We’re proud to present the official video from the Visegrad Youth Forum 2018. Relive the entire VYF experience by watching the video detailing the entire final three-day conference in Banská Bystrica. Enjoy!
This year’s edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum has been truly exceptional. Not only did we manage to give a graphic redesign of the project’s visual identity, but to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the current format of the Visegrad Group, we were able to organize a cycle of side event in each capital city of the V4 for the very first time in project history.
This wouldn’t be able without the financial support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, the International Visegrad Fund, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the city of Banská Bystrica, the Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region, the help of our institutional partners, namely the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Matej Bel University, the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, Rotaract Banská Bystrica, support from our commercial partners Lunter, DRU, Zvolenský, Urpiner and TATRATEA, and our partner organizations Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture, Junior Diplomat Initiative and the SGH Foreign Affairs Club, which helped us organize each of the four side events prior to the final conference in Banská Bystrica. We would also like to thank all of our guests that spoke at the events in the respective V4 capitals and at the final conference’s panel discussion, as well as our mentors that oversaw the workshop sessions at the conference.
Last but not least, all this wouldn’t be possible without you, the future leaders of the V4, the support and enthusiasm of which shows that it’s all worth the effort. To mark this special occasion, we decided to publish a brochure detailing this year’s Visegrad Youth Forum, which includes all reports and outputs from the conference.
Both the graphic redesign and the brochure were designed by our graphic mastermind, Euro-Atlantic Center Vice-President Martin Mancoš. Once again, thank you for making this year’s VYF truly one of a kind! See you next year!
A big thank you to all of you who helped us make 2018 such a successful and extraordinary year for the Euro-Atlantic Center! We would like to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you next year!
Mr. Marek Lenč, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica
Dominika Cevárová, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica
Marek Dvořáček, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Masaryk University, Brno
Vladimír Müller, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica
Róbert Vancel, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica
Jakub Groszkowski, Head of Department, Central European Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw, Poland
Jakub Groszkowski is head of the Central European Department at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw. Before joining the Centre he was a journalist at Polskie Radio. He graduated from the University of Warsaw and studied at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia. In his analytical work he focuses on the foreign and domestic policies of the Central European countries, as well as regional cooperation.
Jana Juzová, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague, Czech Republic
Jana Juzová graduated in International Relations at Masaryk University in Brno and continues her doctoral studies there with focus on the topic of regional cooperation in the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkans. During her studies, she spent a semester at the University of Bologna and participated in a summer university at the University of Pristina. In years 2015 to 2017, she worked for the Institute of International Relations in Prague. She obtained experience also in the Agora Central Europe organization, GLOBSEC or the EULEX mission to Kosovo. Her research focuses on regionalism, Visegrad cooperation, democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, and EU enlargement.
Marko Salíni, Secretary, European Affairs Section, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Marko Salíni is Secretary of the European Affairs Section at Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In previous years he worked at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Paris, V4 State Department and Department of the Diplomatic Academy. He graduated from the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. In his research he focuses on the Central European geopolitics, with an emphasis on the Visegrad cooperation.
András Máté Lázár, National Visegrad Coordinator of Hungary, Department for Visegrad Cooperation and Central Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
András M. Lázár is Hungary’s National Visegrad Coordinator & head of unit for regional cooperation at the Department for Visegrad Cooperation and Central Europe, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously he was chief of cabinet of the ministerial commissioner responsible for Hungary’s 2017/18 Presidency of the Visegrad Group. He is also co-president of the Young Diplomats’ Club of Budapest. He graduated at the Corvinus University of Budapest as International Relations’ Expert. Mr. Lázár was a guest lecturer at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest. He participated in conferences and panel discussions dealing with the V4, and also published on the topic. His other areas of interest include American and British politics.
We would like to thank our commercial and institutional partners. DRU Tyčinky, Lunter, TATRATEA, Urpiner, Zvolenský, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations UMB, SNP Museum and Rotary Club Banska Bystrica.
We are honored to announce that this year’s edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum is supported by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, International Visegrad Fund, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the city of Banská Bystrica and the Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region.
The fourth and final event of the side events held in each respective V4 capital was held in Warsaw, Poland on November 23, 2018. The event was organized in cooperation with our partner organization SKN Spraw Zagranicznych SGH.