Think Visegrad in Brussels

In the first half of 2016, eight think-tanks from the Visegrad Group that have been cooperating in the Think Visegrad platform, agreed on the idea proposed by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, to create a common representation office in Brussels. The main motivation for it is the need to encourage debate on issues of common interest to the EU and the V4 and explain the positions of the V4 to a wide audience. Think Visegrad in Brussels would like to project an image of constructive partners, to explain the dynamics of the debates within our regions and to highlight our active contributions to EU policy-making.

 

The project brings together all the members of the Think Visegrad network, namely:

 

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA), Bratislava (main coordinator)

GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava

Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Warsaw

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw

Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), Budapest

Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID), Budapest

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague

Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague

 

Activities

Activities in 2018

External activities – Public events

 

“Echoes of the EU – Western Balkans Summit: New beginning?”

The conference “Echoes of the EU – Western Balkans Summit: New beginning?” took place on Wednesday, 23rd of May 23, 2018, from 14:00 until 16:00 at the European Parliament. The event was organized by the Think Visegrad Platform in cooperation with Mr. Eduard Kukan, Member of the European Parliament (member of the AFET committee and chair of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, EPP/Slovakia).

 

The speakers discussed the developments in the region and the challenges of the enlargement process, in the light of the Sofia Summit, which took place a week earlier, on 17th of May 2018.

 

The event was moderated by Ms. Jana Juzová, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the keynote speech was provided by Ms. Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for Western Balkans at the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations. Light refreshments were served after the event.

 

Following panel featured:

  • Eduard Kukan (European Parliament)
  • Anna Orosz (IFAT)
  • Tomasz Zornaczuk (PISM)
  • Genoveva Ruiz Calavera (European Commission)

 

In the second part of the conference, the MEPs present were invited to share their comments and remarks:

  • Cristian Dan Preda (Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP)
  • Igor Šoltes (Vice Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, Rapporteur for Kosovo, Greens)
  • Alojz Peterle (Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee, EPP)
  • Charles Tannock (Member of AFET, Rapporteur for Montenegro, ECR)

 

The event attracted more than 60 participants and featured a Director for Western Balkans at DG Near, 5 MEPs working on Western Balkans and various other stakeholders. The debate was very well received by our guests and speakers and the format of bringing together researchers, MEPs and the Commission is highly appreciated. The format followed up on a debate titled “The Western Balkans integration process: State of play in 2017”, organized by the TVB and MEP Kukan in a similar setting in 2017.

You can find the full report from the event and a gallery here.

 

 

 

“New Transatlanticism in Central Europe: The V4 and NATO in Question”

 

The event, organized in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, took place at the Brussels Office of the GMF (Rue de la Loi 155, 1040, Brussels) on Thursday June 7th, 2018 (17:00 – 19:00).

 

The event was opened by Zuzana Stuchlíková (Head of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy), moderated by Bruno Lété (Senior Research Fellow, GMF) and featured:

  • Tomáš Nagy (Research Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, GPI)
  • Daniel Bartha (Director, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy CEID)
  • Elisabeth Braw (Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council)

 

Panellists discussed what the Alliance has brought the V4 countries, which celebrated between 15 and 20 years of NATO membership at the 2018 NATO Summit, and how it continues to be perceived today. They agreed that the V4 countries remain committed to long-term deterrence measures toward Russia but have had lackluster levels of defense spending and commitment in other frameworks — the EU, for example. This event explored the expectations of Central European countries from the next NATO Summit and beyond.

 

The event welcomed more than 70 participants from the EU/NATO Brussels scene and received very good feedback by the participants. A glass of wine was provided after the event.

You can find the report from the event and a gallery here.

 

 

 

“Chinese investments in Europe: Comparing perceptions across Western and Central Europe” 

 

The conference, co-organized by the TVB and EGMONT The Royal Institute for International Relations, took place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (14:00 – 18:00) in the Egmont Palace, Brussels. The main aim of the conference was to take a closer look at the EU-China relationship regarding investments. The discussions tackled issues related to the scope and the political background of investments in the EU and covered the different perceptions of Central European countries involved in the 16+1 format.

 

The conference consisted of 2 panels – “Chinese investments: detailing the issue” and  “Raising to the challenge: Comparing perceptions across Western and Central Europe”. The event was opened by a keynote speech by Mr. Philippe Duponteil (Head of China at the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission). Coffee break was prepared during the break.

