The goal of the closed-format expert debate held on 11 December 2014 in Bratislava in partnership with the Slovak Atlantic Commission was to develop participants’ ability to identify and solve complex challenges facing societies in Slovakia and Central Europe and enhance the capacity to shape and strengthen the democratic process in their respective positions. Participants discussed 25 years of democracy and civic initiatives in the Central European region with experts in the field and the event provided participants with an opportunity to establish a network of like-minded leaders, ready to take on greater responsibility for a more mature civil society culture in Slovakia and Central Europe and stronger leadership within the European Union and NATO. The event convened an impressive group of 23 young emerging leaders of civil society, think tanks and governmental organisations who shared their vision on the future of the Central Europe and pointed out some of the necessary fields to reform, e.g. in foreign affairs, defence, judicial system and education policy fields for the success.

expert debate: 25  Years of Democracy: Modern Foreign Affairs Policy and Civic Society

Milan Nič, Director of Central European Policy Institute

Miroslav Mizera, Head of Secretariat of Presidency in Council of the EU 2016, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Miriama Gurínová, Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

chair: Róbert Vass, Executive Vice-President & CEO of the Strategy Council

The event organised by CEPI was supported by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.