28 Sze Think Visegrad – Think Tank Platform
Think Visegrad – V4 Think Tank Platform is a network that fosters a structured dialogue on issues of strategic regional importance. The network analyses key issues for the V4 countries. It provides recommendations to the region’s governments, the annual presidencies of the group and the International Visegrad Fund. Think Visegrad covers thematic priorities of V4 such as energy security, V4’s internal cohesion, EU institutions and politics, the Western Balkans, relations with Eastern Partnership countries, development assistance, hard security, environmental protection, Roma-related issues, migration, transport, etc.
CEID is a core member of the project. The core network of think-tanks itself includes the founding institutions with their coordinating abilities. The platform, however, remains open for cooperation with other think-tanks from all V4 countries. On a regular base Think Visegrad prepares extensive and detailed long-term analyses focusing on the most important priorities of the Visegrad Group, as well as short-term analyses reflecting the most current and urgent topics.
The ones listed are authored or co-authored by CEID:
- Baltics, Nordics and Visegrad – Three regions intertwined
- V4 towards the Eastern Partnership in a new geopolitical context
- V4 think-tanks reflection of the IVF and its activities
- The future of CSDP from a V4 perspective
- In what ways could the V4 support Slovakia in its execution of the EU presidency in the second half of 2016? Possibility of synergy of SK´s presidency of the EU Council and the V4 agenda. (March 2016)
- How the V4 evaluate its implementation of the Wales obligations (in the run up to the Warsaw summit). (March 2016)
- Should the V4 countries try to counter the Russian propaganda in the Central European region and in what ways?
Czech V4 Presdiency Mid-Term Review
- Read in our publications’ section
- Ukraine: possible future scenarios and their consequences for V4 countries
- Migration as a (future) challenge for V4 countries
- V4 support of the EU policy towards Belarus: Time for Policy Correction (March 2015)
- Ways of working on further improvement of positive image of V4 in broad public, Visegrad Insight and V4 Revue – lessons learnt (April 2015)
- Migration – current challenge and solutions (June 2015)
- What could be the elements of possible joint V4 proposal for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy? (December 2015)
- What measures can be envisaged in order to foster cohesion among the V4 countries and buttress the mutual trust within the EU, with respect to the priorities of the Czech V4 Presidency and beyond? (December 2015)
- Visegrad and the United States
- Are there any possibilities of agreement between the West and Russia in the Ukrainian question after Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea? What compelling force may the sanctions bring to bear on Russia? What economic impact may the continuing conflict have on Central Europe? (May 2014)
- NATO’s future in the light of the new challenges in our neighbourhood. Can a common V4 perspective emerge at the Wales Summit? (June 2014)
- Possible activities of V4 and its member states in helping Ukraine on her way to stabilization. Specialization of V4 countries in projects supportive to Ukraine (October 2014).
- The prospective of cooperation between the V4 and NB8 regional associations (December 2014)
- Digital economy in V4 region as an input for the digital road map (December 2014)
- Overall Analysis of the Results of the 20 Years of V4 Cooperation
Think Visegrad in Brussels
In the first half of 2016 the eight think-tanks from the Visegrad Group agreed on the idea proposed by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, to create a common representation office in Brussels. The main motivation for this decision was the need to encourage a debate on issues of common interest to the EU and the V4 in order to explain the positions of the V4 to a wider range of audience. Think Visegrad in Brussels would like to project an image of constructive partners, to explain the dynamics of the debates within the regions and to highlight the active contributions to EU policy-making.
From June to December 2016 the pilot project was implemented by the Brussels office of EUROPEUM. The second round of the projects started in March 2017.
In the framework of the activities in Brussels two conferences were organized: “The Visegrad Contribution to the EU Digital Single Market” and “Security in Europe from a Visegrad view point: strengthening fundamentals, but rethinking perspectives?”. In October 2016 a roundtable was additionally organized that brought together the four Ambassadors to the EU of the V4 and experts from the most prominet think-tanks in Brussels to discuss “Visegrad about the Future of the EU”.
Civil Servants Mobility Programme
The Civil Servants Mobility Program (CSMP) aims to educate civil servants from Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries through organizing study visits in the V4 countries. The study visits focus on the past experience of Visegrad countries regarding the implementation of the sectoral reforms and harmonisation of the national legislation with the EU legislation. The programme is organized by the Think Visegrad – V4 Think Tank Platform and funded by International Visegrad Fund. The visits take place simultaneously in all V4 countries.
Since 2014 we could offer the programme to 47 experts from Ukraine, 12 experts from Georgia and 11 experts from Moldova.
In the framework of the CSMP we organized the following events:
- CSMP Ukraine 2016: Environmental challenges and water management
- CSMP Ukraine 2015: Economic policy
- CSMP Moldova 2015: Small and medium-sized enterprises
- CSMP Georgia 2014: Correction system, fight against corruption, personal data protection
- CSMP Ukraine 2014: (pilot project): Democracy, constitutionality, good state
Think Visegrad Fellowship
Think Visegrad provides the possibility for visiting fellowships to non-Visegrad expert fellows. Visiting fellowships are available each year. Each of the core network think tanks (of which CEID is a part of) is hosting one non-V4 expert fellow. The visiting fellows will have the chance to take part in the host’s activities for a period of up to eight weeks. During this period, they will be expected to develop a policy paper and deliver one public presentation on a pre-agreed topic.
In 2016 we hosted Olga Zelinska, in 2014 Andrew Farkas (United States) who wrote his final report under the title “Silk Roads from China to Europe: Hungary’s Place on Eurasian Rail Land Bridges?“.
More information about the project here.