 

The first panel „Chinese investments: detailing the issue“ was moderated by Mr. Thomas Renard (The Egmont Institute) and featured:

  • Rudolf Furst (Institute for International Relations, Czech Republic)
  • Amanda Rohde (Friends of Europe, Belgium)
  • Weinian Hu (CEPS, Belgium)

 

The second panel „Raising to the challenge: Comparing perceptions across Western and Central Europe“ was moderated by Mr. Alexandr Lagazzi (EUROPEUM) and included:

  • Tobias Gehrke (The Egmont Institute)
  • Justyna Szczudlik (PISM, Poland)
  • Rudolf Furst (Institute for International Relations)

 

The event was attended by over 60 people and was live-streamed online, where it recorded over 500 views and reached more than 1400 people. The event gained attention of the Clingendael Institute (Netherlands), which offered to publish its conclusions and contributions as a series featured in their online outlet, the Clingendael Spectator. Three articles were published:

 

EU-China Investments: Solving the 16+1 Equation by Alexander Lagazzi (EUROPEUM)

EU-China investments: Europe’s Strategic Interest by Amanda Rohde (Friends of Europe)

EU-China investments: Barriers to Market Access in China by Weinian Hu (CEPS)

 

You can find the full report from the event and a gallery here.  Recorded first panel can be accessed here, the second panel then here.

 

 

 “Regional cooperation and EU decision-making: impact of the Benelux, Nordic Council and V4”

The lunch time seminar on the formats and approaches to regional co-operation of the Benelux, Nordic Council and V4 and their influence of the EU decision-making process, was co-organized with the CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) on Friday, 19 October 2018 (12:00 – 14:30).

 

The event was opened by Zuzana Stuchlíková (Head of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM) and moderated by Steven Blockmans (Senior Research Fellow & Head of EU Foreign Policy, CEPS). Light lunch was served before the event.

  • Alain de Muyser (Deputy Secretary General, Benelux)
  • Petra Vargová (Deputy Permanent Representative, Slovak Permanent Representation to the EU)
  • Matilda af Hällström (Adviser of the Nordic council in Brussels)
  • Jakub Groszkowski (Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland)
  • Piret Kuusik (Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Estonia)

 

The event was attended by app. 70 people. You can find the report and pictures here.

 

 “A New Deal for Emerging Technologies Where will the money come from in the new MFF?”

 

Think Visegrad platform and the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union, which holds the V4 presidency organized a working breakfast titled „A New Deal for Emerging Technologies: Where will the money come from in the new MFF?“ on December 11, 2018 (8:00 – 10:00). The event aimed at highlighting the Visegrad perspective on the very topical issue of emerging technologies in the context of the new budget period 2021 – 2027. Discussion covered perspectives of the European Commission, private sector and V4 member states, as well as presentation of a recent study on the state of play of new technologies in the V4 countries

 

Welcome words were provided by HE Ms. Petra Vargová, Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the EU, followed by opening statements of Mr. Carl-Christian Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Digital Economy and Society) and Mr. Patrice Chazerand, Policy Director at DigitalEurope.

 

Panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Zuzana Stuchlíková (EUROPEUM) and featured representatives of three of V4 countries (Czech representative had to cancel her participation on last minute due to illness):

  • Radoslav Repa, First Secretary in charge of Information Society, Digital Agenda, Digital Single Market and Cyber Issues at the Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU
  • Justyna Romanowska, Head of the Information Society and Telecommunication Section at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU
  • Mihály Bajnóczi, Head of the competitiveness, growth, industrial policy, SME policy and tourism Unit at the Hungarian Permanent Representation to the EU

 

The event included presentation of a new study „Digital New Deal for V4: How do we stand with new technologies?” by Mr. Kryštof Kruliš (Association for International Affairs, AMO), Mr. Máté Hajba (Free Market Foundation) and Mr. Martin Reguli (F.A. Hayek Foundation). The study was supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Association for International Affairs is an institute affiliated to the TV platform. A background paper on the topic was prepared for the purpose of the debate.

 

The event attracted 33 people and was organized as a working breakfast. You can find the full report and pictures from the event here.

 

 

Additional public event:

 

“Roots of Euroscepticism throughout Europe”

 

The panel was organized by the TVB within the Jubel European Democracy festival and took place on Saturday September 22, 2018 (13:00 – 14:30) in Leopold’s Parc in Brussels. Martin Michelot (Deputy Director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy) took on the moderation of the discussion, which also featured:

  • Pavol Baboš (Assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University, Slovakia)
  • Leanda Barrington-Leach (Strategic Communications Coordinator at EEAS, Belgium)
  • András Volom (Founder and President Sustainable Development Goals V4, Hungary)

 

The event attracted app. 25 people, despite unfortunately terrible weather conditions.  You can find the report from the event and a gallery here.

