Can the Visegrad Group become a serious partner on the international arena?
On Thursday, 13th October 2016, you are invited to attend a series of public panel debates regarding foreign and economic policy in the V4 at SGH Warsaw School of Economics. The debates and evening networking session are addressed to everyone interested in the topic, and are part of the international conference “Young Visegrad 2016” coordinated by SGH Foreign Affairs Club.
The Visegrad Group has already reached its political goals. Member states’ accession to the EU and NATO was supposed to mark the end of the Group’s existence. At the time of Poland’s consecutive presidency experts wonder if the Visegrad Group is actually needed. If it is still needed, where can its new formula be found? Is it possible to say that on the 25th anniversary of the Group’s founding its idea has become just a cliché?
These and other questions will be raised on 13th October 2016 during public panel debates organised within „Young Visegrad 2016”, an international conference combined with a V4 talks simulation. The panel debates open to anyone interested in the topic will take place at the Warsaw School of Economics and will be divided into segments: morning and afternoon panels, and an evening networking session.
Next, on 14th October 2016 Polish and foreign students will play the roles of representatives of respective V4 member states. They will participate in exclusive workshops and simulation sessions during which they will talk about the V4’s joint position on the migration crisis and Brexit.
The migration crisis and Brexit are a new reality faced not only by established European powers like France or Germany, but also by newer EU member states like Poland, Czech, Slovakia and Hungary. Advocating for their joint interest, the Visegrad Group members have a chance of gaining a stronger voice on the international arena. In the experimental environment of a talks simulation, like in a laboratory, the potential future cooperation between core states of Central Eastern Europe will be put to a test.
The project „Young Visegrad 2016” is cofinanced by its main partner, the International Visegrad Fund (www.visegradfund.org).