The speakers at the Visegrad Youth Forum 2017

ferenc_kalmarFerenc Kalmár, Deputy Head of the Defence Policy Unit, Defence Policy Department of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary

Ferenc Kalmár earned a European history and languages major in both English and French at the University of Maryland University College in Casteau, Belgium. He also holds an M.A in national security and defence policy from the Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University in Budapest, Hungary, as well as an M.A. in international security and defence studies from the Jean Moulin University in Lyon, France. Following his studies, he worked as a research fellow at the Policy Planning Unit of the Secretary General’s Private Office at the NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium, as the project manager for the Middle East and Balkans at the International Centre for Democratic Transition in Budapest, Hungary, and as a desk officer at the Department for Security Policy and Non-proliferation of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Between 2011 and 2016, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer at the Hungarian Embassy in the United States. He’s been serving as the Deputy Head of the Defence Policy Unit at the Defence Policy Department of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary since November 2016.

miroslav_mizeraMiroslav Mizera, Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Miroslav Mizera graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Matej Bel University and also studied at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium. In 2012, he graduated from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as well as from the International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States. Additionally, he successfully completed expert courses at the NATO School Oberammergau, the Slovak National Defense Academy and the European Union’s European Security and Defense College. In the past, he worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Euro-Atlantic Quarterly and served as Vice President of the International Youth Atlantic Treaty Association. Between 2010 and 2014, he served as Advisor to successive Deputy Ministers at the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic. Between 2014 and 2015, he held the post of Head of Secretariat for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2016.In 2016, he served as Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic.

jakub_kufcakJakub Kufčák, Research Fellow, AMO Research Center and Member of the Supervisory Board of AMO

Jakub Kufčák holds an M.A. in German and Austrian Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague, while also studying at the Free University in Berlin as part of the Erasmus exchange program. In 2013, he finished a one-year program in security studies (the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program) at the Prague Security Studies Institute. He also completed an internship at the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Furthermore, he is a contributing editor for the Czech “Portál odborných studentských textů”, an online academic journal for students. Since May 2017, he has been participating exclusively in educational and research projects and was named Member of the Supervisory Board of AMO in the same year.

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The Baltics to make their debut at the Visegrad Youth Forum

The Visegrad Youth Forum (VYF) makes its traditional return to Banská Bystrica, the “Heart of Slovakia”. VYF 2017 will take place between December 6 and December 8, 2017. Participating in the event will be young academics and experts from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and, for the very first time, from the Baltic states. This year’s edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum will be held under the auspices of Ivan Korčok, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

The Visegrad Youth Forum is a unique project with the goal of creating a platform, which would connect young participants from all V4 member countries with the knowledge of the attending experts on the topics of defence cooperation not only in the Visegrad region, but in the entire Euro-Atlantic framework, as well as on the future of Visegrad cooperation considering the ever-changing regional and global situation. For the very first time ever, participants from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will directly participate in the project. Furthermore, the project aims to encourage and further strengthen the public debate about the importance of the Visegrad Group, its current state, as well as the direction the group is heading, mostly regarding common foreign and security policies.

The sixth edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum will be attended by public figures and experts representing not only the governmental, but also the non-governmental field. Representatives of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic have confirmed their attendance at the event. Each V4 member state will be represented with a speaker at the event’s panel discussion.

Aside from an intensive and interactive workshop, the programme of this year’s Visegrad Youth Forum will be highlighted by its panel discussion titled “Defense cooperation: Mission (Im)Possible?”, which will focus on defence cooperation not only among V4 member states, but the current state, as well as the future of defence cooperation as part of Euro-Atlantic structures.

The forum will be capped off by a simulation of negotiations between NATO and Russia, during which the event’s participants will be put into positions of policy makers and state leaders trying to reach a consensus on the topic of the strengthening of the eastern border of the Alliance. The simulation will take place in the Center of Crisis Management (CEKR) at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Matej Bel University.

A rich cultural programme will also be part of VYF 2017, including a visit of the Training Centre Lešť, which mainly focuses on the training of special units of the Slovak Armed Forces, as well as other special forces that are part of the security framework of Slovakia. The participants can also look forward to a cultural evening, during which the participants will be divided into groups and will be tasked to present the culture of their native country.

The Visegrad Youth Forum 2017 is a project organized by the Euro-Atlantic Center in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Matej Bel University. The sixth edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum is supported by the International Visegrad Fund, the Public Diplomacy Division of NATO, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the city of Banská Bystrica and the Rotary Club Banská Bystrica.