 


 

External activities – Roundtables

 

“PESCO: What role for the V4 in developing European Strategic Autonomy”

 

The roundtable titled ‘PESCO: What role for the V4 in developing European Strategic Autonomy’ took place on Monday 9th of April 2018 (16:00 – 18:00) at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU.  The expert roundtable aimed at bringing forward opinions and ideas from different actors within the EU, regarding contributions to the PESCO projects and the vision of European Strategic

 

The event, held under the Chatham House rule, was moderated by Mr. Martin Michelot (EUROPEUM) and included three speakers:

  • HE Tomáš Szunyog, Deputy Head of the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU, Permanent Representative to Political and Security Committee
  • Justyna Gotkowska, Researcher at the Centre for Eastern Studies OSW, Poland
  • Gergely Varga, Associate researcher at Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

 

The expert roundtable attracted 31 guests (full capacity), among them representatives of EDA, European Commission (and EPSC), PermRep of France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and others. You can see the whole report from the event and a gallery here.

 

 

“Path to EURO: The Future of the non-Eurozone Countries” 

 

The event “Path to Euro – Future of the Non-Eurozone Countries” was organized by the Think Visegrad Brussels on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:00 – 14:00  at Press Club Brussels Europe, Brussels.

 

The event, held under the Chatham House rule, was moderated by Mr. Vladimír Bartovic (EUROPEUM). Opening remarks were provided by Mr. Konrad Popławski (OSW) and Mr. Fabian Zuleeg, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre.

 

The event featured 11 experts, which allowed for a vivid discussion. Recommendations drafted by the group will be then send out to MS and EU institutions representatives and are attached to this report.

 

You can find the full report and pictures here.

 


 

Monthly newsletter

 

The TVB Newsletter was one of the key communication tools aimed at a wider audience, with the objective of raising awareness about the Think Visegrad platform within mainly Brussels-based stakeholders. The Newsletter introduced the project and its members, summarized TVB activities in the past and upcoming period, and reported on events and research fellowships. It was distributed to a database of more than 1000 contacts. Organizers opted for a bi-monthly periodicity in order to keep content fresh and report on new events and deliverables. The first newsletter was sent in March (covering January and February), followed by five more (March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, November-December). In 2018, the emphasis was put on including news from the member institutes, bringing attention to their newest publications, events (if based in Brussels) and important announcements.

 


 

8 short-term research in Brussels

 

In 2018, the budget of the TVB project allowed for hosting representatives of all 8 Think Visegrad  institutes. Edit Inotai of CEID, who was originally supposed to come to Brussels already in 2017,  realized her research trip in May 2018. All the other researchers came to Brussels between June and November 2018. We have received highly positive feedback for this program feature, as it allows for conducting research directly in the EU institutions, which is otherwise complicated.

 

The output of the fellowship is a policy paper on issues of strategic interest for the V4 in relation to EU policy. The papers are published online on the Think Visegrad website and the websites of each partner and shared on social media and via newsletters. The support provided to the researchers by the TVB differed according to personal needs, comprising assistance with finding accommodation, identifying relevant stakeholders for interviews, setting up meetings, and hosting them at the office.

 

Following researchers completed a week long study trip to Brussels:

 

Edit Inotai (CEID) stayed in Brussels from May 28th to June 2nd . Paper titled “Is Germany too much for us?” is available here.

Tomáš Madleňák (SFPA) came to Brussels for the week from June 24th to 29th  2018, his paper is titled “EMU reform as a case-study for multispeed integration”.

Sejla Almadi (IFAT) underwent her research fellowship from July 1st to 7th  2018, her paper “Can the V4’s Priorities shape “Europe’s Priorities”?” can be found here.

Kamil Frymark (OSW) conducted his research in Brussels between September 24th and 29th 2018, his paper is titled “Germany and the V4: renewed cooperation opportunities in the new political context”.

Vladislava Gubalova (GLOBSEC) came to Brussels between October 15th and 19th 2018, her paper “What is Next for Central (and Eastern) Europe? Helping to shape the future of Europe” can be read here.

Daniel Šitera (IIR) stayed in Brussels from November 1st to 7th 2018, his paper “Finding a Visegrad Added Valiu in the New Cohesion Policy” can be found here.

Melchior Szczepanik (PISM) came to Brussels from 19th to 23rd November 2018 and wrote paper “Another successful Spitzenkandidat?”.

