominated the EU’s agenda (migration/refugee crisis, energy security, UK referendum, digital issues, external relations). As the Visegrad Group prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we can discuss its current image and capacity to shape decisions on the EU level. To what extend the V4’s position on migration issues and against the relocation mechanisms diminished its influence in other European debates? What are the V4 views on and what interests are at stake in the forth-coming UK in/out referendum? What does the region expect from the Slovak EU Presidency in 2016, and what will be its main challenges? Our panel with eminent V4 personalities will begin with a brief presentation of the comparative survey ‘Trends in Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015’.

You can find the full description of the panel here.

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