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V4 – Brazil meeting in Budapest

Santiago Irazabal Mourão, Undersecretary General for International Cooperation, Trade Promotion and Cultural Themes of Brazil, paid a visit to Hungary on the occasion of the III. Hungary – Latin – America Forum (15-17 November 2017) and the related fourth meeting of the Hungarian-Brazilian Joint Economic Commission. This also provided the opportunity for a consultation between Brazil and the Visegrad countries, which was chaired by Mr. Szilveszter Bus Deputy State Secretary for Opening to the South. The meeting clearly showed the importance that Hungary attaches to one of the most influential countries in Latin America, and also signaled a growing interest and attention that Brazil pays to the region with one of the best performances in Europe.

The Brazilian partner spoke highly of the Hungarian government’s “Opening to the South” strategy that had been lunched in 2015, of Hungary’s growing presence in Latin America, and praised the special focus that the Hungarian Presidency of the V4 Group puts on the global relations of the Visegrad Four, especially the ones with countries outside of Europe. This Brazil-V4 foreign affairs and trade policy meeting was perfectly aligned with this global focus, and gave the chance to cover all current and potential new areas of cooperation and common interest.

To read more about the meeting, click HERE

Source: Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group

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VYF 2017 supported by its host city, Banská Bystrica

We are excited to announce that the Visegrad Youth Forum 2017 is supported by the city of Banská Bystrica. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that the official welcoming reception, the annual opening ceremony of the Visegrad Youth Forum 2017, will be held under the auspices of Mr. Ján Nosko, the mayor of Banská Bystrica.

Fotka Visegrad Youth Forum.

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VYF 2017 once again supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

We are proud to announce that this year’s Visegrad Youth Forum is supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic!

 

More announcements coming soon!

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Could Austria join the Visegrad Group?

After the recent Austrian parliamentary election, the prospect of the country joining the Visegrád Group, consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, has been discussed more than ever before. The joint past shared by these countries, their geographical proximity, the obvious avoidance of some Austrian politicians to publicly criticise the Hungarian government, and the announcement of a more restrictive migration and asylum policy play into these considerations.

Undoubtedly, national and thematic alliances within the EU do make sense. However, whether a possible membership in the Visegrád Group will be in Austria´s national interest and ultimately strengthen its political influence is highly questionable. In the debate about Europe, Vienna will likely still be inspired by Berlin and Paris rather than by Warsaw and Budapest.

To read more about the prospect of Austria joining the V4, click HERE

Source: EUROPP

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VYF 2017 supported by the International Visegrad Fund

We are honoured to announce that this year’s edition of the Visegrad Youth Forum is supported by the International Visegrad Fund!

Stay tuned for more announcements!

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Juncker holds talks with anti-immigrant Visegrad countries to avoid EU SPLIT

The European Commission president met the leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – all critical of his plan for ever closer integration. Juncker posed for a rather awkward picture with the four leaders before heading off for what was described as a “working dinner”. It marked the first time he had met Bohuslav Sobotka, Viktor Orban, Beata Szydlo and Robert Fico at the commission headquarters. And the meeting was seen as a crucial effort to try to appease the quartet following months of angry rhetoric. The group discussed issues of migration, defence, the EU budget and the much criticised Schengen passport-free area. Juncker tweeted afterwards: “I hosted a working dinner with the #V4 @EU_Commission.”

“On the menu: consensus through #compromise and #cooperation. #unity #FutureOfEurope.” He had invited the group in a letter earlier this month, stressing the “paramount importance” of “a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe”, strained by disputes over immigration and other issues as well as by Brexit. Furthermore, Juncker wrote: “I believe that preserving the unity of the 27 in this process is of paramount importance.”

To read more about the meeting, click HERE 

Source: Express

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The annual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkans

On Wednesday, the annual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkans took place in Budapest. The V4 Ministers reiterated their continued interest in and support for the Western Balkan region on its EU accession path, as well as their support for those countries in the Western Balkans that aim to achieve Euro-Atlantic integration.

Fotka Visegrad Youth Forum.

You can read the official joint statement of the V4 Foreign Ministers HERE

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VYF 2017 is looking for participants!

Are you a student of international relations, security policy, political science or journalism? Are you from one of the V4 member countries or Baltic states and interested in topics like defense cooperation, regional cooperation, or the V4 and NATO in general? Do you want to experience what it’s like to be a real policy maker and help create real policy recommendations? Then we’re looking just for you! Sign up for the Visegrad Forum 2017, a unique project which brings together young leaders and aims to create a platform, which will support an open and informal discussion about current topics!

The project consists of three stages, the first being the e-learning process, during which selected participants prepare for the VYF 2017 conference by studying provided material in order to familiarize with the topics of the conference. The conference itself is the second part of the project and will take place from December 6 until December 8 at the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. The final conference consists of a panel discussion, workshops and a simulation in the Centre for crisis management at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. The panel discussion will focus on the relationship between NATO members and non-member states.

The registration form for VYF 2017 is available HERE, with the registration deadline being September 24, 2017.

Click here to view and download the VYF 2017 Infopack

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