Botond Feledy (CEID) stayed in Brussels from 19th to 23rd November 2018, his paper “Cyber security and Sovereignty Two levels of digital autonomy can be accessed here.

Jana Jůzová (EUROPEUM) conducted her research in Brussels between November 26th and 30th 2018, and wrote a paper titled “Visegrad in the Western Balkans: Losing ground?”.

 

Activities in 2017

The pilot project was approved to continue in 2017 and the second phase was implemented from June to December 2017.

 

Public conferences

 

“The Western Balkans integration process: State of play in 2017”

 

Report [PDF]

 

The first conference took place on Wednesday, October 18th 2017, in the European Parliament. The event was organized in cooperation with MEP Eduard Kukan (EPP), Chair of the EU-Serbia SAPC and Delegation Chair of the AFET Working Group on Western Balkans. The debate aimed to evaluate the progress achieved in the Western Balkans so far in order to pick up the process that was delayed by the European Commission, which decided to publish the annual Progress Report on Western Balkans only in April 2018, and.

 

Mr Kukan provided welcoming remarks and the following panel discussion was moderated by Tomáš Strážay, Research Fellow, Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA).

 

The panelists were the following:

 

Anna Orosz, Research Fellow, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT)

Ján Cingel, Acting Head of European Neighbourhood Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Marta Szpala, Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)

Dušan Reljić, Head of Office, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

 

In the next part of the conference, the MEPs present were invited to share their comments and remarks:

 

MEP Cristian Dan Preda (EPP/RO), Rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina

MEP Igor Soltes (Greens/SI), incoming Rapporteur for Kosovo

MEP Alojz Peterle (EPP/SI), Chair of the EU-FYROM JPC

 

The Director-General of DG NEAR, Mr. Christian Danielsson, provided 15-minute closing remarks building on the content of the discussions.

 

“Quo Vadis Eastern Partnership? A Retrospective look into The Future”

 

Report [PDF]

 

A second conference took place on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. The event was organized in cooperation with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, the Open Society European Policy Institute, the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), which hosted the event.

 

The conference critically assessed the achievements of the Eastern Partnership policy, the effectiveness of its existing toolbox and the breadth of the changes it had so far fostered in the countries. The speakers also looked ahead to the upcoming Brussels Eastern Partnership summit and beyond and offered recommendations for calibrating the EU’s policy to better tackle the emerging trends and challenges in the region.

 

The event was opened by Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy. The keynote speech was provided by Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

 

Natalia Yerashevich, Director of the Secretariat of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and Zuzana Stuchlíková, Head of Brussels Office of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy/Think Visegrad platform introduced their institutions and provided framing notes for the event.

 

The first panel “Assessing policy performance: the Eastern Partnership on the eve of the Brussels summit” focused on how the Eastern Partnership has delivered for the partner countries in terms of democratisation, reforms and Europeanisation and how successfully the EU has addressed the major challenges in the region.  The discussion was moderated by Iskra Kirova, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute and featured:

 

Boris Navasardyan, President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Ziya Guliyev, Chair, Center for Legal Initiatives, EaP CSF Steering Committee

Timur Onica, Programme Officer, European Endowment for Democracy

Vano Chkhikvadze, EU Integration Field Manager, Open Society Georgia Foundation

Dmytro Shulga, European Programme Director, International Renaissance Foundation

 

The second panel “Eastern Partnership Quo Vadis? Expectations and recommendations for the next steps” tackled the expectations of the Eastern Partnership Summit, and asked whether the EU would be better equipped to respond to the emerging trends in the region and support a positive momentum on democratization and reform. The panel was moderated by Adam Balcer (nominated by the Polish members of the TV platform) and featured:

 

MEP Rebecca Harms, Euronest Co-Chair, European Parliament

Diana Jablonska, Head/Deputy of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission

Ján Cingel, Acting Head of European Neighbourhood Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Centre, Slovak Foreign Policy Association

Zsuzsanna Vegh, Researcher, Europa-Universität Viadrina

 

Expert roundtables

 

“The future of the Cohesion Policy in the new Multiannual Financial Framework: Perspectives from Central Europe”

 

Report [PDF]

 

The roundtable took place on October 26th, 2017 and brought together the four Ambassadors to the European Union of the Visegrad Countries, representatives of other Permanent Representations and prominent research centres. It was hosted by the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, who also provided a breakfast for the attendees, in cooperation with the Hungarian Presidency of the V4. Cooperation with the Hungarian Permanent Representation in the lead up to the event was excellent and allowed for the organization of a true V4 event.

