Young leaders representing all Eastern Partnership countries visited Slovakia on November 2–5, 2014 as a part of the project entitled „the Transformational Leadership Forum“ (TLF). The project has been implemented by a consortium of NGOs from EaP and Visegrad 4 countries under the leadership of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies. The project has been implemented throughout the year 2014 and consisted of two forums – first held in June in Tbilisi, Georgia and second in November in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Slovak part of the TLF was organized by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, which is also the member of the TLF international NGO consortium. Participants of the TLF programme consisted from each of the EaP and V4 countries – two persons per country – who were selected at the beginning through national selection rounds based on their professional career and merits. The goal of the project is to provides a unique forum for emerging leaders from EaP and V4 countries to connect, exchange experiences, and obtain practical training to advance their knowledge and skill set. Guest speakers from foundations, think tanks, government, businesses, and international organizations provided practitioners viewpoint on important issues ranging from transformational reforms implemented by particular project countries as well as most current international relations issues. The project is financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF).

 

Bratislava’s activity consisted of meetings of young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with Slovak politicians, state administration experts as well as NGO pundits, who spoke about Slovakia’s transformational experience in different areas. The agenda involved meetings with Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Mr. Peter Javorčík, head of the Parliamentary foreign affairs committee František Šebej, foreign policy advisor to the Slovak President Amb. Martin Bútora, public administration experts from the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic as well as former Minister of social affairs Mr. Ľudovít Kaník and number of experts from NGOs and business.