VYF 2018 will begin in:
In cooperation with
Marek Dvořáček, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Masaryk University
Jakub Groszkowski, Head of Department, Central 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 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 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 Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region.
The last event of the events held in each respective V4 capital was held in Warsaw, Poland on 23rd November 2018. Event was organized with our partner organization SKN Spraw Zagranicznych SGH. We hope that events in V4 capitals will become a traditional part of VYF.
The third event of the events held in each respective V4 capital was named “Development of Czech diplomacy” and held in Prague, Czech republic on 15th November 2018. Event was organized with our partner organization Junior Diplomat Initiative. We hope for many other co-operations with them.
The second event of the historically first circle of events held in each respective V4 capital was “Dynamic Visegrad for Europe: The priorities of the SK V4 PRES” and held in Budapest, Hungary on 8th November 2018. Event was organized with our partner organization Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture. We hope that was the first of many VYF events which will take place in Budapest.
On 23rd of november has marked the end of the historically first circle of events held in each respective V4 capital as part of the Visegrad Youth Forum project. We are very proud of this format and would like to express our gratitude to all our partners.
Let us evaluate this process and look how and where it all began.
The first event of the Visegrad Youth Forum 2018 prior to the final VYF conference titled “Slovakia behind the Iron Curtain and today” took place at the University of Economics in Bratislava on 18th October 2018. Speaking at the event were Marína Zavacká and Juraj Kalina from the Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.