Over the past weekend, European commissioners, dozens of ministers and EU officials, hundreds of analysts and scholars gathered in Bratislava to reflect upon the current European problems and find the solutions at GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2016. One of the initiatives of GLOBSEC, headed by Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, was also introduced. It aims at preventing terrorism by reforming European intelligence.
The fifth edition of the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit has been the biggest conference GLOBSEC organised so far. Over 1,300 representatives of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from over 50 countries discussed the further direction of European integration, such as the Economic and Monetary Union, Digital Single Market and the reform of the European Union. Apart from the proposals for a better EU future, decision-makers together with experts brainstormed on solutions to the topical challenges the EU faces, namely migration, Brexit and rising extremism. Our guests German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, European Commissioners Pierre Moscovici, Kristalina Georgieva and the world-class economist Arthur Laffer openly denominated the problems of the European Union where they reproached the weak political will, delaying important decisions and political correctness. Thus, the frank debates in 30 panels and 120 side-meetings evolved from naming concrete weaknesses to proposing the improvements in Europe. One such case was fostering a strategy for digitising European industry. New ideas flourished due to the diverse background of speakers, among which were 9 ministers, 7 deputy ministers, and the fact that 40% of all participants were women which is more than at other similar events.
However, “we all know that all this work does not start or finish at the conference. If we want the European project to survive, the EU reform will require constant attention of all of us beyond this room, be them Berlin, Brussels or Bratislava,” said GLOBSEC President Róbert Vass. Therefore, for the first time, the conference organiser GLOBSEC has developed its own original initiative addressing the highly topical problem in Europe, terrorism. GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative offers 4 practical bottom-up solutions which aim at countering terrorist attacks before they occur by reforming European intelligence while cooperating with the best authorities in the transatlantic space. The 4-day event charged with inspiring encounters and new ideas was covered by 125 journalists from both national and international media outlets, among others Politico, Reuters, Huffington Post, EUobserver, Bloomberg and The Atlantic.
Moreover, the special part of the conference, GLOBSEC Tatra Summit Investment Forum, has bolstered new investment opportunities not only in the CEE region while tackling the hottest topics of Smart Energy, Transport, Digital Agenda, Pension Funds and PPP & Financing in 5 parallel streams. The pinnacle of the weekend was GLOBSEC European Award ceremony, which was bestowed on Mr Schäuble thanks to his contribution to integrated Europe. In the end, with GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2016 has contributed to GLOBSEC’s long-term goal, i.e. to secure impact so that foreign policy choices are translated into more stable and free international environment.
GLOBSEC is an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation whose mission is to connect key experts on foreign and security policy from all over the world while shaping the global debate. Apart from organising one of the top security conferences in the world, GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum, it also established GLOBSEC TATRA Summit, a forum designed to deal with European affairs. GLOBSEC also associates the think-tank GLOBSEC Policy Institute and the GLOBSEC Academy Centre educational platform designed for young experts and leaders.