4 December, 2015 – 17:00 to 6 December, 2015 – 10:00


Château Béla Central European Strategic Forum is a three-day closed convening that brings together around forty high-profile political figures and issue experts from the Visegrad region, the wider Central and Eastern Europe as well as United States to discuss foreign, economic and security policy challenges that are currently influencing developments in the region. To encourage frank and dynamic talks, each year only a limited number of representatives are invited to participate. The setting is kept intimate and informal and the Chatham House Rule applies for the event’s entire duration. The Forum gathers policy-makers and representatives of the non-governmental sector who contribute to policy-making and policy-shaping in Central Europe.


The seventh annual Château Béla 2015 Central European Strategic Forum will provide a regional perspective on a number of issues set on the front burner of the political, security and economic agenda in Europe and North America. The debates will again address recent developments in Ukraine, Russia and their implications for Central Europe as well as contribute to shaping common strategies towards our neighbourhood, becoming more acute than ever. Major attention will also be dedicated to ongoing priorities of the European Union, mainly the future relations with the United Kingdom, all in context of the upcoming Slovak Presidency. The influx of refugees from the Middle East and its impact on Central Europe will also be featured prominently in the agenda. The Forum will not omit a conversation about NATO priorities with regard to the upcoming summit held in Warsaw in summer 2016.


The Strategic Forum is traditionally organised outside the bustle of Bratislava in the calm of the historical Château Béla, which significantly contributes to the event’s intimate and informal atmosphere. The Château is situated in southern Slovakia, close to the Slovak-Hungarian border formed by the Danube river, 10 km from the Slovak city of Štúrovo – only a bridge away from the Hungarian city of Esztergom. The Orangerie Ballroom, Gobelin Salon, Béla Hall and Baroque gardens offer an opportunity to debate in a small circle of old and new friends. The Forum also features a wine-tasting evening led by Mr Miroslav Petrech, a renowned Slovak vintner. The informal atmosphere and exceptionally pleasant family environment has been the key to the success of the Forum over the past six years.