 

The event was moderated by Barbara Wieliczko, from SGH Warsaw School of Economics (also in charge of the long term analysis of the Cohesion Policy within the TV platform). All four V4 ambassadors participated in the event and provided detailed remarks about the future of the cohesion policy: H.E. Olivér Várhelyi (Hungarian Permanent Representation to the EU), H.E. Martin Povejšil (Czech Permanent Representation to the EU), H.E. Peter Javorčík (Slovak Permanent Representation to the EU) and H.E. Jarosław Starzyk, who was later replaced by Sebastian Barkowski, Chargé d’affaires a.i. to represent the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU.

 

“The EU after a year of crucial elections: Which new chances and challenges?”

 

Agenda [PDF]

 

The event was organized as a closed roundtable for selected experts (under Chatham House rule). The event was organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), two leading European think tanks. The event took place on November 21st in the premises of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

 

After a brief welcome by Steven Blockmans, the Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit at CEPS, a keynote speech was delivered by Alfredo Conte, Head of Strategic Planning Division at EEAS, focusing on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy and the future global trends that will impact the development of the EU’s foreign policy

 

The first panel, “Future of the EU and the Eurozone in light of 2017 elections: What is at stake for further European Integration?“ focused on the European context of the recent elections in France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The panelists weighed in on the consequences those results could have on the dynamics of European integration in the near future. The panel was moderated by Zuzana Stuchlíková, Head of Brussels Office of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy/Think Visegrad platform and featured:

 

Peter Becker, Senior Associate, SWP, Berlin

Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM, Prague

Oliver Gruber, University of Vienna

Ondřej Houska, Hospodářské noviny (Czech economic daily)

                                                                                                                              

The second panel “After the elections: New chances for a deeper EU foreign, security & defence policy?” focused on perspectives of development in the field of Common Security and Defence Policy, and especially the promises brought forward by Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). The panel was moderated by Dušan Rejlić, Head of Brussels Office of SWP, and featured:

 

Ronja Kempin, Senior Fellow, SWP, Berlin

Steven Blockmans, Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS

Dušan Fischer, Head of the International Security Programme, SFPA, Bratislava

 

Research

 

Mr. Andrzej Sadecki (OSW) stayed in Brussels from November 18th to November 26th. Paper title: “Regional coalition building regarding the MFF post 2021

Ms. Alena Kudzko (GLOBSEC) stayed in Brussels from November 22nd to November 28th. Paper title: “The labor market reform in the EU and the implications for Central Europe

Mr. Alexander Lagazzi (EUROPEUM) stayed in Brussels from November 20nd to November 26th. Paper title: “The role of the V4 in EU-China relations

 

Newsletters

 

Summer 2017

September – October

November – December

Activities in 2016

The pilot project was implemented by the Brussels office of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, one of the founding members of the Think Visegrad platform. It ran from June to December 2016 and the International Visegrad Fund financed it.

 

Events and external activities

 

– TVB organized two public debates in Brussels. The first conference was entitled The Visegrad Contribution to the EU Digital Single Market and took place on 30.11.2016. It was organized in close cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group and hosted by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. The second conference took place on 9. 12. 2016 and was called Security in Europe from a Visegraad viewpoint: strengthening fundamentals, but rethinking perspectives? The event in a round-table format was co-organized with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the European Policy Institutes Network and hosted at CEPS premises.

 

– The roundtable with the title ‘Visegrad about the Future of the EU took place on 24. 10. 2016 and brought together the four Ambassadors to the European Union of the Visegrad Countries and twelve amongst the most prominent think-tanks in Brussels. It was hosted by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU.

 

– The TVB Newsletter was one of the key communication tools aimed at a wide audience, with the objective to raise awareness about the Think Visegrad platform in mainly Brussels-based stakeholders. The Newsletter introduced the project and its members, including their presentation in each issue. Each issue summarized the gist of the TVB activities in the past and upcoming period, reporting on events and research fellowships. Four issues of the newsletter were sent over the period of the project:

 

Internal activities

 

– TVB commissioned a consultancy to carry out the legal and financial assessment, taking into account various scenarios of the TVB potential presence in Brussels. TVB submitted the feasibility study to the International Visegrad Fund at the end of September 2016

 

– Providing space and support for four experts (one from each V4 country) from V4 think tanks (not only Think Visegrad members) that would like to undertake short-term research in Brussels

 

 

– Providing monitoring to V4 think tanks on issues of relevance to them.

The four policy areas were agreed upon jointly with the partner institutions: security and foreign policy, economic issues, energy issues and digital agenda. (LINKS)

 

Throughout the pilot project, the following issues were delivered: