Program

Visegrad Youth Forum 2016 Program

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Until 14:00 Arrival of participants
15:00 to 18:00 Field trip

Event location: Špania Dolina

18:00 to 21:30 Cultural evening

Event location: Koliba u sv. Krištofa

21:30 to 23:59 Ice-breaking night

 Thursday, December 08, 2016

7:00 to 8:00 Breakfast

Pension Grand, Banská Bystrica

8:45 to 9:00 Introduction

Radovan Javorčík, Director of the State Secretary Office, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

9:00 to 10:15 Panel Discussion: V4 – 25th anniversary: Successes and perspectives of future collaboration

From the creation of the V4 group until recent days, the region was able to define itself as a constructive and responsible entity and as a symbol of successful political and economic transformation. The 25th anniversary is a demonstration of these efforts and with the forthcoming challenges which our region and the European Union as a whole is facing, the role of V4 countries, who are stable members of both EU and NATO, will grow even more.

Thanks to coordinated procedures of V4 states, our voice in the international community is becoming stronger and in the future, it will allow us to push through our common goals more efficiently. But there are also number of tasks which can undermine our role in Europe such as differences in perception of migrant crisis, which is slowly disassembling the trust between the V4 and the EU and different perceptions of Russia‘s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, which complicate cooperation between the V4 countries themselves.

How shall the V4 states handle these challenges? Is Visegrad Group able to survive the globalisation process which is underway? How can we define the future of V4 in Europe? Will the V4 countries be able to create common approaches to tackle the problems not only in their neighbourhood, but also within the region?

Those are the questions, to which our political leaders should be able to deliver answers in the upcoming years.

Guests:

Peter Kormúth, Director of Department, Second Territorial European Department, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Piotr Samerek, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Poland to the Slovak Republic

Michal Vít, Research Fellow, Europeum, Czech Republic

Moderator:

Jakub Fedor, Vice President, Euro-Atlantic Center

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

10:15 to 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 to 11:45 Workshop 1

Topic: Security Environment in Central Europe

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

12:00 to 13:15 Lunch

Pension Boca, Banská Bystrica

13:15 to 14:45

Opening commentary 

Róbert Ondrejcsák, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Panel Discussion: Warsaw aftermath: Challenges for Central Europe

The V4 group stands on the eastern frontier of NATO, where it faces specific regional threats. Because of this, its security concerns and opinions differ from the southern and western members of the Alliance. The Warsaw Summit’s main focus was to address this division of interests between its members and to harmonize its actions to effectively counter various challenges on its eastern and southern border.

Security of the Central European regions is directly influenced by the events in the east of Ukraine and the threat of further Russian aggression. As the closest neighbours and partners of Ukraine, the fully integrated NATO and EU members of Central Europe should play a more active role in resolving the difficult situation and aiding the country in its crisis. At the same time, the regions should respond to provocative Russian activities by improving its security and strengthening the eastern border with the help of the Alliance. The concerns voiced in Warsaw reflect this reality and the Alliance must find a balance between facing the linear Russian threat in the East and various threats in North Africa and the Middle East.

Will the Alliance manage to maintain its existing level of cohesion in the face of new threats? What will be the future of NATO partnerships, and especially with Ukraine? How will Russia react to decisions and measures taken in Warsaw?  Did Warsaw contribute to strengthening of security of Central European countries?

Guests:

Radovan Javorčík, Director of the State Secretary Office, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

István Gyarmati, Ambassador, Professor, President, Center for Democracy Public Foundation, International Center for Democratic Transition, Budapest, Hungary

Jakub Wisniewski, Vice President of GLOBSEC, Director of GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Poland

Michal Šimečka, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic

Moderator:

Róbert Vancel, Program Coordinator, Euro-Atlantic Center

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

14:45 to 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 to 16:00 Workshop 2

Topic: NATO in Central Europe – Possible Cooperation with Ukraine

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

19:00 to 21:30 Official welcoming reception

Opening speech:

Branislav Kováčik, Dean, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica

Július Tomka, Governor-elect, Rotary Banská Bystrica

Martina Šinková, President, Euro-Atlantic Center

Event location: The State Science Library, Banská Bystrica

 Friday, December 09, 2016

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

Pension Grand, Banská Bystrica

8:10 to 11:50 Simulation: NATO + Ukraine Summit

Topic: Ukraine under cyberattack

Model situation:

Ukraine’s information systems have been attacked by unaffiliated groups and confidential information has been leaked.

Increased anti-western propaganda and renewed rebel activity suggest Russian involvement, but concrete evidence is lacking. Ukraine starts to lose ground in Donbass and pleads to NATO members for help. A NATO emergency summit with the participation of Ukraine is convened by the V4 countries and the Baltic states to prevent further escalation of the conflict.

Should NATO interfere in this crisis or should it stay neutral, as it does not concern its member state? Delegates must bear in mind that something similar can happen in any country. What is the attitude of 28 members? Will they reach consensus on the issue?

Chairman:

Ľubomír Mrváň, Program Coordinator, Euro-Atlantic Center

Event location: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Banská Bystrica

11:50 to 12:00 Group Picture
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch

Pension Boca, Banská Bystrica

13:00 to 14:30 Simulation: NATO + Ukraine Summit

Topic: Ukraine under cyberattack

Conclusions of the summit. The Secretary General conveys the conclusions of the summit and announces the consensual decision of the member states.

Closing remarks and certificate’s ceremony

Martina Šinková, President, Euro-Atlantic Center

15:00 Departure of participants

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