Key stakeholders from the V4 countries met up yesterday at the Slovak ministry of defence to come up with ideas on how to make defence collaboration in the region more effective.

The four countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) are building the 3000 troops-strong Visegrad EU Battlegroup which will be on stand-by in the first semester of 2016. The Visegrad Security Cooperation Workshop, organized by the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) focused mainly on the prospects of sustaining battlegroup’s key elements after its stand-by period will end.

A number of generals and other senior military officers and ministries’ professionals from across the region discussed with members of the DAV4 II Expert Group which will deliver a special report on the topic including recommendations for the Visegrad governments later this year.

CEPI launched its DAV4 project on defence collaboration among the Visegrad countries in 2012. Its success among the decision-making bodies has created a solid ground for further research and advocacy activities in this field. The initial project as well as its continuation in 2013 has been promoted by the International Visegrad Fund.

The event was organized by the Central European Policy Institute, a think-tank by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, and with kind support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.