The Central European Strategy Council together with the Institute for Public Affairs are inviting you to public debates in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica as part of the FORUM 2000 conference which runs from 12 to 15 October in Prague and other Central European cities. Both debates in Slovakia will take place on 15 October 2014.

The topic of the debates will be “Democracy and Its Discontents: A Short Memory or a Real Reflection of Reality?” Starting at 16:00 in Bratislava (KC Dunaj) and 17:00 in Banská Bystrica (Cikker’s Room, Old Town Hall), our discussions will tackle the question of what democracy we expected after the fall of the Iron Curtain and what kind of democracy we actually have. Speakers will also discuss whether the Slovak public has really lost trust in democratic institutions and why. They will try to suggest ways to overcome this situation and to secure democratic values and institutions in the transatlantic community.

The panel in Bratislava will feature Ramiro Cibrian, Spanish political scientist, Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs, Rastislav Káčer, Honorary President of the Central European Strategy Council, Jakub Ptačin, a designer and young leader of the Operational Programme Nicer Slovakia, and Zora Jaurová, producer and President of the Forum of Creative Industry. The debate will be chaired by Slovak author Michal Hvorecký.

In Banská Bystrica, the panellists include Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of the Institute for Public Affairs, Marek Kapusta, Executive Director of the Open Society Foundation, Vladimír Pirošík, lawyer and civic activist, and a foreign guest from the FORUM 2000 conference. The debate will be chaired by Miroslav Kollár, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Affairs.

The debates will be in the Slovak language with a possibility of English interpreting if necessary.

More information on the FORUM 2000 conference at www.forum2000.cz .